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Teachers' Guides & Resources

Teachers learn about artmaking at one of the Gallery's Pro-D days

If you are a teacher looking for visual art ideas to do with your class, you've come to the right place. Browse through more than 30 Teachers' Guides for arts activities related to exhibitions and more.

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Teachers' Guides

School Workshops

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.

"Completing the Gallery Teachers’ Guide helped prepare and get the students excited about what they were going to see. The students were incredibly excited to actually see the exhibit.” - Cloverdale Christian School

Spindle Whorl
Counting the Steps of the Sun

Garden in the Machine 

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