School Tour Program

Programs for 2016/2017

September 23 to October 28, 2016 | Grapes and Tortillas

Curriculum links: Arts Education, Social Studies, English Language Arts
Activity: mixed media and printmaking

Grapes and Tortillas is a solo exhibition by Vancouver-based artist Deborah Koenker that focuses on the 2000 temporary agricultural workers from Mexico hired by the Okanagan Valley’s fruit orchards and vineyards. The show is a tribute to their hard work and personal sacrifices. Students will be encouraged to consider the processing of food here in the Okanagan and further reflect on the diversity of cultures in our community. The hands-on activity for this program will be a mixed-media and printmaking activity that encourages students to communicate artistically about their own personal and cultural identities, as well as about the importance of social responsibility.

For additional information about this exhibition please click here.

Deborah Koenker, installation shot, 2016


November 14, 2016 to January 20, 2017 | Drawing from Life

Curriculum links: Arts Education
Activity: drawing

Eight local artists – all of whom have a strong drawing component in their practice – have been commissioned to produce new work for this exhibition that celebrates the medium of drawing. All works will be in large scale, and four of the eight artists will actually be working on site, creating ephemeral pieces directly on gallery walls. In this program, students will take part in a group activity in which they will use their creative and critical thinking skills to discuss the eight different artists’ approach to drawing. The hands-on activity will be an exploration of drawing media in which students will learn about the basic elements of design.

For additional information about this exhibition please click here.

David Alexander, Rain Locomotive, 2012, charcoal, graphite and pastel on paper, 22 x 30 in. (55.8 x 76.2 cm)


February 14 to April 7, 2017 | Fabrications

Curriculum Links: Arts Education, Applied Design, Skills and Technologies
Activity: mixed media

The exhibition Fabrications brings together the work of four women artists who live and work in different regions of Canada. Each of these women has her own distinct visual and material sensibility and approach to her work. They overlap in the labour-intensive aspect of what they do, often using numerous items or masses of materials to amass in creating their pieces. This program will encourage students to engage in critical and creative thinking about how each of these artists has utilized her materials. The hands-on activity will allow students to explore a range of sculptural materials to create a unique work of art.

Additional information about this exhibition coming soon.

Laura Vickerson, installation view, 2016


May 1 to June 23 | The Big Picture

Curriculum Links: Arts Education
Activity: Painting

The exhibition The Big Picture highlights large-scale modern paintings and drawings from the Kelowna Art Gallery’s permanent collection. The exhibition gives viewers the opportunity to consider scale, and what changes when an artist works in a large format. This program will encourage students to engage in critical and creative thinking about how each of these artists has utilized their materials. About half the artists with works in the exhibition are from the Okanagan and half are from other regions of Canada. This exhibition will give students the opportunity to learn about abstract and realist modern Canadian art, on a local and national scale.

Rose Braun, Departures, 2009, oil on galvanized steel, 48 x 144 in. Collection of the Kelowna Art Gallery, 2010.

Jane Everett, Polo Park VI, 2005, oil and charcoal on canvas, diptych, 48 x 144 in. Collection of the Kelowna Art Gallery, 2008.


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 an hour and a half, 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.

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.

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, First Nations Dance and storytelling)
Dawn Larsen
Phone: 250-717-5304 ext.113

Bumbershoot Theatre
Tracy Ross
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.



Kelowna Culture Connection        May 1 to May 5, 2017

The connections among the visual arts, theatre, and heritage come alive this spring at the Kelowna Art Gallery, Rotary Centre for the Arts, and Kelowna Museums. Each organization will be providing stimulating two-hour sessions that include a hands-on project. These workshops will be fun and engaging for students and they will make meaningful connections with the local arts and culture community.

Culture Connection is for middle-and high-school students. Be sure to register early, as space in each workshop is limited.

For registration please contact Julie Melia at School District No. 23 at 250-860-9729 ext 7500.

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