Teachers and Students

School Programs

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 world around us.

Led by the Gallery’s experienced and highly trained Docents, guided school tours are a great way to learn more about the cultural and social contexts of the artworks on display. For a list of the current programs, please see below.

Bookings for the 2020 Winter/Spring School Programs begin on Saturday, January 11 at 9 AM.

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  • FEBRUARY 11 – JUNE 11, 2020

This tour looks at the art of Emily Carr in relation to work by her female Indigenous and Euro-Canadian contemporaries in this region. Iconic Canadian artist Emily Carr (1871–1945) is widely recognized for her paintings of the forested landscapes of British Columbia. Students will explore Carr’s images of the forest and the coast alongside paintings, sculpture and drawings by some of her lesser-known contemporaries—including Beatrice Lennie, Nan Lawson Cheney, Irene Hoffar Reid, Grace Wilson and Vera Weatherbie—along with baskets, cedar hats and cradle boards made at this time by Indigenous women—such as Amy Cooper, Mary Little and Gertrude Dick. The workshop for this program will consist of oil pastel drawing in front of the original artworks.

  • Cost | $100-150
  • Grades | 2-12
  • Capacity | 30


  • MARCH 3 – MAY 21, 2020

This tour will focus on two exhibitions: Shuvinai Ashoona: Mapping Worlds and lineages and land bases. Mapping Worlds focuses on the drawings of contemporary Inuk artist Shuvinai Ashoona from the past two decades. Students will explore Ashoona’s references to traditional Inuit imagery and the way she combines these and other cultural references to develop a sophisticated and highly personal iconography using pen, ink and coloured pencils. Derived equally from her environment and imagination, Ashoona’s work is fed by her fascination with horror films, comic books and television. In the exhibition, lineages and land bases, students will discover work from the Gallery’s permanent collection made since the 1960s, when artists began to seek new ways of representing their relationship to the world. The tour will foreground the work of Indigenous artists who were grappling with the troubled inheritance of settler colonialism including Brian Jungen and Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun.

  • Cost | $100-150
  • Grades | 2-12
  • Capacity | 30

Self-Guided Visits

The Self-Guided Visit consists of a class navigating any open exhibition space in the gallery. Open to elementary, secondary and post-secondary school groups. 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.

  • Cost | $80-95
  • Grades | All
  • Capacity | 30

Post-Secondary Guided Tour

Guided tours are an excellent educational experience for post secondary students. The Gallery's rotating exhibitions of historical and contemporary art provide unique opportunities to enhance a range of studies from fashion, visual art, art history, graphic design, history, visual culture and architecture, among many others. For inquiries or to book, please contact Group Bookings by email at groupbookings@vanartgallery.bc.ca or by phone at 604.662.4717.

  • Cost | $245
  • Grades | Post-Secondary
  • Capacity | 30


    Join us for complimentary Teachers' Orientations before your class visit. Each session includes refreshments, a guided tour of the exhibition, and an introduction to the workshop component of your School Tour. This event is a great opportunity to learn more about how to prepare your students for their upcoming visit and to experience the exhibition on your own before bringing your class.

    • Cost | Complimentary
    • Grades | All
    • Capacity | 50+

    Teachers Support

    To help you get ready for your tour and help your students get the most out of their experience, we offer study guides and teacher orientations for many of our exhibitions

    Shuvinai Ashoona: Mapping Worlds and lineages and land bases

    Rapture, Rhythm and the Tree of Life: Emily Carr and Her Female Contemporaries

    Corporate Partners:

    Visionary Partner for Art Education:

    Ji Ping Bai

    Visionary Partner for Community Access:
    Additional Support from:

    Sheldon Gilmour Foundation