Schools and Education

Schools & Education

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 visual world around us.

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School Programs: Guided Tours and Workshops


Takashi Murakami: The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg
Feb 21–May 4 , 2018  |  Grades 1–12
 

Takashi Murakami: The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg will be the first solo presentation of this extraordinary Japanese artist’s work in Canada. Murakami is one of the world’s most influential artists, known as the Japanese Andy Warhol for his bright, Pop Art-influenced aesthetic and successful bridging of high and low cultures, along with a mixing of Eastern and Western conceptions of art. His work often expresses a deep concern about natural disasters in the artist’s homeland of Japan.

 
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Takashi Murakami | February 20, 4-5:30pm
Join us for refreshments, a complimentary exhibition tour and an introduction to the associated workshop activities: Please RSVP by emailing the Group Bookings Coordinator. If you RSVP but your plans change, please email us to cancel.

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BOMBHEAD
April 3–June 14 , 2018  |  Grades 8–12
 

Taking its name from the iconic 2002 Bruce Connor print, BOMBHEAD is a thematic exhibition drawn primarily from the Vancouver Art Gallery’s permanent collection, exploring the emergence and ongoing impact of the nuclear age on artists and their practices. The exhibition brings together paintings, drawings, prints, sculpture, photographs and video that deal with this complex subject matter.

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Living, Building, Thinking: art & expressionism
April 11–May 21, 2018  |  Grades 1–12
 

In this tour, students will be introduced to the early 20th century period of art and social activism in Germany, known as Expressionism, which encompassed visual art, literature, philosophy, theatre, film, photography and architecture. In the context of an expanded view on the subject, students will explore Expressionism as a rich and thought-provoking lens on the relationship between artists and society. Through this movement, the ever-changing responses and visual expressions of artists are shown to circulate shared hopes and aspirations for social awareness and change. The exhibition includes more than ninety works in all media, ranging from 16th century European to contemporary Canadian works.

 
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Living, Building Thinking: art and expressionism | April 10, 4-5:30pm
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Emily Carr in Dialogue with Mattie Gunterman
May 9–June 14 , 2018  |  Grades 1–12
 

Students will explore the Vancouver Art Gallery’s extensive holdings of Emily Carr’s paintings in relationship to the photographs of Mattie Gunterman, both of whom showed their great affection for British Columbia’s landscape. Like Carr, Mattie Gunterman’s oeuvre reflected her direct engagement with the wilderness around her, which she documented with images of friends, campsites, trappers, prospectors, miners and day-to-day pioneer life.

 
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Emily Carr in Dialogue with Mattie Gunterman | May 8, 4-5:30pm
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空/Emptiness: Emily Carr and Lui Shou Kwan
Jan 17–Mar 15, 2018  |  Grades 2–12
 

Bookings for this program begin on Saturday December 2, 9am

This exhibition focuses on the dialogue between the works of Emily Carr and Lui Shou Kwan (1919-1975). Lui was an accomplished brush painter in the traditional Chinese style. As he began to experiment, incorporating modern styles and techniques from Europe, he developed a fascination for Abstraction. He continued his interest in abstraction, while always retaining aspects of classical Chinese ink painting, which culminated in his landmark Zen paintings of the 1960s. Students will see these works in conjunction with Emily Carr’s charcoal drawings and forest paintings, examining the ways in which each artist expresses their sublime love of forests and nature.

 
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Portrait of the Artist: An Exhibition from the Royal Collection
Nov 29–Feb 1  |  Grades 2–12
 

Drawn exclusively from The Royal Collection, the art collection of the British Royal Family and the largest private art collection in the world, this exhibition will feature works by (and of) artists from the late fifteenth century to the twenty-first century. Consisting of paintings, drawings, miniatures, sculptures, photographs and prints by some of the greatest European artists in history, this presentation will examine the figure of the artist through the lens of three core themes: portraits of artists, the artist at work, and playing a role. Each thematic section in the exhibition will showcase works that offer keen insights into artists’ perceptions of their inner and outer selves, their positions in society and their symbiotic relationship with the British monarchy. A multi-media portrait workshop will follow the tour.

This tour will be offered in conjunction with Carol Sawyer: The Natalie Brettschneider Archive.

 
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Carol Sawyer: The Natalie Brettschneider Archive
Nov 29–Feb 1  |  Grades 2–12
 

Carol Sawyer: The Natalie Brettschneider Archive will present the latest findings of an ongoing research project that reconstructs the life and work of the genre-defying fictional artist Natalie Brettschneider through the use of photographs, text, archival materials, video and music recitals.

Real people, places and events are woven throughout this story that begins with her childhood in New Westminster, and then follows her travels across Canada and Europe and, finally, her eventual return to British Columbia. Students will use the photographs, letters, paintings, films and other materials on view to connect Brettschneider to a rich community of interdisciplinary women artists working in Europe, Canada and BC from the1920s through to the 1970s.

This tour will be offered in conjunction with Portrait of the Artist: An Exhibition from the Royal Collection.

 
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Self-Guided Visits–All Exhibitions
Ongoing  |  Grades K–12
 


School Tours
Vancouver Art Gallery

Self-guided school group visits have access to all current exhibitions.

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.

Offered: Fridays only. Cost: $80 (tax included). Find out more »

 
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Costs & Duration

All Programs
• include a Teacher's Study Guide with information about artists, suggested classroom activities, vocabulary lists and additional resources
• can accommodate one class (up to a maximum of 30 students)
• require a minimum of one adult per every eight students, to a maximum of eight adults at no additional charge
• must be cancelled at least two weeks in advance or the full fee will be charged

The Vancouver Art Gallery is committed to accessibility and offers reduced program fees for inner-city schools. For more information about rates for inner-city schools, please contact Susan Rome, Public Programs Coordinator: Schools by email or by phone at 604.662.4700 ext. 2308.


PROGRAMDays OfferedTimesDurationCost per GroupCapacityGrades
Group Tour
& Workshop
Mondays-Thursdays
9:30–11:30am
OR
12:15–2:15pm
2 hours
$150
30
2–12
Guided Tour
Mondays-Thursdays
10:45-11:45am
OR
1:30-2:30pm
1 hour
$100
30
2–12
Self-Guided Tour
Fridays only*
ongoing
$80
30
All

*(October–mid June): exact dates may vary depending on the start and end date of School Programs each term.
**(late June–September): exact dates may vary depending on the start and end date of School Programs each term.


 

Repeat Class Visits

The Vancouver Art Gallery believes that children’s learning is enhanced by repeated engagements. We offer special rates to encourage this: if the same class is returning for a second or third visit in the same a school year, fees are reduced.

During your online booking process, please declare if this is your first, second or third visit, or the discount may not be applied. These rates apply ONLY to the same class of students during a given school year.


PROGRAM1st Visit2nd Visit3rd Visit4th Visit
Guided Tour
& Workshop
$150
$100
$50
$150
Guided Tour
$100
$50
$25
$100
Self-Guided Visit
$80
$80
$80
$80

For more information or questions about School Tours please contact the Group Bookings Coordinator via email or by phone at 604.662.4717.


 

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