Expressions 41: Extension Activities

There are only a few more weeks to see Expressions 41!  Our extension activities, available to download by clicking the links below, were inspired by the theme Our Place in the World.

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These lessons encourage students to consider how repeating linear patterns can transform a simple shape such as the shadow of a tree into an exciting and dynamic image.

KWAG Early Spring 2016 Extension Lesson GR 4-8

KWAG Early Spring 2016 Extension Lesson JK – GR 3

Rabbit and Bear Paws – Classroom Resources


Written by Chad Solomon, Christopher Meyer, and Tanya Leary, the Adventures of Rabbit and Bear Paws graphic novel series follows the antics of two mischievous brothers in 1750’s colonized North America.

When you visit you will find a whole host of great resources including colouring pages, puppet workshops, and handouts outlining the Seven Grandfather Teachings.

“Rabbit and Bear Paws are heroes that we created to share humorous adventures based on Traditional Teachings. This allows us to carry on the teachings to the youth who wish to explore their roots, while helping to share the wisdom of the Aboriginal community with the universal audience (non-aboriginal). The Anishinabek were the middle-men of the Fur trading era. So the Anishinabek would have traveled and traded with other Nations the same goods that they traded with the French and the English. The idea is to have the family – Rabbit, Bear Paws, Clover Blossom and Grey Stone visit other communities sharing with our audiences how native peoples worked out their differences peacefully when challenges arose. At the same time the stories show how we all learn from each other and that we need to help each other out, including the new neighbours (Europeans).” 

Expressions 41, Coming Soon to a Galaxy Near You


KWAG’s Youth Council is planning a collaborative installation for Expressions 41 inspired by images of deep space captured by the Hubble Telescope.  It will be unveiled, along with artwork by hundreds of students from Waterloo Region, at the opening reception on April 3, 2016.

If you are planning on submitting student artwork to Expressions 41 you can find the necessary forms here:

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One copy of the label form is due back to the gallery on February 12.  Hard copies can be dropped off at the reception desk during regular business hours or you can scan and email them to

Artwork can be delivered to the gallery between February 29 and March 11.

Lesson Plan: The Fifth World and Resort

The Fifth World, curated by Wanda Nanibush, and Resort, a new, panoramic video installation by Matilda Aslizadeh, open on January 22, 2016.

Join us for the opening reception and Curator’s Talk, 7 – 10 pm on Friday, January 22.  Everyone is welcome at this free event!

Our School Programs are booked solid for this exhibition – for those of you who can’t make it in with your students to see this show the studio activity lesson plan is posted below.  Don’t despair, there will be lots of opportunities to come in and see these amazing exhibitions on your own!  KWAG will be open on Family Day, February 15, and there will be art activities happening between 1- 4 pm.

Hope to see you at the gallery!

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Expressions 41: Our Place in The World

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It is time to start thinking about our annual celebration of student art, Expressions.  This year’s theme, Our Place in The World, invites students to consider where they fit in the bigger picture of their community, their country, and their world.

Teachers from Waterloo Region Catholic, Public, and Independent schools can find all the information about how to submit student artwork in the forms below or by contacting Kate Carder-Thompson, School Programs Coordinator at KWAG, at

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