Our school tours and hands-on workshops are designed to enhance core curriculum courses and topics from both elementary and secondary grades. Our workshops encourage students to become creative problem solvers and design thinkers as they engage in the design process through active observation, real-life applications, and hands-on design activities.

our guided tours and design workshops are 2 hours in length, and are offered between the hours of 9 am – 4 pm, Monday to Friday. Tours include our exhibitions, listed below, and may include some areas of the historic Toronto Stock Exchange building. alternate hours available by special request

Download the Tours + Workshops information package

Click here for a map and directions to the DX

Book a tour and workshop by filling out our registration form and sending by fax or email. If you have any questions please contact our education team at 416.216.2138 or education@dx.org


This program is made possible by the generous support of TD Bank Group.

Top image: KAWS, Pinocchio and Jiminy Cricket (produced by Medicom Toys), 2010



All workshops are adapted to be suitable for both elementary and secondary students.

Introduction to Design
October 2013 – May 2014

This workshop exposes and highlights the presence of design in our everyday surroundings, and provides a basis for understanding the work and the importance of designers. Students explore examples of past and present Canadian design that demonstrates how design thinking is used to spark change and innovation. Disciplines discussed and analyzed include fashion, architecture, industrial, interior, and graphic design. Students are given a problem, and challenged to create a hands-on solution using design thinking and creative problem solving.

Chair Design
October 2013 – May 2014

This session introduces students to the world of design by using an everyday item, the chair, as a case in point. Students are shown the Design Exchange’s rich collection of chairs and discuss form and function in exploring design concerns including materials, ergonomics, and scale. Students also learn how discussing the design of a chair can reflect the social and political landscape from which it was created. Leading Canadian industrial designers from both past and present are highlighted. Finally, students learn to think like designers themselves as they work through a hands-on design challenge.

Toy Design
January – May 2014

When is a toy not just a “toy”? This workshop, accompanying a tour of This is not a toy, explores and develops concepts introduced in the exhibition. Students view and discuss examples of pop and street art, as well as the intersection of design, art, consumerism and popular culture. Finally, students apply these concepts as product designers by creating their own custom toy.

Theatre + Design
​(full day program with Canadian Stage)
November 2013 – February 2014


In partnership with Canadian Stage, students will engage in a hands-on workshop at the Design Exchange where they will explore aspects of the design process as it relates to theatre and production. In the afternoon, students will make their way to Bluma Appel or Berkeley Street Theatre for a matinee performance. The points of connection explored in the morning session will provide a more thorough understanding of the performance in the afternoon.

For available productions and dates, please see our Tour + Workshop brochure.

Special workshops available in urban architecture, Eco-Fashion and new + unusual materials are available upon request.