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.

Fall 2018

Exhibition Tour

Through lines brings together the works of seven artists that challenge redaction. Each artist tackles different types of redaction such as shredding, blacking out, editing and covering up. Instead of treating redaction simply as a tool of control, the artists use techniques of redaction to engage in restorative gestures that ask us to think about different forms of knowing and remembering.

This exhibition addresses how histories and memories, both political and personal, are constructed today. Through lines explores these ideas by highlighting the spaces of inquiry and curiosity that can be revealed through acts of redaction.


Activity 1
This workshop will explore the power redaction holds in its ability to censor information or to reinstate agency when the maker gets to decide what is revealed and what will remain hidden.

Many of the artists in Through lines employ the practice of redaction in their artworks, which is a process wherein source materials are altered in order to create a new document. The contents of the original can be removed, oftentimes replaced with black rectangles as seen in classified documents.

Using pre-existing documents, books and images, participants will create a zine that combines redactive imagery and text to communicate a new idea. This process is intended to have participants consider how information is disseminated, altered, and hidden from the public sphere, and the ways in which they can alter existing media to work in their favour. 

Activity 2
Scott Benesiinaabandan’s little resistances pairs personal and journalistic photographs to illustrate the connection between small personal acts and historic ones. Participants are asked to bring in photos of family landmark events to pair with images sourced in magazines, in an exercise meant to draw connections between private and public moments.

On a sheet of clear acetate, participants will block out sections using black marker to create organic shapes or an alternating grid pattern. They will then layer their acetate sheet overtop of their selected images, causing sections to become hidden under the black markings. The results of this process will be scanned to produce a seamless image, resulting in a new narrative that transcends time and place.

A group discussion will follow where each individual will reveal the context of the original photographs as well as their personal and political intent with the pairing and redaction.

Ontario Curriculum Links

Elementary Jr. Level: 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 today and in the past and of their influence on the development of personal and cultural identity.

Elementary Sr. Level: Visual Arts

D3.1 Identify and explain some of the ways in which artistic traditions in a variety of times and places have been maintained, adapted, or appropriated.

D3.2 Identify and analyze some of the social, political, and economic factors that affect the creation of visual and media arts and the visual and media arts community.

High School: Visual Arts, Media Arts

A2.2 Modify the elements and/or principles of an existing art work to achieve a particular intent and compare the effects of the original and modified work.

A3.2 Use technologies, tools, and techniques associated with more than one arts discipline to create integrated art works.

A3.3 Communicate personal messages by creating and presenting art works using a variety of approaches and techniques.

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).

B1.1 Identify and describe their initial reactions to a variety of artworks.

B1.3 Identify and reflect on the qualities of their own art works and the works of others and evaluate the effectiveness of these works.

B2.1 Describe the role of the arts as a vehicle for both cultural expression and the individual expression of the artist, with reference to works from both the past and the present.

B2.2 Communicate an understanding of the ability of the arts to inform and instruct and to contribute to social change, and the 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.

B3.2 Demonstrate an understanding of how exploring the arts has affected their perception and understanding of Canadian identity.

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For more information on the Koffler Gallery public programs and tours, please contact:

Patricia Ritacca
Public Engagement Coordinator, Koffler Gallery
647.925.0643 x221

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