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The Gallery is CLOSED due to COVID-19.
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We offer a range of classes and programs, both in the Gallery and throughout the community. 

AFK from Home

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District Artist in Residence

Artists for Kids welcomes Janet Wang as our first District Artist in Residence to provide enriched art instruction to families during COVID-19.


Windows to Canadian Art Gallery Program​

Julie Gallery program.doors copy.jpgEach year, students spend an entire school day at our Gallery, learning about some of our country's most celebrated artists. Students develop an understanding of the art and create their own work as a response to what they see.

More than 2000 elementary and secondary students and their teachers participate in the program each ​​year. If you are visiting during a school day and see many young faces, they might be participating in our celebrated gallery program.  



Self-Guided Gallery Tours for students from K to 12

New this year, we are offering classes of all levels the opportunity to view the exhibition in the gallery. Classroom teachers must attend an orientation offered twice each year, and then must book through our office. Classes can spend half a day divided between the gallery and the Bill Reid Studio.


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Our popular after school art programs run three times a year: in the fall, the winter and the spring. We offer a wide range of programs taught by art educators; from classes for parents and preschoolers, through skill building classes for elementary and secondary school-age students, including painting, drawing, printmaking, ceramics and jewelry-making. We even offer adult classes.


AFK Studio Art Academy​

In the AFK Studio Art Academy, students develop skills and attitudes to broaden their options, encourage their success in post-secondary art studies and open the door to careers in the arts. Through in-depth exploration of drawing, painting, printmaking and sculpture, students create personal portfolios and work towards year end exhibitions in the Gordon Smith Gallery of Canadian Art. Workshops with artists each year enrich students' studio activities. Visits to artists' studios, postsecondary institutions, and the studio process prepare students with a better understanding of the role and commitment required to be a successful artist.


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Artists for Kids offers various programs that support focused training for elementary and secondary students. During several days, students who are nominated by their school are taken from the regular classroom stream and given the opportunity to work with a professional artist at the AFK Studios. 

Our Mentoring Emerging Young Artists programs is focused on senior secondary students. We offer three courses per year for different artistic mediums -- from painting and drawing, to collage, ceramics, sculpture and photography. These programs are for students who have been identified by their teachers and schools to show promise in visual arts and are an incomparable opportunity to experience hands-on training from professional artists. 


enrichment photo.jpgEach year, select secondary students participate in a 3-day intensive  photography program, focusing on a specific topic. In previoius years, the focus has been on fashion photograhy. In 2017 and 2018, the focus was on landscape and the built environment. In 2019 and 2020 Birthe Piontek has taught portraiture with backdrops and lighting.  Students work with a variety of industry professionals culminating in publication in the North Shore News. 





Outreach Program

Not every school can make it to our Gallery, so we take our Gallery to the schools. By formulating a two-hour program that brings visual language and an artists' work to the classroom, we have developed a distinct approach to art education, one that captivates the students, while providing teachers with support to enrich their current curriculum.


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​Our Summer School of Visual Art provides young artists with the opportunity to develop their abilities while immersed in a rich learning environment inspired by some of Canada's finest artists and nurtured by some of the best educators in the province. These week-long elementary and secondary-aged live-in camps run in early July and are set in the beautiful surroundings of the Cheakamus Centre in Brackendale, BC.



Spring and Summer Day Camps​

We offer full-day, visual art-based camps during Spring Break and Summer Break, for elementary school-aged students. The camps involve working in many mediums, including painting, drawing, printmaking and sculpture, as well as recreational breaks outside (weather permitting).