School Programs


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. 

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

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Book a Tour

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Nanaimo Art Gallery and Nanaimo Museum are partnering to deliver great experiences for your elementary and secondary school 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:
From January 25 to March 31, 2019 we feature athut / Words Bounce.
On from April 26 to June 30, 2019, we feature Across the Table. The title for this exhibition was inspired by the working methods of father and son Snuneymuxw artists Joel Good and William Good, who carve together across from each other at the kitchen table almost every day. However, this practice of shared learning through direct connections across generations is central to all of the artworks in the exhibition. In addition to collaborative carvings by the Goods, Across the Table features a father and daughter who reenact Moby Dick in their kitchen, a mother and daughter who give collaborative museum tours in specially made costumes, and families who dance across generations while sharing stories, music, and gestures. Sharing artistic collaborations between mothers and sons and daughters and fathers and grandmothers, Across the Table is the first exhibition in a year in which Nanaimo Art Gallery asks the question: What are generations?
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: subsidized $75, unsubsidized $90 (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.



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