TD Artists in the Schools

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 printmaking, painting, sculpture, dance, origami, Chinese brush writing, theatre, multi-media and indigenous art, drumming, music, storytelling, and more 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

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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 semester at the Gallery we offer a number of inspiring exhibitions for your classes:
Until October 6 we feature Earthlings a touring exhibition of ceramic sculptures and works on paper created
individually and collaboratively by seven contemporary artists working from distinct cultural and geographical
positions. Organized and circulated by Esker Foundation, Calgary The results of creative exchange are present
throughout the exhibition. Earthlings has been celebrated in Calgary, Toronto, and Montreal, and we are excited
to share this exhibition in Nanaimo at its final stop, and only BC destination. Tours can be booked in September
up to October 4.
On from October 26, 2018, to January 5, 2019, The Poetics of Space is a touring exhibition from the Vancouver
Art Gallery that features historical and contemporary artworks that explore the idea of space from many different
perspectives. The exhibition’s title comes from Gaston Bachelard’s 1958 book of the same name that presents a
psychic interpretation of home and experiences of personal environments. In the book, Bachelard discusses the way
our perceptions of shelter influence the very essence of how we think and imagine. The exhibition is divided into
three sections, and features works by numerous artists that together contemplate space – through optical
perceptions, experiences of the domestic, and the experimental mapping of broader terrain. 
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
Available Tuesdays and Thursdays
For same day visits, teachers must contact Nanaimo Art Gallery and Nanaimo Museum separately to book.
Nanaimo Art Gallery contact Chris Kuderle at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Nanaimo Museum contact Stephanie Kveton at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Nanaimo Art Gallery gratefully acknowledges the continued financial support of TD.

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