Above: Top: Students visit the Gallery for an in-person tour of Peter Aspell: The Mad Alchemist.
Bottom: Classroom Art Kit - Embroidery, beading, and tufting with burlap and yarn.
Please book your visit or classroom art kit at least three weeks in advance by contacting our School Art Program Coordinator, Melanie Devoy at firstname.lastname@example.org. For prices and booking information visit the elementary or preschool programs pages. Current exhibition and workshop information listed below.
IN THE GALLERY
September 9 – November 5, 2023
Sonja Ahlers: Classification Crisis
For thirty years, Victoria-based artist Sonja Ahlers has been making books in her distinct visual idiom that is equal parts collage and poetry. Classification Crisis is a major survey of Ahlers’ fascinating practice, featuring her Riot Grrrl zines of the nineties, one-of-a-kind chapbooks, a decade of unseen work after she “quit art” in the wake of the Vancouver art boom, and other artworks and ephemera from a career of collecting images and scraps of language.
Art Workshop: Mixed-Media Mail Art
Inspired by Sonja Ahlers’ captivating compositions, students will learn various collage techniques such as layering and juxtaposition while creating Mail Art postcards.
November 24 – December 31, 2023
The Richmond Arts Coalition, in partnership with Richmond Art Gallery, is pleased to present ArtRich 2023, a juried exhibition celebrating local talent. This dynamic exhibition provides an opportunity for emerging and established artists from Richmond and the Lower Mainland to showcase recent work while creating community.
Art Workshop: Ready, Set, Paint!
Focusing on the elements of colour and composition, students will create a painting inspired by the diverse themes and techniques of the works in the ArtRich exhibition.
January 20 – March 31, 2024
Group Exhibition: Let the real world in
According to filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard, the intersection of film and politics was essential, as embodied by his statement around the necessity to “let the real world in” to his work. For Godard, this signified taking a stance regarding the 1968 student protests in Paris or the Vietnam War, to name but two examples. In this group exhibition, Godard’s urgent appeal to “let the real world in” is vividly articulated throughout a varied selection of contemporary videos.
Art Workshop: My World and Me
Students will explore their sense of place and self through creating an artwork that is reflective of their own personal context using a variety of visual storytelling techniques.
April 20 – June 30, 2024
Hazel Meyer: The Marble in the Basement
This project stems from Hazel Meyer’s multi-year research project exploring the legacy and domestic archive of Canadian artist and experimental filmmaker Joyce Wieland to work through questions of inheritance and lesser-supported art histories. In her trademark playful style, Meyer poses such serious questions as: What gets stored in a shoe box? Deposited into an archive and catalogued as important? Shoved into a corner or thrown away?
Art Workshop: Playful Puppets
Inspired by the puppet “Marble” featured in Meyer’s The Marble in the Basement, students will create their own playful puppet exploring the themes of keepsakes and memory.
CLASSROOM ART KITS
Can’t visit the gallery? Have the gallery come to you! We have designed these kits with simplicity in mind, to make incorporating art content into your classroom as easy as possible. Each kit is a combination of video lessons plus high quality art supplies and tools available for a three-week rental. Find out more about the kits and how to book them on our Classroom Art Kits page.
FREE – ONLINE ART LESSONS
HOMESCHOOL ART KIT – NATURE ART
The School Art Program has created a family art kit for students learning at home. This kit includes access to a series of online video art lessons, a package of student handouts and lesson plans, and specialty art materials mailed to your home to complete the lessons. To order a kit, click the order form button below.
Nature Art Kit $24.00
- 5 sheets of Natureprint paper
- 1 sheet of plastic acetate
- 1 sheet of black construction paper
- Access to six video lessons including a gallery exhibition video tour (over one hour of content)
- Art kit guide with exhibition information, activity lesson plans, and activity sheets