Artists for Kids
Gallery Program

​​​​​​Our Windows to Canadian Art program brings contemporary Canadian Art to a class full of eager young people, introducing th​​​em to the art and culture of our country.  Unlike any program in the Lower Mainland, our Gallery Program offers students a deep, engaged dive into reading and making art. Classes spend half of the day in the gallery and half the day in the studio making work that responds to the exhibition they have studied in the gallery. All sessions are co-taught by the classroom teacher and an art expert teacher provided by Artists for Kids.


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​Grade 5 Gallery Program

This fall, AFK is excited to launch a blended model for our Grade 5 Gallery Program this year!  

AFK will offer a half-day Gallery Program to ALL grade 5 classes (including split classes) in the school district. Each program, led by AFK art educators, will consist of two parts. Students will first take part in an in-person art workshop in their classroom, creating art inspired by the fall teaching exhibition. This workshop will be followed by a tour of the fall exhibition, either in-person at AFK or in classrooms via MS Teams.

The 2021-2022 Gallery Program will run from the week of September 27, 2021 until the week of February 21, 2022. 

AFK will contact schools directly to schedule Gallery Programs.


Gallery Self-Guided Tours for Classes

Artists for Kids invites K-12 teachers to use the Gordon Smith Gallery as their classroom, by booking a time to bring a class for a half day self-guided tour.

This is a unique opportunity for your students to engage directly with diverse works by Canadian artists and to learn through the lens of the arts.

Self-guided tours run for 2.5 hours and are available on various dates from November 2021 to February 2022.

The cost of the tour is covered by the School District for all NVSD classes. Out-of-District (non-NVSD) classes will be charged a fee of $80.

Please call 604-903-3798 to make a booking. A limited number of tours are still available in February.

The following resources are available for teachers:

  1. Information and Suggested Activities
  2. Self-Guided Instructions and Gallery Expectations
  3. Beyond the Horizon Featured Artworks
  4. Self-portrait lesson plan for grades 6-8 inspired by artwork in the exhibition​
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Artists for Kids

2121 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver, BC, V7M 2K6 | 604-903-3798 AFKinfo@sd44.ca​ |Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Closed Statutory Holidays