Eye Spy: Exploring the Art Gallery

Grades: Primary – 3

This tour is a wonderful introduction to the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. This is a playful program that includes games and drama to engage young students in their exploration of the many different artworks in the Gallery. Designed to familiarize students with the Gallery, students are encouraged to ask lots of questions and share their ideas.


Tour Outline

Eye Spy is an introductory tour to the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. Students look at and reach understandings about art through a series of discussions and observational “Eye Spy” activities. Using a sequential approach to exploration, students reach a better personal understanding of the artworks. Throughout the tour students will be introduced to art vocabulary as well as learn about specific details about art galleries and how they are run. Below is a sample of topics that may be addressed on the tour.

  • What is an art gallery?
  • Who owns the art?
  • Why do people collect art? Do you collect anything?
  • How is the art stored and displayed?
  • How do artists communicate through their art making?
  • What are some of the stories behind works of art and how are these stories told?
  • What elements are used to tell stories through visual work?


Link to Specific Curriculum Outcomes

Primary [PDF]           Grade 1 [PDF]            Grade 2 [PDF]            Grade 3 [PDF]


Optional in-gallery activity (free of charge)

Sketching in the Gallery – Detective Eyes

Using their detective eyes students will partake in this observational drawing activity in the gallery. Remember – Detectives pay close attention to details!




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