The TMC offers a wide variety of education programs which complement our current exhibitions, our collections and the diversity of textile expressions. Our school visit programs provide students with experiences and activities which are directly linked to the Ontario Curriculum and which cater to all grade levels. Our programs can be adapted to groups with special needs upon request, and we welcome groups from community organizations to participate in our education programs.
Textiles offer a multitude of opportunities for learning from a wide variety of perspectives. The arts, mathematics, science, history, language and culture are all woven into the fabric of hand-made textiles.
Please fill out this form to book a school tour.
For more information, please contact:
Susan Fohr, Curator of Education
Phone: (416) 599-5321 x2228
School Visits Programs
Art Explorations (Grades 1 to 12)
Examines textiles' formal properties as works of art. Through drawing and compositional exercises in the galleries, students will work with design principles and then apply them to textile materials in our hands-on gallery.
Curriculum connections: Visual Art (elements and principles of design).
Fibremath: Patterns, Symmetries and Grids (Grades 1 to 8)
Focuses on the many links between textiles and mathematics. Students will discover how art and math unite to create beauty for our everyday lives.
Curriculum connections: Mathematics (all 5 strands, particularly geometry, patterning and algebra), Visual Art (elements and principles of design).
Textile Story-tellers (Grades 1 to 8)
Explores the ways that textiles tell stories - of their makers, of their cultures, and of their journey through the ancient and modern world and onto our walls. Students' discovery will include looking at and making drawings from exhibited textiles, handling examples from our teaching collection, and telling their own stories using textile techniques.
Curriculum connections: Social Studies, Visual Art, Language Arts.
Textiles for Fashion (Grades 10 to 12)
Introduces students to the world of textiles through raw materials, construction and fabric design, both historic and contemporary.
Curriculum connections: Social Sciences (Secondary), Visual Art (elements and principles of design).
Material Matters (Grades 1-8)
Explores the unique characteristics of the many different materials - plant, animal and synthetic - that are used to construct fabric. Students will consider the reasons for choosing one material over another, and experiment with different techniques to transform raw materials into useful textile objects.
Curriculum connections: Science (all five strands, particularly life systems, and matter and materials).
Our Kindergarten Program (JK-SK)
An hour of play-based learning, storytelling and exploration in fibrespace, the museum’s hands-on interactive gallery.
TXTilecity (Grades JK to 12)
Enrich your classroom with real world learning through the TMC’s interactive immersive TXTileicty tours that use our new mobile platform (www.txtilecity.ca) to explore the role textiles have played in shaping our dynamic urban fabric. In walking tours led by trained TXTilecity guides, tablets computers provide classes with access to the rich information captured within our city streets. Students encounter Toronto’s defining stories, meet many of its greatest characters and experience its diverse history in sites brought to life in audio and video documentary accounts. TXTilecity is an invaluable teaching resource offering a new educational lens on the forces that shape the present, while equipping youth with critical tools to reflect on and respond to their own everyday experiences. Choose from one of four routes tied to curriculum outcomes that offer students critical insight into living history. This program is supported through the Trillium Foundation.
Please ask us about the special support we offer to priority neighbourhood schools.
Curriculum connections: Social Studies, Canadian and World Studies, Fashion and Creative Expression, The Arts, Business Studies