Art Lab Workshops

To register for programs call 250.754.1750. Space is limited.      

Please note the date changes from our mailer. Yvonne and Roxanne's workshop dates have been switched to the following;

What Does it Mean to Live on an Island? | Workshop Series
This artist-led workshop series is designed to encourage non-artists and artists alike to discover new ways of making. Experiment with materials, create with confidence and connect with local contemporary artists. Join us for adventures in art and ideas!

$75 Members | $85 Non-Members
For all three Sundays: $215 Members
For all three Sundays: $245 Non-Members

Roxanne in progressDay 1: Salish Sea: A Tidal Zone Rhythm with Roxanne Charles
Sunday, February 25, 10 am – 4 pm

Roxanne Charles is a mixed media artist of Strait Salish and European descent, and an active member of the Semiahmoo First Nation. Through an exploration of weaving, assemblage, collaboration, and installation, participants will create work informed by our common and diverse experiences of living on the Salish Sea. We will start the day by creating a unique handwoven cedar bark rose. After a short walk to the water we will create collaborative works made from found objects, and upcycled materials. Roxanne will share her creative practice and provide guidance on weaving techniques so that participants come away with a greater understanding of Coast Salish weaving.  




image1 1Day 2: Transforming Images with Bracken Hanuse Corlett
Sunday, March 4, 10 am – 4 pm

Bracken Hanuse Corlett is an interdisciplinary artist hailing from the Wuikinuxv and Klahoose Nations. Working with Bracken, we will use techniques in drawing, collage and tracing to create work from small to large-scale. Each participant will make a small-scale contour drawing that will then be transformed into a large-scale wall painting using four colours or tones. We will look at our relationships to the land and water that surrounds us. We will also explore memory and roots in other territories and imagined spaces.








IMG 7389wpDay 3: Create without Borders with Yvonne Vander Kooi
Sunday, March 11, 10 am – 4 pm

Questions about who we are, where we are from, and how might we share our futures, are foregrounded in this creative exploration of image making led by Art Education Coordinator Yvonne Vander Kooi. Pulling images and maps from archives, popular culture, and from personal photos, we will draw, trace, paint and paste on a large transparent surfaces to create colourful graphic imagery. The picture plane extends into space and playfully considers images and ideas that move beyond traditional borders.




Open Session 

Wednesdays Monthly, 7 - 9 pm

February 28 | March 14

Registration required

$18 Members | $22 Non-Members

Join the conversation! Open Session is a monthly reading and discussion seminar for practicing artists and community members to explore issues related to contemporary art. Sessions are facilitated by art historian, Marie Leduc, PhD. Each session includes a reading on a pre-selected topic or question. Topics are decided by the group and announced prior to each session.  



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