Living Arts Centre

Detailed Curriculum Connections

Current Listings: Ceramics Workshops (JK - Grade 3) | Clay Mask Masking (Grades 4 - 8) | Historic "Art"ifacts (Grade 4 - 8)


Ceramics Workshops (JK - Grade 3)

Learn the fundamentals of clay handling while experimenting with shape, form and texture. Students will explore hand-building techniques like pinch pot, slab and coil to create a variety of possible projects (selected when you make your booking) including animal figures and percussion shakers. Ceramic pieces will be kiln fired and ready for pick-up within three weeks of the workshop. After kiln firing, pieces can be painted with acrylic paints in the classroom.
Available in French or English, please specify language preference at time of booking.


Kindergarten

The Arts: Visual Arts

Expectations

  • Use pictures, sculptures, and collages to represent ideas.
  • Use a variety of tools and materials in creating artworks or making presentations.
  • Solve problems creatively.
  • Share materials in visual arts activities.

Mathematics

Expectations
  • Use language accurately to describe basic spatial relationships (e.g. above/below, Near/far, and in/out)
  • Identify 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional objects (e.g. circle, square, rectangle,and triangle: blocks balls,cones).

Science & Technology

Expectations
  • Describe characteristics of natural materials and demonstrate understanding of some basic concepts related to them.
  • Make things using a variety of tools and techniques.

Social and Personal Development

Expectations
  • Use different types of equipment and materials with ease.

Grade 1

The Arts: Visual Arts

  • D1 Creating and Presenting: apply the creative process to produce a variety of two-and three-dimensional art works, using elements and principles, and techniques of visual arts to communicate feelings, ideas, and understandings;
    • D1.3: use elements of design in art works to communicate ideas, messages, and personal understandings
    • D1.4: use a variety of materials, tools, and techniques to respond to design challenges


Science and Technology: Understanding Structures and Mechanisms

  • 3. Understanding basic Concepts: demonstrate an understanding that objects and structures have observable characteristics and are made from materials with specific properties that determine how they are used
    • 3.7: describe the properties of materials that enable the objects and structures made from them to perform their intended function
    • 3.9: identify the sources in nature of some common materials that are used in making structures

Grade 2

The Arts: Visual Arts

  • D1 Creating and Presenting: apply the creative process to produce a variety of two-and three-dimensional art works, using elements, principles, and techniques of visual arts to communicate feelings, ideas, and understandings;
    • D1.2: demonstrate an understanding of composition, using principles of design to create narrative art works or art works on a theme or topic
    • D1.3: use elements of design in art works to communicate ideas, messages, and understandings
    • D1.4: use a variety of materials, tools, and techniques to respond to design challenges
  • D3 Exploring Forms and Cultural Contexts: demonstrate an understanding of a variety of art forms, styles, and techniques from the past and present, and their social and/or community contexts;
  • D3.2: demonstrate an awareness of a variety of works of art and artistic traditions from diverse communities, times, and places


Science and Technology: Understanding Matter and Energy

  • 3. Understanding Basic Concepts: demonstrate an understanding of the properties of liquids and solids
    • 3.1: identify objects in the natural and built environment as solids
    • 3.2: describe the properties of solids (e.g. they maintain their shape and cannot be poured) and liquids (e.g. they take the shape of the container they are in and can be poured)
    • 3.4: identify conditions in which the states of liquids and solids remain constant (e.g. solids remain solid when poured) and conditions that can cause their states to change (e.g. liquids may freeze when the temperature drops; solids may melt when heated)

Grade 3

The Arts: Visual Arts

  • D1 Creating and Presenting: apply the creative process to produce a variety of two- and three-dimensional art works, using elements, principles, and techniques of visual arts to communicate feelings, ideas, and understandings;
    • D1.2: demonstrate an understanding of composition using principles of design to create narrative art works or art works on a theme or topic
    • D1.4: use a variety of materials, tools, and techniques to respond to design challenges


Science and Technology: Understanding Earth and Space Systems: Soils and the Environment

  • 3. Understanding Basic Concepts: demonstrate an understanding of the composition of soils, the types of soils, and the relationship between soils and other living things;
    • 3.1: identify and describe the different types of soils (e.g., sandy soil is made up of minerals and tiny pieces of rock that have come from the erosion and weathering of rocks. It feels gritty and does not stick together well. Sandy soil drains easily and quickly after a rain and warms up quickly in the spring, bud does not hold water and nutrients as well as clay soil, and is eroded more easily. Loamy soil is made up of sand, silt and clay in relatively equal amounts. It sticks together better than sand but not as well as clay. Loamy soil holds water and nutrients well, and also drain well so that sufficient air can reach the roots. Clay soil is a very fine-grained soil that is plastic when wet but hard when dried. It feels slick and smooth. Clay soils have poor drainage and aeration.)


Current Listings: Top of Page | Ceramics Workshops (JK - Grade 3) | Clay Mask Masking (Grades 4 - 8) | Historic "Art"ifacts (Grade 4 - 8)


Clay Mask Making (Grades 4 - 8)

Learn the fundamentals of hand-building to create a clay mask. Students will explore methods for creating surface texture and for applying additional clay to create volume. The history of mask making in the ceramic arts as well as "creative characterization" will be discussed throughout the workshop. Finished masks will be kiln fired and ready for pick-up within three weeks of the workshop. After kiln firing, pieces can be painted with acrylic paints in the classroom.


Grades 4

The Arts: Visual Arts

  • D1 Creating and Presenting: apply the Creative Process to produce a variety of two-and-three dimensional artworks using elements, principles, and techniques of visual arts to communicate feelings, ideas and understandings;
    • D1.1: create two-and-three dimensional works of art that express feelings and ideas inspired by their interests and experiences.
    • D1.2: demonstrate an understanding of composition, using selected principles of design to create narrative art works or art works on a theme or topic
    • D1.4: use a variety of materials, tools, and techniques to determine solutions to design challenges
  • D3 Exploring Forms and Cultural Contexts: demonstrate an understanding of a variety of art forms, styles, and techniques from the past and present, and their sociocultural and historical contexts;
    • D3.2: demonstrate an awareness of a variety of art forms, styles, and traditions, and describe how they reflect the diverse cultures, times and places in which they were made

Grade 5

The Arts: Visual Arts

  • D1 Creating and Presenting: apply the creative process to produce a variety of two-and-three dimensional art works, using elements, principles, and techniques of visual arts to communicate feelings, ideas and understandings;
    • D1.2: demonstrate an understanding of composition, using selected principles of design to create narrative art works or art works on a theme or topic
    • D1.3: use elements of design in art works to communicate ideas, messages, and understandings
    • D1.4: use a variety of materials, tools, and techniques to determine solutions to design challenges
  • D3 Exploring Forms and Cultural Contexts: demonstrate an understanding of a variety of art forms, styles, and techniques from the past and present, and their sociocultural and historic contexts
    • D3.1: describe how forms and styles of visual and media arts represent various messages and contexts in the past and present (e.g. printmaking as a form of communication)
    • D3.2: demonstrate an awareness of ways in which visual arts reflect the beliefs and traditions of a variety of peoples and of people in different times and places


Science and Technology: Understanding Matter and Energy: Properties of and Changes in Matter

  • 3. Understanding Basic Concepts: demonstrate an understanding of the properties of matter, changes of state, and physical and chemical change;
    • 3.3: explain changes of state in matter (e.g. evaporation, condensation, solidification or freezing, fusion or melting, sublimation), and give examples of each (e.g. water from wet clothes evaporates; steam from a boiling kettle condenses on a cold window; water in ponds and lakes solidifies or freezes in winter; a frozen treat melts on a warm summer day; a moth ball sublimates in the closet)
    • 3.5: describe chemical changes in matter as changes in matter that are irreversible (e.g. when the chrome on a bicycle rusts, it can never go back to being chrome; when an egg is boiled it can never go back to being a raw egg)
    • 3.7: identify indicators of a chemical change (e.g. production of a gas, change in colour, formation of precipitate)

Grade 6

The Arts: Visual Arts

  • D1 Creating and Presenting: apply the creative process to produce art works in a variety of traditional two-and-three dimensional forms, as well as multimedia art works that communicate feelings, ideas, and understandings, using elements, principles and techniques of visual arts as well as current media technologies;
    • D1.2: demonstrate an understanding of composition, using selected principles of design to create narrative art works or art works on a theme or topic
    • D1.3: use elements of design in art works to communicate ideas, messages and understandings
    • D1.4: use a variety of materials, tools, techniques, and technologies to determine solutions to design challenges
  • D3 Exploring Forms and Cultural Contexts: demonstrate an understanding of a variety of art forms, styles, and techniques from the past and present, and their sociocultural and historical contexts;
    • D3.1: identify and describe some of the ways in which art forms and styles reflect the beliefs and traditions of a variety of communities, times, and places

Grade 7

The Arts: Visual Arts

  • D1 Creating and Presenting: apply the creative process to produce art works in a variety of traditional two- and three-dimensional forms as well as multimedia art works, that communicate feelings, ideas, and understandings, using elements, principles, and techniques of visual arts as well as current media technologies;
    • D1.3: use elements of design in art works to communicate ideas, messages, and understandings for a specific audience and purpose
    • D1.4: use a variety of materials, tools, techniques, and technologies to determine solutions to increasingly complex design challenges
  • D3 Exploring Forms and Cultural Contexts: demonstrate an understanding of a variety of art forms, styles, and techniques from the past and present, and their sociocultural and historical contexts
    • D3.1: identify and describe some of the ways in which visual art forms and styles reflect the beliefs and traditions of a variety of cultures and civilizations

Grade 8

The Arts: Visual Arts

  • D1 Creating and Presenting: apply the creative process to produce art works in a variety of traditional two-and three- dimensional forms, as well as multimedia art works, that communicate feelings, ideas and understandings, using elements, principles, and techniques of visual arts as well as current media technologies
    • D1.2: demonstrate an understanding of composition, using multiple principles of design and other layout considerations such as compositional triangles to create narrative art works or art works on a theme or topic
    • D1.3: use elements of design in art works to communicate ideas, messages, and understandings for a specific audience and purpose
    • D1.4: use a variety of materials, tools, techniques and technologies to determine solutions to increasingly complex design challenges



Current Listings: Top of Page | Ceramics Workshops (JK - Grade 3) | Clay Mask Masking (Grades 4 - 8) | Historic "Art"ifacts (Grade 4 - 8)


Historic "Art"ifacts (Grades 4 - 8)

Connect clay to the curriculum! Each project that students will make will be catered to specific expectations for their grade. Grade Five students will learn to make canopic jars for the preparation of Ancient Egyptian mummies while Grade Four students will create gargoyles to relate to medieval times. Other examples of projects include; Greek urns, Totem Poles and Roman relief tiles.

 

Grade 4

The Arts: Visual Arts

  • D1 Creating and Presenting: apply the Creative Process to produce a variety of two-and-three dimensional artworks using elements, principles, and techniques of visual arts to communicate feelings, ideas and understandings;
    • D1.1: create two-and-three dimensional works of art that express feelings and ideas inspired by their interests and experiences.
    • D1.2: demonstrate an understanding of composition, using selected principles of design to create narrative art works or art works on a theme or topic
    • D1.4: use a variety of materials, tools, and techniques to determine solutions to design challenges
  • D3 Exploring Forms and Cultural Contexts: demonstrate an understanding of a variety of art forms, styles, and techniques from the past and present, and their sociocultural and historical contexts;
    • D3.1: describe how visual art forms and styles represent various messages and contexts in the past and present
    • D3.2: demonstrate an awareness of a variety of art forms, styles, and traditions, and describe how they reflect the diverse cultures, times and places in which they were made

Social Studies: Heritage and Citizenship: Medieval Times

Knowledge and Understanding:

  • describe characteristics of castles and aspects of castle life

Inquiry / Research and Communication Skills:

  • use media works, oral presentations, written notes and descriptions, and drawings to communicate information about life in medieval society

Application:

  • use artistic expression to re-create or respond to imaginative works from medieval times

Grade 5

The Arts: Visual Arts

  • D1 Creating and Presenting: apply the creative process to produce a variety of two-and-three dimensional art works, using elements, principles, and techniques of visual arts to communicate feelings, ideas and understandings;
    • D1.2: demonstrate an understanding of composition, using selected principles of design to create narrative art works or art works on a theme or topic
    • D1.3: use elements of design in art works to communicate ideas, messages, and understandings
    • D1.4: use a variety of materials, tools, and techniques to determine solutions to design challenges
  • D3 Exploring Forms and Cultural Contexts: demonstrate an understanding of a variety of art forms, styles, and techniques from the past and present, and their sociocultural and historic contexts
    • D3.1: describe how forms and styles of visual and media arts represent various messages and contexts in the past and present (e.g. printmaking as a form of communication)
    • D3.2: demonstrate an awareness of ways in which visual arts reflect the beliefs and traditions of a variety of peoples and of people in different times and places

Social Studies: Early Civilizations

Expectations

  • Identify some of the major scientific and technological achievements of early civilizations (e.g. in architecture, sculpture, and medicine)
  • Identify and compare design and technology in early civilizations (with respect to roads, jewellery, irrigation systems, tools, food preservations, pottery, and buildings)

Science and Technology: Understanding Matter and Energy: Properties of and Changes in Matter

  • 3. Understanding Basic Concepts: demonstrate an understanding of the properties of matter, changes of state, and physical and chemical change;
    • 3.3: explain changes of state in matter (e.g. evaporation, condensation, solidification or freezing, fusion or melting, sublimation), and give examples of each (e.g. water from wet clothes evaporates; steam from a boiling kettle condenses on a cold window; water in ponds and lakes solidifies or freezes in winter; a frozen treat melts on a warm summer day; a moth ball sublimates in the closet)
    • 3.5: describe chemical changes in matter as changes in matter that are irreversible (e.g. when the chrome on a bicycle rusts, it can never go back to being chrome; when an egg is boiled it can never go back to being a raw egg)
    • 3.7: identify indicators of a chemical change (e.g. production of a gas, change in colour, formation of precipitate)

Grade 6

The Arts: Visual Arts

  • D1 Creating and Presenting: apply the creative process to produce art works in a variety of traditional two-and-three dimensional forms, as well as multimedia art works that communicate feelings, ideas, and understandings, using elements, principles and techniques of visual arts as well as current media technologies;
    • D1.2: demonstrate an understanding of composition, using selected principles of design to create narrative art works or art works on a theme or topic
    • D1.3: use elements of design in art works to communicate ideas, messages and understandings
    • D1.4: use a variety of materials, tools, techniques, and technologies to determine solutions to design challenges
  • D3 Exploring Forms and Cultural Contexts: demonstrate an understanding of a variety of art forms, styles, and techniques from the past and present, and their sociocultural and historical contexts;
    • D3.1: identify and describe some of the ways in which art forms and styles reflect the beliefs and traditions of a variety of communities, times, and places

Social Studies: First Nation Peoples and European Explorers

Expectations

  • describe characteristics of pre-contact First Nation cultures across Canada, including their close relationship with the natural environment; the motivations and attributes of the European explorers; and the effects of contact on both the receiving and the incoming groups

Grade 7

The Arts: Visual Arts

  • D1 Creating and Presenting: apply the creative process to produce art works in a variety of traditional two- and three-dimensional forms as well as multimedia art works, that communicate feelings, ideas, and understandings, using elements, principles, and techniques of visual arts as well as current media technologies;
    • D1.3: use elements of design in art works to communicate ideas, messages, and understandings for a specific audience and purpose
    • D1.4: use a variety of materials, tools, techniques, and technologies to determine solutions to increasingly complex design challenges
  • D3 Exploring Forms and Cultural Contexts: demonstrate an understanding of a variety of art forms, styles, and techniques from the past and present, and their sociocultural and historical contexts
    • D3.1: identify and describe some of the ways in which visual art forms and styles reflect the beliefs and traditions of a variety of cultures and civilizations
    • D3.2: demonstrate an understanding of the function of visual and media arts in various contexts today and in the past, and of their influence on the development of personal and cultural identity

Grade 8

The Arts: Visual Arts

  • D1 Creating and Presenting: apply the creative process to produce art works in a variety of traditional two-and three- dimensional forms, as well as multimedia art works, that communicate feelings, ideas and understandings, using elements, principles, and techniques of visual arts as well as current media technologies
    • D1.2: demonstrate an understanding of composition, using multiple principles of design and other layout considerations such as compositional triangles to create narrative art works or art works on a theme or topic
    • D1.3: use elements of design in art works to communicate ideas, messages, and understandings for a specific audience and purpose
    • D1.4: use a variety of materials, tools, techniques and technologies to determine solutions to increasingly complex design challenges
  • D3 Exploring Forms and Cultural Contexts: demonstrate an understanding of a variety of art forms, styles, and techniques from the past and present, and their sociocultural and historical contexts;
    • D3.2: identify and analyse some of the social, political, and economic factors that affect the creation of visual and media arts and the visual and media arts community

Current Listings: Top of Page | Ceramics Workshops (JK - Grade 3) | Clay Mask Masking (Grades 4 - 8) | Historic "Art"ifacts (Grade 4 - 8)