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The Agnes offers school programs for Grades 1–8 and Grades 9–12.

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The Beyond Classrooms Initiative

Image: Tim Forbes

Image: Tim Forbes

Beyond Classrooms is a program that brings teachers and their classes into the wider community for a week-long learning experience. This year the Agnes welcomes local elementary classes for sessions in March and May. While teaching their regular curriculum, teachers will use our exhibitions and resources as a springboard for collaborative and inquiry-based learning. From 6–10 March, we look forward to hosting Laura Lamarche from Winston Churchill Public School, and her Grade 7 and 8 class.

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School Programs for Grades 1–8

Our thematic school programs for Grades 1–8 encourage looking, dialogue and active engagement with original works of art in our galleries. They fuse art appreciation with hands-on creation to offer an animated, multi-faceted learning experience outside the classroom. We develop cross-curricular programs annually, based on new exhibitions. Student volunteers from Queen’s University receive extensive training in order to deliver the programs with enthusiasm and expertise.

In 2016–2017, we’ll look at two very different exhibitions. Students in Grades 1–3 will explore portraiture in Singular Figures: Portraits and Character Studies in Northern Baroque Painting. Students in Grades 4–8 will consider the outstanding visual heritage of the Canada’s Inuit people, as seen in Picturing Arctic Modernity: North Baffin Drawings from 1964. Click here to download the 2016-2017 School Programs Brochure.

We welcome Home Learners.

Nous offrons ce programme en français, selon la disponibilité des guides francophones.

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Booking a Visit for Grades 1–8

NOTE: Programs are not available 6 December 2016–20 January 2017, 21–24 February 2017, 7–17 March 2017.

Size of class: The ideal size is 30 or fewer. We can sometimes accommodate up to 40 students

Flexible Times: We can often adjust our program times to better suit your school timetable.

Cost: Grades 1–8: $80.00 per class. The program fee can be paid at the Reception Desk of the Agnes on the day of the visit. Please make cheques payable to Queen’s University and include the school and grade. There is no charge for teachers or their assistants. Receipts will be issued upon payment. We also accept payment by VISA, Mastercard or debit.

Cancellations: If you must cancel, please do so at least three weeks before your confirmed booking so that another class can make arrangements to take your place. A cancellation fee of one half the regular fee is charged if the visit is cancelled less than one week before the date of the confirmed booking. This charge does not apply in the case of severe weather conditions or emergencies.

Booking Form: Please complete this booking form and email as an attachment to All bookings will be confirmed by email.

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Teachers' Notes for Grades 1-8

The underlying ideas of the Ontario Curriculum for Grades 1–8: The Arts are reflected in our programs: developing creativity, communicating, understanding culture and making connections. Specific links are mentioned in the program descriptions. To help you make the most of your visit, we offer free Teachers’ Notes. This PDF contains pre- and post-visit material, with cross-curricular connections where relevant.

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School Programs for Grades 9–12

Tour the Agnes and Art Conservation

Queen’s University is home to Canada’s only Master’s program in Art Conservation, and its graduates work in museums around the world, taking care of paintings, sculptures, works on paper and objects ranging from clothing to metalwork. Their up-to-date laboratories adjoin the Agnes, so we are partnering with them in offering a joint tour for secondary school students this year. You and your class can discuss the outstanding original works in the Agnes exhibitions with a trained guide, then learn about the scientific techniques of conserving works of art in a tour of the Art Conservation labs. This 90-minute program will intrigue Art, Photography and Science students.

Due to limited space, we will take one class of up to 30 students at a time. Half will go the lab while half tours the gallery, then they switch places.

To book, please contact The program costs $2 per student.


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Self-Guided Programs

If you wish to conduct a class tour yourself, please book in advance by calling (613) 533.6000 x 77347 or emailing Admission for self-guided programs is free. Please read our Guidelines for Self-Guided Tours.

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