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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.


Summer Visual Arts Camp with Vanessa Lam

July 7 to 12, 2019 • Ages 8 - 12

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Young artists ages 8 - 12 will explore their surroundings with artist Vanessa Lam in the beautiful setting of Paradise Valley. This environment provides an ideal source to explore concepts of form and color. Students will recieve in-depth instruction in collage, drawing, painting and printmaking. Working in small studio groups, teachers emphasize individual skill development and artistic style. This week long studio program is well balanced with outdoor recreation and studio time.


Vanessa Lam

Mixed media painter Vanessa Lam creates dialogue between collage and expressive gestural painting. Her gestures are intentionally contrasting, combining hard-edged geometry with organic forms, splatters and elements of chance. It is an action-oriented process that involves a balance between chance and control. As the 2017 Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series award winner, she collaborated with Artsy for her first solo exhibition in New York. Her work was featured in Create! and Uppercase. She completed an artist residency at Takt Projektraum in Berlin, Germany. Vanessa currently lives and works in Vancouver, British Columbia.

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Summer Visual Arts Intensive with Tiko Kerr

July 2 to 6, 2019 • Ages 13 - 18

Tiko Headshot (small).jpegTalented artists ages 13-18 will explore drawing, painting and printmaking with artist Tiko Kerr in the beautiful setting of Paradise Valley. Students work in small studio groups, guided in their production of contemporary art works by a team of art specialist teachers. All students are encouraged to develop a body of work throughout the week that can be added to their personal portfolio. This week long studio program is well balanced with outdoor recreation and open studio time.


Tiko Kerr

Tiko Kerr is a self-taught painter who has been making artwork in Vancouver for 30 years. For the last 4 years he has been exploring paper collage as a means of creating large abstract paintings in acrylics and oils.

Tiko’s practice also includes performance, set design, murals as well as social activism.

His most recent body of work entitled: “Tiko Kerr: Reframed” will be shown at The Gordon Smith Gallery for Canadian Art from May to September 2019. Tiko is thrilled to be back with his creative family at this year’s Summer Camp.

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"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


View video of the 2018 Paradise Valley Summer School of the Arts

Junior Camp Artist in Residence: M. E. Sparks

 


Junior Camp Artist in Residence: Justin Ogilvie

 



View video of the 2017 Paradise Valley Summer School of the Arts

Junior Camp Artist in Residence: 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.