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LEARN seeks to provide educators with pathways to getting students to create and appreciate works of art. The visual arts offer young people a wide variety of means of exploration.  Through their creations, students can give concrete form to their questions, convictions, perception of life, aspirations, hopes and dreams. Through their appreciation of the works of others, students gain insight into the inner lives of the people around them.

Visual Arts Competencies - Secondary

Competency 3: Appreciates images

The act of appreciation is one of examining and reflecting on a work, whether it is one's own, the work of classmates, or professional and amateur work seen outside the classroom. In the arts, teachers are often challenged by time constraints, and wonder how to fit appreciation into tight timelines. Two things to consider are:

- Keep it simple - introduce a framework and use it exclusively for a while

- Do it often - regular moments of appreciation cultivate the appreciation reflex

Keep it simple Ideas Do it often Ideas
Use post-its on a large Venn diagram on the wall or interactive white board Build in an appreciation moment at the very start of a project
Have students discuss in groups and share notes on a single Appreciation sheet Have an appreciation file or station in your classroom for inspiration, and make sure students leave traces in an appreciation journal
Use the same framework for the Artist Statement for personal creations. Build in appreciation of finished works at the close of a project or as projects are completed

Student Tools

Artist's Statement - Download

Appreciating Art (Venn Diagram) - Download

Creation and Appreciation CriteriaDownload

Teaching and Learning Tools

Learning and Evaluation Situations (LES)

My Family Tree - Our Community All ages (would need to be adapted) - Download

Tattoo or Taboo?Secondary Cycle 2 - Download

ClaymationSecondary - Download

Visual Art JournalSecondary - Download


How To Write an Artist's Statement Go to page  

How to Interpret a Picture Go to page 

Good practices

Animation Station - Download

Artists in Schools

Having practicing artists and specialized art educators in your classroom enriches everyone's experience of the arts. Students deepen their practice and understanding of the Arts. Teachers expand their arts pedagogy know-how.

ELAN - https://www.quebec-elan.org
English-speaking artists and micro grants for English schools

Culture à l'école - https://cultureeducation.mcc.gouv.qc.ca/repertoire
Quebec government program and database of artists as well as cultural events and outings.

Breaking down the QEP for artists (webinar done for ELAN)

Professional Learning

MAD2 Facebook Group

A group for Quebec teachers in the Arts from the anglophone sector. Go to page 

Arts Connection

Online PD for Arts educators in Quebec, hosted by MAD2. A DEEN committee initiative. Online archive available Go to folder 

Spotlight on the Arts

An annual effervescent art education happening organized by the MAD2 DEEN subcommittee, featuring guest speakers, workshops in all four Arts subjects, a round-table discussion and on the spot art-making. Go to page 

Blog Posts

Why Our Schools Need the Arts: A New Perspective by Sylwia Bielec Go to page 

Professional Organizations

CSEA - The Canadian Society for Education through Art 
The Canadian Society for Education through Art is the national art education association representing art educators within Canada. It is a voluntary association founded in Quebec City in 1955, and is the only Canadian national organization that brings together visual art educators, gallery educators and others with similar interests and concerns. Membership represents all levels of education: elementary, secondary, college/university, ministries of education, art galleries/museums, and community education. Go to site   
NAEA - The National Art Education Association 
Founded in 1947, the National Art Education Association is the leading professional membership organization exclusively for visual arts educators. Go to site   

MEES Program Information

Quebec Education Program

QEP Visual Arts Secondary Cycle 1 Download 

QEP Visual Arts Secondary Cycle 2 Download 

Progression of Learning

Visual Arts Sec. Cycle 1 and 2 Download 

Framework for the Evaluation of Learning

Framework for the Evaluation of Learning - Visual Arts Sec. Cycle 1 and 2 Download 

Curated Visual Arts Resources for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

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Collection de ressources autochtones pour les arts

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Take the 30 Days of Art challenge! A great way to inspire everyone to engage with the arts every day. 


A poster designed to inspire students to choose various careers in the Arts. Available from your Arts consultant, or download the Tabloid PNG.