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.
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)
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.
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.
"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
Week one, ages 8-12 with artist Lori Goldberg.
Week one, ages 12-18 with artist Damien Moppett.
Week one, ages 8-12 with artist Tiko Kerr.
Week one, ages 8 - 12 with artist David Wilson
Week one, ages 8 - 12, with artist Ben Reeves
Week two, ages 13 - 18, with artists Angela Grossmann and Attila Richard Lukacs.