Canada History Week 2022 Learning Tool

Canada History Week 2022 Learning Tool SUMMATIVE Optional Extension: Have students create a gallery in your school, and invite students to walk through the exhibits as if they were visiting a gallery. Art Gallery of Ontario The Royal Ontario Museum National Gallery of Canada Montreal Museum of Fine Arts McMichael Canadian Art Collection Nova Scotia Archives Hot Docs Library and Archives Canada Canadian Museum of History Activity 2.3 Curating an Exhibition Imagine a museum or an art gallery has asked you to put together an exhibition on Canadian art and culture. Using online databases to conduct research, curate a 10-piece exhibit showcasing a brief history of arts and culture in Canada. Some databases to explore include: 1. Choose to focus your exhibit on one of the four categories presented in this learning tool: Visual Arts, Music, Stage and Screen, or Literature. Alternatively, you can choose to incorporate all four in your exhibit. 2. Begin by planning out your exhibit. Will it span the entirety of Canadian history or just one century or decade? Will it be Canada-wide or focus on one province? You may want to organize your exhibit thematically – around a particular geographical area, a cultural community, a motif, or an environmental theme, for example. Are there any specific communities you want to include? Are there any genres or mediums you don’t want to leave out? 3. Once you have a rough idea of what your exhibit will look like, it is time to make your selections. Use TCE, online databases, and any other resources provided by your teacher to search for material. Mediums can include artwork, sheet music, costumes, pottery, and more. 4. After you have made your final selection, write a short paragraph for each piece detailing who the creator is, when the piece originated, where it was created, how it was made (if applicable), why it is significant, and why you have chosen to include it in your exhibition. Make sure that your exhibition is in the order you would like it to be viewed as if you were walking through a gallery. 5. Create a visual representation of your gallery, with images of the artworks and their explanations visible. What order would you like the pieces to be viewed, and why? Choose a title for your exhibit, and write a short introduction about the significance of your exhibit. Teacher Tip: Talk to students about the kinds of materials that are left behind by live performances (props, costumes, etc.,) and the potential depth and value of such objects as parts of an exhibit. 21.