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Just like other intelligent species, humans forage their environment to find the resources they need to survive. Pretty smart, eh! And this distinct ability is what enables us to come up with solutions and then apply them. So, we should use our ingenuity to rebalance the ecosystem, halt the disappearance of certain species and manage waste and non-biodegradable materials. It’s an ambitious task, but humans – knowing full well that we evolve in interrelation with the animals, forests, plants, fish, minerals, earth, water and air – have something to gain from every life form being able to thrive in the great cycle of life. What about you? Have you ever thought of an environmental solution? Are you aware of all the riches that surround us in the world?


Type of activity
In-class activity with a mediator
Our mediators travel to many schools across Montreal: Ahuntsic-Cartierville, Côte-des-Neige–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, Lachine, Lasalle, Le Sud-Ouest, Mercier-Hochelaga-Maisonneuve, Montréal-Nord, Outremont, Plateau Mont-Royal, Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie, Saint-Laurent, Saint-Léonard, Verdun, Ville-Marie, Villeray–Saint-Michel–Parc-Extension, Côte-Saint-Luc, Hampstead, Montreal West, Town of Mount Royal and Westmount.

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Topics explored

Students will reflect on the interaction of systems and humanity’s impact on the planet.


Students will explore works through observation exercises and games.

The workshop

Students will experiment with a personal collage and drawing by creating a modern imaginary landscape shared with the class.

Materials used:

  • Different types of coloured paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Pencils
  • Black markers
The learning progression

Thanks to its encyclopedic collection, the Museum is a fertile ground for stimulating reflection on ethical issues, learning about history, discovering the diversity of the world’s cultures and developing critical-thinking skills. Beyond artistic discovery, students will build their understanding of the world at the Museum. In this activity, students will specifically learn to:


  • Name (1st cycle), identify (2nd cycle) transforming gestures, materials and tools
  • Identify (1st cycle) or analyze (2nd cycle) ideas and concepts
  • Name and situate (1st cycle) or analyze (2nd cycle) the visual repertoire and cultural references
  • Appreciate works of art and cultural objects of artistic heritage
  • Produce personal works of visual art

Science and technology
1st cycle

  • Knowledge of ecology: characteristics that define a habitat

2nd cycle

  • Knowledge of factors that disrupt ecological balance
  • Factors that influence primary productivity
  • Concept of environmental footprint
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