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The 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.

ONLY SELF GUIDED GROUPS visits will be available until October 6, 2015. Please fill out the online booking form with your preferred time of arrival (10am or after) and the dates you would like to visit.

Self guided group rates for children and youth groups are available any day of the week during our hours of operation and cost $40 per 30 students and up to 8 adult chaperones. Post Secondary groups are offered different rates. Please provide us with at least 2 weeks notice for your booking.

Please email Laura Busby, the Group Bookings Coordinator at if you have any questions.

We apologize for any inconvenience.

Fall/Winter 2015 School Programs Download PDF »

School Visits

Interactive programs, for students in grades 2-12, include guided exhibition tours, art-making workshops, self-guided tours and full-day residency programs. The information on the Fall/Winter School Programs will be available mid August. The first day of school bookings is Saturday, September 12 at 9:30am through the Online Booking Form.

*Please note that this year we are implementing a new booking system. This could cause some delays. We have moved the booking date into early September to ensure that our new system is up and running properly. Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding.

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
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
1 hour Tours
Available Fridays only from 10:00am to 3:00pm.
$40 (tax included)
*This cost is per 30 students
One Day Workshops
Senior secondary students will have an opportunity to spend the morning exploring contemporary art throughout the gallery using the exhibitions. In the afternoon the students will respond to the work using mixed media.
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)
  • 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
How to book a tour:

School Programs booking requests can be made beginning Saturday, September 12 at 9:30am by completing the Online Booking Form.

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 in the comment section of the Online Booking Form.

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

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

Free. To register call 604.662.4717, free of charge.

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:

Downloadable Teacher's Study Guides

Please note: Teacher's Study Guides for Fall/Winter 2015 programs will be updated regularly. All Teacher Study Guides for upcoming School Programs will be available online approximately 2 weeks before the first date of the program. Please check back for updates closer to the start of each program.

Beyond the Trees: Wallpapers in Dialogue with Emily Carr Teacher's Guide

The Poetics of Space Teacher's Guide

Cézanne and the Modern Teacher's Guide

Unscrolled: Reframing Tradition in Chinese Contemporary Art Teacher's Guide

The Forbidden City: Inside the Court of China's Emperors Teacher's Guide

Emily Carr and Landon Mackenzie: Wood Chopper and the Monkey Teacher's Guide

Painted Past:A History of Canadian Painting from the Collection Teacher's Guide

Out of Sight: New Acquisitions Teacher's Guide

A Terrible Beauty: Edward Burtynsky Teacher's Guide

Lawren Harris: Canadian Visionary Teacher's Guide

Emily Carr: Deep Forest / Carr in Haida Gwaii Teacher's Guide

KIMSOOJA Unfolding Teacher's Guide

In Dialogue with Carr: Gareth Moore, James Hart: The Dance Screen and Emily Carr in Haida Gwaii Teacher's Guide

Grand Hotel: Redesigning Modern Life Teacher's Guide

Art Spiegelman
CO-MIX: A Retrospective of Comics, Graphics and Scraps
Teacher's Guide

Ian Wallace: At The Intersection of Painting and Photography Teacher's Guide

Hope at Dawn: Watercolours by Emily Carr and Charles John Collings Teacher's Guide

Traffic: Conceptual Art in Canada 1965-1980 Teacher's Guide

Emily Carr and the Theatre of Transcendence Teacher's Guide

Beat Nation Teacher's Guide

Shore, Forest and Beyond Teacher's Guide

Collecting With Intent Teacher's Guide

An Autobiography of Our Collection Teacher's Guide

Ken Lum Teacher's Guide

WE: Vancouver Teacher's Guide

Unreal Teacher's Guide

Everything Everyday Teacher's Guide

Everything Everyday Art Hunt

In Dialogue with Carr Teacher's Guide

In Dialogue with Carr Art Hunt

Kerry James Marshall Teacher's Guide

Leonardo and the Visceral Body Teacher's Guide

Visions of British Columbia: A Landscape Manual

Expanding Horizons: Painting and Photography of American and Canadian Landscape 1860-1918

Scott McFarland and Dawn

Two Visions: Emily Carr and Jack Shadbolt

Vermeer, Rembrandt, and the Golden Age of Dutch Art: Masterpieces from the Rijksmuseum

How Soon Is Now

Enacting Abstraction

WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution

Jeff Wall

Canadian Women Modernists

Teacher Guidelines

Vancouver Art Gallery Emily Carr Website
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Emily Carr Website

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