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The Gallery is currently closed between exhibitions. The Gallery will re-open with its Summer Exhibition on Wednesday May 16, 2018.
Paradise Valley Summer School of Visual Arts
Every year, Artists for Kids takes a group of 8 to 18 year olds up to Paradise Valley for Summer School of the Arts. Both the junior group (ages 8 to 12) and the senior class (ages 13 to 18) are paired with a professional artist who presents on their work throughout the week. The students work with Art Specialist Teachers to make art of their own in response to the presentations from the Visiting Artist. There are also blocks of recreation time where the students go canoeing, hiking, or sketch the gorgeous scenery that surrounds them.

"In the summer before Grade 8, I was awarded a scholarship to attend the Paradise Valley Summer School of Visual Arts with artist Etienne Zack. Being the eldest child in my family, I was extremely nervous about going into high school, as I didn't have an older sibling to look up to. However, during that week at camp, I was able to befriend other teens who were just as friendly as they were talented. Not only did i get to paint and canoe for five days, but the AFK summer school experience made my first big life transition that much easier." 

— Sophia Boutsakis, Grade 12

Camp Registration is Now Open

This year camp will be held from July 8 to 13 in the Paradise Valley near Brackendale, BC. The camp is $725 for the week and includes all food, accommodation and art supplies for the week.

​Camp

​Ages

​Dates

Artist

Cost​

​Register

​Summer Visual Arts Camp
​8 - 12
​July 8 - 13
​M.E. Sparks
​$725​limited spots available - please call the office 604-903-3798
​Summer Visual Arts Intensive
​13 - 18​July 8 - 13
​Justin Ogilvie
​$725Register


2018 Visiting Artists

Junior Camp Artist in Residence: M. E. Sparks

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M.E. Sparks received her MFA from Emily Carr University in Vancouver, BC and BFA from NSCAD University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. M.E.’s practice explores methods of abstraction to reconsider the ways we engage with images. Through painting she brings together found forms, personal narrative, dream imagery and art historical references.  M.E. has exhibited work across Canada and participated in artist residencies both nationally and internationally. She was a finalist in the 2016 and 2017 Annual RBC Painting Competitions and the recipient of the 2016 Nancy Petry Award. M.E. has worked as both sessional faculty and Continuing Studies faculty at Emily Carr University. Upcoming exhibitions include Mother Tongue at Dynamo Arts Association (Vancouver) and Slings, a two-person exhibition in the mobile project space, Site Factory (Vancouver).  For more on her practice, go to her website here.


Download our camp brochure: ArtistsforKids_Junior_Summer2018.pdf.

Two Elementary Scholarships are available for kids 8-12. Download the application form here.PVSSA Elem Schol application- 2018.pdf


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Senior Camp Artist in Residence: Justin Ogilvie

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Justin Ogilvie lives and works in Vancouver, BC, Canada. He received a MFA from the University of Alberta in 2013, and a BFA from Emily Carr University of Art and Design in 2000. Ogilvie's painting practice explores various tensions between traditional and contemporary modes of representational painting, addressing within his own work themes of escape, identity, indifference, and abjection. Ogilvie's career consists of both exhibiting and teaching. He has had numerous solo exhibitions within commercial galleries, as well as group shows in municipal and artist-run-centre shows both nationally and internationally. Ogilvie currently teaches at Emily Carr University of Art and Design as a sessional instructor, and has taught at the University of Alberta, Vancouver Film School, and for the Vancouver School Board. Ogilvie is the recipient of numerous provincial and private awards, and is part of both national and international art collections. For more information visit his website here.



Download the senior camp brochure: ArtistsforKids_Senior_Summer2018.pdf

Four Senior Scholarships are available for students 13 to 18. Download the application form here. PVSSA Sec Schol application - 2018.pdf

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View video of the 2017 summer camp.

Week one, ages 8-12 with artist Aimee Henny Brown

 


Week one, ages 12-18 with artist Andrea Taylor.
 




View video of the 2016 summer camp.

Week one, ages 8-12 with artist Lori Goldberg.

 


Week one, ages 12-18 with artist Damien Moppett.

 




View videos of the 2015 summer camp.

Week one, ages 8-12 with artist Tiko Kerr.

 


Week two, ages 13 - 18 with artist Erin McSavaney
 
 


2014  camp videos

​Week one, ages 8 - 12 with artist David Wilson

 



Week two, ages 13 - 18, with artists Greg Murdock and George Rammell
 




2013 camp videos

​​​Week one, ages 8 - 12, with artist Ben Reeves

 


Week two, ages 13 - 18, with artists Angela Grossmann and Attila Richard Lukacs.