School Programs

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Art Gallery School Tours

Our hands on, curriculum focused artist-led tours are suitable for all primary and secondary grade levels (K – 12). Students will receive a guided introduction to a current exhibition and be led through a practical art activity.

Tour Dates: Select Tuesdays and Wednesdays (see below for more details)

Tour Times: 10:00 am – 11:30 am; 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Booking information below



Explore Métis art, history and culture through the collaborative paintings and beadwork of BC artists Kristi Bridgeman and Lisa Shepherd. Sessions will be led by Lisa Shepherd.

September 24 – October 23, 2019  


Dive into a world of color in this ‘blue’ themed exhibition which will allow students to explore a range of curriculum related content.

January 21 – February 5, 2020    



Be inspired by local painter Kristin Krimmel’s recent barn series, which is accompanied by a collection of rustic and contemporary ceramic tableware by ceramic artists Sarah Pike and Fredi Rahn.

February 25 – March 11, 2020


Explore the world of printmaking through a showcase of work by the internationally acclaimed master printer Peter Braune of Granville Island’s New Leaf Creative Solutions.

April 28 – May 3, 2020




Theatre: The Rainbowfish - Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia

An original stage adaptation of Marcus Pfister’s award-winning colourful story, The Rainbow Fish, and its companion tales, Rainbow Fish Discovers the Deep Sea and Opposites, tells the tale of a lonely fish who doesn’t want to share his most prized possession – his magnificent shiny scales. After taking the advice of a clever octopus, the fish begins to give away his much-envied scales. Along the way, he finds courage to explore the great unknown deep sea, discovering a new world

with wonderful sights and sounds and friendly creatures of all shapes, sizes, and colors. The story, brought to life through innovative puppetry, striking scenic effects, and evocative original music, will enchant even the youngest child as themes of opposites, friendship, responsible decision making, and relationship skills are examined.

Friday, September 27, 2019 - 9:30am

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Exhibitions on Screen: Cézanne - Portraits of a Life

An understanding of 20th century art begins by learning the significance and genius of Paul Cézanne. The film takes viewers beyond the exhibition to the places Cézanne lived and worked and sheds light on an artist who is perhaps the least known of all the Impressionists – until now. The film features interviews with curators and experts from the National Portrait Gallery London, MoMA New York, National Gallery of Art Washington, and Musée d’Orsay Paris, and correspondence from the artist himself.

Monday, October 7, 2019 - 9:00am

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Dance: RUBBERBANDance Group – “Vic’s Mix”

RUBBERBANDance Group (RBDG) redraws the boundaries of contemporary dance, creating a unique blend of 1990s Westcoast hip hop and classical ballet that is both humorous and serious. The choreography is set to some of the best know music from the classical world- including Stravinsky’s Firebird, and other classical composers Prokofiev, Verdi, Bach, Vivaldi, as well as original music written for the company by Jasper Gahunia.

Friday, November 1, 2019 - 1:00pm

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Exhibitions on Screen: Matisse from MoMA and Tate Modern

This intimate, behind-the-scenes documentary, includes contributions from people who knew Matisse and experts such as curators, historians and the Tata and MoMA directors. The film includes breathtaking, specially commissioned performances by Royal Ballet principal dancer Zenaida Yanowsky and jazz musician Courtney Pine, a portrayal of Matisse by acclaimed British actor Simon Russell Beale, with narration by actor Rupert Young (Merlin).

Monday, January 27, 2020 - 9:00am

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National Theatre Encore Broadcast: Hamlet by William Shakespeare

As a country arms itself for war, a family tears itself apart. Forced to avenge his father’s death but paralysed by the task ahead, Hamlet rages against the impossibility of his predicament, threatening both his sanity and the security of the state. Benedict Cumberbatch plays the title role in Shakespeare’s great tragedy.

Monday, April 27, 2019 - 9:00am

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Exhibitions on Screen : The Impressionists and the Man Who Made Them

Filmed in the Musée du Luxembourg & Musée D’Orsay Paris, National Gallery London and Philadelphia Museum of Art, the film focuses on Monet, Cézanne, Degas, Renoir

and on the man credited with inventing impressionism as we know it: 19th-century Parisian art collector Paul Durand-Ruel. His brave decision to exhibit the Impressionists in New York in 1886 introduced enlightened wealthy Americans to this modern French painting, filling great American galleries with Impressionist masterworks and keeping Impressionism alive at a time when it faced complete failure.

Monday, November 4, 2019 - 9:00am

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Variety: Greg Kennedy, Innovative Juggler

Combining the principles of geometry and physics into a fascinating show, trained engineer, and Cirque du Soleil alumni Greg Kennedy creates a high-energy show that demonstrates the creative concepts of “what if” and “how”, as physical objects do unexpected things.

Monday, February 10, 2020 - 10:00am

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How to Book

School groups are booked on a first-come- first- served basis. Teachers may call the ACT Ticket Center at 604-476-2790 or email Please have the following information ready when you call:

  • Grade/s of students

  • Number of students

  • Number of accompanying teachers and adults

  • Any additional learning or physical needs

  • Lead teacher name and contact details

Art Gallery School Tours: Max 30 students per workshop, minimum charges apply.

Fees: There is a fee of $7 per student for Theatre performances and Art Gallery tours. A non-refundable deposit of 20% of the total is payable at the time of booking, payable by Cheques or credit card. The balance of fees are payable a minimum of three weeks before the event. For every 25 students in a class, the ACT will provide up to three (3) complimentary tickets for assistants and/or parents accompanying, to both gallery exhibitions and performances. Teachers do not pay fees.

There are no refunds or exchanges on ticket fees. However, if a previously booked gallery tour falls on any unanticipated school closure (snow days, for example), the class will be given the opportunity to book the next available gallery tour within the academic year. If no alternative date is available or mutually convenient then a full refund will be given. If a school does not respond to attempts by The ACT to rebook the visit or provide a refund before the end of that academic year then no refund will be given.

Please note: this program is available to schools and educational groups in School District 42 only.

After School Workshops

We also run creative after school sessions at select elementary schools through School District 42. Please call 604-476-2792 for more information.