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Tours & Workshops at the Gallery

A docent engages students on a tour at the Gallery

Tours and workshops happen at Surrey Art Gallery. Advanced booking is required. Call 604-501-5566 and press 0 to book.

For up-to-date program availability and pricing, view our most recent School Programs Brochure.


Exhibition tours are designed to inspire students’ creative, critical, and reflective thinking at an appropriate level guided by skilled docents—volunteers who train extensively for each exhibition.

Artventure: Guided Gallery Tours

What is an art gallery? Docents lead a fun introduction to the Gallery for younger students engaging them in discussion, looking-games, and activities to explore contemporary art.

Preschool to Grade 3

Art in Focus: Guided Gallery Tours

Enthusiastic docents encourage students to stop, look, and thoughtfully consider the themes and concepts in the exhibitions. Students collaborate through inquiry-based discussion and activities to discover the diverse ideas, materials, images, and sounds of contemporary art.

Grades 4 to12

Art Exploration: Self-Guided Gallery Tours

Use the Gallery as your classroom! Enhance your curriculum studies with topics and techniques addressed in the exhibitions. Ask about our Art Explorer self-guided resource and Teachers’ Guides with ideas to inspire your time in the Galleries. Teachers are encouraged to preview exhibitions. Advance booking is required to ensure space for your group.

Grades K to12

Secondary School Bus Tours

SD36 visual art teachers, bring your high school students to the Gallery for an hour-long interactive tour of the current exhibitions with artmaking in the Gallery. To register and for free transportation (seating limited), contact the Arts Education Helping Teacher Carol Sirianni at Sirianni_c@surreyschools .ca at least 4 weeks in advance of the following scheduled tour dates: November 20 and 21, 2018 and May 7 and 8, 2019.


Our artmaking workshops, led by knowledgeable, practicing artists with extensive experience as art educators, encourage experimentation with art media and explore relevant themes and issues. Programs are tailored to grade level and integrate BC cross-curricular Big Ideas and Learning Standards.

  • All morning programs include a guided tour (9:15−10:15am) and a workshop (10:15am−11:45am).
  • Afternoon Art Encounter programs include a tour (10:45−11:45am), lunch break (11:45am−12:45pm), and workshop (12:45−2:15pm).
  • Other afternoon programs include only the workshop (12:45−2:15pm). However, we encourage you to book your free tour (10:45−11:45am) to inspire students, followed by a lunch break (11:45am−12:45pm). Your group can eat their bag lunches in one of the Gallery’s classrooms or in Bear Creek Park.

Art Encounter

After an interactive tour of the current exhibitions, students create art that explores ideas, subjects, and techniques they discovered during their tour. A new art activity is designed in relation to each exhibition.

Grades K to12

Printmaking: Expressions of Place

Examine your environment and community through an illustrated discussion featuring works from the Gallery’s permanent collection. Students create their own print in response to places that have personal, cultural, or social significance for them.

Grades K to12

The World of Clay

Students learn about ceramic traditions from around the world as the art educator demonstrates coiling, pinching, incising, and sculpting, students create a pot using these techniques.

Grades K to 5

Masks: Sculpting in Clay

Find inspiration in permanent collection artworks by Sally Michener and Davide Pan, and masks from across the globe. Students will learn ceramic techniques such as slab construction, joining, and surface treatment through creating their own clay mask.

Grades 3 to 12