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Distance Learning

Whether you are too far away to visit the Gallery in person or whether you would like to prepare your students for an on-site visit, the Distance Learning program connects students from across Canada with artworks in the Gallery’s collection. Interactive programs, delivered via webinar, get students discussing a range of artworks while exploring curriculum-linked themes.

To participate, you’ll need access to a computer, webcam, microphone, speakers, projector and a wired Internet connection.

Offered free of charge. Distance Learning webinars are available Monday to Friday, from 8 am to 6 pm ET (8 am to 8 pm ET on Thursdays), from 27 September 2016 to 12 May 2017. Webinars must be booked at least four weeks in advance.

Please note that preference is given to schools located outside of a 50 km radius of the National Gallery of Canada.

To register, please call 613.990-4888 or fill out the reservation form online. Registration for school programs begins on 23 August 2016.

Grades K - 3

People and Relationships
Duration: 30 - 50 minutes

How can people speak to us without saying a word? Discover the role of body language and facial expression in relating stories in artworks.

Spaces and Places
Duration: 30 - 50 minutes

How does the setting add to the story? Explore different environments in artworks, from interiors to landscapes.


Grades 4 - 6

People and Relationships
Duration: 30 - 50 minutes

How can people speak to us without saying a word? Discover the role of body language and facial expression in relating stories in artworks.

Spaces and Places
Duration: 30 - 50 minutes

How does the setting add to the story? Explore different environments in artworks, from interiors to landscapes.

What and Why
Duration: 30 - 50 minutes

Why do people make art? Explore influences, the role materials play and how we can interpret artists’ choices.

Indigenous Art Today
Duration: 30 - 50 minutes
What is Indigenous art in Canada like today? Discover how Indigenous artists connect to tradition and invent new ways to make art.

Grades 7 - 12/Sec I - V

Gallery Highlights
Duration: 30 - 50 minutes

What is a masterpiece? Discuss the notion of originality and how to interpret and evaluate an artwork.

Signs and Symbols in Art
Duration: 30 - 50 minutes

What does it mean? Analyze how artists use symbolism, imagery and iconography.

Indigenous Art Today
Duration: 30 - 50 minutes
What is Indigenous art in Canada like today? Discover how Indigenous artists connect to tradition and invent new ways to make art.

Watch a video of Distance Learning in action: