Grade 10 & 12 Art Classes Visit the Art Gallery of Ontario

Heather Castellan & Sarah Barbanchon
On February 2, the Grade 10 and Grade 12 art classes visited the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO). While at the gallery, they took part in a tour that focused on the idea of a "Time Machine", examining a variety of art genres and artists and how they related to global connections and cultural exchanges, primarily through memory.
Students began the tour with a discussion of the Thomson Collection of model ships, created from memory and of readily found materials. As they journeyed through the gallery, they discovered the works of Sarindar Dhaliwal, who investigates memory, identity and migration through mixed media and installation pieces. Next, they headed up to the 4th floor to look at the exhibition "Life Between Islands", a collection of Carribean-British art that addresses the role of culture in decolonization, the meaning of home and reclaiming of ancestral traditions.
 
Their final destination was to see the exhibition "KAWS: FAMILY" featuring artworks by the artist KAWS, focusing on the connections made to family through recognizable forms. His pieces utilize appropriated pop culture icons mixed with his own stylistic additions to convey a deeper connection beyond the visual. His exploration of family incorporates the ideas of protector, connection and dependence.
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