For the Plan d’action collectif de Montréal-Nord – Priorité jeunesse, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts has entered into a long-term partnership to support the arts and light up the eyes and hearts of youths in this district. Every year, projects inspired by the Museum’s collections will contribute to the development of these youths’ full potential by fostering their creativity and artistic expression.
For the first collaboration in 2018, students in two classes, guided by their homeroom teachers and two museum guides, created the art works on the theme of diversity that you see here.
Sixth-year students at the École Jules-Verne explored the theme of diversity in connection with representations of the human body through history. Photographs were taken of figurative and abstract works of art, archaeological objects representing figures, portraits and stylized, realistic or fantastic human bodies. The students then transformed these images, giving their creativity free reign.
For their part, third-year students at École Adélard-Desrosiers chose the wonderful world of animals to represent diversity. After observing the individual characteristics of animals in the Museum’s collection, student created works that allowed them to represent themselves, affirm their individuality, develop an awareness of their uniqueness within the group, and celebrate their personal strengths within the class ecosystem.
To celebrate the first anniversary of the Montreal Museum of Fine Art’s EducArt digital platform, Montreal’s five school boards (the English Montreal School Board, the Lester B. Pearson School Board, the Marguerite-Bourgeoys School Board, the Commission scolaire de Montréal and the Commission scolaire de la Pointe-de-l’Île) have come together to present this interdisciplinary exhibition.
Teachers of art, language and social universe courses collaborated with the Museum to create interdisciplinary projects with a thematic and social constructivist teaching approach. EducArt themes such as Freedoms, Alterity, Communicate, and Cultural Diversity were discussed and analyzed to make meaningful connections between school curricula and the MMFA collection.
The exhibition shows how a collaborative and interdisciplinary approach was applied in classrooms, with learning taking place as a conversation between students, teachers and the Museum. Expressing their ideas, hopes and ideals, students and teachers revealed their identities as artists, designers and thinkers. Above all, though, they revealed themselves as individuals engaged in active learning. This learning process placed the arts at the heart of a dialogue shared by schools throughout Quebec.