Gallery Tours

Let students experience contemporary art. Take them for a tour and/or workshop at the Gallery. Tours and workshops at Surrey Art Gallery require advanced booking. Call 604-501-5566 and press 0 to book. For up-to-date program availability and pricing, view our most recent School Programs Brochure*. 

As a result of measures to limit the spread of the novel corona virus (COVID-19) the Gallery is currently hosting pre-booked, self guided exhibition tours, and art courses. School Programs' onsite capacity is limited, please see our Current Programs listing for more information. We invite you to explore the Gallery's online programming series Art Together as an alternative to visiting our physical space, and register for the Teachers In the Know E-News for updates on education programs. 


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 look, listen, 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 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.

Grades K to12

Secondary School Bus Tours

SD36 visual art teachers, bring your high school students to the Gallery for an interactive tour of the current exhibits with artmaking in the Gallery. To register, and for free transportation (seating limited), contact the Arts Education Helping Teacher Jane Silversides at at least 4 weeks in advance of the following scheduled tour dates: December 5 and 6, 2019 and May 12 and 13, 2020.



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)
  • 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).

Art Encounter

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.

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 will create a clay vessel using these techniques.

Grades K to 5

Sculpting in Clay

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

Grades 3 to 12