School 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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Vancouver Special: Ambivalent Pleasures
Through Apr 6   |   Grades 2–12

Tamara Henderson
The Scarecrow’s Holiday, 2015
textile, wood, glass, sand, pigment, rope
Courtesy of the Artist and Rodeo, London
Photo: Robert Wedemeyer, Courtesy of China Art Objects

Photograms, digital drawings, collaged boxes, paintings, video, hand-printed fabric, and sculpture represent the diversity of works in this contemporary exhibition by emerging Vancouver artists. Students will explore the materials, processes and influences of the artists which range from electronic music to Ashinaabe quillwork to fictional literature to hot dog eaters and more. The workshop will use mixed media.


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In Dialogue with Emily Carr: Sonny Assu
Through Feb 23   |   Grades 1–12

Sonny Assu
Spaced Invaders, 2014
digital intervention on an Emily Carr painting
(Graveyard Entrance, Campbell River, 1912)
Courtesy of the Artist

Sonny Assu continues his developing body of work, Interventions on the Imaginary, by creating a new series of digital tags on a body of Emily Carr paintings selected from the Vancouver Art Gallery’s collection. Assu confronts the portrayal of Indigenous peoples as a vanishing race by interrupting Carr’s landscapes with an insertion of ovoid and u-shapes. The exhibition will also include new and existing sculptural works by Assu, in addition to a special collaboration with ceramic artist Brendan Tang.

The complementary workshop will use mixed media.




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Susan Point: Spindle Whorl
March 1–May 9   |   Grades 1–12

Susan Point
Baby Ferns, 2016
red cedar, acrylic paint
Courtesy of Coastal Peoples
Fine Arts Gallery

Over the past thirty-five years, Musqueam artist Susan Point has received wide acclaim for her accomplished and remarkably wide-ranging work, which forcefully asserts the vitality of Coast Salish culture, both past and present.

This exhibition tour will survey Point’s entire career through more than a hundred artworks - including screen and wood-block printing, wood carving, sculpture, and paper casting - that take the spindle whorl as their starting point.

The spindle whorl has been a persistent motif in Point’s work since the beginning of her career. Comprised of a small wooden disk with a rod inserted through the centre, Coast Salish women traditionally used this tool to prepare wool for weaving into garments and ceremonial robes. Point has drawn upon the spindle whorl to provide a formal structure for her art while combining this motif with contemporary forms that push the boundaries of tradition




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Pacific Crossings: Hong Kong Artists in Vancouver
April 12–May 25   |   Grades 1–12

Paul Chui
The North Series #4, 2013
ink and watercolour on paper
Courtesy of the Artist

Pacific Crossings examines different generations and artistic practices of those who immigrated to Vancouver from Hong Kong during the1960s through the late 1990s.

Students will explore various visual languages from Hong Kong’s modern and contemporary art beginnings including contemporary ink painting, abstract figurative and landscape painting, etching and performance. They will also examine the influence that a new environment has had on the immigrant artists’ practices.

Participating artists include David Lam, Carrie Koo (Koo Mei), Paul Chui and Josh Hon. While renowned in Hong Kong, many of these artists remain today under-recognized in the visual arts community of Greater Vancouver.





Emily Carr: Into the Forest
May 17–June 15   |   Grades 1–12

Emily Carr
Cedar, 1942
oil on canvas
Emily Carr Trust

The works of Emily Carr is of primary importance in the history of this region. Her view of British Columbia has helped us establish our relationship to the landscape and been a major influence on the art 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 through sketching from her works and will be introduced to the formal elements of colour, light and abstraction.





Self Guided Visit – All Exhibitions
Through June 23   |   Grades 1–12

School Tours
Vancouver Art Gallery

Self-guided group visits have access to all current exhibitions at the time of your visit.

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: $40 (tax included). Find out more »



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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 ».

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