"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.
|Summer Visual Arts Camp||8 - 12||July 8 - 13||M.E. Sparks||$725||Register|
|Summer Visual Arts Intensive||13 - 18||July 8 - 13||Justin Ogilvie||$725||Register|
2018 Visiting Artists
Junior Camp Artist in Residence: M. E. Sparks
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historical references.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.
Senior Camp Artist in Residence: Justin Ogilvie
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
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.