“If all children in every school, from their entrance until graduation are given the opportunity to experience any creative art while keeping pace with their developing physical, mental and spiritual needs, the enrichment of their lives is immeasurable.”
The Hamilton Conservatory for the Arts invites you and your class to enjoy an integrated exploration of the arts for a full day field trip. We offer observational and hands-on learning for grades K-8 which connect with the Ontario Ministry of Education Curriculum.
HCA’s unique approach of children performing for children will spark student’s imagination and make the curriculum “come alive”. Through our field trips, students learn about history, geography, different cultures and nature through hands on arts experiences.
Each of HCA’s field trips is based on expectations listed in The Ontario Curriculum: The Arts. Story themes are linked to Social Studies curriculum.
How it all works
Students will begin their field trip experience in our Recital hall which is equipped with a stage, lighting and sets which transport participants into the subject they will be exploring. A quick “synopsis” of the story is told after which the group of students breaks into Group A and Group B.
Group B moves from the Recital Hall to our Children’s Art Studio to work on a curriculum linked visual arts project. These projects allow students the opportunity to explore a variety of mediums and technique in painting, drawing, printmaking and sculpture related to their field trip theme.
Group A remains in the Recital Hall, where they work on the telling of the story through drama, dance and music. The children will have the opportunity to work with different musical instruments, dress up in costumes, and perform the story through the performing arts.
At the end of the morning, Group B will return to the Recital hall, where the children will share with one another what they have experienced. Group A will perform and following a lunch break the two groups switch over parts for the remainder of the afternoon. All children attending this hands-on experience will have the opportunity to engage in all of the arts, all day.
Note on accessibility: The limitations imposed upon us by budget constraints and historic building design mean we cannot provide the accessibility we would like at this time; however we are working on methods to better serve patrons with all manner of disabilities and special needs. Please note that the activities in our field trips currently require travel between different floors of our building, with stairs as the only access point to these studios. If you’d like to discuss accommodation for students with different needs, please contact us at 905-528-4020.
Tips for Planning your Day!
A full day of arts exploration begins at 9:30 am and finishes at 2:00 pm.
A 30 minute lunch break is scheduled for the students, teachers and HCA Artist Instructors half way through the day.
All students are required to bring their lunch and are supervised by the teachers during this time-frame.
We ask students to please refrain from bringing any valuables such as electronic devices, cell phones etc.
As well, we kindly ask the students to bring indoor shoes with them so that we may keep our dance floors clean and more sanitary for everyone, (they should have non-marking soles).
Documenting and filming the Field Trip experience and performance is welcome, however, filming the performance in its entirety is not permitted.
Costs and Payment Processing
- The cost for the full day Field Trip is $850.00 for up to 50 students.
- A $17.00 charge will be applied for each additional student above the 50 mark to a maximum of 70 students.
- Your school is responsible for transportation to and from HCA.
- A deposit of $200.00 is required a month prior to the Field Trip.
- The school will receive a deposit invoice and confirmation form to make sure all information is accurate, this confirmation form must be signed and sent back to us via fax or email. Field Trips will not be booked unless we receive the confirmation form.
- The balance of the payment is due on the day of the Field Trip.
- All receipts will be issued on the day of the Field Trip.
Thank you for planning your arts experience with the Hamilton Conservatory for the Arts! If you have any questions about the HCA Field Trip experience, please contact us any time.
Cristina Fede: HCA Administration Manager and Registrar