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Hello! My name is Jason Wright and I am pleased to be working here at the CAG this wet and miserable May. Right now, I am surrounded by books and art. What better way to spend a rainy day than this! I am a UBC Education student here for three (short) weeks as part of the Community Field Experience practicum, designed to introduce student-teachers to possible careers in education outside of the traditional school system. This past summer I approached Holly Schmidt, Curator of Learning and Community Engagement here at the CAG, to see if she would be interested in working with me as part of this practicum and lo and behold she did, so here I am, writing this.
Full disclosure, I met Holly this past summer. Holly and I worked on last year’s Visual Arts Summer Intensive, a collaborative educational project between the CAG and Arts Umbrella, the local not-for-profit arts organization devoted to youth programming where I have worked for the last five years. The Visual Arts Summer Intensive is a great way for teens to develop and explore new ways of art-making and is a valuable introduction to the ins and outs of working as a practicing artist (particularly in the city). I encourage any teen who is thinking of going to art school, of being an artist, or just wanting to know what makes artists and the art-world tick, to enroll in the program. You won’t be disappointed!
Through Arts Umbrella, I have worked on other teaching projects including The Big Draw Festival at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre and CulturARTS Exchange, a project sponsored by Liceo Boston and the Vancouver Biennale that brought me and another instructor (Jessica Jang) to Bogota, Columbia to teach art and create an exhibition with underprivileged youth.
I am a practicing artist too, receiving a BFA in Visual Art from Simon Fraser University and an MFA in Sculpture from the University of Regina. I most recently participated in shows at the The Dunlop Gallery in Regina and The Bakery, here in Vancouver, and last winter I attended a drawing residency at Heima in Seydisfjordur, Iceland, which is as cold as it sounds (but quite lovely).
At the CAG, I participated in a lively Family Day (thank you Holly Clarke!), and I am helping to develop a lesson plan on curatorial practice for school groups (including IB schools), including a prototype for a series of fun-filled curatorial-type games. Good times!
Soon I will be back to the classrooms of UBC, but I would like to thank the CAG for being a warm and supportive learning environment. The students that pass through these doors are lucky to have such great programming and it has been a privilege working here. Thank you all!


Welcome Jason Wright

The Big Draw
Saturday October, 1, 12–3pm
Free, drop-in activities
At CAG, 555 Nelson Street

As our contribution to this city-wide festival, CAG will present Walking a Line, a series of collaborative drawing experiences for all ages are created by students as part of Community, Collaboration and Pedagogy, a studio course with Emily Carr University of Art and Design hosted by CAG.

Story-gami Workshop
Jamie Chen, Madison Mayhew, Mary Seto, John Song and Patrick Takata

Create a drawing inspired by a story on a colourful sheet of paper. Learn how to fold your story into an origami link that will be joined with others to make one long continuous chain of different cultural stories.

Blind Drawing Workshop
Claudia Adiwijaya, Lexi Hilderman, Kayla Heald, Karen Nguyen and Nushin Yazdani

“Can you draw? No? Perfect, this workshop is for you! In this workshop you will have fun creating drawings without looking at them. These drawings will inspire you to share thoughts, questions and ideas that emerge while drawing.

Connect the Dots Walk
Mariah Brusatore, Michael King, Mo Qutob and Justine Zimmerman

This special guide will lead you on a drawing inspired walk from the CAG to ArtStarts while providing interesting social and historical information about the area. Activities in the booklet include texture rubbings, eye spy, tracing and observational drawing.

Drawing on the City Walk
Andrea Landivar Einstoss, Hana Kujawa and Emma Plested

With sidewalk chalk attached to sticks, we will be creating drawings that use the city as a canvas. As we walk we will create a pathway of colourful lines, stopping to create drawings based on things we see along the way.

Presented as part of The Big Draw, the world’s largest drawing festival and Culture Days, a Canada-wide celebration that raises the awareness, accessibility, participation and engagement of Canadians in the arts and cultural life of their communities.

For more information and workshop times visit:


CAG & The Big Draw - Walking a Line

Are you a teacher seeking to develop work with your class based on our exhibitions? Or are you planning a field trip and would like further guidance?

The CAG offers engaging arts learning for students from K-12.  Our school programs involve an interactive guided tour of gallery exhibitions and the option of thematically connected art making. Rooted in enquiry and discussion our education programs invite students and teachers to creatively explore visual art materials and processes as well as critically reflect upon the power of contemporary art to engage diverse themes, perspectives and complex ideas.

Our school programs are designed to meet the areas of learning identified in the BC Education Ministry’s Arts Education curriculum.

Program Options:

Guided Program

1 hr. – $50.00 (maximum 30 students)

The guided program for students from K-12 involves an insightful, inquiry-based exploration of the exhibitions allowing for creative learning and developing key transferable skills such as problem solving, communication and literacy.

Guided Program + Art Making activity  

2 hrs. – $90 (maximum 30 students)

For the guided program combined with art making activities in response to our exhibitions for students from K-12, in-depth tours of current exhibitions combine with workshops investigating the techniques, medium and practices of the work on display. These workshops enable meaningful dialogue to emerge developing critical thinking, making and understanding.

Considering spending a full day with your class in downtown Vancouver? We are in close proximity to a range of other cultural organizations that also offer school programming.

For more information or to book a program for your class, please email: [email protected] or telephone 604 681 2700.

To apply for funding to support your visit to the CAG, please visit

Exhibitions for 2016/2017
The CAG exhibits national and international artists that work with a diverse range of media, processes, and practices offering an important opportunity to engage with current ideas and issues.

Isabel Nolan: The weakened eye of day
July 29 – October 2, 2016

Isabel Nolan’s exhibition is an unfolding story of light as a central metaphor for truth and optimism. This exploration of our place beneath the sun includes text works, sculpture, ceramics, drawings, paintings and photographs.

October 14, 2016 – January 1, 2017

New York-based French artist, Guillaume Leblon creates fictional spaces through sculptures made with familiar everyday objects. A figurative presence is suggested through imprints, clothing and other remnants.

Haroon Mirza
January 13 – March 19, 2017

U.K artist Haroon Mirza makes immersive kinetic installations that deal with the distinctions between noise, sound and music. For CAG plant forms and solar panels are used to explore the interplay and friction between sound and light waves and electric current.

Capture Photography Festival
March 31 – June 18, 2017

We will curate a group exhibition as the feature show for The Capture Photography Festival including local to international artists, more details to come.



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