This educational project offered over one hundred elementary students on the island of Montréal an opportunity to explore the theme of language in contemporary art and to use it as their inspiration in creating a digital artwork. First, art mediators at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal gave the children a virtual tour of the exhibitions La machine qui enseignait des airs aux oiseaux and Des horizons d’attente, presented at the MAC in winter and spring 2021. During these visits, the students were able to observe works that incorporate spoken or written language, or that communicate through other sign systems, such as body language. Then, under the guidance of their art teachers, they continued to explore this theme. Various routes were followed as they handled language in visual, acoustic or written form. Some groups chose to document their process in an e-book, while others produced a video.Turbine, centre de création artistique et pédagogique collaborated in the project by providing training for the art teachers as well as pedagogical and technological support throughout the art creation process.
Six schools in two school boards took part in Art and Language. Organized by the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, this project is part of the artistic and cultural practices fostered by A Montréal School for All (a program of the Ministère de l’Éducation et de l’Enseignement supérieur).

Sylvie Pelletier
Head of Tours

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In addition to its regular activities, the Museum offers visitors different ways of relating to art. Special educational projects developed around a variety of themes provide visitors with a new way to explore creation. These projects are in keeping with the MAC’s artistic vision, which is to reach out to as many people as possible, raise their awareness and educate them about contemporary art.

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