School Tours


SchoolTour2013_photo1_titleWelcome 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 exhibitions as they learn about contemporary artists and the 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 give 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, or 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 list of School Tour Programs.

School Tour Programs 2013-2014

October 15 to December 13, 2013
Time Travellers

SchoolTour2013_Keith_Langergraber Keith Langergraber, installation shot of sculptures, 2012, mixed media. 

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Time Travellers will focus on two exciting exhibitions: Keith Langergraber: Theatre of the Exploding Sun, and Saturday Morning Cartoons. Students are going to thoroughly enjoy these two exhibitions, as they bring together some things that kids love the most – science fiction, cartoons, and art! Langergraber is a Vancouver-based artist who creates three-dimensional installations that incorporate science fiction, film, photography, sculpture, and drawing. Saturday Morning Cartoons is a community-based exhibition that features the work of thirty local artists. Artists were asked to create a cartoon-themed work of art that explored the subculture and phenomena surrounding their favorite Saturday-morning cartoons and cartoon characters. Students will begin with a tour and sketching in the gallery. The hands-on project will be a mixed-media activity.

Consider booking an Arts Discovery Tour, see details below.


January 13 to March 7, 2014

The Black Quartet Jock Macdonald, The Black Quartet, 1946,
ink, watercolour on paper
Collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery, Acquisition Fund
Photo: Teresa Healy, Vancouver Art Gallery 

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Vikky Alexander 003 Vikky Alexander, Heike’s Room, 2004,
inkjet print on canvas
Collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery, Gift of Robert G. Woods and Petra Tode-Woods 

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The exhibition Unreal presents a series of diverse works of art that deal with dreams, fantasy, and the unconscious. The artists in this exhibition have used imaginative processes and unexpected materials to explore this state that exists somewhere between dreams and reality. At first glance, most of the images appear to present standard views of our everyday world. On closer examination, we find that this is a world slightly off-kilter—we find a world full of bizarre, absurd and magical things. Unreal includes over 120 works, all from the permanent collection of Vancouver Art Gallery, by sixty-five contemporary artists. During their tour students will explore ideas found in dreams and fantasy, as well as the artists’ use of inventive art processes and unusual materials. They will leave the gallery with a one-of-a-kind mixed media project.

Consider booking an Arts Discovery Tour, see details below.

Unreal is organized and circulated by the Vancouver Art Gallery with the generous support of the Killy Foundation.


March 24 to June 13, 2014
Shifting Perspectives

SchoolTour2013_Ann_Kipling Ann Kipling, View Through the Spallumcheen, August 25, 1997, pen and ink on paper, 23 ¾ x 39 1/8 in.
Collection of the Kelowna Art Gallery. Purchased with financial support of the Canada Council for the Arts Acquisition Assistance Program and the Central Okanagan Foundation, 2001. 

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SchoolTour2013_Hannah_Turner_Gervais Hannah Turner-Gervais, Constantly Travelling, But Never Lost, mixed media, 2013. 

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Shifting Perspectives will have students visit two exhibitions, Art in Action, and Ann Kipling: The Falkland Drawings: a thirty-five year survey. Art in Action features an eclectic mix of art created by middle-school and high-school students throughout School District No. 23. 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. Ann Kipling: The Falkland Drawings: a thirty-five year survey highlights work that stems from Kipling’s involvement with the natural environment in the Falkland area. Kipling is a well respected senior Canadian artist who is known for her exquisite works on paper. Following the tour of the exhibitions students will take part in a printmaking activity.

Consider booking an Arts Discovery Tour, see details below.


April 28 to May 2
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
Shifting Perspectives

Monday to Friday, April 28 to May 2, 9:30 – 11:30 am
This tour will include a visit to the two exhibitions Art in Action, and Ann Kipling: The Falkland Drawings: a thirty-five year survey. Students will also take part in a printmaking activity.
(Max. 25 students for each session)

Rotary Centre for the Arts
Workshop #1
Theatre LIGHTING Workshop

Monday, April 28, 9:30 – 11:30 am
(Max. 25 theatre students for each session)

Workshop #2
Theatre SOUND Workshop

Wednesday, April 30, 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 historic walking tour and a hands-on cultural activity.
Tuesday, April 29 and Thursday, May 1 only, 9:30-11:30 am
(Max. 25 students for each session)


SchoolTour2013_Arts_DiscoveryArts Discovery

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 will be designed for students from Grades K-7 and will link directly the BC Ministry of Education prescribed learning outcomes for Drama and Visual Arts.

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

Cost for RCA drama class: $2 per student.


To register for a tour email Renée Burgess at

Please make a note of the title of the tour you are interested in, as well as your preferred date and time. Also note the grade and number of students.


School Tour Booking Procedure

All bookings are now done online.

If you are interested in booking a School Tour please contact Renée Burgess by email at Please provide your name, school name, school phone number, grade, and approximately how many students you have. Please rank your request(s) as well so we know in which one(s) you are most interested. We will get back to you in the order in which requests have been received.

Fees: All of our programs for elementary-aged students are an hour-and-a-half long, and include an exhibition tour and hands-on activity.

The cost is $4.00 per student. Schools will be charged for a minimum of fifteen students.

Kelowna Culture Connection is $4.00 per student and is two hours long.



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.

Elementary school tours:  1½ hours: 9:30 to 11:00 am or 12:30 to 2:00 pm. These times are flexible.


Tours for High Schools and Middle Schools

Tours for high school and middle school students are offered in conjunction with all regular school tours and are one hour long and cost $2.50 per student. High school or middle school tours: 1 hour: 11:00 am to 12:00 pm or 1:00 to 2:00 pm

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