School Tours 2015-2016

Updated May 9, 2016

The Kelowna Art Gallery’s School Tours program combines educational exhibition tours and hands-on art activities for students of School District # 23. Students explore our exhibitions of contemporary art as they learn about artists and the artists’ processes. Art activities provide a fun, creative extension to the students’ learning experience, while helping them develop specific artistic skills. Tours are guaranteed to stimulate dialogue, facilitate questions, and complement the fine arts curriculum, as well as encourage an exploration of art.

Exhibition Tours: Kelowna Art Gallery docents are dedicated and knowledgeable volunteers who conduct our exhibition tours. They are trained to provide information and facilitate discussion. Programs are designed to promote critical thinking and students are encouraged to respond to the original works of art on view.

Hands-on Activity: Students and teachers will participate in a hands-on activity related to the works of art viewed in the exhibition. Activities have been designed to reinforce specific aspects of the exhibition and provide students with experience in a variety of art media such as painting, drawing, printmaking, and sculpture.

Teachers’ Guide: A comprehensive booklet containing background information about the exhibition, related vocabulary, and suggested pre-tour and post-tour classroom activities will be sent to teachers prior to their scheduled tour. The booklet is intended to be a helpful teaching tool used to enhance your gallery visit and extend the learning outcomes covered within your gallery tour.

For bookings and inquiries please call 250-762-2226.



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April 18 to June 17, 2016
Making the Ordinary Extraordinary

Ideas for art can come from anywhere – dreams, imagination, books, movies, and from everyday life; turning them into art just takes practice! Making the Ordinary Extraordinary will be an inspiring program for students, as they will get to see how over 100 people express their unique visions of the world around them.

Making the Ordinary Extraordinary will focus on two exhibitions – our annual Art in Action exhibition of high-school and middle-school art, and a show titled John Hall: Travelling Light with work by Kelowna-based artist John Hall. Art in Action is always a popular show, as students are inspired by seeing the work of their peers, and by the range of ideas and materials. Hall is a painter who is known nationally for his detailed, highly realistic canvasses that generally depict everyday objects, from still-life arrangements that form portraits, to candies, doughnuts, or groups of small stones. This show will include a selection of works from all his series of paintings from over the past 45 years. For the hands-on activity we will be painting. Students will learn how to use image design strategies such as magnification, and simplification, and the visual elements of colour, line, shape, and texture to turn their works of art into something extraordinary.

Hands-on project: painting
Grades: K-7; projects will be adjusted for various grade levels
Curriculum links: Visual Arts
Consider booking an Arts Discovery Tour

Artist John Hall working in his studio.


School Tour Booking Procedure

Please call Laura Wyllie at 250-762-2226  ext 307

The programs for students are an hour-and-a-half long, and cost $4.00 per student.

Please bring your cheque, payable to the Kelowna Art Gallery, to our reception desk when you arrive. A receipt will be issued at that time. If needed, we can also issue an invoice when you arrive.

Cancellation Policy
Please note that at least one week’s notice is required for cancellation of a tour, or a fee of $45.00 will be charged.

Suggested Booking Times
Tours are available Monday to Friday and can be booked for the morning or afternoon. Tours are generally booked from 9:30 to 11:00 am or 12:00 to 1:30 pm, but these times are flexible.


2016 – 2017 School Tours

2016/2017 Brochure will be available August

Registration will open August 15

For the 2016/2017 school year, the Kelowna Art Gallery will now be offering School Tour programs from Kindergarten up to Grade 12. For each program we create multiple tour formats so that every student receives an age-appropriate tour and hands-on activity.

Tour times: 9:00 – 10:30, 11:00 – 12:30, and 1-2:30.

Want to book a full day field trip? Other school tour programs available throughout the Cultural District are Bumbershoot Theatre, the Rotary Centre for the Arts, and Kelowna Museums.

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