We offer a range of classes and programs, both in the Gallery and throughout the community.
Each year, students spend an entire school day at our Gallery, learning about some of our country's most celebrated artists and developing an understanding of the art and their response to it.
More than 2,000 elementary and secondary students and their teachers participate in the program each year. If you are visiting during a school day, and see many young faces, they might be participating in our celebrated program of quality art education.
Our popular after-school art programs run three times a year: in the fall, in the winter and in the spring. We offer a wide range of programs taught by art educators, from classes for parents and preschoolers, through skill building classes for elementary and secondary school-age students, including painting, drawing, printmaking, ceramics and jewelry-making. We even offer adult classes.
In the AFK Studio Art Academy, students develop skills and attitudes to broaden their options, encourage their success in post-secondary art studies and open the door to careers in the arts. Through in-depth exploration of drawing, painting, printmaking and sculpture, students create personal portfolios and work towards year end exhibitions in the Gordon Smith Gallery of Canadian Art. Workshops with artists each year enrich students' studio activities. Visits to artists' studios, postsecondary institutions, and the studio process prepare students with a better understanding of the role and commitment required to be a successful artist.
Artists for Kids offers various programs that support Mentoring Emerging Young Artists. During several days, students who are nominated by their school are taken out of the regular classroom stream and given the opportunity to work with a professional artist at the AFK Studios. We offer three courses per year for different grade levels and artistic mediums -- from painting and drawing, to collage, ceramics, sculpture and photography. These programs are for students who have been identified by their teachers and schools to show promise in visual arts and are an incomparable opportunity to experience hands-on training from professional artists.
Each year, select secondary students participate in a 3-day intensive photography program, focusing on a specific topic. In previoius years, the focus has been on fashion photograhy. In 2016, the focus was on landscape and the environment. Students work with a variety of industry professionals culminating in publication in the North Shore News.
Video of the 2016 Nature Photography program.
Video of the 2015 Fashion Photography program.
Not every school can make it to our Gallery, so we take our Gallery to the schools. By formulating a two-hour program that brings visual language and an artists' work to the classroom, we have developed a distinct approach to art education, one that captivates the students, while providing teachers with support to enrich their current curriculum.
Our Summer School of Visual Art provides young artists with the opportunity to develop heir abilities, immersed in a rich learning environment inspired by some of Canada's finest artists and nurtured by some of the best educators in the province. These week-long elementary and secondary-aged live-in camps run in early July and are set in the beautiful surroundings of the Cheakamus Centre in Brackendale, BC.
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We offer full-day, art-based camps during Spring Break and Summer Break, for elementary school-aged students.