School Programs

Burnaby Art Gallery (BAG) offers a variety of curriculum-based programs for school groups and home-learners of all ages. The programs encourage creative thinking, conversation and developing new skills through exploring art mediums and processes inspired by works on exhibit and art from the City's Permanent Art Collection.

BAG has a strong relationship with the Burnaby School District (SD41) that's built around innovative and inclusive programs like our annual Arts Alive student exhibitions and the Artist Apprenticeship Program. Our long-standing partnership has ensured all students within the district have access to experience an art gallery setting. 

Book your classroom for a gallery tour and explore the programs we offer for students and educators.

School programs for the classroom

BAG’s outreach programs are designed to bring original artwork and art supplies right into your classrooms! 

We offer in-person and virtual programs that fit into your curriculum needs and class times. Available for booking between mid-October and June.

To book an Outreach Program, fill out an booking form and email it to [email protected].

Programs

Coastal Waters

Fridays, Grades 2-7 
Art Education, Earth Science, Indigenous Studies
Part-day and online options available
Full Day option, 5 hours, $330  

Join us to uncover the complexity of the BC coastline. Students are immersed into the ideas of interconnection, ecosystems, water cycles and shoreline wildlife, inspired by works from Burnaby Art Gallery’s Permanent Collection, including Coastal Indigenous artworks. Using watercolour, drawing, and collage, students develop individual mixed-media works that contribute to a group classroom ecosystem project.

Collection Discovery 

Tuesdays and Thursdays, Grades K-7
Indigenous Studies, Ecology/Environment, Art 
Part-day and online options available

Discover the Gallery’s Permanent Art Collections, through handmade prints by Indigenous Artists. Students will make comparisons of the different techniques and elements of meaning in the works, and consider the significance of the ecosystem and environment. Students will create their own art piece inspired by Coast Salish design and explore their connection with the environment.

Structures & Cities 

Wednesdays, Grades K-7
Art Education, Social Science, Geography, Math
Part-day and online options available. 

Imagine, balance, construct, and combine materials to engineer an exciting mini city. Students learn about physics and connecting techniques they can use to support their structures. This workshop applies a horizontal learning approach to engage multiple subjects, encouraging students to get creative. Focus can be adjusted to fit your curriculum.

New! Forest For The Trees

Mondays, Grades 2-7
Art Education, Ecology, Indigenous Studies
Part-day and online options available

Explore the world of landscape-inspired artwork through this engaging new program. Using the forms of trees, waterways and mountains, students will discuss ideas of landscape and place, including Indigenous and colonial/settler perspectives. An art project builds on these ideas, using techniques of layering, colour mixing and collage to create a ‘forest’ of trees.

Fees

Part-day outreach (1.5 hour program)

  In-person Virtual

Zone A Schools: Burnaby School District

Minimum 2 workshops booked per school per day. 

$115 per class

$115 per class

No delivery fee

Zone B Schools: New Westminster, Vancouver (east of Main), Coquitlam, Port Moody

Minimum 3 workshops booked per school per day. 

$120 per class

$115 per class

$10 delivery fee

Zone C Schools: Vancouver (west of Main), North Vancouver, 

Minimum 3 workshops booked per school per day. 

$125 per class

$115 per class

$15 delivery fee

Students are presented  with an artist-led introduction to the current exhibition, followed by a hands-on art workshop online. Participants are challenged through cultivated learning, close observation, hands-on art studio workshops, and thoughtful discussions about the art featured in the gallery exhibit. Key concepts and new artistic modes of creation come to life. Suitable for Grades K-12.

To book a Gallery Tour, fill out an booking form and email it to [email protected].

Current exhibition:

New Acquisitions

October 15, 2021-January 23, 2022

Fees

Days of the week available: Wednesdays and Thursdays

  Length Price

Preschool-K: Art & Me 

1.5 hours

$85

Grades K-2

1.5 hours

$95

Grades 2-12

2 hours

$110

Guided Tour without studio (K-12)

30 minutes-1 hour

$50

Lesson planning is made easy with BAG in a Box!

Four unique educational kits are available, featuring original artwork by local artists, resource materials, art supplies and detailed lesson plans for theme-based art-making activities in your classroom.

Suitable for Grades K-7.
Available for booking September 7, 2021 – June 24, 2022.

To book BAG in a Box, fill out an booking form and email it to [email protected].

Anna's Press

Find inspiration and explore artistic techniques, subjects and themes featured in the works of Chinese Canadian master printmaker, Anna Wong. These include nature prints, exercises in abstraction, travel themes, and mixed media projects.

The Printmaker’s Pets

Discover relief printmaking techniques, drawing and mixed-media, while exploring how printmakers portray cats, dogs, birds, and more.

Cultural Portraits

Investigate how an artist’s expression reflects their identity and culture and the role visual art plays in reflecting or challenging traditions.

My Place

Learn about narrative and depth in landscape, representing nature through collage, palette knife painting, colour and pattern to portray Canada’s special places.

Fees

Pick up on Saturdays, drop off on Thursdays

  Price

Cost for 2 weeks

$30

Refundable deposit

$60

Teachers and upcoming graduates

Senior secondary students in Grades 11 and 12 from SD41 Burnaby School District will spend an intensive 35+ hours working with professional artists and staff learning about all aspects of a gallery. Apprentice students will take on the roles of artist and curator, assembling an exhibition where they're responsible for creating the artwork and developing and promoting their show.

The Artist Apprenticeship exhibition will be presented in the upper gallery of the Burnaby Art Gallery in Spring 2022. In this program, student apprentices are expected to actively participate in the group–producing artwork, and experimenting outside their artistic comfort zones.

How to apply

  • To request an application, or for further information, please contact:
    Briana Sadler
    Email: [email protected]
  • Program dates: January 7, 14, February 4, 11, 18, 25, April 8, 15
  • Program hours: 9 am-3 pm
  • Exhibition dates: April 29-June 5, 2022

Burnaby Art Gallery offers resources for teachers to use in the classroom or for professional development.

Out of the BAG

Learn more about our permanent collection by exploring our art modules designed for at home or at school creativity! 

Suitable for adults, families and schools using materials easily sourced.

Step Out of the BAG today! 

Virtual exhibits and lesson plans

Public Art Story Map

Take a self-guided tour of Burnaby's Public Art.

Stay tuned for more information for the 2021-2022 academic year.

Book a school program at BAG

To book a school program or to request more information about the programs available, please contact:

  • Booking Coordinator (available Tuesdays-Thursdays)
    Phone: 604-297-4414
    Email: [email protected]

Booking forms

Outreach program booking form
Gallery tours booking form
BAG in a BOX booking form

Burnaby Art Gallery

Contact Us

General Inquiries
604-297-4422
Fax
604-205-7339
Email
[email protected]

Address:

6344 Deer Lake Avenue
Burnaby BC Canada
V5G 2J3

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Hours:

Tuesday - Friday: 10:00 am-4:30 pm
Saturday - Sunday: 12:00 pm-5:00 pm

Admission

Suggested donation is $5

Public transit

Visit Translink Trip Planner.

Parking

  • The Burnaby Art Gallery offers 3-hour free parking with a total of 44 available public parking stalls, including two accessible parking spots.
  • 2 electric vehicle spaces are available on Deer Lake Avenue.
  • Deer Lake Avenue also has some street parking. After business hours, there may be additional free parking areas at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts and the Burnaby Village Museum.

Accessibility

  • There are two designated parking stalls provided in the surface parking next to the gallery entrance.
  • There is a paved path leading to a wheelchair lift that provides access to the main floor of the Burnaby Art Gallery. The lift is located to the left of the front entrance. The second level is not wheelchair accessible.
  • There is a wheelchair accessible washroom located on the main floor.

Administration hours

Monday-Friday, 10:00 am-4:30 pm

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