School and Education

Schools & Education

Vancouver Art Gallery provides exhibition tours and workshops designed for secondary and elementary school groups. These programs introduce tools to foster visual literacy in students, encouraging them to find pleasure and meaning in art, and to think critically about the array of visual images that surround them.

Monday, August 29, 2016: First day of online booking for Fall 2016 School Programs.


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How to book a school program:

• Find the exhibition that you would like to bring your class to from the available options below. • Simply click “Book a School Program.” This will lead you to information about the program
  and the available tour dates and times. • Select which date and time you would like to visit from the available options. • Before you can reserve that slot, please create a login and password for your personal account.
  Skip this step if you already have an existing account and please log in to book the tour • The Gallery’s policy ratio of 1 adult for every 8 students is built into the form;
  please make sure to fill in the correct amount of chaperones required for your group visit. • Please make sure to provide us with the correct information about your school, contact name and email.
  If too many fields are left blank, we will not process your booking. • Your booking is a confirmation and not a request. You will receive an immediate conformation email
  after you successfully submit a reservation form. A second email with your confirmation details
  and invoice will be sent within 2 weeks. • Your booking must be cancelled at least two weeks in advance or the full fee will be charged regardless of any discounts.
  You can cancel your booking online under "Manage your tours."

If you are a post secondary group looking to book a class visit/private guided tour please visit the Group Tours page.

For more information or questions about School Tours please contact the Group Bookings Coordinator:, 604.662.4717. Office Hours are Mondays–Thursdays, 8:30am–3:30pm.

School Tour Programs - Summer 2016


Pablo Picasso
Bust of a Woman (Dora Maar), 1938
oil on canvas
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC
Gift of Joseph H. Hirshhorn, 1966
© Picasso Estate/SODRAC (2016)
Photo: Lee Stalsworth

Picasso: The Artist and His Muses

Timed entry confirmations are required for ALL group visits to experience the exhibition, Picasso: The Artist and His Muses.

Due to the smaller size of the exhibition and art works, the Gallery is limiting the group arrivals to 30 students per hour.

Please organize your class into small groups for this exhibition so that both the public and students can view the works.

If you have more than 30 students, please book two or more entry times to accommodate all of your students. Arrival times must be honored.

Your confirmed entry will provide your students with access to all of the available exhibitions on the date of your visit.

Only self guided visits for this exhibition. No school tours or workshops will be offered.

June 13 – Sept 30, 2016

Grades Preschool, Elementary, High School 
Offered Daily


Self-Guided Tour
Bookings open January 16, 9am



School Tours Guidelines


If you are a Post-Secondary group looking to book a self-guided group visit or a private guided tour, please visit the Group Tours page ».


School Tours

All Tours
• include a Teacher's Study Guide with relevant information about artists, classroom activities, vocabulary and resources
• can accommodate a maximum of one class (30 students)
• available Monday to Thursday at 9:30am and 12:15pm
• require a minimum of one adult per 8 students, to a maximum of 8 adults at no charge
• must be cancelled at least two weeks in advance or the full fee will be charged

Guided Tours with Workshops
2 hour Tours with art–making Workshops
Available Monday to Thursday at 9:30am and 12:15pm
$100 (tax included)
*Maximum 30 students per program

Guided Tours
1 hour Tours
Available Monday to Thursday at 10:45am and 1:30pm
$50 (tax included)
*Maximum 30 students per program

Self–Guided Tours
All day access
Available Fridays only from 10am to 3pm
$40 (tax included)
*This cost is per 30 students

Repeat Class Visits
The Vancouver Art Gallery believes that children’s learning is enhanced by repeat visits, and we offer a special reduced rate to encourage this. If a class is returning for a second or third visit, in the same a school year, we offer a reduction in fees. Please notify us when booking your repeat visits when filling out your booking information. Please note that this discount does not include self guided repeat visits.

For more information or questions about School Tours please contact the Group Bookings, 604.662.4717.


For Teachers


The Gallery offers orientations on specific exhibitions, Teacher's Study Guide (downloadable links below) and one–day professional development workshops focusing on visual literacy strategies and issues in contemporary art.

Please note that the Teacher Study Guides for each School Program will be available online the same day as the corresponding Teacher Orientation date for that exhibition.

Teacher Orientations
Join us for a complementary exhibition tour and an introduction to classroom activities.

You can RSVP by emailing There is no capacity limit. If by chance you don’t hear back from us, please still attend and let us know when you arrive for the orientation.

Staff Professional Development Days for 2015/2016
Plan a full day or half day visit to the Vancouver Art Gallery for your entire staff to explore contemporary art and strategies for helping students respond to art. The session includes an exhibition tour and a hands–on workshop. Dates available upon request. $900/full day; $600/half day.

For more information contact Susan Rome, Program Coordinator, at or 604.662.4700 local 2308

School Programs are generously supported by:

Financial Partner:

Corporate Partners:
Additional Support from:
Moffat Family Fund

Visionary Partner for Art Education:
Peeter and Mary Wesik Family
Visionary Partner for Community Access:

Vancouver Art Gallery Emily Carr Website
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Emily Carr Website

Experience the most extensive online presence ever presented on a Canadian artist at the Vancouver Art Gallery's Emily Carr Website.