Expressive Arts

TEACHER ALERT: If you are submitting your field trips budgets, please be advised that current pricing will be in effect for our 2018-19 ESO Education programs.

Connected with the Health and Life Skills and Fine Arts curricula for Division 2, these programs are led by an expressive arts therapist and feature both in-class art activities and visits to an ESO rehearsal at the Winspear Centre.

Upon booking, you’ll select one of the following two options for a program focus:

Communication through the Arts

With the orchestra as a model, students will explore self-expression and communication through the arts. Students will create abstract drawings with oil pastels, examining the difference between free expression and clear communication in two school-based sessions led by an expressive arts therapist. Then your class will sit in on an ESO rehearsal to observe and reflect upon how the musicians work together to share musical ideas with the audience.

Managing Difficult Emotions

We can all struggle with negative feelings when working towards a goal. Students will learn from stories of ESO musicians overcoming disappointment and discouragement to keep pursuing their dreams, and will come up with strategies and resources for times when they feel down. In two school-based sessions led by an expressive artist therapist, and a visit to an ESO rehearsal, students will hear stories of how musicians overcome challenges, will reflect on their own goals and struggles, and will learn how to take care of themselves and keep following their dreams.

Cost: $550
Includes 2 hour-long in-class art activity visits + 1 hour-long visit to the Winspear Centre.
Maximum 30 children per group.

Additional travel fees of $1.00/km are charged for each classroom visit that occurs beyond 25 km from the Winspear Centre.

Dates available:

October 27, 2017 - Unavailable

November 3, 2017 - Unavailable
November 22, 2017 - Unavailable
November 24, 2017 - Unavailable

January 19, 2018 - Unavailable

February 7, 2018 - Unavailable
February 21, 2018 - Unavailable
February 23, 2018 - Unavailable
February 27, 2018 - Unavailable
February 28, 2018 - Unavailable

March 7, 2018 - Unavailable
March 9, 2018 - Unavailable

April 4, 2018 - Unavailable
April 6, 2018 - Unavailable
April 25, 2018 - Unavailable
April 27, 2018 - Unavailable

May 9, 2018 - Unavailable
May 11, 2018 - Unavailable
May 16, 2018 - Unavailable
May 22, 2018 - Open
May 23, 2018 - Open
May 30, 2018 - Open

Please contact with any questions or concerns.

Cancellation/Alteration Policy

You are required to provide written notice of cancellation or alteration of your concert booking via email at
For cancellation, a fee of 50% of the cost of the original booking will be charged. If less than one week’s notice is given, the full cost of the booking will be charged.

No-Show Policy

Refunds will not be granted for groups who do not attend the field trip. If possible, arrangements will be made for the group to attend at a later date. In extreme circumstances, partial refunds may be granted at the discretion of the ESO/FWCM.