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Roxanne Charles leads art activity in the classroom

We can come to you! Book an art educator to teach a workshop right in your classroom.

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

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Sharing Perspectives: Indigenous Contemporary Art Workshop

Enhance learning about Northwest Coast cultures as well as contemporary artmaking practices through an exploration of diverse artworks by Indigenous artists. From cedar bark weavings, aluminum public sculptures, and buffalo hide drums to paintings, performances, and prints, students will discuss public artworks located right in Surrey, as well as art from the Surrey Art Gallery’s collection. A local Indigenous artist, who is one of our art educators, will lead your workshop, sharing images, stories, touchables, and a hands-on art activity growing out of their own art practice.

In the 2017/2018 school year, two versions of the hands-on activity for this workshop are offered: one for grades K–3 and one for grades 4–12.

For the grades K–3 hands-on activity, students learn about the representation of voice and identity using the elements of art and apply their learning through creating mixed media medallions. The instructor brings the majority of art materials needed for this activity. We ask that teachers collect some recycled and natural materials for the project with their students in advance of the workshop. Specific information about materials and classroom set-up is sent in advance of the workshop.

For the grades 4–12 hands-on activity, students learn weaving techniques including plaiting and twining and each makes a woven medallion. Reflecting the instructor’s artistic practice and the theme of environmental stewardship, students create their medallions using recycled materials. Teachers and students are required to collect and prepare the recycled materials in advance of the workshop. The instructor will provide additional materials. Upon registration for the workshop, a detailed materials and instruction list is sent to teachers. For more information, contact

Grades K to12

Available by appointment

September 19–December 8, 2017

January 16–June 8, 2018

Required: 2 bookings per school per day

Prepare for and follow-up on this workshop by engaging in suggested activities and discussion questions provided in the Teachers' Guide on our Teachers' Resources and Programs page.

Hand-Built Habitats

Discover the sculptural possibilities of clay right in your classroom with an experienced art educator. Inspired by images of contemporary ceramic art, students explore hand-building techniques such as pinching, incising, imprinting, and sculpting. Art and science connect as students explore the concept of habitats by sculpting their own world for living things. Clay included.

Grades K to 7

Available on Thursdays

October 3–December 8, 2017

January 23–June 15, 2018

Required: 2 adjacent bookings per school per day, 3 bookings allowed