secondary school programs

Enrich your students' education with hands-on visual arts workshops taught by professional arts educators. As one of Canada's premier contemporary art museums, Oakville Galleries offers innovative field trips and in-class visits that make the visual arts accessible and engaging for all students.

With a commitment to fostering creativity, confidence, and critical thinking skills in children and youth, our programs give students opportunities to look at, discuss, and make works of art where they are encouraged to experiment with new ideas and specialized materials. All programs are designed to promote inquiry-based learning; to support the development of students' collaborative and innovative learning abilities; and to emphasize both big ideas and interdisciplinary engagement.

With the Province of Ontario's Visual Arts curriculum and the creative process at the forefront of our offerings, select programs also integrate strands from History and Geography, Language, Science and Technology, and Social Studies.

To view our full list of updated 2023 School Programs, please visit the Town of Oakville School Curriculum-Based Teacher Resources.

The exhibitions on-view for Fall 2023 are listed below—click the links to learn more.

Elif Saydam: Eviction Notice
Oakville Galleries in Gairloch Gardens

Leisure: Having Ideas by Handling Materials
Oakville Galleries at Centennial Square


Please have the following information ready when you register:

  • Check your school calendar for possible dates for your program (at least 2 to 3 dates are recommended)
  • Your choice of program (consider the duration of your visit)
  • Grade level and student numbers
  • Name, mailing address, and telephone number of your school
  • Email address of main contact person and Office Administrator

Note: French Language instruction is based on the availability of our Art Instructors.

Program Days and Times

School Programs are available Monday to Friday throughout the academic school year.

Program Timing: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM (30 – 45-minute lunch break scheduled as per program timing).

Please don't hesitate to ask us for timeline accommodations as we can always adapt to fit your school's schedule.


Our current School Program capacity is 60 students or two classrooms at one time.

Booking Confirmation

Once your booking is complete and submitted successfully, you will receive a confirmation message that will outline the number of groups, estimated fees, a field trip kit, and a map of our location.


Cancellations must be received in writing at minimum two weeks prior to the start date of the program. Any cancellation made less than two weeks before the start of the program will be charged 50% of the total registration fee. Registrations will be fully charged for cancellations or no-shows on the day of the program.


Schools are required to provide one adult supervisor (i.e. a teacher or parent volunteer) for every 10 children. There are no additional fees for adults to attend the program.
All programs are subject to change.

Program Fees

Duration: Full Day

Fee: $14 per student (minimum fee of $300 applies) on site or $17 per student (minimum fee of $350 applies) in your classroom.

Available: Year-round

Janet Cardiff: A Large Slow River (Grades 10 to 12)

At the Galleries

An art experience unlike any other, Janet Cardiff's site-specific audio walk through Gairloch Gardens is sure to engage your students.

  • Half day