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The Gallery is open Wednesdays - Saturdays from noon to 5:00 p.m. The Gallery is closed on the weekends of Statutory Holidays.
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.

Registration opens in April


Scholarship Applications

Two elementary and four secondary partial scholarships donated by donors including the Idea Partner Marketing Inc., The Beech Foundation, The Quan Family through the Chang Y. Leong Memorial fund will be offered to talented students. 

Bursary Applications

A limited number of partial bursaries are available to families in extreme financial need.  For further information, please conatct the Artists for Kids office 604-903-3798


"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 2019 Paradise Valley Summer School of the Arts

Junior Camp Artist in Residence: Vanessa Lam

 


Senior Camp Artist in Residence: Tikko Kerr

 



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

Junior Camp Artist in Residence: M. E. Sparks

 


Senior 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.