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Posted July 13, 2018

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Gallery Tours and Workshops

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Students are invited on an instructor-led tour through the current exhibit, followed by a hands-on art studio workshop in the Fireside Room. Participants are challenged through cultivated learning, close observation and thoughtful discussions about the art featured in the gallery exhibit and in the studio. Key concepts and new artistic modes of creation come to life! Suitable for Grades K-12.

To book a tour, please call 604-297-4422 or email

Tours are available Tuesdays-Thursdays
Varying dates: September 26, 2017-May 31, 2018
Morning program start times: 9:30am or 10am
Afternoon program start times: 12:30pm or 1pm

Time   Cost   Age
1.5 hr Art & Me program    $85     Preschool-K 
1.5 hr Tour & Studio   $95   Grades K-2
2.0 hr Tour & Studio   $105   Grades 2-12
Self Guided Visit   No Charge    

*Burnaby School District Financial Assistance

Funds are available for full program coverage to a limited number of qualifying SD41 classes. Please contact us to apply.

Gallery Tours

Art & Me
Preschool & Kindergarten  

This active tour is perfect for busy minds and bodies, introducing the world of art, artists and art galleries. In the gallery spaces, creative hands-on activities and visual games help make it easier to experience the gallery setting in an age-appropriate way. Children learn about simple artistic concepts and are encouraged to express their ideas about the artwork verbally, physically and visually. In the studio, magic happens as kids experiment with making lift prints.

Exhibit: Tania Willard: dissimulation 
September 26 - November 2, 2017
Curriculum Tie-ins: BC First Nations, Art, Social Studies, Ecology/Environment 

This exhibition presents multidisciplinary work by artist/curator Tania Willard (Secwépemc Nation) alongside her collaborators Gabrielle Hill, Peter Morin, her family, home community and Secwépemc lands and territories. These three artists, and their relationships to land, make up the New BC Indian Art and Welfare Society Collective, often creating work at Willard’s BUSH Gallery, a residency space in Secwépemculecw, the territory of the Secwépemc Nation. BUSH Gallery is a space for land-based art and action led by Indigenous artists. In the gallery, students will investigate Willard’s collaboration with land and explore what art looks like outside of a conventional gallery space. 

Exhibit: Sylvia Tait: Journey   
November 22 – December 14, 2017
Curriculum Tie-ins: Art

This survey of works on paper by acclaimed West Coast artist Sylvia Tait includes ink drawings, digital drawings, prints, acrylic paintings, collages, posters and ephemera. While Tait is largely recognised as an abstractionist and a colourist, the exhibition will also include a selection of drawings, with a particular focus on friends, family and the cultural community. In the gallery and studio, students will immerse themselves in Tait’s abstract style and discuss influencing factors of her work and how it has changed throughout 60 years of practice.

Exhibits: Molly Lamb Bobak: Talk of the Town & Julie McIntyre: Travel Stories 
January 30 - March 15, 2018 
Curriculum Tie-ins: Art | History | Social Studies 

In the Lower Gallery, students  explore the work of a Canadian national treasure Molly Lamb Bobak (1922-2014), focusing on her architectural views and city panoramas, primarily from the 1940s to the 1960s. Bobak’s early work as a set designer, as well as her position as the first female Canadian official war artist during World War II, were vital influences on her cityscapes.

The Upper Gallery features Vancouver printmaker Julie McIntyre who incorporates a variety of domestic objects as the ground for a series of work that explores the complexities of one woman’s extraordinary life journey. While touring both exhibitions, students will discover the varying techniques used by both artists and explore these processes in the studio. 

Exhibits: Arts Alive 2018 & David Ostrem  
Dates: May 1-May 31, 2018
Curriculum Tie-ins: Art | Social Studies

The Burnaby Art Gallery, in collaboration with Burnaby School District #41, showcases young artists’ works from the community in this annual student exhibition. In its 36th year, Arts Alive 2018 highlights a variety of engaging artwork by Burnaby Secondary students and is an excellent way to introduce a wide variety of media, artistic styles and visual principals to the classroom.

In the Upper Gallery, Vancouver artist David Ostrem presents photo-based collage work as part of the Capture Photography Festival. In the gallery and studio, students will be active learners as they explore different processes and media used in both exhibitions.  

Self Guided Visits


You may wish to bring your group to see the current exhibit on your own, or stop by on a field trip to another part of Deer Lake Park. Self guided visits are available at no charge during regular gallery hours, and must be booked in advance. Please ask for teachers’ information ahead of time as we often have exhibit information available to assist you.

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