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.


Experience the Vancouver Biennale BIG IDEAS project-based learning process through hands-on inquiry-based activities. The workshop participants will be guided through ways to connect inquiry around art to curricula across subject areas.  The Biennale facilitators will make references to past Vancouver Biennale BIG IDEAS school projects and suggest different approaches participants can engage students in art-integrated cross-curricular inquiries and make links to the new curriculum. If time permits, workshop participants may explore how to use BIG IDEAS Digital learning resources in the classroom.



  • Introduction
  • What is inquiry through public art?
  • Project-based inquiry learning process: planning, guided art inquiry and hands-on art-infused activities
  • Explore BIG IDEAS Digital learning resources


Audience:                       K-12 Teachers, all subjects
Duration:                        Half or full-day or a series of workshops
Required Equipment:    LCD projector and internet access
No. of Participants:       Maximum 20 participants for hands-on workshop


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





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

Richmond Schools ProD Workshops: (November 2 and 30, 2015) Developing Art-Infused Inquiry Learning Projects

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

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