Are you interested in finding out what 8,600+ students (K to Gr 12) from 120 schools and eleven school districts have learned through the Vancouver Biennale BIG IDEAS in-School Education Program since 2010? Contact us to schedule an interactive professional development workshop that can be customized to your school’s specific needs.


Workshop attendees will experience a compact version of the BIG IDEAS project-based learning process. Through hands-on, inquiry-based activities, the workshop facilitator will guide you through ways to connect inquiry around art to curricula across subject areas. We will share ideas from past BIG IDEAS in-School projects and explore how you can use BIG IDEAS Digital learning resources in your classroom.



  • Introduction
  • Engage in an inquiry around art
  • Experience classroom inquiry-based activities
  • Share ideas from past school projects
  • Explore BIG IDEAS Digital learning resources
  • Learn about BIG IDEAS in-School grant


Audience:                       K-12 Teachers, all subjects
Duration:                        Two hours to full-day or a series of one-hour workshops
Required Equipment:    LCD projector and internet access
No. of Participants:       Minimum eight to book an in-school session


Please schedule your workshop at least four weeks in advance. Contact Vancouver Biennale Education: phone: 604-682-1289/email:



Intersections 2016  jointly organized by BCATA and CSEA, October 20 – 22, 2016, Victoria: Inquiry Inspired by Public Art (Room VIA  A-156).



BC Science Teachers’ Association (BCScTA) Conference, Fall 2013 and Spring 2014

Workshop in collaboration with UBC Faculty of Education, 2013 and 2014

BC Social Studies Teachers’ Association (BCSSTA) Conference, Fall 2014

Surrey Teacher Association (STA) Convention, Spring 2014: A MULTI-MEDIA WORKSHOP: Public Art + Cross-Curricular + Inquiry Learning

ISABC PD 2015 Mulgrave: A roundtable discussion on past Vancouver Biennale BIG IDEAS project-based learning experience

Vancouver School Board ProD Workshop (2011 – 2015):  An Arts and Inquiry-Based Approach to Looking at the BIG IDEAS with Vancouver Biennale

BCATA Spring 2015 Conference “What’s the Big Idea?”: Art Inquiry at the Giants on Granville Island and Making the Cross-Curricular BIG IDEAS Connections

Tapestry Conference: February 19, 2016 Inquiry Inspired by Art

Burnaby District ProD Workshop: February 19, 2016 Inquiry Inspired by Art. Open to Burnaby teachers only.