Past Learning Cases
BIG IDEAS Digital Learning Cases describe the what, how, and when of past projects of BIG IDEAS in-School. Project reflections from teachers, artists and learners are documented as evidence on how the unit of study open inquiry or create cross–curricular learning opportunity. Learners and teachers are asked to reflect on ways they have grown as a learner or professionally.
2017 Making Global Connection
Vancouver Biennale’s BIG IDEAS Education invites cross-curricular project proposals that focus on the theme of global connections throughout the entire inquiry learning process. Successful submissions should articulate clear and significant common concerns, community challenges, social issues or aspirations that communities across the globe may share. The inquiry process will focus on a specific Biennale art installation(s) that inspires the BIG IDEAS project. Participants are encouraged to link with schools in other countries if possible. During a field trip (or BIG IDEAS Anywhere1 virtual tour) to the art installation(s) being studied participants are encouraged to explore specific aspects of the community around it and compare/contrast to another community(s) being studied in a different part of the world.
- Affonso Várzea: How Do Humans Affect The Environment?Brazilian students explored their own environment while making connections with Canada.
- Captain Cook Elementary: Globally Aware – Future Change AgentsStudents examine topics relating to the environment.
- Cunningham Elementary: Water is LifeAn interdisciplinary exploration through poetry, song writing, dance & theatre elements.
- Daniel Woodward Elementary: We Are All ConnectedStudents inquired into their connections to one another and to the environment.
- David Lloyd George: Our Lives through Music and ArtA collective voice on the challenges in live students face today.
- Eagle Mountain: How do stories help our identities evolve?An inquiry into identity and making global connection through spoken word.
- École Bilingue: Balancing SymbolsThe students explored symbols in our society expressed through nature, sounds, and light.
- École Cedardale: Sharing the PlanetAn exploration of Canada’s diversity as represented through the arts.
- École Qayqayt Elementary: Environmental StewardshipStudents explored their own environments & cultures while making connections with Brazil.
- General Currie Elementary: Exploring IdentityStudents explored identity and how they express themselves, choices, empathy and inclusion.
- Grandview Elementary: Together We Are StrongerStudents inquire into values of cooperation, acceptance, compassion, and responsibility.
- Kerrisdale Elementary: Trees TransformingInquiry into how citizenship and artistic practice contribute to the vision of the world.
- McNair Secondary: Building a Chorus of Voices for our Youth to Stand TallStudents construct/discover their own story as connected to others through art,
- Mitchell Elementary: My Story, Our StoryThrough drama and visual arts, students explored their personal stories and traditions.
- Mulgrave World School: New Media a/r/tographical collaborationAn open inquiry project with a focus on the themes of collaboration and light play.
- Surrey Schools Drama ProjectsStudents from 4 schools engaged into cross-curricular learning through drama.
- Westwind Elementary: The ME in MEdiaAn inquiry into how global media play a vital role in shaping identity norms.
- York House: Reimagining the Arbutus GreenwayStudents reimagine a sustainable design for the Arbutus Corridor.
2016 Art as a Catalyst for Learning
Vancouver Biennale’s BIG IDEAS Education invites cross-curricular project proposals that demonstrate how art is a catalyst for learning throughout the entire project-based learning process. Successful submissions should articulate clear and direct linkages to specific Biennale art installation(s) that inspire the BIG IDEAS project, guiding questions, inquiry challenges, and art-infused creations. Submissions should also consider exploring specific aspects of the community around the art installation(s) that are relevant to the project theme as part of the field trip.
2015 Learning without Borders
Inspired by the 2014-2016 exhibition theme Open Borders / Crossroads Vancouver, teachers were invited to create projects that would aim to open up existing borders in the learning process or to open up borders in language, religion, ethnicity, nation, and Indigeneity. The project-based learning approach focus on the development of students’ communication and thinking skills, personal and social competencies. In 2015, 22 local professional artists have been placed in 68 classes across 7 school districts through the Vancouver Biennale BIG IDEAS artist collaborator grants.
- Artists for Kids Academy: Meeting PointAn inquiry into the ideas of the individual vs the collective through sculptural collaboration.
- Burnett Secondary: Change and RevolutionThis project is an inquiry into the topic of change, both small-scale and revolutionary.
- Cambie Secondary: Crossroads: Taking the Road Less TravelledThis project is an inquiry into the topic of free will and choice.
- Captain Cook Elementary: Me, Myself, and I: the Many Faces of MeThis project explored the many faces, masks, and characters that young people adopt.
- Cypress Park Primary: Personal PassionsAn inquiry into personal passions and expressing that through arts.
- Eagle Mountain Middle School : Exploration of HistoryAn inquiry into the environment shapes how people develop.
- École Bilingue: Toi & Me = NousAn inquiry into how understanding loneliness can break down walls between us.
- École Cedardale Elementary: Full of BeansStudents inquire into the use of all the senses and the recognition of different perspectives.
- École Jules Quesnel: Diversity and Human InterconnectivityStudents explored diversity and how to build positive human connectivity.
- École Moody Middle School of the Arts (EMMSOTA)A school-wide celebration of Medieval Times and engagement through the arts.
- Eric Hamber: Altered Perspectives & IdentityAn exploration of altered perspectives and identity through mask making.
- General Currie Elementary: Cooperation or CompetitionStudents explore into how humans impact one another.
- General Currie: Cultivating Identity Through the GardenExplore how cultures are influenced by the local environment & contact with other cultures.
- Kerrisdale Elementary: Public Art, Power & PopulaceCreating a multimedia presentations communicating the changes students want to see in the world.
- Lord Selkirk Elementary: Nature and Humans IntertwinedAn inquiry into the interdependency of living things and humans in the environment.
- McKinney Elementary: Visualizing Human RightsExploring human rights with artists’ lenses.
- McNair Secondary: Holding a Mic Up to the Youth TodayStudents uncover beauty and uniqueness in unexpected places
- Mitchell Elementary: Air, Fire, Water, Earth – Teachings from the Medicine WheelAn exploration of the power of the Circle in First Nations tradition.
- Montroyal Elementary: PerspectivesExploring how perspective can be represented, how it can influence understanding.
- North Delta Secondary: News FlashInquiry through the development of relevant & socially conscious current event video segments.
- Queen Mary Elementary: Connecting Art and ScienceA day at the beach immersed in art creation using natural materials.
- Quilchena Elementary: Crossroads between environmental sustainability & human rightsExploring ways to effect changes for environmental sustainability.
- St. Francis Xavier: The Impact of Human EmotionsExploring how emotions impact, influence, control, shape interactions with self & others.
- Surrey Schools: Farming, Food Systems & Sustainability300+ students from 11 schools inquired into "Farming, Food Systems and Sustainability".
- University Hill Elementary: Reflections Through the Eyes of the WolfAn inquiry into collaboration and unity in community.
- Windermere Secondary: News FlashLearning through the development of relevant and socially conscious current event show segments.
2014 Cross-Curricular Challenge
Based on the 2014-2016 exhibition theme: Open Borders / Crossroads Vancouver, teachers were invited to either create their own project or bigger, collaborative cross-curricular projects with their colleagues. Projects cover a diverse range of topics including ecosystems, cultural diversity, science or emotional wellness with links to all curriculum areas. In 2014, 17 talented local interdisciplinary artists and 4 subject matter experts were placed in 51 classes across 7 school districts through the Vancouver Biennale BIG IDEAS artist collaborator grants. Three feature project videos were produced exploring the journey through the entire BIG IDEAS project-based learning process.
2013 Arts in Action Series
The program inspires students to lead positive personal and social changes through collaboration within the local learning communities. In 2013, 20 talented local interdisciplinary artists were placed in 35 classrooms across five school districts through the Vancouver Biennale BIG IDEAS artist collaborator grants.
2012 Performance Series
The Vancouver Biennale took dance, music, drama and poetry to the streets to celebrate 2012 BC Arts and Culture and National Dance Week. An unprecedented lineup of 28 outdoor BIG IDEAS performances over eight consecutive days included 800 performers ranging from Grade 2 students to professionals.