Through this popular program, children engage in hands-on art making activities and experiment with a variety of techniques in classroom sessions delivered by professional artists. TD Artists in the Schools fosters imagination, critical thinking, and helps students build confidence in their own creative potential.
Since its inception in 1986, the program has grown significantly. Now, between 10,000 and 15,000 elementary students in School Districts 68. 69 and 79 participate each year. Students experiment with drawing, painting, collage, sculpture, dance and theatre while learning about aspects of art history and how art links to our everyday lives.
A great line-up of in-classroom options are described in the program brochure, with bios on the artists and all the information teachers need to take advantage of the program.
Book a Tour
Nanaimo Art Gallery and Nanaimo Museum are partnering to deliver great experiences for your students!
Bring two classes downtown—one class will participate in a program at the Museum while the other class visits the Gallery, then groups will switch and walk a few steps down the street to the other venue. This new option is
designed to help you make the most out of your class excursions and budget.
This winter at the Gallery, students will visit Landfall and Departure: Prologue. This contemporary art exhibition responds to the harbour as a place where goods, labour, and stories are exchanged, and features the work of
Michael Belmore, Stan Douglas, Elisa Ferrari, Emily Luce and Klewetua, Rod Sayers, Marina Roy, Allan Sekula & Noël Burch, Tommy Ting, Hajra Waheed, and others.
In the spring we present a solo exhibition by Marianne Nicolson, an artist of Scottish and Dzawada'enuxw First Nations descent who is based in Victoria, BC. Students will tour the exhibitions with our expert bilingual docent and engage in a discussion tailored to their grade level, then participate in a hands on art-making experience at Art Lab.
What Does an Artist Do?
What does it mean to be a contemporary artist? What is the job of an artist and what are the ways they work?
Building on the exhibition tour in the Gallery, students will participate in a fun, lively activity with Art Education Coordinator Yvonne Vander Kooi that emphasizes process. You’ll discover some of the ways artists explore ideas, push boundaries, experiment, create new knowledge and communicate using video, sculpture, performance, installation, photography and paint. We’ll do some great exercises to activate our imaginations and create inspired artworks to take home.
Gallery Tour and Workshop Cost: $75 (materials included) – 90 minutes
For same day visits, teachers must contact Nanaimo Art Gallery and Nanaimo Museum separately to book.
Nanaimo Art Gallery gratefully acknowledges the continued financial support of TD.