Our elementary programs enable students to meaningfully engage with contemporary art, to explore new and challenging ideas, and to integrate discoveries into their own art work. Each session includes a tour of our current exhibition followed by a hands-on art workshop in our gallery art classroom. Our programs are designed to integrate the BC Arts curriculum and make connections to other areas of classroom learning.
RAG School Programs:
- Introduce inquiry-based strategies for art-viewing and examining visual culture
- Foster creative exploration and personal expression through art
- Explore the work of local, regional, and international contemporary artists
- Engage with the artist’s process through a variety of diverse mediums
Enter our draw for a FREE BUS ride for your field trip, courtesy of International Stage Lines. Find out more here.
$85.00 for a 60 minute session
10:00 – 11:00 am or 1:00 – 2:00 pm
Maximum 25 students
Primary Grades 1-3
$95.00 for a 90 minute session
10:00 – 11:30 am or 1:00 – 2:30 pm
Maximum 30 students
Intermediate Grades 4-7
$105.00 for a 120 minute session
9:30 – 11:30 am or 12:30 – 2:30 pm
Maximum 30 students
Download the School Art Program brochure for a complete description of this year’s exhibitions and art workshops, or read about our current workshops.
Please book your visit at least two weeks in advance using our online form or by contacting our School Art Program Coordinator, Melanie Devoy.
Please have the following information ready at the time of booking:
- At least three preferred dates and times (morning or afternoon session)
- Grade(s) and number of students
- Contact email-address and phone number
A confirmation email will be sent once the booking is finalized.
Once our visit is booked is there any preparation I can do with my class?
Absolutely! Prior to your visit, you will receive a teacher guide with information about the exhibition and the artists, with some discussion questions and pre-visit classroom activities.
Can I bring two classes on the same day?
The gallery can only accommodate one class at a time. If you wish to bring two classes on the same day, plan a second activity with the Museum, Library, or Minoru Arenas, and switch activities after lunch.
Can parents join in?
Parents are welcome to attend the gallery tour, however a maximum of 5 adult chaperones will be admitted to the classroom due to limited space. Toddlers and younger siblings cannot be accommodated on the tours or workshops.
Is there somewhere for students to eat?
Food and drink are not permitted inside the gallery, so please eat snacks or meals before arriving. There are no lunchroom facilities available at the Cultural Centre, however weather permitting, groups are welcome to eat at the picnic tables outside in the plaza.
Will I be able to take pictures?
Photography is allowed during the art workshop in the gallery classroom, and is sometimes permitted inside the gallery during certain exhibitions. Please check with the School Art Program Coordinator prior to your visit.
Where can I park?
There is free parking available at the Cultural Centre and Arenas parking lot and parkade. Please check signage as some parking is limited to 3 hours. Free all day parking is available on the upper level of the parkade.
Where is the gallery located, and is it accessible by transit or school bus?
The Richmond Art Gallery is located inside the Richmond Cultural Centre. The gallery can be reached by Canada Line, and is a 10-15 minute walk from Brighouse station. See our location map and directions. There is a school bus drop off lane on Minoru Boulevard next to the eastern entrance, and the parkade can be accessed from either the Minoru Boulevard entrance or from Granville Ave.
What if I have to cancel or change my booking?
Contact the School Art Program Coordinator as soon as possible by phone or email. Cancellations made within seven days of your scheduled workshop will be subject to a $50.00 fee.
How do I pay?
Workshop fees are payable on the day of your workshop by cash, credit, debit, or cheque made out to the Richmond Art Gallery. Payment should be made at the Cultural Centre front desk before your tour begins. If you require an invoice prior to your visit, please contact the School Art Program Coordinator.