Tours and Programs
Learning Through Art
Choose from an exciting selection of thematic tours which encourage inquiry and critical thinking through conversation, sketching and writing as well as interactive learning exercises based on currently running exhibitions. Our half-day and full-day programs support the Manitoba Curriculum Framework of Outcomes in the areas of Fine Arts, English Language Arts, Social Studies, Science, Math and French.
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Full-Day Programs • Tour & Art-making Workshop
10:30am-2pm Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday (including a 45 minute lunch break)
Maixmum: 60 students
Early Years Programs (N-Gr. 4):
- Taking Shape • collage workshop
- Inuit Art & Life in the North • printmaking workshop
- Group of 7 & the 4 Seasons • mixed-media collage workshop
- What's the Story? • mixed media workshop
Middle Years Programs (Gr. 5-8):
- Etch & Sketch • mixed-media drawing workshop
- Living Traditions & Stories in Inuit Art • printmaking workshop
- Group of 7 & Canadian Landscape • acrylic painting workshop
- Art in Context • mixed media workshop
Senior Years Programs (Gr. 9-12):
- Drawing Connections • mixed-media drawing workshop
- Inuit Art in the Contemporary World • printmaking workshop
- Group of 7 & the Canadian Identity • acrylic painting workshop
- Art in Context • collage workshop
Half-Day Programs • 90 Minute Tour
Can begin from 9:30am Tuesday through Friday
EARLY YEARS (Gr. N-4) includes 20 minute painting workshop
For complete Early Years curriculum link (CL), click here.
Colour-ful • 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. Curriculum Topics: Art, Language Arts
Group of 7 & the 4 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. Curriculum Topics: Art, Language Arts, Social Studies
Inuit Art & Life in the North • Have you ever thought about what it would be like to live in an Inuit community? Experience life in the North through the prints, drawings, and sculptures of Inuit artists. Curriculum Topics: Aboriginal Languages, Art, Language Arts, Social Studies
Sense-sational • 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! Curriculum Topics: Art, Language Arts
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! Curriculum Topics: Art, Dance, Language Arts, Music
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! Curriculum Topics: Art, Language Arts, Social Studies
What's the Story? • 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. Curriculum Topics: Art, Language Arts, Music
MIDDLE YEARS (Gr. 5-8)
Etch & Sketch • 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 7 & 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.
Living Traditions & Stories in Inuit Art • 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.
Art & the Nature of Mathematics • 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.
Art in Context • 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.
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.
SENIOR YEARS (Gr. 9-12)
Drawing Connections • 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 7 & 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 Art in the Contemporary World • 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.
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.
Art & the Mathematical Process • 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 exhibitions on display.
Art in Context • 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 accept? 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.
How to Book
Book your class at the WAG Tuesdays to Fridays 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 Program: $100 per 10 students or multiples thereof
Half-Day Program: $45 per 10 students or multiples thereof
NOTE: Maximum group number of 60 students.
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 Tours
Let us know your desired focus for exploring the WAG and we will create a thematic program customized to your needs.
- Tuesday 11am-5pm
- Wednesday 11am-5pm
- Thursday 11am-5pm
- Friday 11am-9pm
- Saturday 11am-5pm
- Sunday 11am-5pm
- Closed Monday
Open on the following days:
- Victoria Day
- Canada Day
- August Civic Holiday
- Labour Day
- Remembrance Day (open 1-5pm)
- Christmas Eve (close at 2pm)
- Boxing Day
- New Year's Day
- Louis Riel Day
- February 23 (open at 2pm)
Closed on the following holidays:
- Good Friday
- Easter Monday
- Christmas Day