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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Bookings for 2019 Spring School Programs begin on Saturday, January 12 at 9am.

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School Programs

Guided Tour with Workshop
Winter  |  Grades 2–12

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Raoul Dufy, The Regatta, c. 1908–10, oil on canvas, Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. William K. Jacobs, Jr., Photo: Brooklyn Museum

French Moderns: Monet to Matisse 1850-1950

February 27, 2019 — May 2, 2019

This exhibition presents sixty paintings and sculptures from the Brooklyn Museum’s renowned permanent collection of European art. Identifying France as the artistic centre of international Modernism, these works—which are diverse in subject matter, style and scale—were created by leading artists of the period including Edgar Degas, Edouard Manet, Henri Matisse, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Paul Cezanne and Marc Chagall. Students will explore the artistic movements which emerged in and around Paris between 1850 and 1950 and quickly became part of the Western canon—Realism, Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, Symbolism, Fauvism, Cubism and Surrealism. The workshop will focus on watercolour painting.




Mowry Baden, Russian Thistle, 2013,
steel, rubber.
Collection of the Artist.
Photo: Mark Alldritt.

Luanne Martineau, Dangler, 2008,
wool, silk, dye.
Collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery,
Purchased with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts Acquisition Assistance program and funds provided by the Acquisitions Committee: David Aisenstat, Claudia Beck, Laing Brown, Sherry Killam, Karen Killy, Della McLaughlin and Lesley Stowe,
Photo: Trevor Mills, Vancouver Art Gallery



Mowry Baden in conjunction with Displacement

April 18, 2019 — June 6, 2019

Mowry Baden

This survey exhibition showcases work by the Victoria-based artist Mowry Baden. Since the late 1960’s, Baden has become widely known for sculptures and installations that require animation by the viewer, inviting physical participation and interaction with the works. Deploying objects and often humorous forms that range from seat belts, reconfigured industrial equipment and purpose-built rooms, Baden’s work creates a heightened sensory awareness for students of their movement through the world.

Displacement

Situated in dialogue with the Mowry Baden exhibition, Displacement proposes that art, especially in the form of sculpture, has an extraordinary capacity to produce empathy through its material presence and intellectual stimulation. The exhibition is comprised of art works from the Vancouver Art Gallery’s collection, including artists Sonny Assu, Aganetha Dyck, Ken Lum, and Luanne Martineau. Students will create three dimensional objects in the workshops connected with Displacement and Mowry Baden.




Jack Shadbolt, Yates Street Evening, Victoria; Dominion Theatre, Yates St., Victoria, , 1946, watercolour, gouache, ink on paper, Collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery, Acquisition Fund.

The Street

May 8, 2019 — June 13, 2019

The urban street has been an important source of inspiration for artists since the Renaissance and it remains one of the primary locations in which culture is produced in the world today. The street is an arena where individual gestures and chance encounters speak to the pleasures, challenges and points of conflict that are negotiated in everyday life. Students will explore the subject matter of the street through painting, photography, sculpture and video from the Gallery’s collection, ranging in date from the eighteenth century up to the present.



Guided Tours
Winter  |  Grades 1–12

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Raoul Dufy, The Regatta, c. 1908–10, oil on canvas, Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. William K. Jacobs, Jr., Photo: Brooklyn Museum

French Moderns: Monet to Matisse 1850-1950

February 27, 2019 — April 11, 2019

This exhibition presents sixty paintings and sculptures from the Brooklyn Museum’s renowned permanent collection of European art. Identifying France as the artistic centre of international Modernism, these works—which are diverse in subject matter, style and scale—were created by leading artists of the period including Edgar Degas, Edouard Manet, Henri Matisse, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Paul Cezanne and Marc Chagall. Students will explore the artistic movements which emerged in and around Paris between 1850 and 1950 and quickly became part of the Western canon—Realism, Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, Symbolism, Fauvism, Cubism and Surrealism. The workshop will focus on watercolour painting.





Mowry Baden, Russian Thistle, 2013, steel, rubber, Collection of the Artist, Photo: Mark Alldritt.

Luanne Martineau, Dangler, 2008, wool, silk, dye, Collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery, Purchased with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts Acquisition Assistance program and funds provided by the Acquisitions Committee: David Aisenstat, Claudia Beck, Laing Brown, Sherry Killam, Karen Killy, Della McLaughlin and Lesley Stowe, Photo: Trevor Mills, Vancouver Art Gallery

Mowry Baden in conjunction with Displacement

May 8, 2019 — June 6, 2019

Mowry Baden

This survey exhibition showcases work by the Victoria-based artist Mowry Baden. Since the late 1960’s, Baden has become widely known for sculptures and installations that require animation by the viewer, inviting physical participation and interaction with the works. Deploying objects and often humorous forms that range from seat belts, reconfigured industrial equipment and purpose-built rooms, Baden’s work creates a heightened sensory awareness for students of their movement through the world.

Displacement

Situated in dialogue with the Mowry Baden exhibition, Displacement proposes that art, especially in the form of sculpture, has an extraordinary capacity to produce empathy through its material presence and intellectual stimulation. The exhibition is comprised of art works from the Vancouver Art Gallery’s collection, including artists Sonny Assu, Aganetha Dyck, Ken Lum, and Luanne Martineau. Students will create three dimensional objects in the workshops connected with Displacement and Mowry Baden.



Self-Guided Visits - All Exhibitions
 |  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


Mowry Baden in conjunction with Displacement
April 16

The Street
May 7th


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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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Thank You to Our School Programs Supporters:

Corporate Partners:


Visionary Partner for Art Education:
Ji Ping Bai

Visionary Partner for Community Access:


 
Additional support from:

Sheldon Gilmour Foundation