This winter and spring, The School Art Program is offering in-person gallery programs and classroom art kits for 3-week rentals.
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
Gallery Tour & Art Activity
For each of the following exhibitions, students will enjoy a gallery tour and in-gallery art lesson based on the themes, techniques, and mediums of the gallery artworks. All tours and activities are adapted for age and grade level. Morning or afternoon sessions available. For prices and booking information visit the elementary or preschool programs pages.
January 22, 2022 – April 3, 2022: NOURISH
Jane Wong, Wan-Yi Lin and Roger Chen (Mizzonk)
This exhibition invites us to literally take a seat at a huge communal dining table and reflect on the familial and cultural histories embedded in the ritual of sharing a meal together. Jane Wong draws inspiration from her upbringing in a Chinese American restaurant in New Jersey as well as her family’s experience of hunger and poverty in rural China. Taiwanese Canadian artists, Wan-Yi Lin and Roger Chen (Mizzonk) present a film, Six Acres, animating watercolour impressions of living 19 years on six acres in rural Maple Ridge. Jane Wong and Mizzonk’s works combine to explore the connections and power of nature and nourishment.
Art Activity: Students will reflect on memories of food and celebrations and create a postcard illustration using watercolour pencil crayons.
April 8 – June 5, 2022: A Minaret for the General’s Wife
A Minaret for the General’s Wife revolves around the story of the Kėdainiai Minaret, an architectural folly located in a small town in Lithuania. In this exhibition the minaret is taken up as a metaphor for the experience of being out of place, for structures built in locations where they seemingly don’t belong, and for objects brought out of context. The exhibition invites us to consider the dichotomy between the authenticity of the historical record and the myriad truths spoken by subjective experience, thereby complicating how we consider our own narratives and memories.
Art Activity: Students will be guided through creating architectural sculptures using paper and cardstock inspired by the unique architectural forms of the Minaret and Islamic Architecture.
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 Video Art Lessons
Labour’s trace: Métis Beading with Pointillism and Wearable Artwork
Prairie Invasions: A Lullaby: Nature Collage
Selected Stories: Printmaking with Craft Foam
Inaction: Fabulous Figures
Homeschool Art Kit – Sunprints
The School Art Program has created family art kits for students learning at home. Each kit includes access to a series of online video art lessons, a pdf package of student handouts and lesson plans, and specialty art materials mailed to your home to complete the lessons. Our first kit is now available, and we will be adding more throughout the year.
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)
PDF art kit guide with exhibition information, activity lesson plans, and activity sheets