VanGo 2022/23

BUILDING A CREATIVE FUTURE FOR OUR COMMUNITY

The MacLaren’s VanGo Programme employs regional artists, connecting them to classrooms across Simcoe County and engaging over 6,000 students each year. In addition to VanGo, the MacLaren offers a range of youth programmes, seasonal art camps and afterschool classes as well as workshops, events and exhibitions for audiences of all ages. All 2022/2023 VanGo programmes are offered in both virtual and in-person formats!

The MacLaren Art Centre is excited to offer VanGo in a hybrid form to serve both virtual and in-person classes. Respecting the safety of teachers and their students and with a hopeful eye toward the future, a select roster of VanGo programmes will be offered to meet the standards of the Ontario Arts Curriculum in unique and engaging ways that encourage wellness and exploration.

Students who are regularly engaged in the arts become greater thinkers and learners. MacLaren VanGo programmes offer unique opportunities for students to meet and work with professional visual artists in the classroom and virtually. Students participate in meaningful cross-curricular activities that encourage creativity, skills development, and visual literacy, nurturing their appreciation of visual art and celebrating their strengths and abilities. VanGo artists are highly qualified, experienced art instructors dedicated to inspiring creativity in all students.

How to Book

MacLaren VanGo programmes can be booked by telephone or email Monday through Friday throughout the academic year. VanGo Gallery and in-person school programmes are available based on Public Health guidelines. When booking please let us know what program you are interested in, planned date and time, class size, and anything that will better help us serve your class. The MacLaren Art Centre requires that VanGo artists work with only one class at a time in both a virtual or in-person setting.

Note: Programme fees are based on a maximum of 30 students per class and include materials – additional materials can be included for an additional fee. VanGo materials kits will be prepared and packaged according to safety standards and will be available for pickup one week in advance.

For more information on rescheduling, cancellations and payments, please contact Natalie Fisher, Education & Community Art Assistant at 705-720-1044 ext. 232 or natalie@maclarenart.com.

To book a program, click here to use the online form at the bottom of this page.

PRIMARY

For Primary students, VanGo artists encourage the joy of creative expression through stimulating art materials and techniques, reinforcing their understanding of the visual elements and principles of design. We invite teachers to advise VanGo artists when a programme can be connected to an area of study or a class activity.

VANGO GALLERY PROGRAMMES:

Teachers, why not consider booking a VanGo programme for your students, K to 8 at the Gallery? 

VanGo Gallery includes a fieldtrip to the MacLaren Art Centre that begins with a guided exhibition tour followed by a VanGo programme of your choice!  Engaged by what they see in current exhibitions, students will be inspired to create art in our sunny, fully equipped art studio. 

Teachers can extend the day for their students by organizing a visit to the waterfront, the Barrie Public Library or even skating at City Hall!  

New – By the Letter (Grades 2-3)
Inspired by Canadian Artist Francisco-Fernando Granados

Class Length: Half Day (In-Person)
Cost: $300

Join us for a fun half-day of artmaking! Students will begin their Gallery visit with a tour of exhibitions by contemporary Canadian artist Francisco-Fernando Granados. Inspired by what they see, they will create a vibrant watercolour painting that explores abstraction and self-representation in art. Emphasis is on colour theory, composition, texture and transparency.

Teachers: This programme will be available for a limited time, so book early!

Curriculum Connections: Visual Arts, Literacy

Starry Night (Grades 2-3)
Inspired by Vincent van Gogh

Class Length: Half Day (In-Person)
Cost: $300

Visit the MacLaren to experience this long-standing VanGo programme! Students will be spellbound when they try a centuries-old printing technique: paper marbling. The principles of design are discovered as students create two masterpieces using mixed media. Starry Night reinforces an understanding of warm and cool colours, silhouette and visual representation of depth. The focus is on expressive colour, rhythmic line and the correct use of scissors.

Curriculum Connections: Visual Arts

VIRTUAL OR IN-SCHOOL PROGRAMMES:

In the Making (Grades K-3)
Inspired by Canadian Petroglyphs

Class Length: 90 minutes (Virtual) or Half Day (In-Person)
Cost: $300

In this programme, VanGo artists will present the importance of art as an early form of storytelling, by making connections to Canadian petroglyphs and sharing their own personal art and relationship to the community. Students will create a two-dimensional drawing, and a three-dimensional form by building an expressive clay vessel and carving a pattern on its surface.

Curriculum Connections: Visual Arts, Social Studies

Waterscapes (Grades 1-3)
Inspired by French Artist Claude Monet

Class Length: 90 minutes (Virtual) or Half Day (In-Person)
Cost: $300

Students will be inspired by the Impressionist style of Claude Monet. Using acrylic paint and collage on an 11 x 14 inch canvas board, students create vibrant waterscapes through primary and tint colour mixing. The concepts of colour theory, space and texture are explored with emphasis on gestural painting techniques.

Curriculum Connections: Visual Arts

Fantastic Forests (Grades 1-3)
Inspired by Canadian Artist Emily Carr

Class Length: 90 minutes (Virtual) or Half Day (In-Person)
Cost: $300

Students will create an artwork inspired by the Canadian rural landscape. Using paint and collage, they will build visual images by cutting, tearing and layering shapes. Developing fine motor skills and creative thinking, the focus is on visual texture and space using organic and geometric shapes.

Curriculum Connections: Visual Arts, Geography

Creative Creatures (Grades 1-3)
Inspired by Indigenous Canadian Artist Mary Anne Barkhouse

Class Length: 90 minutes (Virtual) or Half Day (In-Person)
Cost: $300

Students will have fun sculpting with clay, creating amazing hybrid creatures and illustrating their natural environments. They will explore basic clay techniques and tools, developing fine motor skills and creative thinking. The focus is on using geometric solids and form as elements of art with imaginative reference to Geography and Science curriculums.

Curriculum Connections: Visual Arts, Geography, Science

JUNIOR & INTERMEDIATE

Our Junior and Intermediate VanGo Programmes provide students with an opportunity for a graduated understanding of the principles of design through the creative manipulation of colour, line, texture, shape and pattern. Introducing curriculum-based content and contemporary issues (context) encourages young people to understand the social significance of works of art, both past and present.

VANGO GALLERY PROGRAMMES:

New- By the Letter (Grades 4-6)
Inspired by Canadian Artist Francisco-Fernando Granados

Class Length: Half Day (In-Person)
Cost: $300

Join us for a fun half-day of artmaking! Students will begin their Gallery visit with a tour of exhibitions by contemporary Canadian artist Francisco-Fernando Granados. Inspired by what they see, students will create a vibrant watercolour painting that explores abstraction and self-representation in art. Emphasis is on colour theory, composition, texture and transparency.

Teachers: This programme will be available for a limited time, so book early!

Curriculum Connections: Visual Arts, Literacy

Wild Life (Grades 4-8)
Inspired by Indigenous Canadian Artist Norval Morrisseau

Class Length: Half Day (In-Person)
Cost: $300

What Canadian animal describes you? Using cut paper and ink, each student creates a collograph print of a totemic animal in the style of Woodland School artist Norval Morrisseau. The focus is on organic and geometric shapes, positive form and negative space and symbol, with content drawn from the Social Studies curriculum.

Curriculum Connections: Visual Arts, Social Studies

Colour My World (Grades 4-8)
Inspired by Canadian Artist Landon Mackenzie

Class Length: Half Day (In-Person)
Cost: $300

Based on references to satellite imagery of the region, students will explore abstraction by creating a large artwork on watercolour paper using artist-quality watercolour paints, brushes, white oil pastel, wax resist and pen and ink. Using traditional watercolour techniques, the focus is on creating vibrant visual maps with an emphasis on colour theory, positive form and negative space, texture, line and transparency.

Curriculum Connections: Visual Arts, Geography

VIRTUAL OR IN-SCHOOL PROGRAMMES:

Distant Horizons (Grades 4-8)
Inspired by Canadian Artist Tom Thompson

Class Length: 90 minutes (Virtual) or Half Day (In-Person)
Cost: $300

In this programme, students will be inspired by the vibrant Canadian landscape paintings of Tom Thompson. Using artist-quality soft pastels on coloured paper, students will gain confidence in drawing with this medium by learning techniques to be applied in the completion of a final landscape masterpiece. The focus is on colour theory, layering, texture, and transparency.

Curriculum Connections: Visual Arts, Geography

Arctic Animals (Grades 4-8)
Inspired by Inuit Folklore and Artwork

Class Length: 90 minutes (Virtual) or Half Day (In-Person)
Cost: $300

Taking inspiration from Inuit folklore and mythical animals, students will sculpt imaginative creatures with natural clay. This activity encourages creative thinking, develops fine motor skills and challenges students to move from two-dimensional drawing to three-dimensional form. The focus is on the use of geometric solids and form as an element of art.

Curriculum Connections: Visual Arts, Social Studies

Masks and Meaning (Grades 4-8)
Inspired by Indigenous Mask Making

Class Length: 90 minutes (Virtual) or Half Day (In-Person)
Cost: $300

This programme explores the ceremonial masks created by Indigenous artists of the West Coast. Students will discover the function and history of the mask while creating a preliminary drawing, all before sculpting a clay mask masterpiece! The focus is on drawing, symmetry, form and symbol, with content drawn from the Social Studies curriculum.

Curriculum Connections: Visual Arts, Social Studies

The Clean Shape (Grades 7-8)
Inspired by Indigenous-Québecois Artist Rita Letendre

Class Length: 90 minutes (Virtual) or Half Day (In-Person)
Cost: $300

In this programme, students will be inspired by the abstract paintings of Indigenous-Quebecois artist Rita Letendre. Students will explore the style of hard-edge abstraction on canvas board using masking tape as a tool to paint clean shapes, lines and overlapping edges. The focus is on colour theory, layering, texture and transparency, as well as geometric and spatial reasoning.

Curriculum Connections: Visual Arts, Math

Light on the Land (Grades 6-8)
Inspired by Canadian Artist Lucius O’Brien

Class Length: 90 minutes (Virtual) or Half Day (In-Person)
Cost: $300

A review of Canadian landscape painters will inspire young artists to create monochrome landscapes. Using artist-quality watercolour paints, brushes and wax resist on watercolour paper, students learn about colour gradation, monochromatic scale, painting techniques, positive and negative space, texture and transparency.

Curriculum Connections: Visual Arts, Geography

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