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School Program Descriptions

Indigenous Studies

NEW! Blackfoot Language: The Resurgence of an Old Language
(Language Arts, Indigenous/Social Studies)
The Blackfoot language is timeless. In this introduction to the traditional language of this territory, Blackfoot educators will reference many of the artifacts located within the Nitsitapiisinni Gallery, as well as local sites, names of towns and streets. This primer allows for expansion of our history, culture and beliefs, through the use of syllabics, IPA and English. The culture in is in the language. Please join us as we connect language, with objects and stories, to learn about our deeply rooted culture. Welcome to the Blackfoot world.
Grade 4 - 6
Approximately 1 hour 30 minutes
At Glenbow $175

Comparing Cultures: Indigenous Peoples from North, South, East and West
(Social Studies)
What makes Canada's Aboriginal groups unique? How does natural environment determine the food, clothing and shelter used by various groups? In this program, students will explore authentic artifacts from Aboriginal groups in Canada's north, south, east and west and discover each group's distinct relationship with the land.
Grade 5
Approximately 1 hour 45 minutes
At Glenbow $175

Fur Trade: Shaping an Identity
(Social Studies)
Join us as we look critically at a dramatic time in history when the fur trade played a large role in shaping Canadian identity. Learn the history of the fur trade, hear the stories of those involved, investigate the objects traded and discuss the impacts on the lives of the traders, both Native and European.
Grades 4-5
Approximately 1 hour 45 minutes
At Glenbow $175
At School $250

Landers and Builders: Exploring the Impact of Cultural Contact
(Social Studies)
How does contact with "outsiders" change the way a community functions? What does a society lose or gain as a result of contact with another culture? What must happen for this contact to be seen as successful? Are the decisions made biased or unbiased? Through exploration of artifacts along with group discussion and debate, investigate the effects of cultural contact, its impact on people, the places they live and how these effects can be long term.
Grades 4 - 6
Approximately 1 hour 45 minutes
At Glenbow $175
At School $250

Nitsitapiisinni: Our Way of Life
(Social Studies)
You are invited to come and experience the rich cultural traditions of the Blackfoot people and view the world from a different perspective. Through oral tradition storytelling and artifact handling, learn about the relationship between the Blackfoot people and all of Creation and hear stories that teach new generations how to harmoniously co-exist with the world. Come celebrate the Blackfoot way of life with us.
Grades 4 - 6
Approximately 1 hour 45 minutes
At Glenbow $175
At School $250

Reading the Symbols: Blackfoot Beliefs
(Social Studies)
What is a symbol? What do objects tell us about a culture's physical, psychological and spiritual needs? In this program, students will look deeply at artifacts to uncover the belief system of the Blackfoot people and discover how they coexisted with the natural world and everything throughout it to meet their needs.
Grade 4 - 6
Approximately 1 hour 45 minutes
At Glenbow $175

Fine Arts

NEW! Illustrating a History: The Black Gold Tapestry + Studio
(Art, Language Arts, Social Studies)
How can art be used to document milestones in world history? What landmarks would you choose to share if given the opportunity to create an epic visual narrative? Artist/storyteller Sandra Sawatzky had to plan carefully before spending 11,000 hours to create The Black Gold Tapestry, an embroidery depicting the story of human dependency on oil from pre-historic times to present day. With Sawatzky's massive 220-foot embroidery as inspiration, students will examine and discuss unique form of linear storytelling. To conclude the program, classes will spend time in our studio space where they will be challenged to use a storyboard technique to illustrate experiences from their own personal history.
Grades 4 - 6
Approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes
At Glenbow $200
(Available Dates: October 16, 2017 - May 18, 2018)

NEW! Math-Up the Art: The Geometric Abstraction of Lawren Harris + Studio
(Art, Mathematics)
Line, shape, colour, space, pattern, and symmetry are extremely important elements in visual art. These fundamental components can be efficiently defined and explored when comparing works of art from within the genre of Geometric Abstraction. Lawren Harris is likely best known for being a founding member of the Group of Seven - famously depicting Canada's rugged landscape. Paintings from Harris's abstract period are less familiar but just as fascinating. In this program, students will explore our exhibition Higher States: Lawren Harris and His American Contemporaries and investigate both representational and non-representational compositions and the mathematics used to create them. To conclude the program, classes with spend time in our studio space where they will use a variety of mathematical tools to create their own geometric composition.
Grade 4 - 6
Approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes
At Glenbow $200
(Available Dates: October 16, 2017 - January 5, 2018)

Exploring Canadian Historical Landscape + Studio
(Fine Arts, Language Arts, Social Studies)
How did early Canadian painters choose subjects for their works of art? What inspired them to record what they experienced? In this program, students will use art from our historical collection to discover how artists explored our nation and shared their adventures with the world. Following an in-gallery writing activity, students will move into our studio and add creative illustrations to their words.
Grades 4 - 6
Approximately 1 hour 45 minutes
At Glenbow $200

Learning to Observe and Draw
(Fine Arts, Language Arts)
Being an artist isn't only about creating paintings, drawings or sculptures, sometimes being an artist is about how you look at the world around you. Slowing down to draw makes us look more deeply and critically. This in gallery, hands on program will help students focus on their observation skills and drawing techniques to capture the essence of an artifact.
Grades 4 - 6
Approximately 1 hour 30 minutes
At Glenbow (Asia OR Africa) $175
At School (Africa, Alberta History OR First Nations) $250

Portraiture: Conversations with Art + Studio
(Art, Social Studies)
What is a portrait? Can it be a place or is a person the only focus? Working within Glenbow's art galleries, students will look deeply and discuss several works of art to determine what it takes to create a portrait. Why were these pieces created? What is the story within the artwork? Following this in-depth discussion, students will move into our art studio and create portraits of their own!
Grades 4 - 6
Approximately 1 hour 45 minutes
At Glenbow $200

Seeing, Feeling, Writing: Art and Poetic Language + Studio
(Fine Arts, Language Arts)
Art galleries can be inspiring places to explore our language. The words we use to describe a painting or a sculpture can motivate us to write more imaginatively. In this program, students will work within our galleries to compose and share their own poetic response to an exhibited artwork. To conclude the experience, the class will head to the studio and use old fashioned dip-pens to scribe their best lines.
Grades 4 - 6
Approximately 1 hour 45 minutes
At Glenbow $200

The Outside Circle: The Power of the Graphic Novel
(Fine Arts, Language Arts)
Focusing on the graphic novel, The Outside Circle, students will look at the origin of story and character building within the graphic novel genre. Through discussion and hands on art activities, they will uncover how to use illustration and language to portray deeper meaning in a story. Once students have discussed the book, they will move into the studio to learn the basics of creating their own story, characters and the beginnings of their own unique graphic novel.
Grades 4 - 6
Approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes
At Glenbow $200

Ways of Looking + Studio
(Fine Arts, Language Arts)
Carefully look at a work of art and discover the world beyond its surface. Viewing art is more than a visual experience, an art encounter can awaken all of your senses! Through the use of works of art and hands-on objects, students will develop their skills of looking deeply and explore the role our senses play in perceiving the world around us. To conclude the program students will head to the studio and use these new techniques to create their own piece of unique sensory-based art.
Grades 4 - 6
Approximately 1 hour 45 minutes
At Glenbow $200

Social Studies

NEW! Black Gold: Art, Science, and History Collide
(Science, Social Studies)
Art, science, and history collide in this program based on the Black Gold Tapestry by Sandra Sawatzky. Explore the deep roots of our relationship with fossil fuels, from ancient prehistory to the beginnings of Alberta's oil industry. Students will see with their own eyes the 375 million year old coral reefs that became our oil reserves, discover fossils of the creatures that now power our province, and examine the artifacts of our petrochemical pioneers.
Grade 5
Approximately 1 hour 45 minutes
At Glenbow $175
(Available Dates: October 16, 2017 - May 18, 2018)

NEW! The Letter Zed: Canadian Cultures, Identities, and Ways of Life
(Social Studies)
Who are we as Canadians? What are our identities, stories, and ways of life? Join us as we examine the meaning of "culture" and the diverse histories and ways of life that make up the culture that we share as Canadians. Together we will explore the traditions, artifacts, stories, and challenges of Canada's peoples and regions, including First Nations, Inuit, Metis, Francophone, immigrant, and Eastern and Western communities.
Grade 5
Approximately 1 hour 45 minutes
At Glenbow $175

Canadian Expansion: Asian Communities - The West Diversified
(Social Studies)
How have immigrant Asian communities throughout Alberta and Western Canada affected this great nation of ours? Imagine the stories these people must have of their travels, settlement and new life in Canada. Students will hear the accounts of several Asian immigrants, learn about the communities they've helped build and how their cultures have become a piece of the cultural mosaic that is Canada.
Grades 5 - 6
Approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes
At Glenbow $175

From Page to Knight: Becoming a Medieval Warrior
(Social Studies)
What is a knight? What is a knight's code of chivalry? Would you be prepared to leave home at the age of seven to start your life as a page? Are you rich enough? Are you brave enough? Discover the mysteries of knights and knighthood in a hands-on journey exploring the life, armour and weaponry of a mysterious and mystical time in history.
Grades 4 - 5
Approximately 1 hour 30 minutes
At Glenbow $175

Resourceful People: Albertans and their Natural Resources
(Social Studies, Language Arts)
Explore the lives of enterprising mavericks who have helped build Alberta and its industries. Come to understand their diverse values and varied perspectives on Alberta's natural resources. In this program, students will understand how natural resources have helped create and shape Alberta's communities and participate in a debate over issues of land and resource use.
Grades 4 - 5
Approximately 1 hour 45 minutes
At Glenbow $175

The Wider World of Newcomers: Early Immigration in Alberta
(Social Studies)
The late nineteenth and early twentieth century brought new and varied groups of immigrants to Alberta. Students will rummage through the suitcases of people who came to Alberta to find out how and why peoples of varied ancestry made Alberta their home and discover these 'newcomers' experiences in Glenbow's Mavericks gallery.
Grades 4 - 5
Approximately 1 hour 45 minutes
At Glenbow $175

Language Arts

NEW! Blackfoot Language: The Resurgence of an Old Language
(Language Arts, Indigenous/Social Studies)
The Blackfoot language is timeless. In this introduction to the traditional language of this territory, Blackfoot educators will reference many of the artifacts located within the Nitsitapiisinni Gallery, as well as local sites, names of towns and streets. This primer allows for expansion of our history, culture and beliefs, through the use of syllabics, IPA and English. The culture in is in the language. Please join us as we connect language, with objects and stories, to learn about our deeply rooted culture. Welcome to the Blackfoot world.
Grade 4 - 6
Approximately 1 hour 30 minutes
At Glenbow $175

The Curating Game: Making Connections with Artifacts and Photographs
(Language Arts)
Become a Glenbow curator and create your own mini-exhibition based on artifacts and photographs. Students will examine artifacts and be asked to think deeply about the connections between them. Historical photographs will be provided to help students conceptualize how these artifacts may have been used and by whom. Students will use their selected items to discover how authentic artifacts, photographs and stories can be brought together to create their own curated exhibit.
Grades 4 - 6
Approximately 1 hour 30 minutes
At Glenbow $175

Do You See What I'm Saying? Creating Story Through Objects and Art
(Language Arts)
Confident writers emerge when students build their sensory awareness of the people and places and things around them. Students learn to interpret the world by what they see, hear, smell, taste and feel; these perceptions have the potential to become the fabric of their stories. But the process of fully awakening the senses isn't something that happens for students simply because they are asked to do so. Students will use art and artifacts within the museum as "jumping off" points and discover a process of deeper questioning to guide their sensory imaginations.
Grades 4 - 6
Approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes
At Glenbow $175

What is it? Objects Inspiring Stories
(Language Arts, Social Studies)
What stories do objects tell us? What do they teach us about the cultures or people who made or owned them? Learning from objects is as important as learning through the spoken or written word. Students will transform into detectives for a hands-on investigation. Using objects relating to various Glenbow exhibitions, students will flex their skills in observing, interpreting and recording information.
Grades 4 - 6
Approximately 1 hour 30 minutes
At Glenbow $175
At School $250

Discovery Adventure
(Fine Arts Language Arts, Social Studies)
Looking for a more flexible tour experience? Glenbow's Discovery Adventure tour could be for you! The Discovery Adventure is a general tour of Glenbow. A trained educator will lead you through the museum, discuss various galleries and allow your students time to encounter several of the exhibitions. In order to take home their Glenbow experience, each student is given a sketchbook to gather information, draw and further investigate his or her interests in the museum!
Grades 4 - 6
Approximately 1 hour 30 minutes
At Glenbow $175
When booked with another program $100
*Tour route dependent upon gallery bookings

Science

From Geodes to Gems
(Science)
In this hands-on program, your students will be guided through a multi-disciplinary exploration of minerals. Specific areas of focus include streak, lustre, texture, hardness and crystal shapes, as well as current and historical uses of minerals. An informative Teacher's Guide with pre- and post-visit materials including art, language and math activities is available for $5 which can be ordered at the time of booking.
Grade 4
Approximately 1 hour 45 minutes
At Glenbow $175
At School $250

The Rock Cycle and Our World
(Science)
What are rocks? How are they formed? Where do they come from? These are some of the questions we will explore as we develop our skills of observation and classification. Students will examine the three rock types - sedimentary, metamorphic and igneous - in an attempt to understand the similarities and differences in each. We will also look at differences between rocks and minerals while we learn about some important uses for minerals found in rocks.
Grade 4
Approximately 1 hour 45 minutes
At Glenbow $175

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