Tours & Workshops at the Gallery
Tours and workshops happen at the Surrey Art Gallery. Advanced booking is required. Call 604-501-5566 and press 0 to book.
For up-to-date program availability and pricing, view our most recent School Programs Brochure.
Exhibition tours are designed to inspire students’ creative, critical, and reflective thinking at an appropriate level guided by skilled docents—volunteers who train extensively for each exhibition.
Artventure: Guided Gallery Tours
What is an art gallery? Docents lead a fun introduction to the Gallery for younger students engaging them in discussion, looking-games, and hands-on activities to explore contemporary art.
Preschoo to Grade 3
Art in Focus: Guided Gallery Tours
Enthusiastic docents encourage students to stop, look, and thoughtfully consider the themes and concepts in the exhibitions. Students collaborate through inquiry-based discussion and activities to discover the diverse ideas, materials, images, and sounds of contemporary art.
Grades 4 to12
Art Exploration: Self-Guided Gallery Tours
Use the Gallery as your classroom! Enhance your curriculum studies with topics and techniques addressed in the exhibitions. Inquire about our self-guided Art Explorer resource with ideas to guide your discoveries in the Galleries. Teachers are encouraged to preview exhibitions. Advance booking is required to ensure space for your group.
Grades K to12
Secondary School Bus Tours
Secondary School teachers, mark your calendars!
Register for two dates in the 2016/2017 school year to bring your students to the Gallery for an hour-long interactive tour of the current exhibitions. To register for free transportation (seating limited), contact the Interpretive Programmer at email@example.com at least 4 weeks in advance of the following dates:
November 29, 2016
February 21, 2017
Our artmaking workshops, led by knowledgeable, practicing artists with extensive experience as art educators, encourage experimentation with art media and explore relevant themes and issues. Programs are tailored to grade level and integrate BC cross-curricular Big Ideas and Learning Standards.
Morning programs include a guided tour from 9:30-10:30am and a workshop from 10:30am-12pm.
Afternoon programs include a workshop from 1-2:30pm. We encourage you to book a free guided tour before your workshop from 11am-12pm; your group can then eat their bag lunches in one of the Gallery’s classrooms or in Bear Creek Park.
After an interactive tour of the current exhibitions, students create art that explores ideas, subjects, and techniques they discovered during their tour. A new art activity is designed in relation to each exhibition.
Grades K to12
Drawing on Diversity
Students’ understanding of cultural diversity is enhanced through an illustrated discussion featuring works from the permanent collection, and a printmaking activity that focuses on how artists address concepts of identity in our intercultural society.
Grades K to12
The World of Clay
Students discover how clay is used around the world. As the instructor demonstrates coiling, pinching, incising, and sculpting, students create a pot using these techniques.
Grades K to 5
Hands on Clay
Inspired by the work of BC ceramics artist Sally Michener and masks from around the world, students create a sculptural clay mask while practicing hand-building techniques such as slab rolling, joining, and surface decorating.
Grades 3 to 12