Consisting of an exhibition and artist visits, DVSA’s Artists’ Connection outreach programs are designed to create a relationship between the visual arts community and elementary and secondary schools in the Hamilton region, interacting with children at a meaningful time in their lives.

Established in 2004, the free Artists' Connection programs continue to travel throughout the Greater Hamilton area, visiting 36 schools per year and offering visual art experiences to 37,000 individuals annually.

At DVSA, we feel a multidisciplinary education that includes the arts can encourage children intellectually, emotionally, socially, and physically – stimulating a wide variety of learning styles and increasing a student's learning potential. By offering the Artists’ Connection programs, we hope to ensure children in our community are given the opportunities to experience the arts and further develop their visual literacy skills.

Teachers have the opportunity to book the Artists’ Connection programs and host the exhibition for one month in their school. An accompanying guidebook for each program provides teachers with different ways to engage their students, offering learning activities that focus on helping students to better appreciate and understand the artworks. Our hope is the exhibition will provide teachers and students with a springboard for the conversations, activities and assignments that are a part of meeting the Ministry’s curriculum expectations.

Teachers are also provided with the unique opportunity to bring one of the featured artists from the exhibition into their classroom. In coordination with DVSA, teachers can arrange to have a chosen artist visit the classroom, share their work and artistic process and engage the students in an art making workshop. These visits are generally 2-3 hours in length.

Currently, four programs are available to reserve – Artists’ Connection 3, 4, 5 and 6.

Artists’ Connection 3
Artists’ Connection 3 (AC3) consists of thirteen works of art by established Hamilton artists and is an ideal starting place to help students develop their visual literacy and better appreciate and understand visual art.

View the Artists’ Connection 3 Teacher Guidebook

The Artists’ Connection 3 program is made possible through generous funding by The W. Garfield Weston Foundation, incite Foundation for the Arts and ArcelorMittal Dofasco, Hamilton.


Artists’ Connection 4
Artists’ Connection 4 (AC4) is the follow up program, consisting of twelve two-dimensional works of art by established Hamilton artists and offers students an opportunity to expand their visual literacy skills and further their appreciation for visual art.

View the Artists’ Connection 4 Teacher Guidebook

The Artists’ Connection 4 program is made possible through generous funding by incite Foundation for the Arts, the Edith H. Turner Foundation Fund at Hamilton Community Foundation, ArcelorMittal Dofasco, Hamilton and the J.P. Bickell Foundation.


Artists’ Connection 5
Artists’ Connection 5 – Indigenous Perspectives (AC5) encompasses the Indigenous culture and consists of twelve works of art created by Indigenous artists who reside in the region. The program offers teachers an opportunity to make connections to both the province’s art and native studies curriculum, particularly with the Ministry’s Aboriginal Perspectives Toolkit.

View the Artists’ Connection 5: Indigenous Perspectives Teacher Guidebook

The Artists’ Connection 5 program is made possible through generous funding by the Creative Arts Fund at Hamilton Community Foundation, ArcelorMittal Dofasco, Hamilton, the Peterborough K.M. Hunter Charitable Foundation and The Winberg Foundation.


Artists’ Connection 6
Artists’ Connection 6: Artist as Environmentalist (AC6) consists of twelve works created by artists who reside in the Greater Hamilton region. The artwork in this exhibition challenges ideas and notions around environmental issues and explores how art can be used to make environmental/political statements.

View the Artists’ Connection 6: Artist as Environmentalist Teacher Guidebook

The Artists’ Connection 6 program is made possible through generous funding by the Edith H. Turner Foundation Fund at Hamilton Community Foundation, ArcelorMittal Dofasco, Hamilton, The OTIP Community Fund and Earls Court Gallery.

To book an Artists’ Connection program for your school, please contact:

Heather Vaugeois
Director of Advancement
Dundas Valley School of Art
heatherv@dvsa.ca
905-628-6357 #203

The Artists’ Connection programs are approved by both Hamilton-Wentworth and Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Boards, and at this time, are only available to teachers in the Greater Hamilton region.

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