About the Koffler Gallery Education Program
Koffler Gallery’s education programs help students expand their creativity, develop their visual literacy and sharpen their communication skills. Interactive gallery tours prompt students to analyse the formal aspects and meaning of artworks, enabling them to share their own interpretations while gaining understanding of the intentions of artists. Tours are followed by in-gallery art-making workshops inspired by the works in the exhibition, giving students the opportunity to express their views of the world around them and their personal feelings, experiences and ideas.
Students will be given a tour of Paris-based artist Esther Shalev-Gerz’ first exhibition in Toronto, which brings together four video and photography installations that explore memory and migration. Developed through active dialogue with diverse communities, these works foreground participants’ individual and collective experiences.
In one video, The Gold Room, Shalev-Gerz proposes a reading of the cultural value of objects through ten stories of provenance. She invites five historians to tell the story of an object they had each selected from the Swedish History Museum and five individuals that have recently found refuge in Sweden to tell the story of an object they had each brought with them on their long journey. The poignant video and series of photographs depicting these cultural objects from the past and present shed light on the personal journeys and encounters contained in their folds.
Students will be asked to bring to the workshop an object of significance that carries personal symbolic weight. Students will write a short text that describes the personal narratives behind their object. They will then photograph their object in a location of their choosing. The workshop will end in a group show-and-tell where a discussion on how personal identities and values can reflect a larger collective narrative.
Ontario Arts Curriculum Links
Elementary: Visual Arts
D2.1 Interpret a variety of artworks and identify feelings, issues, themes and social concerns that they convey.
D3.1 Identify and describe some of the ways in which visual art forms and styles reflect the 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.
High School: Visual Arts, Media Arts
B1.1 Identify and describe their initial reactions to a variety of artworks.
B2.2 Identify ways in which various artworks reflect the society in which they were created.
B2.3 Identify ways in which creating or analyzing artworks has affected their personal identity and values.
A3.4 Explain how variations in where and how artworks are displayed (eg. public art, in private and public galleries, on the internet, in mass media, in virtual and traditional museums, as transient artworks).
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Public Engagement Coordinator, Koffler Gallery
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