Teachers' Resources & Programs

Explore ways to bring art to your classroom from artist interviews to in-depth teachers’ guides.


Explore ways to bring art to your classroom from artist interviews and video works to in-depth Teachers’ Guides. If you're a teacher looking for visual art ideas to engage your class, you've come to the right place.  

Whether you’re planning a Gallery visit with your class or seeking out ideas for teaching with contemporary art, join us for talks, tours, art workshops, and more. Visit the Events section of our website or sign up for News & Updates.


Indigenous Contemporary Art Workshop Guides

The following guides were developed as preparation and follow-up for the Sharing Perspectives: Indigenous Contemporary Art Workshop currently taught by artist-educator Roxanne Charles. They contain inquiry-focused activities and discussion questions that reinforce ideas and processes related to the practices of the instructor and of Indigenous artists mentioned during the workshop. Links to the new BC curriculum and a resources section are included in both the grades K−3 and 4−12 versions of the guide. 


Sharing Perspectives: Indigenous Contemporary Art Workshop
With Artist-Educator Roxanne Charles
Grades K−3


Sharing Perspectives: Indigenous Contemporary Art Workshop
With Artist-Educator Roxanne Charles
Grades 4−12

Exhibition Guides 

These downloadable Guides contain exhibit information, as well as hands-on activities and discussion that will prepare your students for their Gallery visit and engage them in the classroom afterwards. These activities reinforce the ideas and processes explored in the exhibition, thereby providing continuity between the Gallery visit and classroom. The Guides include curriculum links, vocabulary, and a resource section. Exhibition Guides are created for the current exhibitions. Check regularly for new publications. 


Further your students' understanding of Indigenous contemporary art and issues relevant to your local community. Watch our video interviews with artists [link to Videos with Artists] and learn about their influences, artistic practices, and artwork in their own words. Prior to watching, download the accompanying educational handouts with additional quotes from the artist, related themes, and strategies to engage your students. Check back for new resources. 

  Susan Point: Spindle Whorl and Don Li Leger: Counting the Steps of the Sun 
  Garden in the Machine: TechLab 20th Anniversary Exhibit 

Omer Arbel: Particles for the Built World
Fischli and Weiss: The Way Things Go


Nicoletta Baumeister: In the Realm of Perception
Triangle Trade: Camille Turner, Jérôme Havre, and Cauleen Smith
Colette Urban: Gambler


Connecting Threads
Maggie Orth: Moving Towards Stillness
Kathy Slade: This is a chord. This is another.

  Flow: From the Movement of People to the Circulation of Information
  Many Visions, Many Versions: Art from Indigenous Communities in India
  Ground Signals

Jim Adams: The Irretrievable Moment
High Muck a Muck: Playing Chinese


Out of Sight: Eadweard Muybridge & Harold Edgerton
Zoopraxis: Eadweard Muybridge's Animal Kingdom
Scott Billings: A Risky Jump


Mimetic Workshop: Studio Still Lifes of Fiona Ackerman & Kelly Lycan
Small Stages: Still Life from the Permanent Collection
Jay Bundy Johnson: Being still (life) shows us who we are


Nep Sidhu: Shadows in the Major Seventh


Graeme Patterson: Secret Citadel


Views from the Southbank III: Information, Objects, Mappings


Views from the Southbank II: Moments, Reflections, Intervals


Views from the Southbank I: Histories, Memories, Myths

  Flora and Fauna: 400 Years of Artists Inspired by Nature
  Ruptures in Arrival: Art in the Wake of the Komagata Maru

(Da bao)(Takeout)

  Sarindar Dhaliwal: Narratives from the Beyond and Figuring Ground: Sylvia Grace Borda and Jeremy Herndl
  Spectacular Sangeet
  The future is already here: Alex McLeod and Brendan Tang
Ornamentalism: Clint Neufeld and Dirk Staschke
Beyond the Vessel's Edge: Ceramics from the Permanent Collection
  Scenes of Selves, Occasions for Ruses
Echoes of the Artist: Works from the Permanent Collection 
  Vision Machine: Marianne Nicolson & Etienne Zack
Cao Fei: Simulus
  Beyond Vague Terrain: The City and the Serial Image
  Game Show
Harun Farocki: Deep Play
  Quilt of Belonging