SoWAG (Students of the Winnipeg Art Gallery)
Mission: Provide a cool, safe, and inspiring space at the WAG for youth ages 15 to 25 with an interest in the Art World.
The SoWAG meet every second Wednesday from 6 to 8pm from October to the end of May, to plan events for youth. To join the group, e-mail Aline at firstname.lastname@example.org
Exhibitions on View: Winter 2018/19
- The 80s Image
- Mary Yuusipik Singaqti
- Nivinngajuliaat from Baker Lake
- Behind Closed Doors
- Salon Style: Reimagining the Collection
- Morrisseau: Androgyny
- Robert Archambeau: A Conversation in Clay
See all current and upcoming exhibitions here.
Types of Programs:
- Self-Guided Visit: Lead your own students through the exhibition. Available from 11am, 90 minutes.
- Guided Interactive Tour: Choose the perfect 90-minute tour for your group. Available from 10am, 90 minutes. Add additional time in the galleries to your guided tour for $15 per 10 students (supervision required).
- Tour and Studio Workshop: For a more immersive experience, add a 90-minute studio workshop to your day. Includes a 90-minute tour, lunch room, and 90-minute workshop.
Inspire your students with the WAG in your classroom...virtually! What you'll need: a computer, projector, speakers, mic, and webcam. We will send you a link to join the virtual tour and we will soon be looking at, talking about, and sharing art and stories together. Select the two-hour interactive tour that's best for your class:
- Stories from the North (K-4) Join us as we share stories that have evoked and shaped the many unique art forms of the North. We will highlight carvings, prints, and wall-hangings, and consider the innovative techniques and materials used by the artists.
- Indigenous Identity in Contemporary Art (5-12) Many contemporary artists use their art practices to engage in themes of activism, resistance, and identity. We will explore these topics as we look at different pieces of art.
$125 per tour, includes tour and pre- and post-visit packages
To book a virtual tour please email email@example.com
The WAG is pleased to offer interactive tours for your EAL classes. Created by EAL teachers and art educators, these tours give groups the opportunity to practice a variety of literacy skills while simultaneously expanding their knowledge of Canadian culture, history, and identity.
The 90-minute tours are designed to support in-class lessons with a dynamic gallery experience that will leave participants feeling enlightened and inspired!
Book a tour today by filling out the online form wag.ca/bookatour
A pre-visit booklet is available for use in the classroom upon booking.
EARLY YEARS (P-4)
Art of the First Peoples of Canada • Go on a journey through the Gallery focusing on the art of First Nation, Inuit and Métis artists. Learn traditional customs and stories, discover the treaties, and experience a sharing circle all the while surrounded by contemporary Indigenous art.
Inuit Art & Life in the North • Embark on an adventurous journey exploring the WAG’s world class collection of Inuit art. Learn about life in the Arctic and discover how geography, history, and cultural traditions have shaped Canadian Inuit communities.
Art Explorers • Explore exciting collections of historic masterworks and have fun deciphering the story behind the pictures. What are the pictures saying? Let’s investigate the clues together.
MIDDLE YEARS (5-8)
Indigenous Art of Canada • Who are the Indigenous artists of today? Discover contemporary art by First Nation, Inuit and Métis artists and explore a worldview specific to Canada and its First Peoples.
Living Traditions & Stories in Inuit Art • Visit the WAG’s famous collection of Inuit art to learn about life and culture in the Arctic. Explore how Inuit oral traditions and stories continue into the modern day in the form of art in various media.
Reflections • How can art both reflect and influence culture and identity? Visit one of Canada’s most impressive collections of art and consider how the meaning of an artwork is dependent on the specific time, place, and community it was created in.
SENIOR YEARS (9-12)
Indigenous History through Art • Understanding the history of Canada requires considering our stories from multiple perspectives including those of Canada's First Nations peoples. Gain a new appreciation of our country by learning through the Indigenous art on display.
Inuit Art in the Contemporary World • Discover how social, political, and economic changes across Canada’s Arctic are reflected in the visual arts. Explore the role Inuit artists play in communicating these developments to the rest of Canada and the world.
Art in Context • Explore one of Canada’s finest art collections and learn how the context of an artwork is essential to understanding its historical and contemporary meaning. Connect works of art to a specific time, place, or community, and develop an understanding of how art reflects and influences culture and identity.
90-minute workshops can be adapted to grade levels as indicated.
Student artwork must be brought back to school.
Who Am I?(K-4) • Children create original self-portraits using a colourful variety of art materials and techniques. This workshop allows students to explore ways in which art can express personal experiences and feelings.
Mini Wall-Hanging (K-12) • Children will explore the shapes, colours and patterns in Inuit wall hangings and create their own wall hanging out of colourful paper.
Print Making (K-12) • Students will each create their own block prints inspired by Inuit art.
Promise Medals (K-12)* • Students will create a medal out of self-drying clay with a personalized image that represents a promise inspired by the Treaty medals. This workshop requires considerable dexterity and may be challenging for younger groups.
Power in the 80s Poster (5-12) • What social issues are your students passionate about and how are they going to express it? In this workshop, each student will create their own 1980s inspired multi-media activist poster that contains a message reflecting aspects of students' identity, values, and beliefs.
*Clay workshops are limited to 25 participants and depend on studio availability.
How to Book
Fill out the online booking request form at wag.ca/bookatour. Programs are offered Tuesday-Friday starting at 10am.
Please allow 3 business days for confirmation of your booking.
Self–Guided Visit (Available from 11am, 2 hours per visit, max 25 students): $60 per ten students or multiples thereof.* Book online, general admission rates apply to drop-in groups.
Guided Interactive Tour $60 per ten students or multiples thereof.*
Tour and Studio Workshop (Includes a 90-minute tour, lunch room, and 90-minute workshop): $120 per ten students or multiples thereof.*
Stay and explore the galleries on your own for a "self-guided after tour" for an additional $15 per ten students. (additional supervision required).
Payment may be made by mailing a cheque in advance to the WAG or by EFT. Teachers could also bring a cheque on the day of the tour. Please note: payment is due on the day of the visit. No purchase orders please.
- Tuesday 11am-5pm
- Wednesday 11am-5pm
- Thursday 11am-5pm
- Friday 11am-9pm
- Saturday 11am-5pm
- Sunday 11am-5pm
- Closed Monday