School Tour Program

Education Programs for 2019/2020

For the 2019/2020 school year, the Kelowna Art Gallery will be offering six 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 and abilities. Guided tours provide students with cultural and social context for the works of art on display. 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 2019/2020 school year is open. Below you will find the information about the six 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, Curator of Learning and Engagement, 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.

September 23 to November 15, 2019
Through Her Eyes: Works from Our Permanent Collection

Art Activity: Mixed media

Through Her Eyes traces a long history of landscape, and how ‘landscape’ has evolved into painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, the analogue and the digital. It highlights the particular vision that women artists bring to their environment, one that is filled with awe and appreciation as well as criticality, introspection and reflection. The exhibition focuses on women artists in the Kelowna Art Gallery’s collection and includes works ranging from the 1930s to the present. For the hands-on art activity students will be creating landscape watercolour drawings.

Sophie Atkinson, Crown Zellerback View, n.d. Watercolour on paper. Collection of the Kelowna Art Gallery. Gift of Ernestine Lamoureux, 1977.

More information and programming for this exhibition can be found here.


October 1, 2019 to January 5, 2020
Daphne Odjig 100

Art Activity: Painting

Daphne Odjig 100 is a capsule retrospective of the late artist Daphne Odjig. Odjig is one of Canada’s most celebrated Indigenous artists, and has often been referred to as “the grandmother of Canadian Indigenous art.” Although Odjig was born on Manitoulin Island, Ontario, she called Kelowna home in her later years. Odjig’s art has been celebrated for its vibrant colours, with interconnected and fluid forms. For the hands-on art activity, students will be doing a painting activity.

Daphne Odjig, Canopy of Protection, 1987. Acrylic on canvas. Collection of Celine and Paul Cluff. 

More information about this exhibition can be found here.


December 2, 2019 to February 28, 2020
Sovereign Acts

Art Activity: TBA

This program is recommended for grades 5 to 12
To book this program, please call 250-762-2226 ext. 307 or email

This touring exhibition from the Art Museum at the University of Toronto will showcase photography, video, and installation works by eight well known Indigenous contemporary artists: Rebecca Belmore, Lori Blondeau, Dayna Danger, Robert Houle, James Luna, Shelley Niro, Adrian Stimson, and Jeff Thomas.

The history of Indigenous Peoples performing cultural dances and practices for international and colonial audiences is an important part of Indigenous art generally, and performance art specifically. Drawing on the depiction of the “imaginary Indian”—the ahistorical, pre-contact ‘primitivism’ in popular and mass culture—they recover and construct new ways of performing the complexity of Indigenous cultures for a contemporary art audience. Their work returns to the multi-levelled history of ‘Performing Indian’ to recuperate the erased and objectified performer as an ancestor, an artist, and an Indigenous subject. In this program, discussion will include colonialism, the history of the “Performing Indian”, assimilation, the gaze, stereotypes, and primitivism.

Jeff Thomas, Richard Poafpybitty (Pink Panther), Comanche/Omaha, 1983. Pigment print on archival paper. Courtesy of the artist.

More information about this exhibition can be found here.


January 13 to March 15, 2020
Experiment in F# Minor

Art Activity: Drawing

On a large table sits a collection of bare speakers of all shapes and sizes. Light sensors are inlaid into the edge of the table and as the viewers move around the room, their shadows cause the various sound and instrumental tracks to fade up and overlap, mingle and fade down. Numerous viewers in the room create a cacophony of musical compositions that vary according to where the audience walks or how many people are in the room. When the space is empty, the table fades to silence. For this school tour program, students will experience this unique installation and then create drawings in the exhibition space as they listen to the various sounds.

Top view of the installation on a large table. Experiment in F# Minor, 2013. Interactive mixed media installation with audio and speakers.


March 30 to May 31, 2020
The Future is Now/Fuzzy

Art Activity: Printmaking

The Future Is Now/Fuzzy explores the present culture of anxieties about the future through contemporary artworks. Artworks that showcase our fears, visions and hopes of the future and deal with topics like climate change, post-apocalypse scenarios, science fiction futures and the anthropocene (man’s effect on the environment) as well as our growing symbiotic relationship with technology. In this program, students will explore a range of materials used by three different Canadian artists that have exhibited internationally. The hands-on activity will be a printmaking activity.

Melanie Daniel, Only Four Degrees, 2019. Oil on canvas. Courtesy of the artist.


June 20 to October 2020
Group of Seven: Watercolours and Drawings from the McMichael Canadian Art Collection

Art Activity: Drawing

Guest curated by Ian Thom, this exhibition celebrates the 100-year anniversary of the Group of Seven. The Group of Seven were a group of artists in the early 20th century, that explored, through art, the unique character of the Canadian landscape. In this program, students will see a selection of works on paper, all borrowed from the McMichael Canadian Art Collection.

Lawren S. Harris, Algonquin Park, c. 1916. Graphite on paper. On loan from the McMichael Canadian Art Collection. Gift of Jennifer F. Hardacre.

More information on this collection from the McMichael Canadian Art Collection can be found here.


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, 1/1:30 pm.
Evening programs are also available.
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.

Teacher’s Guide
A teacher’s guide accompanies each of our exhibition programs. This resourceful guide will be emailed to you at least three weeks prior to your tour. Please add to your contacts to ensure that this guide does not end up in your junk mail.

We will collect the exact number of students on the day of the field trip and email an invoice to you and the school within two weeks following the field trip.

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.

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.


Want to book a full day field trip?
Other nearby school tour programs available are the Rotary Centre for the Arts and Kelowna Museums.

Performing Art at the Rotary Centre for the Arts 
Mark Paterson
Phone: 250-717-5304

Kelowna Museums
Jen Garner

Phone: 250-868-4836




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