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Why not let the Gallery’s dedicated team of trained volunteers bring a bit of the National Gallery of Canada to the classroom with our program titled Looking at Pictures? Students experience an interactive journey towards greater art appreciation using visual art reproductions from the National Collection.
Visits are open to elementary school students in Grades 1-6 in the Ottawa-Gatineau area and are offered free of charge. Presentations are available in English or French and last 30-60 minutes depending on grade level and school timetable.
For more information, consult the FAQ below, or contact the volunteer office at 613-990-0130 or via email at [email protected].
Once the applications are received, they are added to our database and sorted geographically. The group meets monthly to match the school requests with volunteers. The volunteers will be in touch with the contact person listed on the Request Form to determine dates and times that work for you. Please allow six to eight weeks for a response. If there are no volunteers available or if your first choice of language is not available, the volunteer coordinator will be in touch to let you know.
It’s important to let you students know that a volunteer from the National Gallery of Canada will be visiting your classroom to talk about art prior to our visit.
As well, we require the following information:
No. The volunteer will bring all the supplies they need to do the presentation.
Yes. It makes for a better visit for everyone if we can focus on the presentation while you focus on making sure everyone gets the most out of the presentation and there are no in classroom interruptions.
The length of the presentation is dependent on the school’s timetable and on the age of the children. On average, presentations last between 30 and 60 minutes and can be adjusted to the schedule in your school.
In order to ensure that children get the most out of our visit we recommend against combining classes. If, combining classes cannot be avoided please discuss it with the volunteer prior to their visit. As a rule, the presentations more best if there are no more than 30 to 35 students in the room. We reserved the right to refuse to do a presentation to large groups unless plans have been made ahead of time.
While we do our best to accommodate your needs, we can’t guarantee that our volunteers will be available on specific dates.
Our volunteers are trained to give presentations for children in grades 1 to 6.