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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Spring Gallery Tours

We are excited to welcome K-12 classes to the Gordon Smith Gallery for the spring exhibition We can only hint at this with words. Teachers can sign up for a half-day gallery visit. Artists for Kids art educators will lead classes in an interactive tour of the exhibition and a hands-on art-making activity. Classes can visit from 9:30 am to 11:45 am or 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm on select dates from April 27 to June 24. Registration for teachers is now open!

The exhibition We can only hint at this with words will feature large-scale, multisurfaced mixed media paintings by Russna Kaur, shaped cut out paintings by M.E. Sparks, and mixed media sculptures and stop motion video by Andrea Taylor. The exhibition opens on April 23. Learn more about this exhibition here.

The cost of the gallery visit is covered by the School District for all NVSD classes. Out-of-District (non-NVSD) classes will be charged a fee of $140.

Book your Gallery Tour here


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 April to June.

The cost of the self-guided 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 bookings are now available for the spring exhibition.

The following resources will be available for teachers:

  1. Self-Guided Instructions and Gallery Expectations

​Grade 5 Gallery Program

The 2022-2023 Gallery Program will begin again in the Fall of 2022. More information coming soon!



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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