School Tour Program

Education Programs for 2017/2018

For the 2017/2018 school year, the Kelowna Art Gallery will be offering six different education programs for Kindergarten to Grade 12. Our school tour program combines educational exhibition tours with hands-on art activities for students of all ages. Our exhibition tours allow students to engage with art by artists from the local community, other parts of Canada, and sometimes from other countries. The group discussions in these tours provide students with a shared learning experience while exercising creative and critical thinking. The hands-on art activities provide a fun, creative extension to the students’ learning experience, while helping them develop specific artistic skills and visual literacy. The Gallery’s diversity of exhibitions and educational programs support various disciplines in the BC Ministry of Education Curriculum and the new core competencies. We strive to create meaningful experiences for students and teachers in hopes that all teachers will see the Kelowna Art Gallery as an essential experience for their students. Registration for the entire 2017/2018 school year is NOW open! Below you will find the information about the five different programs we will be offering this year. To make a booking request, please click BOOK NOW to access the registration page.

If you have further questions regarding this year’s schedule or making special accommodations, please do not hesitate to contact Laura Wyllie, Public Programming Coordinator, at 250-762-2226 ext. 307 or email

PLEASE NOTE: School tour bookings requests are done online. All requests will be handled on a first come first serve basis. When submitting your request, please ensure you are directed to a confirmation screen.

September 11 to October 13, 2017 | A Legacy of Canadian Art

Curriculum links: Arts Education, Social Studies
Activity: Drawing

A Legacy of Canadian Art from Kelowna Collections marks Canada’s 150th anniversary by bringing together works of art by significant Canadian artists from private collections throughout the Kelowna area. The selection includes works by artists such as Cornelius Krieghoff, Emily Carr, A. Y. Jackson , Kathleen Moir Morris, Lawren Harris, Sybil Andrews, Jack Bush, Jack Shadbolt, Daphne Odjig, Bill Reid, Jean Paul Riopelle, Takao Tanabe, and Alex Janvier, among many others working across media in painting, printmaking, and sculpture.

This program will encourage students to engage in critical and creative thinking about how the selected works in this exhibition illustrate a history of Canadian art. Students will also discuss the variety of media and subject matter shown in the exhibition. For the hands-on art activity, students will use inspiration from the exhibition to create their own Canadian landscapes.

See more information about this exhibition here.

Arthur Lismer (1885-1969), Bon Echo Rock, 1921-22, oil on canvas, 83.1 x 67.3 cm. Private collection.


October 16 to November 10, 2017 | Artist’s Garden Project: Dylan Ranney: Refuge

Curriculum links: Arts Education, Science
Activity: Mixed media

* Please note: This exhibition is outside!*

Each spring when it is warm enough for planting, the Kelowna Art Gallery launches our annual Artist’s Garden Project. This year we have been working with local artist Dylan Ranney, who has created the fifth in this series.

Think back to your childhood and if you were fortunate enough to grow up with any amount of contact with the natural world – even if it was only an empty lot near your home – you may have had the idea of creating a hide out there. You perhaps used found materials to make yourself a secret refuge from the world, where you could rest and dream, feeling a connection to nature, like a bear in its den. It is this sort of memory that is Ranney’s starting point for his garden installation titled Refuge.

In this program, students will venture out into the courtyard space to experience Refuge. Students will develop their visual literacy skills by discussing what they see and how this work engages their senses. Students will converse and reflect on what the idea of refuge might mean to various people in the world today. The hands-on art activity will encourage students to use their imaginations to create their own refuge.

See more information about this exhibition here.


Dylan Ranney, Refuge (installation view), 2017


October 2, 2017 to January 12, 2018 | Jane Kidd: Curious

Curriculum Links: Arts Education
Activity: Painting

In Curious, Jane Kidd explores the human/nature relationship through woven tapestry. Works from her Curiosities and Wonderland series draw attention to pertinent contemporary issues, such as genetically modified and engineered organisms and the destruction of the environment. Germinating seeds, aerial views of planted crops, alpha-numeric codes for GMO seeds, along with imagery joining human, animal, and mechanical elements further complicate these considerations and ask: “Will what we create solve our problems, or create new ones?”

In this program, students will break into small groups and use their creative and critical thinking skills to interpret one of the tapestries in the exhibition. Students will also be asked to discuss and reflect on the process of genetically modified plants and animals. For the hands-on art activity, students will be using their imaginations to create their own new entities.

Jane Kidd, Pairing #1, 2013, woven tapestry, 66 x 56 cm

Jane Kidd, Pairing #3, 2013, woven tapestry, 66 x 56 cm

November 14 to December 22, 2017 | Howard Podeswa: A Brief History

Curriculum Links: Arts Education
Activity: Painting

A reflection on the current state of the world, Toronto-based artist Howard Podeswa’s exhibition, A Brief History, articulates an end-of-times cosmology inspired by artistic and scientific visions. In this series of paintings, the immersive compositions build upon intricate layers of personal and historical references to convey a complex meditation on the human condition and notions of time. Howard Podeswa lives and works in Toronto, ON. Over the past 27 years he has exhibited his work in Canada, the U.S., Germany, and South Africa. His work often begins with personal history as a catalyst for meditations on art historical legacies, physics, theories of perception, and the state of the world.

In this program, students will learn about a Canadian artist who has exhibited internationally. Students will discover how exploring works of art exposes us to diverse values, knowledge, and perspectives. The hands-on art activity will be a painting exercise that interplays between exploration, inquiry, and purposeful choice.

Howard Podeswa, Heaven (detail), 2015, oil on canvas, 2.74 x 4.57 m. Photo: Toni Hafkenscheid, courtesy of the Artist.


January 15 to March 16 | Okanagan Artist Series: Gary Pearson: Short Fictions

Curriculum Links: Arts Education
Activity: Printmaking

Gary Pearson is a protean artist, full of restless creativity. As well as his work in painting, drawing, and printmaking, he writes critical reviews and short fiction, and makes art videos. Based in Kelowna for the last twenty-five years or more, Pearson has been both a beacon and a one-man band for promoting and supporting art, both in terms of the local artists in the area, and bringing in visiting artists from other places. In 1998 he wrote a book on artists in various disciplines living in the Okanagan region. As well as having taught studio courses at the University of British Columbia Okanagan since 1991, he has curated exhibitions at the Kelowna Art Gallery (and elsewhere), and has sporadically acted as an impresario for café events, poetry readings, musical evenings, etc. in various Kelowna venues. With the example of his ambitious work he has set the bar high for local artists. This show will comprise approximately twenty-five paintings and as many works on paper, all completed during the last fifteen years, highlighting Pearson’s artistic concerns and strengths.

This program will provide students with the opportunity to learn about a local artist who has explored a variety of media throughout his practice. Students will discuss how artists can experiment in a variety of ways to discover new possibilities and perspectives. For the hands-on activity, students will be doing a printmaking activity.

Gary Pearson, Under the Blue Palms, 2005, oil, oil enamel, and enamel spray paint on canvas, 193 x 204 cm. Collection of the Kamloops Art Gallery.

The Romance, 2015, oil, oil enamel, and enamel spray paint on canvas, 193 x 259 cm. Collection of the artist.


March 26 to May 25, 2018 | Okanagan Print Triennial

Curriculum Links: Arts Education
Activity: Printmaking

Launched in 2009 at the Vernon Public Art Gallery, the Okanagan Print Triennial will once again take place in the spring of 2018 at the Kelowna Art Gallery. The brainchild of Kelowna-based printmaker Briar Craig, and supported by the Kelowna Art Gallery, the University of British Columbia, and Vernon Public Art Gallery, this exhibition is an open, juried show dedicated to showcasing the creative forays made with printmaking in Canada and beyond. The winner of each Triennial is given a solo show at the gallery not hosting the show. The selected works reflect the diversity of printmaking practices and provide the opportunity to engage our local public in discussion and exchange about this important contemporary art medium.

In this program, students will have an opportunity to learn about a wide-range of printmaking practices by artists from all over the world. Students will develop their visual literacy skills by exploring a variety of techniques utilized by these artists. The hands-on art activity will be a printmaking activity.



June 18 to Fall 2018 | A Cultivating Journey: The Herman Levy Collection and Legacy at McMaster

Curriculum Links: Arts Education
Activity: Drawing

In 1984, Hamilton businessman and philanthropist Herman Herzog Levy (1902-1990) formalized the donation of his art collection to the McMaster Museum of Art. The gift ranks among the most important donations to a university gallery in Canada for its quality and significance. A Cultivating Journey will include historical and modern European works of art from the Herman Levy Collection and Legacy at McMaster University. On display will be works by such well-known artists as Gustave Courbet, Mary Beale, Camille Prissaro, Claude Monet, Vincent van Gogh, Henri Matisse, and Paul Klee reflect Levy’s personal taste and interests, in particular Impressionist and Post-Impressionist landscapes, portraits, and still lifes.

This program gives students the opportunity to learn about a variety of works spanning over five centuries. Students will explore the range in media and subject matter displayed in this exhibition. The hands-on art activity will be a drawing activity inspired by a selection of works in this exhibition.

More information on this exhibition will be available soon.

Chaïm Soutine, Portrait of the Painter Richard X, c. 1916–17, oil on canvas, Collection of McMaster Museum of Art, Gift of Herman Levy, Esq., O.B.E.

Claude Monet, Waterloo Bridge, Effet de Soleil, 1903, oil on canvas, Collection of McMaster Museum of Art, Gift of Herman Levy, Esq., O.B.E.


School Tour Booking Procedure

All bookings are done online. If you are interested in booking a School Tour please click the BOOK NOW button to access the registration page.

Tour times

Tours are available September to June, Monday through Friday.
General starting times are 9:00/9:30 am, 11/11:30 am, and 1/1:30 pm.
Please note that all exhibition dates may be subject to change.

The standard tour and activity program is an hour-and-a-half long, and costs $4.00 per student.


Please bring a 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 to each class.

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

Performing Art at the Rotary Centre for the Arts (Drama, Dance, Kung Fu, First Nations Dance and storytelling)
Dawn Larsen
Phone: 250-717-5304 ext.113

Bumbershoot Theatre
Tracy Ross | Dawn Ewen
Phone: 778-478-0142

Kelowna Museums
Jen Garner
Phone: 250-868-4836

If you have any special requests, inquiries about tour times, or if you would like us to adapt our tour to suit particular curriculum needs, please call 250-762-2226.



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