Gordon Smith working with students in an enrichment class Erin MacSavaney working with students
Our enrichment programs bring together artists with teachers and students, for full-day, skill-specific classes that celebrate learning.
offer programs for both elementary and secondary students. From
ceramics and painting to collage and photography, our enrichment
programs provide vital skills training and the necessary dedicated time
and focus that gives young artists the rare opportunity to immerse
themsevels in creativity and art making.
For our Secondary Students, we are proud to offer learning opportunities through our Mentoring Emerging Young Artists program. 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.
Over the years, we've offered enrichment programs that bring students together with teachers to work with artists such as:
- Gordon Smith
- Toni Onley
- Joe Fafard
- David Blackwood
- Guido Molinari
- Kenojuak Ashevak
- Rodney Graham
- Gu Xiong
- Angela Grossmann
- Bobbie Burgers
- Erin McSavaney
- Victor John Penner
- Simon Chang
- Judson Beaumont
- Heather Aston
- Ted Harrison
- Brendan Tang
- Sarah Davidson
- George Littlechild
- Jamie Evrard
- DRIL Collective
- M.E. Sparks
The Ferry Building Gallery Friends Society has generously supported our program with funding for two years. Through their contribution, we have been able to bring esteemed artists such as Brendan Tang, Erin McSavaney and Mike Wakefield to work with senior students from North Vancouver and West Vancouver.
Students are selected by their schools and teachers. The emerging young artists spend three full days working with a professional artist, along with a master art teacher. The result is a remarkable collaboration of insight and inspiration.
The work created in these visual arts programs is displayed at the end of the year in an exhibition at the Ferry Building Gallery, 1414 Argyle Avenue in West Vancouver. The community is invited to see the work and impact that focussed art education can provide.
For more about this program, click here.