Grade 5: Social Studies Explore the MIA

Overview

Our one-hour guided program combines a museum visit through our permanent and temporary exhibitions as well as a hands-on component where students are able to touch and explore art making materials used by Inuit artists.

The museum tour will show students a wide range of art produced by Inuit and their ancestors, the Thule. Students in grade 5 will come away with a broader understanding of early civilizations around the world, as well as draw comparisons to Thule civilization in Canada. Inuit art is made out of a variety of materials in many different forms and MIA displays this range: from sculptures to prints, from various historical periods, and from across many of Canada’s Inuit communities.

The hands-on session will allow students the opportunity to touch and explore some of the indigenous materials used in Inuit art making in order to illustrate the impact of environmental factors on the art, as well as develop an appreciation for the process of producing art objects.

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