Virtual School Tours

The Vancouver Art Gallery’s Virtual School Tours invite students to delve into the lives of artists from around the world through a focused look at the art, themes and cultures explored in past and current exhibitions.

 

Each interactive session is led by a specially trained Art Educator and presented on Microsoft Teams. Your class will see images of artists’ work and explore their traditions, materials and inspirations. Students will also have the opportunity to hear the artists’ voices through video clips. These programs introduce tools to foster visual literacy in students and to promote critical thinking about the world around us through strategies of close looking and response.

 

Every tour includes a comprehensive Teacher’s Study Guide, which features background information about the artist(s) and the exhibition you will explore, as well as pre- and post-School Tour activities.

 

Duration: One hour
Capacity: Maximum 30 students per class
Price: $150 per class
Availability: Sessions are offered from 9:30 to 10:30 AM OR from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM on Wednesdays and Thursdays. We will make every effort to accommodate your specific scheduling needs if the times listed won’t work for you.

 

Please note that a 15-minute consultation between the teacher and the Gallery’s Art Educator is required before each session to discuss tech, content and any additional preparation needed.

 

Virtual School Tours will begin on February 6, 2023. Registration for virtual tours is now open. Advance payment is required to secure your booking. If you have any questions, please email us at learn@vanartgallery.bc.ca.

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CURRENT EXHIBITIONS EXPLORED:

 

Jan Wade, Memory Jug, 2016 (detail), acrylic, found objects, Collection of Surrey Art Gallery, Photo: Dennis Ha

1. Jan Wade: Soul Power

Vancouver-based artist Jan Wade creates mixed-media paintings, textiles and sculptural objects that draw upon her lived experience as an African Canadian woman of mixed cultural heritage. Political, social, spiritual and material transformations are integral to Wade’s practice, and she often uses found objects and recycled materials in her creations.

Materials that your class will need: markers, index cards, paper and pencils.

Offered for Grades 3 to 12

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Yoko Ono, Photo: Bjarke Orsted, © Yoko Ono

2. GROWING FREEDOM: The instructions of Yoko Ono / The art of John and Yoko

This major exhibition celebrates the work of world-renowned artists Yoko Ono and her late husband, John Lennon. Students will be introduced to Yoko Ono as a ground-breaking conceptual and performance artist and will be invited to view and participate in the creative process by following text instructions provided by Ono. The tour also focuses on the collaborative projects for peace undertaken by Ono and Lennon.

Materials that your class will need: paper, pencils and tape.

Offered for Grades 3 to 12

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Susan Point, Swanisit Brings Salmon, 1981, screenprint on paper, Courtesy of the Artist, Photo: Kenji Nagai, Courtesy of Spirit Wrestler Gallery

3. Susan Point: Spindle Whorl

Susan Point is a Coast Salish artist from the Musqueam First Nation in Vancouver, BC. This tour includes a closer look at some of her prints, installations, sculpture and public art using Coast Salish design.

Materials that your class will need: paper and pencils.

Offered for Grades K to 12

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Cindy Mochizuki, Amabie, 2020 (detail), video, Courtesy of the Artist

4. Stories that animate us and Sun Xun: Mythological Time

This program takes a closer look at the work of artists Sun Xun and Cindy Mochizuki and examines their use of animation based on legends, mythology and oral histories from their respective homelands in China, Japan and Canada.

Materials that your class will need: paper, pencils, coloured markers and/or coloured pencils. Postcards will be provided to the students.

Offered for Grades 3 to 12

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Shuvinai Ashoona, Earth Transformations, 2012, Fineliner pen, coloured pencil and Conté crayon on black paper, Collection of Martha Burns and Paul Gross

5. Shuvinai Ashoona: Mapping Worlds

Shuvinai Ashoona is an Inuk artist from Nunavut, who creates large pencil crayon drawings which combine everyday life with her imagination.

Materials that your class will need: paper, pencils and markers or coloured pencils.

Offered for Grades K to 12

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