School Programs & Scholarships

School Programs

  • Gallery Stratford's school programs offer experiential and curriculum-based opportunities for students to share ideas, collect new information and explore art in a gallery setting. Gallery Stratford welcomes thoughtful and creative energy as students become acquainted with visual arts. 

    Exhibition Tour

    Students in grades K-12 are guided through the current exhibitions by a Gallery trained docent. The role of the docent is to interpret, inspire and encourage students to look carefully at works of art. Utilizing visual thinking strategies, such as sharing ideas and open-ended questions, the docent listens and accepts multiple points of view while refining students’ critical thinking skills.

    Download our Teacher Guide below:
    Primary (Gr K-3)
    Junior (Gr 4-6)
    Intermediate (Gr 7-8) 

    Secondary (9-12) - COMING SOON

    Self-conducted class visits to Gallery Stratford can also be accommodated; we do ask that they are booked in advance and donations are welcome to help support ongoing education initiatives!  If you are a high school teacher, call us to discuss possible Art Workshop ideas linked to your learning goals!

    School Art Workshop

    Enhance your class visit by participating in a hands-on workshop led by an art educator. Students will delve into art materials to create their own unique masterpieces based on the Ontario Arts, Mathematics, Science and Technology and Social Studies Curriculums. A studio workshop activity is a valuable addition to your tour, reinforcing key concepts introduced in the galleries explored through the creative process.  Is there something your class is studying that you'd like us to link to?  Just reach out to our Curator of Education, Melissa Quinn to discuss options.

    Download our Workshop Art Activity options below:
    Primary (Gr K-3) Workshop Menu
    Junior (Gr 4-6) Workshop Menu
    Intermediate (Gr 7-8) Workshop Menu

    Secondary (9-10) - Workshop Menu COMING SOON

    Secondary (11-12) - Workshop Menu COMING SOON

    Class Visit Fees: 
    $5.00 per student for a tour only ($50 minimum) during regular business hours

    $7.00 per student for tour + art activity  ($50 minimum) during regular business hours

    After hours tours/workshops start at $10.00/student ($100 minimum) 

    For all school program information or bookings, please contact Melissa Quinn at 519.271.5271 x.223, or 

  • Ela Moll Scholarship Award - for Graduating High School Students

    Annually, Gallery Stratford awards a scholarship to Perth and Huron County high school students who go on to study visual arts after high school. The Ela Moll Scholarship Award was founded by members of the Stratford Community and the Stratford Art Association to commemorate the death of Ela Moll (1950-1969), and to ensure that Stratford and area youth will continue to be encouraged in the Arts.

    Ela Moll was a promising young Stratford artist, who was killed in an accident. A prolific artist from a very early age, he was rarely idle and produced hundreds of art works, including ink, etchings, oils/acrylic, silk screens, and sculpture. Moll displayed an extraordinary imagination and a great creative ability, manifested not only in his own work but his leadership to the young people of Stratford. His artworks showed an exciting promise that would fulfill an outstanding potential.

    Download the Application Form 

    About the Ela Moll Scholarship Award: 
    Graduating art students residing in Perth or Huron County are eligible to apply. Scholarship consists of a cash award up to $500, based upon the need and potential ability of the applicant. Jurors are members of the Moll family plus a practising artist from the Stratford community. Applications must include an official application form, available at Gallery Stratford or its web site, plus a portfolio consisting of works completed under class instruction as well as works done on the applicant’s own time. Submissions should be addressed to: Ela Moll Scholarship Award, c/o Gallery Stratford, 54 Romeo Street, Stratford, ON N5A 4S9

    Award for Secondary School Student

    A scholarship award, for the amount of $200, is given annually to a fourth year student who shows achievement in the visual arts. This award is made available to Central, Northwestern and St. Michael Catholic Secondary Schools.