School Programs

TD Artists in the Schools

Through this popular program, children engage in hands-on art-making activities and experiment with a variety of techniques in classroom sessions delivered by professional artists. TD Artists in the Schools fosters imagination, critical thinking, and helps students build confidence in their own creative potential. 

Since its inception in 1986, the program has grown significantly. Now, between 10,000 and 15,000 elementary students in School Districts 68. 69 and 79 participate each year. Students experiment with printmaking, painting, sculpture, dance, origami, Chinese brush writing, theatre, multi-media and indigenous art, drumming, music, storytelling, and more while learning about aspects of art history and how art links to our everyday lives. 
Due to COVID we are offering TD Artists in the Schools ONLINE! We are offering a  great line-up of ZOOM options are described in the program brochure, with bios on the artists and all the information teachers need to take advantage of the program. 
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Nanaimo Art Gallery gratefully acknowledges the continued financial support of TD.

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Book a Tour

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Please contact Nanaimo Art Gallery to discuss options of tours during COVID. 
What Does an Artist Do?
What does it mean to be a contemporary artist? What is the job of an artist and what are the ways they work?
Building on the exhibition tour in the Gallery, students will participate in a fun, lively activity with Art Education Coordinator Yvonne Vander Kooi that emphasizes process. You’ll discover some of the ways artists explore ideas, push boundaries, experiment, create new knowledge and communicate using video, sculpture, performance, installation, photography and paint. We’ll do some great exercises to activate our imaginations and create inspired artworks to take home.
Gallery Tour and Workshop Cost: subsidized $75, unsubsidized $90 (materials included) – 90 minutes
Available most Tuesday afternoons, all day Wednesday and Thursday 10am to 3pm
Guided Gallery Tour Cost: subsidized $50, unsubsidized $75 – 30 minutes 



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