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 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.

It is essential that students be properly prepared, in keeping with the nature of the workshop offered in the Répertoire de ressources culture-éducation directory. It is therefore recommended that the artist, writer or cultural organization come to an agreement with the teacher beforehand about the best way to get ready for the workshop.

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: children's literature, creative non-fiction, fiction, poetry, theatre.

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, language and literature, or other aspects of the field. They can also take part 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.

These points are also emphasized in the Québec Education Program, which is based on the principle that students play an active role in their learning, and promotes the integration of the cultural dimension. 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.