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.

School Visits

The first day of school bookings is Saturday, September 12 at 9:00am, instead of Monday, August 31, due to the development of our new and improved school booking system. Interactive programs for students in grades 2 – 12, include exhibition tours, art making workshops, self guided visits and one day residency programs.

Beginning September 12, please create a login for your account with us and book directly through the new online process.

Thank you for you patience and understanding. We are hoping that that new process will be more efficient for you but there may be some delays.

Beginning on September 12

How to book a tour with our new and improved booking procedure:

  1. Find the exhibition you would like to bring your class to from the available options below
  2. Simply click “Book this School Program”. This will lead you to information about the program and the available tour dates and times
  3. Select which date and time you would like to visit from the available options
  4. 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
  5. Proceed with providing us with your class information
  6. 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.

Coming Soon:

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

October 6, 2015 to January 21, 2016
Grades 2 - 12

*Please note, the exhibition JEH Macdonald has been postponed.

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.

Embracing Canada

November 10, 2015 to January 21, 2016
Grades 2 - 12

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.

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)
  • 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 Coordinator:groupbookings@vanartgallery.bc.ca, 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.

Upcoming Teacher Orientations:
Tuesday, October 6th at 4:00pm JEH Macdonald AND First Nations Recent Acquisitions
Tuesday, November 10th at 4:00pm Embracing Canada

You can RSVP by emailing groupbookings@vanartgallery.bc.ca. 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 srome@vanartgallery.bc.ca or 604.662.4700 local 2308

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

Free. To register call 604.662.4717, free of charge.


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: