Teachers, bring your students to the Aga Khan Museum for a fun, Ontario Curriculum-driven session of exploring and creating. The diverse arts of Muslim civilizations reveal numerous connections between art, science, and mathematics. Exploring these connections leads not only to a greater understanding of these disciplines but also to a better appreciation of the bridges between cultures. The Aga Khan Museum's school programs have been developed to meet these aims.


SCHOOL PROGRAMS

Customize your own visit, or choose from a roster of Aga Khan Museum School Programs.

A two-hour gallery program includes discovery in the Museum’s exhibitions and an activity in the Education Centre. Students have the chance to experiment with materials and processes, learn new skills, explore cross-curricular connections, and make new works of art to take home with them. School Performances expose students to diverse cultural expression through the arts including theatre, music, film and more.

Prepare your students in advance using our Ontario-curriculum based teacher resource guide, Learning at the Aga Khan Museum: A Curriculum Guide for Teachers Grades One to Eight.

All visits and programs are available throughout the school year for pre-booking Tuesdays to Fridays, with morning, afternoon, and full day options. Please inquire regarding full-day program.

Cost: $8 per student; teachers and chaperones need to fulfill supervision ratios to gain free admission.

Teachers, please read our school booking guidelines, or contact us at learn@agakhanmuseum.org for further details. Please ensure your school visits are booked two weeks in advance.

School Programs Visit Guidelines School Programs Visit Request Form


 

CURRENT PROGRAMS

 

Explore the Aga Khan Museum
All ages, 2 hours
Curriculum Links: Visual Arts, Language, Math, Social Studies, History, Geography, Canada and World Studies, World Religions

Discover the art and architecture of the Aga Khan Museum! Students explore our collection of manuscripts, ceramics, architecture, and more, then create art inspired by what they learn. This program highlights the diversity of our world and the many ways the arts of Muslim civilizations have contributed to it.


Pattern Play in Art and Math
Grades 1–8, 9–12, 2 hours
Curriculum Links: Visual Arts, Language, Math, Social Studies

Students put on their detective hats and search the Museum and galleries for geometric shapes and arabesque designs. They take their discoveries to the Education Centre, where they create colourful patterns through printmaking, drawing, and clay exploration.


Colours in Islamic Art
Grades 7–12, 2 hours

Curriculum Links: Visual Arts, Language, English, Math, Media Literacy, Social Studies, History, Geography

What are the colours of the pre-modern world? How did artists create and utilize these vibrant pigments that have survived for centuries? Exploring our galleries, students investigate colours in the arts of Muslim civilizations. Then they create their own pigments from natural materials in a fun, interactive session.


Visual Storytelling
All Ages, 2 hours

Curriculum Links: Visual Arts, Language, English, Math, Media Literacy, Social Studies, History, Geography, Religious Studies, World Studies

Travel through Iran, India, Central Asia, and beyond during this fascinating exploration of our Collection and exhibitions! Students investigate storytelling techniques and see how artists narrate cultural histories through traditional and contemporary contexts. They then apply what they’ve learned, creating their own visual and literary narratives in a variety of media.

 

 

 

Silk Route Adventures
Grades 3–8, 9–12, 2 hours

Curriculum Links: Social Studies, Arts, Geography, World History, Visual Literacy, English

Through a discovery of our Permanent Collection and special exhibitions, students adventure over land and sea, exploring the many ways that the Silk Routes encouraged the diffusion of goods, ideas, peoples, and cultures across Europe and Asia. Students tour the galleries, and explore narrative storytelling with hands-on activities and sketching.


School Performances

The Aga Khan Museum's Education program presents school performances of music, storytelling, film, dance, and more, tailored for school audiences. Prepare your students for new sights and sounds — and a new understanding of world cultures.

All performances include free full-day access to the Museum Collections gallery and any ongoing exhibitions, with extra facilitated educational touch-tables for student exploration.

Docs for Schools: Sonita

Storytelling for Schools: Tales of Djinns, Fools, and Kings

Docs for Schools: What Tomorrow Brings

For all programs:

All visits and programs are available throughout the school year for pre-booking Tuesdays to Fridays, with morning, afternoon, and full day options. Please inquire regarding full-day program.

Cost: $8 per student; teachers and chaperones need to fulfill supervision ratios to gain free admission.

Teachers, please read our school booking guidelines, or contact us at learn@agakhanmuseum.org for further details. Please ensure your school visits are booked two weeks in advance.


TEACHER'S RESOURCES

Engage your students and broaden their understanding of the arts of Muslim Civilizations with a multi-disciplinary resource inspired by the Aga Khan Museum's Permanent Collection! Teachers are provided with ideas and resources to teach core competency skills in arts, sciences, mathematics, literacy, and social studies while fulfilling specific expectations in the Ontario Ministry Curriculum. Featuring lesson plans, a glossary of terms, and strategies for art-based learning, this resource is perfect for classroom use and for teachers’ reference during a class visit to the Aga Khan Museum.

Download the Full Guide

Curriculm Section Guides

How To Use This Guide

Section 1: Introduction

Section 2: Art-based Learning

Section 3: Learning with Aga Khan Museum Resources

Section 3: Grades One to Three

Section 3: Grades Four to Six

Section 3: Grades Seven & Eight

Section 4: Lesson Plans

Section 5: Glossary and Additional Resources


PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Teachers, join us for upcoming teacher events, workshops, and studio activities, where you can connect with other elementary, secondary, and ECE educators and develop your own skills in objects- and arts-based learning and visual literacy skills to take back to the classroom. Please contact us at learn@agakhanmuseum.org for details.