Art at the Gallery

Facilitated gallery tours and art explorations at the gallery engage students with viewing, learning about, and making art.


Two Rivers Gallery offers a variety of programs for school classes. Bring your class to the Gallery for a tour of the exhibitions or sign up for an art-intensive lesson (aka Art Exploration). We hope to see you soon!

Exhibition Tours: $4/student*; 1.5 hours

Learn about contemporary Canadian art and artists through Two Rivers Gallery’s exhibition tours. Our interactive tours encourage student participation by asking questions, inviting conversations about the art and providing hands-on activities in the exhibitions, followed by an exhibition-inspired art activity upstairs in the atrium.

Exhibitions change every ten or twelve weeks so visit the Gallery three or four times each year to expose your students to a variety of artists and art.

Visit our listings of current and upcoming exhibitions to assist with planning your classroom visits to the Gallery.

To book a tour contact our Visitor Experience Representatives at 250-614-7800 or by email.

*NOTE: Your school will be charged for a minimum of 15 students.

Art Explorations: $7/student*; 1.5 hours

Visit us at the Gallery with your class and create some art! Price includes all materials and facilitator. Lessons fit within the BC Curriculum Guidelines.

*NOTE: Your school will be charged for a minimum of 15 students.

Chalk Pastels

Kindergarten – Grade 7: The focus of this lesson is to explore the versatility of chalk pastels. Students will explore the use of lines, shading and gradation to create the illusion of three dimensions.

Creature Illustration

Kindergarten – Grade 7: Illustrators need active imaginations to create characters with moods and feelings. Students will try their hand at illustration with pencil, pen and watercolour.

What creatures will they create?

Alien creature


Kindergarten – Grade 7: This lesson is filled with activities that encourage teachers and students to leave behind the “I can’t draw” mentality and learn to express themselves through drawing. Discover how enjoyable making marks and experimenting with different drawing materials can be.

Two Rivers Gallery Kids Drawing

Fun with Felt

Kindergarten – Grade 3: Students will “paint with felt” using a wet-felting technique. In the process of creating their two-dimensional felted art, they will also learn how soapy water, sheep’s wool, and friction work together to create felt.

Three soap bars covered in felt.

Grade 4 – 7: Students will learn about felt and its uses and subsequently create a felted sphere, using both wet felting and needle felting techniques.



Kindergarten – Grade 7: This lesson introduces students to mandalas, what they are and why we make them. Students will learn to recognize mandalas in nature and art, and will create cooperative mandalas from non-traditional art materials as well as their own personal mandalas to take home with them.


Kindergarten – Grade 3: Students will be encouraged to use their imagination while making art. Students will read a story which looks at the use of imagination. They will then follow this up with activities that allow them to explore three different printing methods to translate what lies in their imaginations to the visible world.

Grade 4 – 7: The object of this lesson is to have students explore printmaking and poetry. Students begin by listening to poetry and viewing images from Canadian authors and artists. They will then use their imaginations to transcribe their own concepts of Canada.

Sculpt it Up – Plaster Sculptures

Grade 4-7: Explore the body in motion and share your discoveries via sculpture. Students will practice poses to determine how their bodies maintain balance, and then create dynamically posed plaster and wire sculptures for display.

Sculpt it Up – Modelling Clay

Kindergarten – Grade 7: Learn different hand building sculpture techniques and then create your own unique 3-Dimensional artwork with air dry modelling compound.

Wonderful World of Watercolour

Kindergarten – Grade 7: Students will be introduced to a variety of watercolour techniques, which they will then use to create a painting of a wondrous place from their imaginations.

Prices & Booking Procedures

Please book your program at least two weeks in advance. Tour spaces fill up fast in May and June, so please book early for end of the year trips.

In-Person Programs:

Exhibition Tours: $4/student; 1.5 hours

Art Explorations: $7/student; 1.5 hours

Schools will be charged for a minimum of 15 students for in-person programs.

How to Book:

To book a program, please email visitorservices(at)tworiversgallery(dot)ca with the following information:

● your name

● your school

● your phone number

● your email 

● the grade level(s)

●number of students attending

● A preferred date (please be ready with an alternate date as well)

● If you are interested in a virtual or in-person program

A confirmation will be emailed to you within a week of booking.

The gallery will invoice your school once you have completed your program or picked up your supplies (for distanced and virtual programs). For in-person programs the invoice will be adjusted to reflect the number of students in attendance.

Cancellation Policy:

We require one week’s written notice to cancel a School Program at no charge. Please click here to email visitorservices(at)tworiversgallery(dot)ca to cancel. A late cancellation fee of $30 will be charged to the school if insufficient notice is given. Should programs be cancelled due to restrictions around COVID19, cancellation charges will not apply.

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