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Enhance your curriculum outcomes with a visit to the Confederation Centre Art Gallery and choose a tour that is right for you and your students.

Class Tours for Schools | Arts Discovery Days | Education Tours

Tours and Workshops for School Groups

The Confederation Centre Art Gallery is pleased to offer tours and workshops to school groups with new protocols in place to keep both patrons and staff safe. These include the following measures:

  • Maximum 15 students per tour group plus chaperones
  • A maximum capacity of 10 students plus chaperones in the Schurman Family Studio
  • Masks must be worn at all times inside the Gallery and studio unless you are medically exempt from doing so
  • Social distancing will be adhered to between the group and guide, as well as between group members
  • Hand sanitizing stations at all entrances to the Gallery

*Tours are led by experienced visual arts educators who utilize a variety of engaging and effective teaching strategies to connect students to art, and art to your classroom.
*Tours must be booked two weeks in advance.
*Tours are available Tuesdays through Fridays, in English and French
*Kindergarten to university students are welcome.
*There is no charge for teachers and chaperones or students with financial needs.

Gallery Tour – $2.00 per student
The one-hour guided tour of the Gallery is our most popular tour! With seven gallery spaces and exhibitions changing every three to four months, there is always lots to explore. In addition to the visual arts curriculum, many other topics are discussed such as social studies, economics, and history. Teachers are welcome to inquire about specific curriculum outcomes related to their student’s current studies.
Maximum number of students is 15

Studio Workshop– $5.00 per student
A studio workshop includes a 15-minute introduction to one of our Gallery exhibitions followed by a 45-minute art activity in the Schurman Family Studio related to the exhibition. The workshop activities offered may include drawing, painting, printmaking, bookmaking, or 3-D construction. Teachers can request an art activity of their choice.
Maximum number of students is 10. Please see our new Drawing Workshop as an alternative for larger class sizes.

Combined Tour and Workshop– $6.00 per student
This two-hour visit combines the tours described above, with one hour spent in the Gallery and one hour in the studio. If you have more than two classes it is recommended that you combine your Art Gallery visit with our theatre or heritage tours.
Maximum number of students is 10. Please see our new Drawing Workshop as an alternative for larger class sizes.

**NEW** Drawing Workshop in the Gallery

For classes with more than 10 students who would like a hands-on art activity, this workshop can be used in place of one of the above studio workshops. These activities can be linked to either a current exhibition on display, or to a topic being discussed in your classroom. Mediums may include graphite pencil, pencil crayons, chalk pastels, or oil pastel. We encourage you to discuss your preference with our visual arts educator when booking your workshop experience.
Maximum number of students is 15.

To book your tour, please contact Sodam Jeong (902)628.6111 or email

NOTE: If there are students in your class who are art enthusiasts, please let them know that we also offer PD Day Art Camps, MARTch Break Camp, Saturday morning art classes and summer art camps;

Exhibitions 2022

A Life’s Work: Canadian Artist Robert Harris (1849-1919)
until January 16 
This exhibition brings together a survey of Harris’ impressive career as a painter in a very young country. It’s drawn primarily from the Confederation Centre Art Gallery’s extensive Harris Collection and Archive with additional loans from public and private collections in Canada. This overview will include Harris’ commissioned and family portraits, self-portraits, genre subjects, atmospheric landscapes, as well as selected drawings, sketchbooks, photographs, letters and memorabilia.
Curriculum targets: painting, drawing, portraiture, landscape, line, space, value, colour, texture, Canadian history, Prince Edward Island history

Fairy Tails
until March 27
This group exhibition explores the wondrous in nature by reconsidering the role of animals in storytelling.
Curriculum targets: line, space, shape, value, texture, form, sculpture, textiles, embroidery, quilt making, photography, assemblage, abstraction, video art

Danika Vandersteen: How to Convey Blue in Black and White
January 15-April 10
Toronto-based artist Danika Vandersteen brings together a colourful and eclectic array of paintings, found objects, and textile work. Vandersteen creates a compelling and whimsical world populated with people, animals, everyday items, and repeating patterns.
Curriculum targets: line, value, colour, shape, space, scale, form, pattern, perspective, textile, painting, drawing, sculpture

John Hartman: Many Lives Mark This Place
January 29-May 22
Renowned Canadian painter and printmaker John Hartman captures the intimate relationship between Canadian authors and their personal places of inspiration in large-scale portraits.
Curriculum targets: colour, line, space, texture, scale, portraiture, Canadian history

Visible Storage: A CCAG Collection Project
February 5-May 29
CCAG’s permanent collection storage is undergoing a transformation. Our registrar and conservator will work in view of the public on rehousing, repairing, reporting, and retelling the stories of lesser-known pieces from the vault.
Curriculum targets: Canadian history

The Secret Codes: Quilts from and inspired by Nova Scotia’s Black communities
February 25-May 22
An exhibition of original picture and story quilts exploring African Nova Scotian community and women’s experiences.
Curriculum targets: shape, colour, space, texture, value, pattern, textiles, quilt making, Black history

Shannon Bool: The Shape of Obus
April 23-September 25
This exhibition foregrounds the artist’s recent research on the erotic drawings and interior spaces produced by the influential and controversial architect, designer, and urban planner Le Corbusier. In various mediums, including tapestry, collages and sculpture, the artist reveals repressed aesthetic influences in both visual art and architecture.
Curriculum targets: line, value, colour, space, texture, pattern, textiles, embroidery, printmaking, silkscreen

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What are Relaxed Performances?


Sometimes referred to as sensory-friendly experiences, Relaxed Performances give the opportunity for those with various sensitivities towards sensory stimuli to experience and enjoy live theatre.

These performances will be designed in a way to be more comfortable for audience members who may experience anxiety or are not comfortable with some aspects of a traditional theatre setting. This can include people on the Autism Spectrum and their families; those with sensory and communicative disorders or learning disabilities; people with Tourette’s syndrome; someone who might need to move often due to chronic pain or to use the facilities; or even parents with toddlers.



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