Vernon Public Art Gallery



Education Assistant

Theme: Arts
Location: Vernon
Age Group: Elementary and Secondary


Position Description

Working with the Learning and Community Engagement Curator, the teacher candidate will assist in facilitating the VPAG’s education programs, and research and develop traveling kits for teachers in the outlying areas of School District 22. Taking inspiration from the permanent art collection, teacher candidates will create lesson plans and art workshop activities inspired by work(s) of art. Lesson plans should cover more than just visual arts curricular competencies/should make cross-curricular connections, and demonstrate that teachers can use art as a jumping point to teach a variety of subjects.

Teacher candidates will also have the opportunity to be trained and lead some of our school tours at the VPAG for students K-7 and assist with workshop preparation and development. If time permits, the candidate will also have the opportunity to work with the Curator to create new professional development opportunities for the teachers of SD22. Skills required to complete work: an understanding of contemporary visual art and art making practices. (Candidate does not need to be an expert or an artist to apply, just a general knowledge and passion for the arts).

Product expected at end of the placement: Lesson plans/modules inspired by permanent collection that will be used in travelling art kits, research and budget created for putting together kit, research for creating new professional development opportunities for teachers of SD22, completion of one VPAG ‘Teacher’s Guide’ and an understanding of how visual art can be used to teach a variety of subjects.


Organization Information

The Vernon Public Art Gallery is a not-for-profit, charitable organization committed to fostering an appreciation of the visual arts for all members of the community. The mandate is five-fold:

  • to exhibit, collect and preserve local, regional, national and international art of the highest possible standards;
  • to promote visual arts in the broader community;
  • to provide information, education, challenge and inspiration in the visual arts;
  • to encourage appreciation of and participation in the visual arts; and
  • to provide a meeting place, facility and institution for the benefit of the citizens of Greater Vernon.

Vernon Public Art Gallery Website