School Tour Program

Education Programs for 2018/2019

For the 2018/2019 school year, the Kelowna Art Gallery will be offering five 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. This year, our exhibition tours will provide students with the opportunity to engage with art through exhibitions of Canadian and international artists. Group discussions during the tours encourage students to exercise 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 programming support various disciplines in the BC Curriculum and Core Competencies.

Registration for the entire 2018/2019 school year is open. Below you will find the information about the five different programs we are offering this year. To make a booking request, please click BOOK NOW to access the registration page. If you have further questions please do not hesitate to contact Laura Wyllie, Education and 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.

A Teacher’s Guide accompanies each of our education programs. These resourceful guides include exhibition descriptions, artist biographies, BC Curriculum links, pre/post-visit activities, and relevant vocabulary.

September 6 to October 26, 2018
A Cultivating Journey: The Herman Levy Legacy

Art Activity: Drawing

In 1984, Hamilton businessman and philanthropist Herman Herzog Levy (1902-1990) formalized a donation of his art collection to the McMaster Museum of Art. His collection of 185 works included a remarkable selection of historical and modern European art. For this program, students will get to experience first-hand a selection of sixty-four works from this art collection, which spans from the 15th century to the late 20th century. This exhibition features artists including Gustave Courbet, Claude Monet, Mary Beale, Camille Pissarro, Vincent Van Gogh, among many others.

See more information on this exhibition here.

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.


November 14, 2018 to January 11, 2019
The Rossi Collection: A Circle of Friends

Art Activity: Painting

Dr. Luigi Rossi, a radiologist who practiced in Grand Prairie, Alberta, for 30 years, found his true passion in collecting Canadian art. An early patron of contemporary Indigenous art, Dr. Rossi acquired works by artists such as Alex Janvier, Norval Morrisseau, and Daphne Odjig, among other Canadians including Jack Bush, Ted Harrison, Gershon Iskowitz, and Jack Shadbolt. For this program, students will explore a selection of paintings and sculptures from Dr. Rossi’s collection, which not only showcases a sampling of Canadian art history, but also illustrates the importance of collecting art in Canada.

See more information on this exhibition here.

Alex Janvier (b. 1935), Environmental Struggle, 1988, Acrylic on canvas, 60” x 48”, Collection of the Dr. Luigi Rossi Estate

Daphne Odjig (1919-2016), Untitled, date unknown, Acrylic on canvas, 32 x 66 in. Collection of the Dr. Luigi Rossi Estate


January 21 to April 12, 2019
Our Lives Through Our Eyes: Nk’Mip Children’s Art

Art Activity: Painting

Between 1932 and 1942 children and youth who attended the Inkameep day school near Oliver, BC, worked with their teacher, Mr. Anthony Walsh, to create drawings, paintings, and dramatic plays based upon Okanagan language and culture. The arts became a way for the students, aged 6 to 16, to depict their everyday realities and their evolving sense of identity as Indigenous children. Their personal lives engaged complex intersections of Okanagan Nation traditions and stories, spirituality and religion, agricultural and ranching economies, and the encroachment of North American popular culture. This exhibition will include a selection of works created by the students who attended the Inkameep day school.

Please note: This program is a partnership between the Kelowna Art Gallery and Kelowna Museums. Full-day field trips to visit both organizations showcasing work from the Inkameep day school are available. This exhibition is recommended for grades 5 and up. To book this program, please call 250-762-2226 ext. 307 or email


January 28 to April 26, 2019
The Poetics of Space

Art Activity: Printmaking

The Poetics of Space features both historical and contemporary works of art, combining unique choices from the Vancouver Art Gallery’s collection. Together the works demonstrate the countless ways that artists contemplate space–from its optical perceptions, to its emotional impact, to its geographical or topographical limits. Ultimately the exhibition reveals the many ways in which artists have depicted and defined space over time. For this program, students will experience over 40 different Canadian and international artists’ work, which will include painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, photography, and video art.


May 13 to June 26, 2019
Susan Point: Spindle Whorl

Art Activity: Painting

Over the past three and a half decades, Musqueam artist Susan Point has received wide acclaim for her accomplished and remarkably wide-ranging oeuvre that forcefully asserts the vitality of Coast Salish culture, both past and present. During this time she has produced an extensive body of prints and an expansive corpus of sculptural work in a wide variety of materials that includes glass, resin, polymer, stone, bronze, concrete, steel, wood, acrylic paint, and paper. The scale of her work is also wide in scope, ranging from the intimacy of the jewelry she produced in the early 1980s to the monumental character of the public sculptures she continues to make today.

Susan Point: Spindle Whorl is a touring exhibition from the Vancouver Art Gallery that showcases 40 works, which are accompanied by a special selection of 14 works borrowed directly from the artists’ studio for the Kelowna Art Gallery.

The hands-on art activity for this program will be an acrylic painting activity. Students will learn about Coast Salish design elements and create their own circular paintings inspired by the symmetry and balance prevalent in Susan Point’s artwork.

Susan Point, Behind Four Winds, 2012, screenprint, 80.0 x 80.0 cm, Collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery, Gift of the Artist, Photo: Rachel Topham, Vancouver Art Gallery



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

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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