School and Education

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.

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School Visits

The first day of our fall 2015 school bookings was on Saturday, September 19th at 9am. We released two school programs to book, The Gund Collection and Embracing Canada. We have since sold out of the available dates to book for these programs. Please see below if there are any dates that have been released back online as a result of cancelations. Please add yourself to the waitlist for the program you would like to book by clicking “Notify me when tours become available”.

Our spring 2016 school programs will be released on Saturday, January 16th at 9:00am via our online booking system. At this time we will release all of the available school program tours and workshops to book for February – June 2016. More information regarding the spring 2016 school programs will be released in the coming weeks. These programs will focus on our upcoming, Gallery wide exhibition referred to as MashUp: The Birth of Modern Culture.

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How to book a school program:

Beginning on September 19
• Find the exhibition you would like to bring your class to from the available options below
Simply click “Book this School Program”. This will lead you to information about the program
  and the available tour dates and times

• Select which date and time you would like to visit from the available options
• Before you can reserve that slot, please create a login and password for your personal account.
  Skip this step if you already have an existing account and please log in to book the tour
• Please make sure to provide us with the correct information about your school, contact name and email.
  If too many fields are left blank, we will not process your booking.
• Your booking is a confirmation and not a request. A confirmation email and invoice will be sent within 2 weeks.

If you are a post secondary group looking to book a class visit or private guided tour please visit group tours.

School Tour Programs - Fall 2015

The Gund Collection: Contemporary and Historical Art of the Northwest Coast and Christos Dikeakos

This tour will examine both contemporary and historical Northwest Coast art from the Haida, Kwakwakw'wakw, Tsimshian and Tlingit First Nations. The objects represented include masks, poles and every day ware by artists such as Robert Davidson, Bill Reid and Ken Mowatt. Students will also be introduced to the photographs of Christos Dikeakos, a Vancouver-based artist, who has created a special series of colour photographs that speak to the circulation of First Nations objects.

Oct 7, 2015 – Jan 28, 2016

Grades 2-12
Offered Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

Programs offered:
Guided Tour and Workshop
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Study Guide


Embracing Canada

This exhibition marks the most comprehensive look at Canadian landscape painting made between 1840 and 1940 ever mounted by the Vancouver Art Gallery. It will provide a rare glimpse at some of Canada's most important painters ranging from Cornelius Kreighoff, documenting the winters of 19th century Quebec, to the Group of Seven and Emily Carr, exploring their new perspectives on Canada through direct contact with nature. Students will explore the techniques, content and context of this distinguished collection through materials, art hunts, and sketching.

Nov 12, 2015 – Jan 14, 2016

Grades 2-12
Offered Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

Programs offered:
Guided Tour and Workshop
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Guided Tour
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Study Guide


All Exhibitions - Self Guided

Self-guided group visits have access to all of the available 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.

Please note that intermittently throughout the year floors will be closed for exhibition installations.

If you are bringing several classes of 30 students, please book as many arrival times as you need.

Oct 9, 2015 – Sept 30, 2016

Grades Preschool, Elementary, High School
Offered Friday

Programs offered:
Self-Guided Tour
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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 ».

School Tours

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)
• available Monday to Thursday at 9:30am and 12:15pm
• 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

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. Please contact the Group Bookings Coordinator directly for more information and available bookings. $225

Repeat Class Visits

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 when filling out your booking information.

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

Please note that the Teacher Study Guides for each School Program will be available online the same day as the corresponding Teacher Orientation date for that exhibition.

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

Upcoming FREE Teacher Orientations:
Tuesday, October 6th at 4pm The Gund Collection: Contemporary and Historical Art of the Northwest Coast and Christos Dikeakos
Tuesday, November 10th at 4pm Embracing Canada

You can RSVP by emailing There is no capacity limit. If by chance you don’t hear back from us, please still attend and let us know when you arrive for the orientation.

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

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:

Vancouver Art Gallery Emily Carr Website
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Emily Carr Website

Experience the most extensive online presence ever presented on a Canadian artist at the Vancouver Art Gallery's Emily Carr Website.