AFK's Gallery Program program brings contemporary Canadian Art to a class full of eager young people which introduces the students to the art and culture of our country. Our Gallery Program offers students a deep, engaged dive into responding to 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.
Fall Grade 5 Gallery Program 2023-2024
We are excited to welcome grade 5 classes to the Gordon Smith Gallery for the fall exhibition The Art of Conversation. Teachers can sign up for a full-day gallery visit. Artists for Kids art educators will lead classes in an interactive tour of the exhibition and a hands-on artmaking activity. Classes can visit from 9:30am - 2:30pm on select dates from October 2023 to February 2024.
The Art of Conversation features artwork by over 20 Canadian artists, exploring the role of art as a platform for communication. The Art of Conversation draws conversational threads between the works in the gallery, highlighting art’s potential to facilitate and provoke dialogue. The perspectives and artistic conversations of elementary and secondary school students will be featured through original writing and art.
A limited number of dates are still available!
Graham Gilmore, Harlequin, 2003, mixed media, 72" x 96"
Self-Guided Tours of The Art of Conversation
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 at our spring exhibition, Endless Summer.
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. The following resources are available for teachers with their
can book self-guided tour slots (morning or afternoon) that
are available on dates in October - February. You can book your class by calling 604-903-3798.
We encourage teachers to attend an orientation of The Art of Conversation exhibition prior to visiting with your class.
Self-Guided Instructions and Gallery Expectations
The Art of Conversation - Self Guided Tour Resources for Teachers
Spring Gallery Program 2023-2024
We are excited to welcome K-12 classes to the Gordon Smith Gallery for the spring exhibition Prevailing Landscapes.
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 artmaking activity. Classes can visit from 9:30am-11:45am
or 12:30pm-2:30pm on select dates from April 24-June 14.
Prevailing Landscapes is
an exploration into the iconic Canadian landscape; it has been the
central theme to our country’s visual artworks since the 19th century,
and it remains a critical theme in countless works today. The landscape
is one element in our country’s framework that holds few social, ethnic,
cultural, gender specific boundaries. It is physically vast and offers a
visual backdrop for art throughout different periods and genres.
Historically we have engaged with the Canadian landscape through the
male gaze - a romanticized colonial perspective of the great Canadian
wilderness, but how has that perspective changed in contemporary
conceptual art works and how have the landscapes added to the narratives
of these works?
Registration opens March 4, 2024 for the Spring Gallery Program (half-day).
Registration will open to out-of-district schools on April 1, 2024.
The program fee for North Vancouver School District classes is covered by NVSD.
The program fee for out-of-district schools is $200.