TAG Teacher Resources

students in the classroomIn the classroomThe Temiskaming Art Gallery lesson plans offer you classroom and online activities. Each lesson plan references artwork in the TAG permanent collection. Teach visual literacy concepts with works from your local arts community. They're easy to use, grade-appropriate and clearly linked to the curriculum. Try them out in your classroom, today!

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K-3 Lesson Plans

  • Colour in Northern Ontario - Students explore how to make different colors through online activities and then with paint. Working in groups, students construct a "Colors of the Season" book.
  • Shape and landscape - Students identify different geometric shapes and use the differences in the building of landscape collages. 
  • Patterns around me - Students extend and create patterns. Through a variety of activities, they will be encouraged to think about patterns as they exist in math and their everyday lives.
  • Designing symbols - Students engage in active problem solving as they create a design for a symbol that tells something about their community.
  • Creating textures - This lesson introduces students to texture and helps them identify texture in works of art. Students create their own texture collage.

4-6 Lesson Plans

  • Narrative - Works of art often tell stories. Artists can present narrative in many ways—by using a series of images representing moments in a story, or by selecting a central moment to stand for the whole story. Students will work in groups to write an article based on one artwork from the TAG collection.  
  • Montage - Choosing a local landscape or vista, students create an original montage, using suitable materials, forms and shapes to interpret their landscape. Students will learn to recognize the importance of how artists use specific materials, texture, shape and form in their work to represent a real landscape.
  • Balance - This lesson explores forces of gravity and balance. Students create artworks applying the real-world principles of balance in a two dimensional space.

7-8 Lesson Plans

  • Time travel self-portraits - Students review portraits in the TAG collection and think about what they would like to do like as an adult.  What will I look like?  How will I dress? What would I need to do to make my dream come true? Students then create a self-portrait representing how they will look when they are older in their chosen career.
  • Points of view - Students will explore unique ways artists use specific elements and principles of composition to express ideas, feelings, and experiences in their work.  Students will create three drawings in order to compare and evaluate different perspectives on the same subject.

9-12 Lesson Plans

  • Masks - After exploring a selection of works from the TAG collection, students will create their own ceremonial, camouflage, protective, self-portrait, or other style of mask.
  • Social commentary - After considering a selection of work from the TAG collection, students will create their own work of art that serves as a social commentary. Students will make a moral or ethical statement in their artwork using materials and design approach that supports the overall message.
  • Public art commission - After reviewing community public artworks, students will consider a selection of community sites for a 'hypothetical' commission. Working in teams, students create a proposal that includes a model with site plan, description, proposed materials, tools processes and estimated cost of the work.
  • Documenting history - View and discuss works in the TAG collection that document the decline of the mining industry in the Temiskaming area. Students then create artworks that document past and current industries in their community.