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Art & Nature Field Trips

Our on-site programs will connect your students to the natural world and the heritage of the Leighton Art Centre… plus get them thinking like artists!

Exploring our 80 acres and touring the art museum will create a framework of understanding for your learners as they engage in a stimulating and expressive art lesson in studio. 4 hour program, or 4.5 hours if you include two art projects (extra charge). We have two art studios available for your school and charge for a minimum of 20 participants, with a maximum capacity of 68.

2022-2023 School & Community Groups Program Guide

>> Check Availability for 2022-23! >>

Note: when using the booking calendar, hover over a blue square to see how many studios are still available for that date. # Tickets = Studios Available. Grey dates are Sold Out. For any date that is entirely blank, no programming is available.

Ready to book a field trip for the 2023-24 school year? Email Coreen (education@leightoncentre.org) to save your spot in line while we get our booking calendar organized for next year.


$20 per student for a one-project program

Add a second art project (4.5 hour minimum): +$3/student

Financial assistance is available for qualifying schools through the Linda Putnam Legacy Fund, administered by the Calgary Foundation. Please contact us for more information about financial assistance.

Studio Space

We have two art studios available in our historic Education Centre. There is a minimum charge of 20 students for one studio, or 38 for both. Schoolhouse Studio and Sprung Studio each hold up to 34 students. If you are booking a single studio, we will evaluate your booking request and either confirm that we can accommodate your group, or work with you to find a different date. We reserve the right to book your class in the studio that provides the best balance of student numbers that day.

Cancellation Policy

28 WORKING DAYS notification required or a charge of $100.00 will be incurred. This does NOT include WEATHER-RELATED CANCELLATIONS.

Booking This Program

This program uses online booking. Click the ‘Check Availability’ button to begin.


Q: Is there a minimum number of students that can attend the program?

A: We don’t have a minimum number for attendance but we do have a minimum charge of 20 students for a single studio, or 38 for 2 studios. This quota lets us cover basic operating and staff costs.

Q: Is there a maximum number of classes our school can bring to the Leighton?

A: Our historic studios are small in size and we have a maximum capacity of 68 students when both studios are booked. Please divide your group so that there is no group larger than 34 students.

Q: How many projects can we do in a day?

A: All field trips include one art project per studio. If you have extra time and would like to do a second project there is a small extra cost of $3 per student. Remember your day also includes the sketchbook session, the nature walk, and the visit to the Leighton’s Residence and Gallery.

Q: Will we have time for lunch?

A: Yes! Our itinerary allows for a 20 to 30-minute recess. Please remember to bring your packed lunches and pack all garbage back to school. Play time must be supervised by the teacher and/or volunteers accompanying the group.

Q: Should I bring payment with me?

A: An invoice will be sent back to school with you on the day of your visit. Your office can forward a cheque to the Leighton Art Centre.

Q: Is it free for adults to attend the field trip?

A: Yes, teachers and volunteers are free to attend. Volunteers who wish to create their own art projects while helping the children are asked to bring $5 cash to cover material cost. If the school wishes to cover this cost, just let your instructor know and we’ll add it to the invoice. We recommend a ratio of 1 adult per 8 children. *Teachers may participate at no extra cost.

Still have questions? Please contact us at education@leightoncentre.org.

Leighton Art Centre education programs are generously supported by Calgary Foundation.