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 Tours and Workshops


Emily Carr: Into the Forest
September 18–November 30   |   Grades 2–12
 

The work of Emily Carr is of primary importance to the history of this region. Her view of British Columbia has helped establish a relationship to the landscape through representation and her work has been a major influence on the work of subsequent generations of artists.

As part of an ongoing investigation into the work and life of Emily Carr, this exhibition will present an in-depth look at her forest paintings. During the tour students will investigate Carr’s processes and techniques and will be introduced to the formal elements of colour, light and abstraction through sketching from her works. The hands-on section of this tour will focus on oil pastel drawing in the Carr Gallery.

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Entangled: Two Views of Contemporary Canadian Painting
October 11–November 23   |   Grades 2–12
 

Entangled: Two Views on Contemporary Canadian Painting offers insight into two distinctly different modes of painting that have come to dominate contemporary painting in Canada over the last forty years. Within that debate two strategies were devised, one that proposed the possibility of conceptual painting—painting that emerged from and returned to the idea, and a second proposition that valued actions over ideas—where doing and making were pitted against ideas and concepts.

In this tour students will explore these debates through engaging with the work of more than thirty artists who have been largely responsible for the strong revival that painting has recently enjoyed in this country and beyond. With work by artists from Halifax to Victoria and many places in-between, this exhibition offers a survey of the lively conversations that makes painting relevant and meaningful today. A painting workshop will follow the tour.

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    EXHIBTION INFO                 STUDY GUIDE      


Portrait of an Artist: An Exhibition from the Royal Collection
November 29–February 1   |   Grades 2–12
 

Drawn exclusively from The Royal Collection, the art collection of the British Royal Family and the largest private art collection in the world, this exhibition will feature works by (and of) artists from the late fifteenth century to the twenty-first century. Consisting of paintings, drawings, miniatures, sculptures, photographs and prints by some of the greatest European artists in history, this presentation will examine the figure of the artist through the lens of three core themes: portraits of artists, the artist at work, and playing a role. Each thematic section in the exhibition will showcase works that offer keen insights into artists’ perceptions of their inner and outer selves, their positions in society and their symbiotic relationship with the British monarchy. A multi-media portrait workshop will follow the tour.

This tour will be offered in conjunction with Carol Sawyer: The Natalie Brettschneider Archive.

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    GUIDED TOUR/WORKSHOP    

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    EXHIBTION INFO                 STUDY GUIDE      


Carol Sawyer: The Natalie Brettschneider Archive
November 29–February 1   |   Grades 2–12
 

Carol Sawyer: The Natalie Brettschneider Archive will present the latest findings of an ongoing research project that reconstructs the life and work of the genre-defying fictional artist Natalie Brettschneider through the use of photographs, text, archival materials, video and music recitals.

Real people, places and events are woven throughout this story that begins with her childhood in New Westminster, and then follows her travels across Canada and Europe and, finally, her eventual return to British Columbia. Students will use the photographs, letters, paintings, films and other materials on view to connect Brettschneider to a rich community of interdisciplinary women artists working in Europe, Canada and BC from the1920s through to the 1970s.

This tour will be offered in conjunction with Portrait of the Artist: An Exhibition from the Royal Collection.

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    GUIDED TOUR/WORKSHOP    

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    EXHIBTION INFO                 STUDY GUIDE      


?/Emptiness: Emily Carr and Lui Shou Kwan
January 16–March 15   |   Grades 1–12
 


Emily Carr
Untitled, 1931-1932
charcoal, oil on paper
Collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery,
Emily Carr Trust

This exhibition pairs Canadian modernist Emily Carr with Lui Shou Kwan, founder of the New Ink Movement in Hong Kong and considers their expressions of transcendence through landscape painting. The dialogue is constructed through a comparison of each artist’s experiments with Modernist movements and mysticism through their depictions of nature.

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Self-Guided Visits–All Exhibitions
Ongoing   |   Grades K–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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If you are a post-secondary group looking to book a self-guided visit or a guided tour, please visit the Group Tours page ».

 
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Generously supported by:
Ace and Hemsa Fipke
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