Programs for Schools

Visit, collaborate or book a studio call.

There are many ways to integrate the Owens into your curriculum.

Our education and outreach programs for schools provide opportunities for teachers and students to encounter and investigate a range of significant contemporary and historical practices.

Visit Owen's Art Gallery with your school.

Take part in our school program for grades K-12. Tours use active looking, reflection and discussion to explore artworks on view. Engagement with exhibitions at the Owens encourage critical thinking and provide students with opportunities to make connections beyond the exhibition to personal experience.

This program addresses multiple curriculum areas including Art Education, English Language Arts and Social Studies embracing the idea of learning “through the arts”. Many tours incorporate a hands-on art making component using the current exhibitions as the source of inspiration.

Tours typically last one hour, however, shorter or longer visits can be arranged to accommodate individual class schedules.

Collaborate to encourage stronger student engagement.

We think that fantastic projects come out of collaborations with teachers and their students. We have worked with schools on partnerships that have taken place over multiple sessions allowing us to dive deeper to explore various topics from Alex Colville and his connections to Sackville to the theme of Night and the shadowy stories that it can inspire. These projects engage students in visual art through looking, talking, investigating, making and reflecting. We get to know students and students get to know the Owens through a forum that brings the voices of youth into the Gallery.

Bring an artist into your classroom.

Bring an artist into your classroom with Studio Call, a free classroom-based program that brings contemporary artists to your school for an artist-led, hands-on “studio” session. An artist’s studio is a place for experimentation and discovery where new ideas, new materials and new ways of working are developed. Studio Call introduces students to artists and current art practice.

Get in touch to learn more

All our Education and Outreach programs are offered free of charge thanks to generous funding from the Canada Council for the Arts, Province of New Brunswick, Town of Sackville, The Hon. Robert V. Barritt and Friends of the Owens Art Gallery.

For more information or to book a visit with your class please contact Lucy MacDonald, Curator of Education and Community Outreach.

Studio Call

Bring an artist into your classroom


Encourage stronger student engagement


Visit with your school