Tours and Programs
Explore and learn. Thematic and cross-curricular programs are led by dynamic and experienced staff and supported by trained volunteers. We offer an exciting array of full and half-day programs that promote inquiry and exploratory learning through student-centred questioning strategies, fun interactive games, and critical thinking exercises, as well as sketching, movement, drama, and tactile experiences.
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Teachers' #1 choice! Full-Day Double Take • Tour and Studio Workshop
Enjoy a 75-minute interactive gallery tour, take a lunch break for 45 minutes in one of our rooms, then head to the Studio building for a 75-minute art-making workshop • program runs from 10:30am to 2pm, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.
Double Take Programs
- Taking Shape • collage • grades K to 2
- Inuit Explorers • printmaking • grades 1 to 4
- Group of Seven and the Four Seasons • mixed-media collage • grades 2 to 4
- Art Detective • mixed media • grades 3 to 6
- Inuit Artists • printmaking • grades 5 to 8
- Group of Seven and Canadian Landscape • acrylic painting • grades 5 to 8
- Drawn Out • mixed-media drawing • grades 5 to 8
- Inuit Artists • printmaking • grades 9 to 12
- Group of Seven and Canadian Identity • acrylic painting • grades 9 to 12
- Fine Points • mixed media drawing • grades 9 to 12
Half-Day Programs • 90-minute interactive thematic tours (see below)
For complete Early Years curriculum link, click here.
Art Detective • Artists and authors often have similar things to say but they use different languages. Can you tell what the pictures are saying? Let’s investigate the clues together. CL: Art, Language Arts, Music
Chasing Rainbows • Do you know where colours come from? It’s time to learn about secondary and tertiary colours, tints and shades, warm and cool colours, and how artists use the language of colour. CL: Art, Language Arts
Group of Seven and the Four Seasons • Discover Canadian landscape in all four seasons by looking at the fabulous paintings by the Group of Seven. Lean about the seasons through important Canadian artists and then paint a picture of your favourite season. CL: Art, Language Arts, Social Studies
Inuit Explorers • Have you ever thought about what it would beCL: Aboriginal Languages, Art, Language Arts, Social Studies like to live in an Inuit community? Experience life in the North through the prints, drawings, and sculptures of Inuit artists. CL: Aboriginal Languages, Art, Language Arts, Social Studies
Taking Shape • How many lines and shapes can you make with your body? Can a line make you sleepy? What is a negative shape? There’s lots more to learn! CL: Art, Dance, Language Arts, Music
Sensational • How many smells, tastes, sounds, and textures are stored in your memory? Visual art relies on your sense memories for meaning—so be sure to bring them along! CL: Art, Language Arts
Start with Art • An art exhibition can be the starting point for the creation of a play, story, or poem. Get inspired by the art in the Gallery to make something new. Recommended for grades 3 to 4. CL: Art, Dance, Drama, Language Arts, Music, Social Studies
Time Travelers • Have you ever wondered how your life might be different if you’d lived in another time or place? Think of art as a window into other worlds! CL: Art, Language Arts, Sockal Studies
EARLY YEARS (Gr. N-4) Thematic: 90-minute interactive tour including 20-minute painting workshop
But is it Art? • What do you really think about the art in the Gallery? Would you buy it for a million dollars? How do you put a value on a painting or sculpture? Debate these questions and more during this lively tour and discussion.
Drawn Out • Sometimes artists get their ideas from other artists. You’ll have a chance to sketch from works of art—and finish them in your own unique way. If you have an art journal, this would be a good chance to use it.
Group of Seven and the Canadian Landscape • Discover the history of Canada by looking at a large variety of Canadian landscapes always on display at the WAG, including Group of Seven paintings by Lawren Harris, Tom Thomson, L.L. Fitzgerald, and many others.
Inuit Artists • Did you know that the WAG has the largest public collection of contemporary Inuit art in the world? Learn about Northern Canada and the artists who live there.
Material Matters • How is a drawing different from a sculpture? Can a photograph communicate a different perspective on a subject than a painting? Explore how an artist's choice of medium can affect the message of an artwork.
Math in Art • Have you ever wondered how artists make their artwork look so realistic or precise? Learn all about perspective drawing, vanishing points, and negative and positive shapes during this calculating look at the exhibitions on display.
Reflections • Have you ever considered how art reflects the world around us—not just the physical world but the world of ideas, feelings, and beliefs? Take this thought-provoking tour and consider what the artists were thinking.
Art Beat • An art exhibition can be the starting point for the creation of a play, story, poem, or music. Get inspired by the art in the Gallery and feel the creative juices flow as you respond through other art forms. Recommended for grades 5 and 6.
MIDDLE YEARS (Gr. 5-8) Thematic: 90-minute interactive tour
Fine Points • Sketching is a great way to understand a subject. This program will encourage students to use works of art as starting points for their own creations. Art journals are welcome.
Group of Seven and the Canadian Identity • Explore the Group of Seven landscapes always on display at the WAG and learn why they have come to symbolize a distinctly Canadian identity.
Inuit Artists • Discover the world of Inuit art! Learn how Inuit artists work with a wide range of traditional and contemporary subjects, styles, and materials. Explore the visual language of Northern artists.
Math in Art • Have you ever thought of artists as mathematicians? Learn about perspective drawing, vanishing points, negative and positive shapes, and much more during this calculating look at the exhibitons on display.
Medium Messages • An artist’s message may take on different meanings in a drawing, print, painting, or sculpture. Travel through the exhibitions and discover how the artist's choice of medium makes a difference.
New Languages • Sometimes we have difficulty talking about contemporary art simply because it defies established definitions and traditonal ways of thinking. This program will challenge your ideas of what art is all about.
Not in a Vacuum • Art is affected by politics, social change, the media, and pretty well everything else experienced by artists. In this program, you’ll have the opportunity to examine the mutual influences of art and society.
The Great Art Debate • If you were in charge of acquiring art for the WAG, what donations would you accpet? Which works would you purchase? Why are some works of art considered more important than others? Debate these questions and more during this lively tour and discussion.
SENIOR YEARS (Gr. 9-12) Thematic: 90-minute interactive tour
How to Book
Book your class at the WAG Tuesdays to Fridays from Septmber through June between 9:30am and 4pm. To book a program simply fill out the booking request form or call 204.789.1290. To speak to an Art Educator, call 204.789.1762 or for service in French call 204.789.1763.
Full-Day Double Take Program
Up to 10 students and 3 adults • $100
Up to 20 students and 6 adults • $200
Up to 30 students and 9 adults • $300
Up to 10 students and 3 adults • $45
Up to 20 students and 6 adults • $90
Up to 30 students and 9 adults • $135
Larger or multiple classes can be booked as a combination of above. Note that schools and groups interested in a self-guided tour still need to call and book ahead to receive the student rates above. Otherwise, general admission rates apply.
Payment for all tours must be made by cheque, cash, credit card, or debit either before or upon arrival.
Self-Guided Groups need to book ahead to receive school tour rates. Otherwise, general admission rates apply.
Customized Guided Gallery Tours
Let us know your desired focus for exploring the WAG and we will create a thematic program customized to your needs.
Tuesday through Sunday 11am - 5pm
Friday 11am - 9pm
Closed Easter Monday, Labour Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Day