Gallery Tours

Welcome your students to the world of contemporary art. Take them for a tour and/or workshop at the Gallery. Tours and workshops at Surrey Art Gallery require advanced booking. 

Gallery Tours

February 1 to June 1, 2022

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 Tour

Preschool to Grade 3

Learn about the Gallery! Docents lead a playful introduction to the Surrey Art Gallery engaging young students in looking games, discussion, and activities that connect directly to the current exhibitions. This program is paired with a workshop.

Art in Focus: Guided Gallery Tour

Grades 4 to 12

Engaging docents encourage students to look, listen, and thoughtfully consider the artworks and concepts in the exhibitions. Students collaborate through inquiry-based discussion and activities to examine the diverse ideas, materials, images, and sounds of contemporary art. This program is paired with a workshop.

Art Exploration: Self-guided Gallery Tour

Grades K to 12
Tuesday 10:30am−12:00pm; 12:45−2:15pm
Thursday 10:30am−12:00pm; 12:45−2:15pm

Use the Gallery as your classroom! Enhance your curriculum studies with topics and techniques addressed in the exhibits. Try out our Art Explorer, ArtThinker, and ArtMaker stations, self-guided resources, and Teachers’ Guides with ideas to inspire your visit. Teachers are encouraged to preview exhibits. Advance booking is required to ensure space for your group.

Secondary School Bus Tours

SD36 visual art teachers, bring your high school students to the Gallery for an 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 at at least four weeks in advance of the following scheduled tour dates: May 17 and 18, 2022. 


Photo of two children from behind extending their arms upwards, drawing on paper.
Photo: Pardeep Singh.



February 1 to June 1, 2022

Our artmaking workshops are led by knowledgeable, practicing artists with extensive experience as art educators. They encourage experimentation with art media while engaging 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 tour (9:15−10:15am) and a workshop (10:15−11:45am)

Art Encounter

Grades K to 12
Tuesday 9:15−11:45am

After an interactive tour of the current exhibits, students create art that explores ideas, subjects, and techniques they discovered during their tour. A new art activity is designed in relation to each exhibit. See Gallery Exhibitions for information on the 2022 exhibitions. 

The World of Clay

Grades K to 7
Wednesday 9:15−11:45am; 12:45−2:15pm

After an interactive tour of the current exhibits, students learn about ceramic practices from around the world as the art educator demonstrates coiling, pinching, incising and sculpting. Students will create and embellish a clay vessel using these techniques. 

Printmaking: Expressions of Place

Grades K to 12
Thursday 9:15−11:45am

Foster connection to place and 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.  

How to Book

Programs at the Gallery run from February 1 to June 2, 2022.

Information Required to Book 

  • Direct contact information (phone and email) for the teacher facilitating the individual program. This is mandatory to ensure proper communication 

  • Grade and number of students (note: we cannot accommodate classes exceeding 30 participants)

  • School name and phone number

To Register, Call

City of Surrey Call Centre

Monday to Friday 8:30am−5:30pm

Surrey Art Gallery

Hours: Monday to Friday 9am−5pm

Payments and Cancellations 

Payment – The City of Surrey will invoice your school directly in the first week of the month your program is scheduled. For inquiries regarding invoicing or payment, email  

Cancellations require a minimum of three weeks’ notice. After this time, the program is non-refundable. Exceptions will be made in the event of school closure. 

To cancel or reschedule programs, you must contact Surrey Art Gallery at 604-501-5566.