year, Artists for Kids hosts two weeks of Summer School of Visual Arts in Paradise Valley. 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.
Two scholarships are available for both the junior and the senior camps.
For the junior camp click here for the form: PVSSA Ele School application - 2020.pdf
For the senior camp, click here for the application form: PVSSA Sec School application - 2020.pdf
|June 29 to July 3||13 through 18||Sarah Jeanne Bourget||Register|
|July 5 to July 10||8 through 12||Holly Schmidt||Register|
* Due to the commitments to program staff, withdrawals after June 19th, 2020 forfeit the full fee.
Summer Visual Arts Camp
Ages 8 through 12 on July 5 - 10, 2020
Artist: Holly Schmidt
Schmidt explores the diversity of human relationships with the natural
world. Through nature walks, sensory exercises and photography, Schmidt
immerses herself in different
ecologies where ideas emerge for the creation of sculpture and
installation. She enjoys collaborative experimentation with a range of
materials and artmaking processes. Her work has been presented through
national and international residencies and exhibitions.
Schmidt is grateful to live and work in Vancouver, Canada, the unceded
territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̍əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh
(Squamish) and səl̓ílwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh)
The brochure can be downloaded here.ArtistsforKids_Junior_Summer2020.pdf.
Summer Visual Arts Intensive
Ages 13 through 18 on June 29 - July 3, 2020
Artist: Sara-Jeanne Bourget
Sara-Jeanne Bourget was born in Lévis, Québec in 1988. In 2015, she obtained her BFA at Concordia University and her MFA at Emily Carr (2019). She is currently teaching drawing at Emily Carr University, as a sessional faculty.
The brochure can be downloaded here.ArtistsforKids_Senior_Summer2020.pdf
Sara-Jeanne’s drawing and printmaking practice is lead by a fascination for the tactile and metaphorical potential of geological formations, and the inherent materiality of both paper and handmade charcoal. She explores the physical and conceptual interconnections between rocks, paper and charcoal, aiming to unveil how these driving forces are interlocked in a constant, reciprocally affecting play.
Scholarship Applications Elementary and secondary partial scholarships donated by donors including the Idea Partner Marketing Inc. and The Beech Foundation will be offered to talented students. Information will be available shortly.
Bursary ApplicationsA 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.