Teachers and Students

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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Bookings for 2019 Fall School Programs begin on Monday, August 26 at 9 AM.

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Guided Tours + Workshops

Throughout the school year, the Gallery offers Guided Tours and Workshops designed especially for elementary and secondary school students. These tours are a great way to learn about the cultural and social contexts of artworks on display, and they are led by the Gallery's experienced Art Educators. For a list of current programs available, see below.

  • Cost | Varies
  • Grades | 2 - 12
  • Capacity | 30

    Guided Tour + Workshop: The Street

    • September 23, 2019 — November 14, 2019

    The urban street has been an important source of inspiration for artists since the Renaissance and it remains one of the primary locations in which culture is produced in the world today. The street is an arena where individual gestures and chance encounters speak to the pleasures, challenges and points of conflict that are negotiated in everyday life. Students will explore the subject matter of the street through painting, photography, sculpture and video from the Gallery’s collection, ranging in date from the eighteenth century up to the present.

    • Cost | $150
    • Grades | 2 - 12
    • Capacity | 30

    GUIDED TOUR + WORKSHOP: TRANSITS & RETURNS

    • OCTOBER 15, 2019 — JANUARY 23, 2020

    Transits and Returns presents the work of 21 Indigenous artists whose practices are rooted in the specificities of their cultures, places of origin and travels—artistic, embodied and intellectual. The exhibition features artists from local First Nations, as well as from communities located throughout the Pacific region, ranging from Alutiiq territory in the north, to Māori lands in the south, to many island and mainland Nations in between. On this Guided Tour, students will experience the exhibition through the dual lens of roots and routes. Together, we will consider movement, territory, kinship and representation, while tracing wide-ranging contemporary Indigenous experiences that are inclusive of both ancestral knowledges and global connections.

    • Cost | $150
    • Grades | 2-12
    • Capacity | 30

    GUIDED TOUR: TRANSITS & RETURNS

    • OCTOBER 15, 2019 — DECEMBER 12, 2019

    Transits and Returns presents the work of 21 Indigenous artists whose practices are rooted in the specificities of their cultures, places of origin and travels—artistic, embodied and intellectual. The exhibition features artists from local First Nations, as well as from communities located throughout the Pacific region, ranging from Alutiiq territory in the north to Māori lands in the south to many island and mainland Nations in between. On this Guided Tour, students will experience the exhibition through the dual lens of roots and routes. Together, we will consider movement, territory, kinship and representation, while tracing wide-ranging contemporary Indigenous experiences that are inclusive of both ancestral knowledges and global connections.

    • Cost | $100
    • Grades | 2-12
    • Capacity | 30

    GUIDED TOUR + WORKSHOP: CINDY SHERMAN

    • NOVEMBER 19, 2019 — FEBRUARY 6, 2020

    Cindy Sherman is widely regarded as one of the world’s leading contemporary artists. For almost 50 year, she has manipulated her appearance for the camera using makeup, costumes, props and prosthetics derived from a range of cultural sources, including film, advertising and fashion. This major exhibition is the first retrospective of Sherman’s work to be shown in Canada in 20 years. On this Guided Tour, students will examine the development of Sherman’s practice from the beginning of her career in the mid-1970s to the present day. Together, we will explore how Sherman creates tension between identity and façade through the creation of characters that she assumes in each of her photographs. The subsequent workshop will be photo-based.

    • Cost | $150
    • Grades | 2-12
    • Capacity | 30

    GUIDED TOUR: CINDY SHERMAN

    • JANUARY 7, 2020 — FEBRUARY 6, 2020

    Cindy Sherman is widely regarded as one of the world’s leading contemporary artists. For almost 50 year, she has manipulated her appearance for the camera using makeup, costumes, props and prosthetics derived from a range of cultural sources, including film, advertising and fashion. This major exhibition is the first retrospective of Sherman’s work to be shown in Canada in 20 years. On this Guided Tour, students will examine the development of Sherman’s practice from the beginning of her career in the mid-1970s to the present day. Together, we will explore how Sherman creates tension between identity and façade through the creation of characters that she assumes in each of her photographs.

    • Cost | $100
    • Grades | 2-12
    • Capacity | 30

    Self-Guided Visit

    The Self-Guided Visit consists of a class navigating any open exhibition space in the gallery. 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 | $80
    • Grades | All
    • Capacity | 30

    Post-Secondary Self-Guided Visit

    The Self-Guided Visit consists of a class navigating any open exhibition space in the gallery. 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 | $95
    • Grades | Post-Secondary
    • 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. Please contact Group Bookings for information.

    • Cost | $245
    • Grades | Post-Secondary
    • Capacity | 30

      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


      Corporate Partners:

      Visionary Partner for Art Education:

      Ji Ping Bai

      Visionary Partner for Community Access:
      Additional Support from:

      Sheldon Gilmour Foundation