The Gallery is open during road work on Sussex Drive.
A Meeting of the School Trustees

Robert Harris
A Meeting of the School Trustees (Detail), 1885
oil on canvas
102.2 x 126.5 cm
Purchased 1886
National Gallery of Canada (no. 6)

FAQ

Scheduling and Programming:
Q: When are school tours offered?
Q: Can I bring a class in for programs on the weekend?
Q: Who delivers the programs?
Q: Can my group eat lunch at the Gallery?
Q: How many group supervisors should I bring to the Gallery?
Q: Do you have any group size regulations?
Q: How much will our program cost?
Q: How far in advance should I make my reservation request?
Q: Do we need a reservation for teacher-led (self-guided) visits?
Q: I want a “general tour of the gallery” what should I book?
Q: What accommodations are available for students with special needs?
Q: What can I expect if I book a Tour?
Q: Do you have any tips for teacher-led (self-guided) visits?
Q: Will my students see artworks depicting the Nude?

Reservations:
Q: Who do I contact to book a school program?
Q: When can I call to book a school program?
Q: How do I book a school program?
Q: How do I know my program booking has been confirmed?
Q: How do I make changes to a confirmed program?
Q: How do I cancel a program?

Preparing for the Trip to the NGC:
Q: How do I prepare my class for our visit to the Gallery?
Q: How do I prepare my group supervisors for their role during our visit?
Q: Is drawing permitted in the galleries?
Q: What can I do to ensure my program starts on time?

Arriving at the NGC:
Q:Can students and teachers bring their bags, cell phones, cameras, umbrellas, food, and drink into the galleries?
Q: Can we take photos in the galleries?
Q: What entrance should school groups use?
Q: What procedure should I follow to check my group in?

Following up on the trip to the NGC:
Q: Do you have any suggested pre – and post-visit activities? 

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Scheduling and Programming:

Q: When are school programs offered?

  • School tours are available Tuesday to Friday from October 1, 2012 to April 30, 2013 and Monday to Friday from May 1, 2013 to June 28, 2013. Teacher-led (self-guided) visits can be booked at any time during gallery hours. Reservation Request

Q: Can I bring a class in for programs on the weekend?

  • School tours and teacher-led (self-guided) visits can be booked weekends.

Q: Who delivers the programs?

  • Trained and experienced staff and volunteer docents deliver school programs.

Q: Can my group eat lunch at the Gallery?

  • Yes. School groups may eat brought lunches in Sketches (located in the NGC Tour Group Lobby - limited seating on a first-come basis). Students may also purchase food in the NGC cafeteria.

Q: How many group supervisors should I bring to the Gallery?

  • Please ensure that there is a 1: 5 supervisor/student ratio for all elementary groups. Intermediate and high school groups require a 1:10 supervisor/student ratio. Teachers and supervisors visit free of charge, up to the ratio limit. In order to keep group sizes at an optimum level, and to ensure the quality of your program, please do not bring more than the required number of adult supervisors.

Q: Do you have any group size regulations?

  • Programs are designed for groups of 25 students. The minimum group size is 15 students. If your group is smaller than 15, you may still book a program; however, you will be charged for 15 students. The NGC can accommodate more than one group at a time.  If you are brining more than 25 students, help your program start on time by splitting your class into appropriately sized groups prior to arriving. Please consult chart below:

Standard Group sizes

Grade 1 – 3 tours

15

Grade 4 – 6 tours

15

Grade 7 – 8 tours Sec. I - II

25

Grade 9 – 12 tours Sec III - V

25

Q: How much will our program cost?

Program

K-6

Grades
7 – 12 Permanent collection

Grades
7 – 12 Special exhibition

Post-
secondary Permanent collection

Post-
secondary Special exhibition

Tours

$3 / student

$6 /
student

$7 / student

$11 / student

$13 / student

Groups of students with special needs

N/A*

N/A*

N/A*

N/A*

N/A*

Teacher-led (self-guided)

No charge

$3 /
student

$4 / student

$4 / student

$6 / student

Price differences from grades K – 6 to grades 7-12 are due to admission fees. Costs include all applicable taxes. Costs are subject to change without notice. Prices listed are per student.

Q: How far in advance should I make my reservation request?

  • Don't be disappointed, book early and efficiently. Fill out a reservation request and consult it during the reservation process. You are advised to book guided visits and discovery visits at least 4 weeks in advance. Please note that May and June are extremely busy times at the Gallery. The schedule during these months fills early. School programs booking begins on August 27, 2012.

Q: Do we need a reservation for teacher-led (self-guided) visits?

  • All school groups must have a confirmed reservation for either a guided tour or a teacher-led (self-guided) visit. Please note that supervisor/student ratios apply for teacher-led groups.

Q: I want a "general tour of the gallery" what should I book?

  • · If you are interested in a general overview of the Gallery please request one of the following programs:

I want a "general tour of the gallery" what should I book?

Grade 1 - 3

My Gallery

Grade 4 - 6

Gallery Highlights

Grade 7 - 12 / Sec. I - V

Gallery Highlights

Q: What accommodations are available for students with special needs?

  • The NGC offers programs and services adapted and developed specifically for people with special needs, including physical or developmental impairments, multiple disabilities, or a mental illness. All galleries and facilities are wheelchair accessible. Wheelchairs and portable FM assistive listening devices, are available free of charge and without a reservation. Sign language interpretation can be arranged with advance notice, subject to availability. For more information, visit our section on accessibility.

Q: What can I expect if I book a Tour?

  • A Guided Visit begins with an introduction to the institution and the chosen theme. Students visit and discuss 4-6 thematically linked artworks during their 1 hour visit. To learn more, visit the list of school tours.

Q: Do you have any tips for teacher-led (self-guided) visits?

Q: Will my students see artworks depicting the Nude?

  • Yes. Your students are likely to pass sculptures, paintings and/or photographs of nudes during their time here. However the nude is not a focus in our elementary school programs.
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Reservations:

Q: Who do I contact to book a school program?

Q: When can I call to book a school program?

  • Call between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm Monday to Friday. Registration for the 2012-2013 school year begins on August 27, 2012

Q: How do I book a school program?

  1. Fill out a Reservation Request to ensure you have all the necessary information to complete your booking.
  2. 4 weeks in advance forward your reservation request to Group Reservations.
  3. Confirmation will be sent to the school once the reservation is complete.
  4. Read your confirmation letter carefully to ensure that the booking information is correct.
  5. Notify Group Reservations of any changes as soon as possible to avoid penalties. Changes or cancellations must be made in writing at least 3 business days prior to your program. Please note we may not be able to accommodate changes to a confirmed booking.

Q: How do I know my program booking has been confirmed?

  • Once your reservation has been finalized, a confirmation letter will be sent to you. Please review your confirmation letter to ensure that all of the information concerning date, time, and group size is correct. Cancellation fees apply to all visits cancelled with 3 or less business days notice. Late requests for changes may not be accommodated. It is important to ensure the number of students confirmed for a program is correct; students not accounted for in the confirmation letter may not be able to participate in programs.

Q: How do I make changes to a confirmed program?

  • Changes to a confirmed program must be made as soon as possible. To request a change call or email Group Reservations. While we will do our best, we may not be able to accommodate changes to confirmed programs.

Q: How do I cancel a program?

  • Contact Group Reservations as soon as possible with your confirmation letter on hand. Changes or cancellations must be made in writing at least 3 business days prior to your program. Include your school name, program booked, number of students, and confirmation number. You will receive notification of your program's cancellation
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Preparing for the Trip to the NGC:

Q: How do I prepare my class for our visit to the Gallery?

  • Make the most of your visit to the Gallery by preparing your students for what they will see and talk about. Ensure that students understand the behaviour that is expected of them.
    • Discuss the following with your students:
      • What is an art gallery?
      • What will we see there?
      • Review the gallery rules.
    • Encourage students to become familiar with the NGC collection.
  • Teachers, visit the Gallery prior to your trip by showing your confirmation letter to our Visitor's Services staff and receive a complimentary admission.

Q: How do I prepare my group supervisors for their role during our visit?

  • Ensure that all group supervisors are aware that their role is to support the students' learning. They can do this by,
    • Setting an good example and following the gallery rules.
    • Allowing Gallery staff to lead the program without interruption.
    • Supervising children and ensuring that the group stays together.

Q: Is drawing permitted in the galleries?

  • Drawing is permitted in the galleries with pencil only (erasers are not permitted). Using walls or podiums as drawing surfaces is not permitted. Teachers leading independent drawing classes in the galleries are asked to provide their own clipboards.

Q: What can I do to ensure my program starts on time?

  • Arrive 15 minutes prior to your confirmed program start time, with your students already divided into group.

    Standard Group sizes

    Grade 1 – 3 tours

    15

    Grade 4 – 6 tours

    15

    Grade 7 – 8 tours Sec. I - II

    25

    Grade 9 – 12 tours Sec III - V

    25

  • Review the gallery rules with your students prior to arriving.
  • Advise your students to leave their valuables at home (The group cloakroom is unsupervised).
  • Once your group arrives at the Gallery, have the group leader speak to the Visitor Services representative in the Tour Group Lobby. Ensure the group leader has the confirmation letter, and method of payment. If possible, leave students on the bus until you receive further instruction from the Visitor Services representative.
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Arriving at the NGC:

Q: Can students and teachers bring their bags, cell phones, cameras, umbrellas, food, and drink into the galleries?

  • Bags, cell phones, cameras, umbrellas, food, and drink, are not permitted in the galleries. Read all our gallery rules.

Q: Can we take photos in the galleries?

  • No. Photography is not permitted due to copyright regulations. Read all our gallery rules.

Q: What entrance should school groups use?

  • Please use the Tour Group Lobby entrance located at the north end of the NGC circular driveway.

Q: What procedure should I follow to check my group in?

  • Bring your students into the Tour Group Lobby in an orderly fashion and instruct them to leave backpacks, coats etc. in the group cloakroom (north corner of the Tour Group Lobby). To check in, have the group leader bring the confirmation letter and method of payment to the desk in the Tour Group Lobby. The Visitor Services representative will process payment and advise you of your next steps.
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Following up on the trip to the NGC:

Q: Do you have any suggested pre - and post-visit activities?

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