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 the 2021/22 school year, the Gallery’s Virtual School Programs will begin in October 2021. Registration will open in September. We plan to resume on-site programming in January 2022. Please check back for more details.

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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 | $120
  • 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


    Teacher Orientations have been postponed until further notice. Please check back for more details. Questions? Contact Susan Rome, School Programs Coordinator at srome@vanartgallery.bc.ca.

    • 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

      Sun Xun: Mythological Time and Stories that animate us

      Visionary Partner for Community Access:
      Corporate Partners:

      Additional support from:

      Sheldon Gilmour Foundation

      Virtual Art Engagement for Schools Program:
      Art Teachers Training Program:

      The Edith Lando Charitable Foundation