Schools and Education

Schools & Education

The Vancouver Art Gallery School Programs provide exhibition tours and workshops designed for elementary and secondary school groups. These programs introduce tools to foster visual literacy in students and to promote critical thinking about the visual world around us.

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School Programs

Guided Tour with Workshop
Fall/Winter  |  Grades 2–12

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Ayumi Goto & Peter Morin
Vancouver Art Gallery

Ayumi Goto and Peter Morin : how do you carry the land?

September 17 – October 25

This exhibition presents the ongoing performance-based collaborations of two best friends, Ayumi Goto and Peter Morin. Their work begins from their respective positions as a Japanese diasporic woman and a Tahltan First Nations man, questioning how cultural knowledge and history inform our experience of place. The school tour will weave together the traces of Goto and Morin’s collaborative performances that are present in the exhibition with significant solo projects from each artist. Often made in dialogue with one another, many of these works draw upon Goto and Morin’s different traditions and take the form of drums, rattles, masks or other cultural belongings. Students will view the artists’ paintings, writings, video and photography as a way to explore the concept of connecting to the land and each other.




A Curator's View
Vancouver Art Gallery

A Curator's View: Ian Thom Selects

A Curator’s View: Ian Thom Selects unites historical and contemporary works selected by Ian M. Thom, the Vancouver Art Gallery’s former Senior Curator—Historical. Thom curated more than 80 exhibitions over his 30-year tenure at the Gallery. Most works in this exhibition are drawn from the Gallery’s permanent collection and are included here because of Thom’s personal connection to them, focusing on one curator’s intimate relationships to the more than 12,000 works in the Gallery’s holdings. The school tour will focus on pop art, abstraction, historical portraiture, and Canadian landscape paintings.




Guo Pei
Vancouver Art Gallery

Guo Pei: Couture Beyond

October 29 – January 17

Guo Pei: Couture Beyond is the first Canadian exhibition devoted to the work of Guo Pei—the only Chinese national designer ever invited to present collections at Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week. This mid-career survey features examples from Guo Pei’s iconic runway shows, providing a comprehensive overview of her evolution as a designer, as well as her contribution to global fashion culture. Students will view Guo Pei’s theatrical, extravagant creations in which she combines contemporary aesthetics, production methods and materials with ancient traditions, evoking Chinese history and mythology in her craft techniques, fabric selection and imagery. Students will explore the symbolism in her avant-garde sculptural silhouettes, which seamlessly fuse contemporary influences with pre-Cultural Revolution opulence.




Guided Tours
Fall/Winter  |  Grades 1–12

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Ayumi Goto & Peter Morin
Vancouver Art Gallery

Ayumi Goto and Peter Morin : how do you carry the land?

September 17 – October 25

This exhibition presents the ongoing performance-based collaborations of two best friends, Ayumi Goto and Peter Morin. Their work begins from their respective positions as a Japanese diasporic woman and a Tahltan First Nations man, questioning how cultural knowledge and history inform our experience of place. The school tour will weave together the traces of Goto and Morin’s collaborative performances that are present in the exhibition with significant solo projects from each artist. Often made in dialogue with one another, many of these works draw upon Goto and Morin’s different traditions and take the form of drums, rattles, masks or other cultural belongings. Students will view the artists’ paintings, writings, video and photography as a way to explore the concept of connecting to the land and each other.




Guo Pei
Vancouver Art Gallery

Guo Pei: Couture Beyond

October 29 – January 17

Guo Pei: Couture Beyond is the first Canadian exhibition devoted to the work of Guo Pei—the only Chinese national designer ever invited to present collections at Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week. This mid-career survey features examples from Guo Pei’s iconic runway shows, providing a comprehensive overview of her evolution as a designer, as well as her contribution to global fashion culture. Students will view Guo Pei’s theatrical, extravagant creations in which she combines contemporary aesthetics, production methods and materials with ancient traditions, evoking Chinese history and mythology in her craft techniques, fabric selection and imagery. Students will explore the symbolism in her avant-garde sculptural silhouettes, which seamlessly fuse contemporary influences with pre-Cultural Revolution opulence.




Self-Guided Visits - All Exhibitions
Fall/Winter  |  Grades 1–12
 


School Tours
Vancouver Art Gallery

Self-guided school group visits have access to all current exhibitions.

Please check-in at the Admissions Desk when you arrive. Lockable bins will be provided for students' belongings at coat check. If you are bringing several classes of 30 students, please book as many arrival times as you need.

Offered: Fridays only. Cost: $80 (tax included). Find out more »

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Post-Secondary Group Tours & Self-Guided Visits
Ongoing  |  Upon Request
 

We offer both self-guided visits and guided tours for post-secondary groups. The Self-Guided Visit consists of a class up to 30 students navigating any open exhibition space in the gallery. The Guided Tour option consists of a tour lead by one of the gallery’s educators. Teachers can request up to 2 exhibitions to focus on for this option. Click below to submit your request to the Group Bookings Coordinator.

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Teacher Orientations
 

Teacher Orientations are available for Guided Tours and Workshops

Ayumi Goto and Peter Morin: how do you carry the land?
September 18th



A Curator’s View: Ian Thom Selects
October 2nd



Guo Pei: Couture Beyond
October 23rd

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Professional Development Programs
 

Pro-D Days are organized upon request. Email by clicking the link below, include your name, school, number of teachers, date, time.

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Pricing & Planning



Costs & Duration

All Programs
• include a Teacher's Study Guide with information about artists, suggested classroom activities, vocabulary lists and additional resources
• can accommodate one class (up to a maximum of 30 students)
• require a minimum of one adult per every eight students, to a maximum of eight adults at no additional charge
• must be cancelled at least two weeks in advance or the full fee will be charged

The Vancouver Art Gallery is committed to accessibility and offers reduced program fees for inner-city schools. For more information about rates for inner-city schools, please contact Susan Rome, Public Programs Coordinator: Schools by email or by phone at 604.662.4700 ext. 2308.


PROGRAMDays OfferedTimesDurationCost per GroupCapacityGrades
Group Tour
& Workshop
Mondays-Thursdays
9:30–11:30am
OR
12:15–2:15pm
2 hours
$150
30
2–12
Guided Tour
Mondays-Thursdays
10:45-11:45am
OR
1:30-2:30pm
1 hour
$100
30
2–12
Self-Guided Tour
Fridays only*
ongoing
$80
30
All

*(October–mid June): exact dates may vary depending on the start and end date of School Programs each term.
**(late June–September): exact dates may vary depending on the start and end date of School Programs each term.


 

Repeat Class Visits

The Vancouver Art Gallery believes that children’s learning is enhanced by repeated engagements. We offer special rates to encourage this: if the same class is returning for a second or third visit in the same a school year, fees are reduced.

During your online booking process, please declare if this is your first, second or third visit, or the discount may not be applied. These rates apply ONLY to the same class of students during a given school year.


PROGRAM1st Visit2nd Visit3rd Visit4th Visit
Guided Tour
& Workshop
$150
$100
$50
$150
Guided Tour
$100
$50
$25
$100
Self-Guided Visit
$80
$80
$80
$80

For more information or questions about School Tours please contact the Group Bookings Coordinator via email or by phone at 604.662.4717.


 

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Visionary Partner for Art Education:
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Additional support from:

Sheldon Gilmour Foundation