School Field Trips

The HWHG permanent collection, exhibitions, and connection to the region’s rich history allow us to offer unique educational experiences to schools and students.

Our school program serves grades K –12 and can meet a wide variety of curricular goals. Visits are modified easily to the specific needs of each class. Students will be inspired to collaborate, think critically, problem solve, and communicate their ideas through discussion and creative mediums. A field trip to Homer Watson House & Gallery is a wonderful opportunity for your students to create imaginative art in a professional environment and have lots of fun along the way!

Our school field trip includes:

Gallery Tour

  • A one hour guided exploration of the HWHG collection and exhibitions.

Creative Workshop

  • A 1 hour, artist led, process oriented workshop designed to foster creativity, develop manual skills and cultivate personal and collective expression.


  • $7.50 per student (minimum fee of $100 applies)  
  • In school visits $15 per student + $25 travel fee within the Waterloo Region (minimum fee of $100 applies)  
  • Teachers and Chaperones are Free 

Upgrade options:

  • Additional art time 30 min / $50 
  • Clay workshops $15 per student (minimum fee of $100 applies) 
  • In School Clay workshop $20 per student (minimum fee of $100 applies) (includes setup and cleanup in the class, materials, firing (hardening of the clay) and delivery of the finished pottery within three weeks of the workshop. With in the Waterloo Region) 

Creative Workshops

Duration: 1 Hour


Inspired by the style of Homer Watson and nature on our 2.75-acre property, students will create an en plein air landscape painting. We will explore composition, colour gradation, space, identifying focal points as well as tips and tricks for painting perspective.


GRADES 1  – 8
Create your own printmaking plate by relief carving into foam! Students will learn how negative and positive space is important when creating these monotype prints.


GRADES 1 – 12
Learn to paint like Homer Watson’s sister Phoebe using rhythm, colour value and tone. Students will explore the many techniques of brush work and application of watercolour as they design their own landscape painting.

EARTHENWARE CLAY WORKSHOP (not available May-June)

GRADES 2 – 12
Students will apply hand-building techniques to create a unique piece! Each student makes one clay masterpiece from our list of choices that the teacher pre-selects.
Choose from: Cup, pinch pot bowl, Mini planter, ornament, or Tealight holder

Details and FAQ:

  • Our facility is wheelchair accessible. Accessibility is a priority at HWHG. We are pleased to adapt the schedule, format, or content of our school programs to accommodate the needs of students. In order to serve you best, please call us in advance so we can be sure to answer any questions you may have about modifications.
  • In preparation for your visit, you will receive our Gallery Manners
  • Dress for mess. Please tell your students to dress appropriately for the visit. During the creative workshop, we use professional materials and art supplies which means paint may stain clothing, HWHG is not responsible for damage to clothing or personal belongings. Please leave the ball gowns and tuxedos at home.
  • We will email or call when clay work is ready for pick up. Each class is asked to bring labeled boxes for finished pottery pieces. Teachers are required to return to the Gallery to pick up fired pottery pieces from HWHG visits.

School Program Booking Form

Thank you for your interest in Homer Watson House & Gallery. Please be prepared to provide the following information so we can coordinate your booking.

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The Loch Doon area was memorialized in celebrated Scottish poet, Robert Burns piece “Ye banks and braes O’ bonnie Doon”

Ye banks and braes o’ bonny Doon,
How can ye bloom sae fresh and fair?
How can ye chant, ye little birds,
And I sae weary fu’ o’ care?
Thou’lt break my heart, thou warbling bird,
That wantons thro’ the flowering thorn:
Thou minds me o’ departed joys,
Departed, never to return.

Aft hae I rov’d by bonnie Doon,
To see the rose and woodbine twine;
And ilka bird sang o’ its love,
And fondly sae did I o’ mine.
Wi’ lightsome heart I pu’d a rose,
Fu’ sweet upon its thorny tree;
And my fause lover stole my rose,
But, ah! he left the thorn wi’ me.

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