School Tours


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

The Kelowna Art Gallery’s School Tour programs combine 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 artists’ processes. Art activities provide a fun, creative extension to the students’ learning experience, while they 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 the 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 original works of art.

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 (RCA) 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. While one class is at the Kelowna Art Gallery the other will be a RCA. The tours and activities will be 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 following is the list of classes being offered at the Rotary Centre for the Arts:

Mondays: Kung Fu – A no-contact session with Great Way Martial Arts. The focus will be on both self-confidence and self-respect.
Tuesdays: Kung Fu – The same as Monday
Wednesdays: Eco-drama – Students will be working outside and using movement and sound to bring together drama, science, and nature.
Thursdays: Dance
Fridays: Drama

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

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

Tours for all ages

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


October 20 to December 19, 2014
7: Professional Native Indian Artists Incorporated

Jackson Beardy, Eddy Cobiness, Alex Janvier, Norval Morrisseau, Daphne Odjig, Carl Ray, and Joseph Sanchez

Bring your students to the Gallery to discover the pivotal contributions of seven courageous artists who fought for the recognition of First Nations art in Canada. 7: Professional Native Indian Artists Incorporated features sixty works of art created by seven First Nations Artists. The artist among the seven most familiar to Okanagan audiences will be the award-winning Daphne Odjig, who has lived and worked in Penticton for a number of years and has achieved a national reputation for her paintings. Gathering informally in the early 1970s, this “Group of Seven” was a ground-breaking cultural entity that self organized to demand recognition as professional, contemporary artists. They challenged old constructs, and stimulated a new way of thinking about contemporary First Nations people, their lives, and their art.

Hands-on activity: mixed-media drawing activity
Curriculum Links: Visual Arts, Social Studies
Consider booking an Arts Discovery tour

Organized by the MacKenzie Art Gallery with support from the Museums Assistance Program, Department of Canadian Heritage.



Daphne Odjig, Thunderbird of Courage, 1977, acrylic on canvas, 61 x 50.8 cm.
Private Collection. © Daphne Odjig. Photo credit: Don Hall


Carl Ray, Medicine Bear, 1977, acrylic on canvas, 73.7 x 99.1 cm.
Collection of Sunita D. Doobay. © Estate of Carl Ray. Photo credit: Don Hall


January 12 to February 27, 2015
Earth in Focus

During the Earth in Focus tour, students will investigate how artists and their works of art are influenced by the natural environment. This program will centre on the exhibition A Terrible Beauty: Edward Burtynsky in Dialogue with Emily Carr. This exhibition brings together two artists who have both explored in depth the relationship between humans and the natural world, and the impact humans have had on the natural world. Students will have the opportunity to view Burtynsky’s large-scale landscape photography, and Carr’s oil paintings, which focus on the coastal landscape of British Columbia. To expand students’ environmental awareness, we will use art to explore the connection between humans and the earth.

A Terrible Beauty: Edward Burtynsky in Dialogue with Emily Carr is organized and circulated by the Vancouver Art Gallery with the generous support of the Killy Foundation.

Hands-on project: sketching and painting
Curriculum links: Visual arts, Social Studies, Science
Consider booking an Arts Discovery tour

Edward Burtynsky, Shipyard #7, Qili Port, Zhejiang Province, China, 2005, chromogenic print, Collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery, Gift of the Artist, © Edward Burtynsky, Courtesy Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Toronto / Paul Kuhn Gallery, Calgary

Loggers' Culls
Emily Carr, Loggers’ Culls, 1935, oil on canvas, Collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery, Gift of Miss I. Parkyn, VAG 39.1, Photo: Trevor Mills, Vancouver Art Gallery



March 16 to April 10
Printmaking Studio: In the Works

Our Gallery classroom becomes a printmaking studio for this two-hour-long workshop. Students will use a variety of printmaking techniques to create unique series of prints. On exhibition at that time will be a printmaking show by the University of British Columbia Okanagan printmaking students, and a drawing exhibition by artist Ron Shuebrook. While the program will focus on printmaking, students will have the opportunity to view an exhibition of charcoal drawings by Shuebrook, who is a well-respected artist who has influenced two generations of Canadian artists.

Hands-on project: printmaking
Cost: $5.00 per student
Curriculum links: Visual arts
Consider booking an Arts Discovery tour



April 20 to June 12, 2015
Art in Action

This annual exhibition of art by students about students is always expressive, unique, and is a wonderful showcase of the emerging talent of fine art students in Kelowna’s middle and high schools. Art in Action will feature over 100 works of art, and the media and styles are as unique as the artists themselves. This is always a popular show, as students are inspired by seeing the work of their peers, and by the range of ideas and materials.

Hands-on project: mixed-media drawing and collage.
Curriculum links: Visual Arts
Consider booking an Arts Discovery tour

Michelle McAnernery, Skies i: White Iris, acrylic on canvas.


May 11 to June 19, 2015
Canada Through Art

Students will view the exhibition A Story of Canadian Art: As Told by the Hart House Art Collection, which features 41 works of art by renowned artists such as Emily Carr, Lawren Harris, Prudence Heward, A.Y. Jackson, J.E.H. MacDonald, David Milne, Lilias Torrance Newton, Tom Thomson, and F.H. Varley. The majority of works in the exhibition depict images of the Canadian landscape, coast to coast. Students will explore how artists have been inspired by Canada’s various regions, and how and their works of art were influenced by the land and people.

Curriculum links: Visual Arts and Social Studies
Hands-on activity: painting
Consider booking an Arts Discovery tour

A Story of Canadian Art is organized and circulated by the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery (Hart House, University of Toronto, Canada). The exhibition is financially supported by the Museums Assistance Program of the Department of Canadian Heritage.

Emily Carr, Kitwancool Totems, 1928. Oil on canvas, 126 x 89 x 6 cm. Hart House Art Collection, University of Toronto, Donated by graduating class of 1929.

Edwin Holgate, Fire Ranger, 1926. Oil on canvas, 73 x 64 x 6 cm. Hart House Art Collection, University of Toronto, Purchased by the Hart House Art Committee, 1925/26.



April 20 to 24
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-long 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
Shifting Perspectives
Monday to Friday, April 20 to 24, 9:30 – 11:30 am
This tour will include a visit to three exhibitions: Art in Action, Ron Shuebrook: Works on Paper, and a printmaking installation by artist Mitch Mitchell. Mitchell has pushed the boundary of printmaking by using the intaglio printmaking technique to produce a giant folded quilt-like work made from paper that will sit on a pallet on the floor. Students will also take part in a mixed-media hands-on activity.
(max. 25 students for each session)

Rotary Centre for the Arts
Workshop 1
Theatre LIGHTING Workshop
Monday, April 20, 9:30 – 11:30 am
(max. 25 theatre students for each session)

Workshop 2
Theatre SOUND Workshop
Wednesday, April 22, 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 an historical walking tour and a hands-on cultural activity.
Tuesday, April 21 and Thursday, April 23 only, 9:30 – 11:30 am
(max. 25 students for each session)


School Tour Booking Procedure

All bookings are now done online.

If you are interested in booking a School Tour or Arts Discovery Tour please click the appropriate button to visit the registration form page where you can complete and submit the details.



Once the tour has been booked, you will be sent a final confirmation letter. We will get back to you in the order in which requests have been received.

The majority of our programs for students are an hour-and-a-half long, and cost $4.00 per student. The Printmaking Studio program is two-hours long and costs $5.00. All programs include a hands-on activity unless otherwise requested.

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 12:30 to 2:00 pm, but these times are flexible.

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