Cultural Workshop Project
This component makes it possible for cultural resources (artists, writers and representatives of cultural organizations) to come into the classroom and share their creative process with the students in a workshop.
Role of partners
The program encourages diversity in the cultural projects offered to students throughout their education. Professional artists, writers and cultural organizations are invited to share their creativity with students by presenting various artworks and by having students discover occupations related to the arts and culture in an active, participatory manner.
Artists work in an area of activity related to one of the following five artistic disciplines: performing arts, visual arts, cinema and video, media and multimedia, craft and design.
Writers are identified by literary genre: comic book, storytelling, youth literature, non-fiction, poetry, theatre, stories, essays and novels.
Cultural organizations work mainly in the following areas: performing arts; visual arts; cultural associations; cinema, media and new technologies; municipal cultural dissemination; literature and libraries; heritage, history and museology.
The students take part in creative workshops that bring them into contact with the creative ideas of the invited artists, their means of expression, their language and different aspects of the craft. It is important to keep in mind that these are practical workshops, which means that shows or performance workshops, lectures, classes and demonstrations are not acceptable.
During workshops with writers, students can:
- exchange their views on the world of writing or research
- learn more about language and literature
- familiarize themselves with some basic aspects of the field
- participate in writing workshops
By helping the students to reflect on and discuss the production, distribution, development and innovation processes, artists, writers and cultural organizations can help them develop critical judgment, aesthetic awareness, a better understanding of themselves, others and the world, and strengthen their self-esteem and sense of competency.
Steps should be taken to adequately prepare the students for the specific type of workshop selected from the Répertoire culture-éducation . It is therefore recommended that, before the workshop, the artist, writer or representative of a cultural organization reach an agreement on how to best prepare for the workshop and provide transfer of learning activities.
Connection with the Québec Education Program
The Québec Education Program is based on the principle that students play an active role in their learning, and promotes the integration of the cultural dimension into the school. Teachers must make the relevant connections between the Québec Education Program and the workshops supported by the Culture in the Schools program, particularly during the preparation and transfer-of-learning phases.