School Tours 2015-2016

Welcome to a new and exciting year of School Tour programs at the Kelowna Art Gallery.

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.

The focus for the 2015/2016 School Tours Program will be exploring the creative process, and working with the building blocks of visual images. When we see a work of art in a gallery we see the finished piece – the images are complete, the pictures are framed, and the ideas are fully developed. It’s easy to forget that behind the completed work of art is a creative process that is as important as the finished piece itself.

This year we have an exciting lineup of exhibitions that range from printmaking, drawing, and painting by Vancouver-based artist Landon Mackenzie to the photo-realistic paintings of Kelowna-based artist John Hall. Through discussion and a hands-on activity students will explore the ways that artists generate and express ideas, as well as examining the use of visual elements and principles of design such as colour, shape, texture, balance, and pattern.

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.

Scroll down for booking procedure and payment details after the list of School Tour programs.

Consider booking an Arts Discovery tour

The Kelowna Art Gallery and the Rotary Centre for the Arts are excited to offer students and teachers an opportunity to visit Kelowna’s Cultural District for a day full of visual and performing arts experiences and activities. The Arts Discovery program will allow for two teachers from the same school to share the cost of bussing to the Cultural District.  The tours and activities are designed for students from Grades K-7 and will link directly to the BC Ministry of Education prescribed learning outcomes for Drama and Visual Arts.

The Arts Discovery tours can be booked at any time during the year. Please book your tour through the Kelowna Art Gallery.

Select from the following programs:

Monday | drama, eco-drama, Kung Fu
Tuesday | drama, dance, Kung Fu
Wednesday | drama, dance
Thursday | drama, dance
Friday | drama, dance, eco-drama

Cost for Rotary Centre for the Arts classes: $2 per student.

Tours for all ages

The Kelowna Art Gallery’s School Tours programs are designed for all ages. For each program we create multiple tour formats so that every student receives an age-appropriate tour and hands-on activity.

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October 27 and October 29, 2015
Lake of Tears

Lake of Tears is a special performance that is not to be missed!

Imagine a work of art coming to life, and the story being told through song. What would it sound like? What would the words to the song be?

Lake of Tears is a collaboration between Opera Kelowna and the Kelowna Art Gallery (KAG). For the past year a local visual artist, librettist, and composer have been creating a work of art that fuses opera and visual art in a unique way that stimulates multiple senses. The theme of Arte Voce is water, and specifically, Lake Okanagan. The story is about a young girl named Masika, who was born to summon rain, and her harrowing journey to break a curse in order to balance the Okanagan waters and restore them to their natural cycle.

The performance will take place in The Front: project space at the KAG. Students will sit in the middle of the opera and be immersed in the music, drawings, sculpture, and projected video imagery.

Times: Tuesday, October 27 and Thursday, October 29
9:30 to 9:50 am
10:00 to 10:20 am
10:30 to 10:50 am
11:00 to 11:20 am

Curriculum Links: Visual Arts, Earth Science, Music
Grades: K to 12
Consider extending your trip to the Kelowna Orchard Museum to learn about water use in the Okanagan.

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Jane Everett, Loon Rising, mixed drawing media on vellum, 2015

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November 2, 2015 to January 15, 2016
Imagination to Creation

Ideas, imagination, and spontaneous unplanned creativity can be some of the most exciting and rewarding parts of making art. Unfortunately though, sometimes when we are in the beginning phases of learning about art we may lose our confidence if things don’t turn out as we planned. The Imagination to Creation program will be about having fun and working with students to help them build confidence in their abilities to express their ideas and creativity.

We will be touring the exhibition Landon Mackenzie: Parallel Journey: Works on Paper (1975-2015). Mackenzie is a Vancouver-based artist, admired for her large-scale works with paint on canvas.  Alongside her painting practice she is continually sketching, creating small paintings, and jotting down notes and ideas as she goes. The gallery will be filled Mackenzie’s drawing, notebooks, and mixed media works on paper that touch on the myriad of ideas she has explored over the years such as, maps, language and history. This will be a fantastic opportunity for students to get a glimpse inside the mind of an artist, and to use Mackenzie’s work as inspiration to develop confidence in their own creative process.

Hands-on project: mixed media
Grades: K-7 projects will be adjusted for various grade levels
Curriculum links: Visual arts and social studies
Consider booking an Arts Discovery Tour

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Landon Mackenzie, Paris Looking North, 2009, watercolour on paper, 19.6 x 26.6 cm)

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Landon Mackenzie, Untitled (Baie-Saint-Paul), 1996, watercolour on paper, 24.5 x 35.5 cm. 
Photo courtesy of Yuri Akuney, Digital Perfections.

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January 25 to April 1, 2015
More Than a Selfie

Creating a self portrait can be one of the most challenging (and brave) things an artist may do, as it requires them to look inside themselves rather than just at the outside world. It may require an examination of thoughts, feelings, likes, dislikes, or circumstances. Self portraits are interesting because they can be realistic, abstract, or the artist’s face may not even be in the image at all, and the portrait may be expressed through pattern, line, shape and colour.

The More Than a Selfie program will take students on a tour of The Artist Herself exhibition, which features self portraits by thirty historical female Canadian artists. Some of the portraits date back to the early 1900s so students will see the clothing and environments of an earlier time. During the tour we will discuss things such as the use of colour to capture mood and feeling, and how a story can be told by the way an artist portrays the environment, or uses changes in scale, distortion, abstraction etc. The hands-on activity will be a self portrait drawing. Students will use mirrors, and will be taught about the proportions of the face. Following, they will use oil pastel and linseed oil, which dissolves the pastel giving it a paint-like quality.  This activity will be adjusted accordingly for various grade levels.

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

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Hannah Maynard, Bude (England), 1834 – Victoria (British Columbia), 1918, Untitled (Tea Time), around 1893, modern print from original glass negative, 25.3 x 20.1 cm
Royal BC Museum, BC Archives, Victoria (F-02852). Photo: Courtesy of the Royal BC Museum, BC Archives

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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

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Artist John Hall working in his studio.

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April 18 to 22
Kelowna Culture Connection

For middle-school and high-school students

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 will enable students to make meaningful connections with the local arts and culture community. Be sure to register early, as space in each workshop is limited.

Cost: $4.00 per student
To register contact Julie Melia at School District No. 23 at 250-860-9729 ext 7500.

Kelowna Art Gallery
Making the Ordinary Extraordinary
Monday to Friday, April 18 to 22, 9:30 – 11:30 am
This tour 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 featuring works 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. Students will also take part in a painting hands-on activity.
(max. 25 students for each session)

Rotary Centre for the Arts
Workshop 1
Theatre LIGHTING Workshop
Monday, April 18, 9:30 – 11:30 am
(max. 25 theatre students for each session)

Workshop 2
Theatre SOUND Workshop
Wednesday, April 20, 9:30 – 11:30 am
(max. 25 theatre students for each session)

Kelowna Museums
Heritage and Culture Workshop
Exploring and connecting with Kelowna’s Cultural District through a walking tour of Kelowna’s history and a hands-on cultural activity.
Tuesday, April 19 and Thursday, April 21 only, 9:30-11:30 am
(max. 25 students for each session)

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School Tour Booking Procedure

All bookings are now done online.

If you are interested in booking a School Tour please click the form button to access the registration form page where you can complete and submit your initial details. We will get back to you in the order in which requests have been received.

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

Payment
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.

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