Place des Arts offers students of all ages and skill levels the opportunity to develop a deep appreciation of the visual arts. Our objective is to provide a friendly, non-competitive environment where creativity and innovation can flourish. Classes are taught both online via Zoom and in-person at Place des Arts.

Registration for our Winter/Spring Session Classes begins on November 30.

Visual Arts classes for all ages in a wide variety of mediums, including drawing and painting as well as fibre arts and ceramic arts, run during the fall, winter and spring sessions. Students are encouraged to take more than one session, as each session introduces new ideas, techniques and materials.

Some of our classes are structured to accommodate in-person and online students at the same time. The teacher’s instruction will be live-streamed via Zoom for students choosing the online option. If the in-person portion of the class is full, please consider registering for the online option.

Some of the classes include Supply Kits (which are included in the description below). We recommend students to purchase the more specific art supplies from Coquitlam Opus (subject to availability).

 

Program Type?

All
Private Lessons
Group Classes
Drop-in
Summer Classes
In Person
Online

In-Person & Online: Animation Studio

Six-week mini session

11 – 14 years

In-Person & Online: Anime/Manga

Six-week mini session

13 – 17 years

In-Person & Online: Art Sampler

Six-week mini session

5 – 7 years

In-Person & Online: Art Sampler

Six-week mini session

8 – 10 years

In-Person & Online: Art Sampler

Six-week mini session

11 – 14 years

In-Person & Online: Beginner Drawing & Painting

Five-week mini session

18+ years

In-Person & Online: Cartooning

Six-week mini session

5 – 7 years

In-Person & Online: Cartooning

Six-week mini session

8 – 12 years

In-Person & Online: Cartoons & Animation

Six-week mini session

8 – 12 years

In-Person & Online: Comic Storytelling

Six-week mini session

8 – 12 years

In-Person & Online: Draw, Paint, Collage

six week mini-session

5 – 7 years

In-Person & Online: Drawing & Painting

Six-week mini session with Jocelyn Sanchez

8 – 12 years

In-Person & Online: Drawing & Painting

Six-week mini session with Jocelyn Sanchez

5 – 7 years

In-Person & Online: Drawing & Painting

Five-week mini session with Stan Hunc

5 – 7 years

In-Person & Online: Drawing & Painting

Five-week mini session with Stan Hunc

8 – 12 years

In-Person & Online: Drawing & Painting

Six-week mini session with Olga Pirogova

5 – 7 years

In-Person & Online: Drawing & Painting

Six-week mini session with Olga Pirogova

8 – 12 years

In-Person & Online: Drawing & Painting

Six-week mini session with Stan Hunc

13 – 17 years

In-Person & Online: Drawing & Painting in Acrylics

Six-week mini session

8 – 12 years

In-Person & Online: Drawing & Painting- Preschool

Six-week mini session

3 – 5 years

In-Person & Online: Drawing 101

Six-week mini session

18+ years

In-Person & Online: Exploring Watercolour Painting

Two-day class

18+ years

In-Person & Online: Intro to Abstract Painting

Six-week mini session

18+ years

In-Person & Online: Painting 101

Five-week mini session

18+ years

In-Person & Online: Pencil, Charcoal and Ink Drawing

Six-week mini session

18+ years

In-Person: Pencil Basket

One-day class

18+ years

In-Person: Table & Floor Loom Weaving

Six-week mini session

18+ years

In-Person: Wheel Throwing & Handbuilding – Advanced

18+ years

In-Person: Wheel Throwing & Handbuilding – Intermediate

with Fredi Rahn

18+ years

In-Person: Wheel Throwing & Handbuilding – Intermediate

with Dan Severance

18+ years

In-Person: Wheel Throwing & Handbuilding – Intermediate

with David Lloyd

18+ years

Online: Creative Clay

Six-week mini session

8 – 12 years

Online: Parent & Me – Clay Creations

Six-week mini session

5 – 7 years

Online: Pottery and Sculpture

Six-week mini session

13 – 17 years

Online: So you think you can’t make art?

Six-week mini session

18+ years

Online: Stitch It Up

Six-week mini session

18+ years

Program Overview

From designing and storyboarding to timing and editing, create your own dynamic and entertaining animated short film while practicing the hand-drawn animation techniques of anime, Saturday-morning cartoons or stop-motion animation with clay or toys. Supplies not included. View our supply list here and ensure you can gather all necessary supplies before the first day of class. 

 


This class accommodates both in-person and online students.  
Before registering for the in-person class, please review our Safety Plan. 
Before registering for the online class, please review our Guide for Online Classes and Lessons. 

Teacher

Kenten Bowick

Kenten Bowick

Cartooning & Animation

Kenten is a comics creator, illustrator and graphic designer. In addition to publishing his own comics and comic strips and doing freelance storyboarding and character design for the television industry, he teaches weekly comics and cartooning classes. In his free time, Kenten is completing a graphic novel.

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Program Overview

Learn to draw in the diverse styles of Japanese comics and cartoons. You’ll practice design, proportion, expression and body language. Learn to draw your favourite characters, and then create a cast of compelling characters to star in your own printed manga comic book. Supplies not included. View our supply list here and ensure you can gather all necessary supplies before the first day of class. 


This class accommodates both in-person and online students.  
Before registering for the in-person class, please review our Safety Plan. 
Before registering for the online class, please review our Guide for Online Classes and Lessons. 

Teacher

Sarah Leigh

Sarah Leigh

Sarah has a background in Classical Animation and has worked as a character animator on 2D animation television shows. Currently, she teaches a variety of programs including drawing, painting, cartooning, animation and claymation to students of all ages. She enjoys helping and supporting students in creating and expressing their artistic endeavors.

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Program Overview

Creativity and imagination! Come explore different art mediums — painting, drawing, collaging, modelling clay and more. Through a series of process-oriented and open-ended projects, discover the joy and excitement of art! Supplies not includedView our supply list here and ensure you can gather all necessary supplies before the first day of class. 


This class accommodates both in-person and online students.  
Before registering for the in-person class, please review our Safety Plan. 
Before registering for the online class, please review our Guide for Online Classes and Lessons.

Teacher

Lena Savic

Lena Savic

Visual Arts Teacher

Lena Savic studied Art History at Belgrade University, and Fine Arts at Langara College and ECUAD. She  had worn many hats in art; from art critic, juror, curator, art dealer, gallery manager, to art instructor and practising artist in her East Side studio. She took part in artist’s residencies in Italy, Cuba and Vancouver’s schools.

For over 15 years Lena was involved as a volunteer, community art project-leader and an instructor in various art programs and events for children and adults across Metro Vancouver. Her interests are diverse, yet throughout all her work in photography, mixed media, installation, painting, drawing and earlier ceramics, she has been drawn to the texture.

As an instructor, Lena emphasizes formalism as a foundation of visual literacy and believes that, besides creativity, art stimulates focus, cognition, self-confidence, perseverance, resourcefulness….

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Program Overview

Creativity and imagination! Come explore different art mediums — painting, drawing, collaging, modelling clay and more. Through a series of process-oriented and open-ended projects, discover the joy and excitement of art! Supplies not includedView our supply list here and ensure you can gather all necessary supplies before the first day of class. 


This class accommodates both in-person and online students.  
Before registering for the in-person class, please review our Safety Plan. 
Before registering for the online class, please review our Guide for Online Classes and Lessons.

Teacher

Lena Savic

Lena Savic

Visual Arts Teacher

Lena Savic studied Art History at Belgrade University, and Fine Arts at Langara College and ECUAD. She  had worn many hats in art; from art critic, juror, curator, art dealer, gallery manager, to art instructor and practising artist in her East Side studio. She took part in artist’s residencies in Italy, Cuba and Vancouver’s schools.

For over 15 years Lena was involved as a volunteer, community art project-leader and an instructor in various art programs and events for children and adults across Metro Vancouver. Her interests are diverse, yet throughout all her work in photography, mixed media, installation, painting, drawing and earlier ceramics, she has been drawn to the texture.

As an instructor, Lena emphasizes formalism as a foundation of visual literacy and believes that, besides creativity, art stimulates focus, cognition, self-confidence, perseverance, resourcefulness….

Close

Program Overview

Creativity and imagination! Come explore different art mediums — painting, drawing, collaging, modelling clay and more. Through a series of process-oriented and open-ended projects, discover the joy and excitement of art! Supplies not includedView our supply list here and ensure you can gather all necessary supplies before the first day of class. 


This class accommodates both in-person and online students.  
Before registering for the in-person class, please review our Safety Plan. 
Before registering for the online class, please review our Guide for Online Classes and Lessons.

Teacher

Lena Savic

Lena Savic

Visual Arts Teacher

Lena Savic studied Art History at Belgrade University, and Fine Arts at Langara College and ECUAD. She  had worn many hats in art; from art critic, juror, curator, art dealer, gallery manager, to art instructor and practising artist in her East Side studio. She took part in artist’s residencies in Italy, Cuba and Vancouver’s schools.

For over 15 years Lena was involved as a volunteer, community art project-leader and an instructor in various art programs and events for children and adults across Metro Vancouver. Her interests are diverse, yet throughout all her work in photography, mixed media, installation, painting, drawing and earlier ceramics, she has been drawn to the texture.

As an instructor, Lena emphasizes formalism as a foundation of visual literacy and believes that, besides creativity, art stimulates focus, cognition, self-confidence, perseverance, resourcefulness….

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Program Overview

The focus of this introduction to drawing and painting class is on learning the fundamentals of creating 2D art. From lighting and shading to understanding perspective and more, each exercise will allow you to explore different techniques and materials. The content in each class will lead to the completion of a pet/animal portrait. Supplies not includedView our supply list here and ensure you can gather all necessary supplies before the first day of class. 


This class accommodates both in-person and online students.  
Before registering for the in-person class, please review our Safety Plan. 
Before registering for the online class, please review our Guide for Online Classes and Lessons. 

Teacher

Rebecca Blair

Rebecca Blair

Celtic Harp, Adult Visual Arts

Offering In-Person and Online Lessons on Monday

Offering Online Lessons on Tuesday

Music Bio

Rebecca’s career as a musician and teacher has been both rich and varied. Her musical studies began in the classical realm with the clarinet, culminating in 1996 when she graduated with a master’s degree in performance and musicology from the University of Victoria.

Since then, she has focused her interest on Celtic music and improvisation on the harp, attending many Celtic harp workshops all over North America and Ireland, where she studied with such notables as Kim Robertson and Sharlene Wallace.

Rebecca’s approach to playing and teaching the harp draws on her classical background and combines it with her passion for Celtic music. Her teaching philosophy focuses on balancing disciplined technique with improvisation and creativity.

Rebecca regularly gives harp workshops at Place des Arts, which attract students from all over the province. She is active in the Vancouver folk music scene, performing around the Lower Mainland as both a soloist and with groups such as the Maenads and Triskellion.

Rebecca works as a freelance musician, playing at many special events; her audiences have included the President of Ireland and the International Bar Association. She has also applied her skills as a studio musician and has been featured on CD’s such as the Maenads and Orra Chan by Teresa Doyle. Rebecca keeps a busy schedule of teaching and performing, as well as studying Irish dance. Visit her website at www.dancingharp.com.

Visual Arts Bio

Rebecca Blair has been an active member of the arts community in Vancouver, which includes a decade of teaching at Place des Arts. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from University of Lethbridge and a Master’s of Arts from the University of Victoria. For nine years Rebecca taught drawing courses at Whatcom Community College in Washington State.

Rebecca’s art experiences have also taken her to Italy where she taught for a semester in Florence and attended a fresco restoration workshop in Altamura, Puglia. She has participated in several local art events such as the East Vancouver Cultural Crawl and art shows at Place des Arts. She attends the life drawing sessions at Vancouver’s Basic Inquiry studio.

Rebecca’s body of work focuses on watercolour landscapes and portraits in various media which is inspired by her travels both local and abroad. She is presently writing a book on the 17th-century Dutch artist, Jan Vermeer.

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Program Overview

Learn to draw all kinds of characters, from funny animals to humans. You’ll practice design, proportion, expression and body language, and learn how to draw your favourite characters. Then you’ll create your own characters to feature in the comic stories you write. Supplies not includedView our supply list here and ensure you can gather all necessary supplies before the first day of class. 


This class accommodates both in-person and online students.  
Before registering for the in-person class, please review our Safety Plan. 
Before registering for the online class, please review our Guide for Online Classes and Lessons. 

Teacher

Kenten Bowick

Kenten Bowick

Cartooning & Animation

Kenten is a comics creator, illustrator and graphic designer. In addition to publishing his own comics and comic strips and doing freelance storyboarding and character design for the television industry, he teaches weekly comics and cartooning classes. In his free time, Kenten is completing a graphic novel.

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Program Overview

Learn to draw all kinds of characters, from funny animals to humans. You’ll practice design, proportion, expression and body language, and learn how to draw your favourite characters. Then you’ll create your own characters to feature in the comic stories you write. Supplies not includedView our supply list here and ensure you can gather all necessary supplies before the first day of class. 


This class accommodates both in-person and online students.  
Before registering for the in-person class, please review our Safety Plan. 
Before registering for the online class, please review our Guide for Online Classes and Lessons. 

Teacher

Kenten Bowick

Kenten Bowick

Cartooning & Animation

Kenten is a comics creator, illustrator and graphic designer. In addition to publishing his own comics and comic strips and doing freelance storyboarding and character design for the television industry, he teaches weekly comics and cartooning classes. In his free time, Kenten is completing a graphic novel.

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Program Overview

Stop-motion animation with clay and toys, and hand-drawn animation like anime and Saturday-morning cartoons  in this class, you will try it all while creating your own dynamic and entertaining animated short films. Supplies not includedView our supply list here and ensure you can gather all necessary supplies before the first day of class. 


This class accommodates both in-person and online students.  
Before registering for the in-person class, please review our Safety Plan. 
Before registering for the online class, please review our Guide for Online Classes and Lessons.

Teacher

Kenten Bowick

Kenten Bowick

Cartooning & Animation

Kenten is a comics creator, illustrator and graphic designer. In addition to publishing his own comics and comic strips and doing freelance storyboarding and character design for the television industry, he teaches weekly comics and cartooning classes. In his free time, Kenten is completing a graphic novel.

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Program Overview

Learn the creative process of making comics, from idea generation and scriptwriting to drawing and lettering! You’ll start by writing your own scripts and then learn how to translate your piece into visual comic form. Supplies not includedView our supply list here and ensure you can gather all necessary supplies before the first day of class. 


This class accommodates both in-person and online students.  
Before registering for the in-person class, please review our Safety Plan. 
Before registering for the online class, please review our Guide for Online Classes and Lessons.

Teacher

Janice Liu

Janice Liu

Creative Writing & Illustration

Janice Liu is a children’s comic creator, illustrator and educator. She is the artist of the bilingual comic Chicken Soup & Goji Berries 中药鸡汤, and her comic shorts have appeared in Wayward Sisters: An Anthology of Monstrous Women, New Moon Girls and Augur magazine. Her work is often about exploring diasporic identity and the inner world through fantasy.

Janice was born in Ottawa and currently lives in Burnaby where she teaches at Young Artists’ Place. She has been teaching art for children and teens since 2013 and has delivered various art and comic workshops at schools and libraries, including Burnaby Public Library and the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study at the University of Toronto.

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Program Overview

Explore art through a variety of mediums and create works by combining pencil drawings, watercolours, oil pastels, pencils, collage materials and other art supplies. Learn foundational drawing and painting skills while creating mixed media projects that develop your creativity and imagination. Supplies not includedView our supply list here and ensure you can gather all necessary supplies before the first day of class. 


This class accommodates both in-person and online students. 
There will be no class on November 15.
Before registering for the in-person class, please review our Safety Plan. 
Before registering for the online class, please review our Guide for Online Classes and Lessons.

Teacher

Cara Bain

Cara Bain

Cara Bain has a passion for capturing the faces of those around her. Her art explores complex ideas through depictions of the human form. Her work is about humanity searching for meaning, and finding a connection with themselves, with others and with their surroundings. She is also devoted to landscape painting, both from indoors (working from images) and ‘en plein air’ (painting in the great outdoors from life). She’s known for her unique combination of oil paint with copper leaf patina, unexpected colours, and expressiveness.
Cara has also been an art instructor since 2016 and joined the Place des Arts team in 2018, teaching and inspiring children, teens and adults to build a solid foundation of technique to express their creative ideas. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Visual Communication from Capilano University, and 15 years of experience in fine arts including participation in numerous exhibitions in greater Vancouver.

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Program Overview

Express your creative ideas! Through a balance of formal training and creative exploration, you will explore shapes, shading, light, colour and perspective. Draw and paint in a variety of art mediums, and explore mixed-media techniques as well. Supplies not includedView our supply list here and ensure you can gather all necessary supplies before the first day of class. 


This class accommodates both in-person and online students.  
Before registering for the in-person class, please review our Safety Plan. 
Before registering for the online class, please review our Guide for Online Classes and Lessons.

Teacher

Jocelyn Sanchez

Jocelyn Sanchez

Visual Arts for Children & Teens

Jocelyn Sanchez is a Vancouver-based interdisciplinary artist focused on visual development and storytelling through digital media and illustration.

A recent MA Animation graduate from the University of South Wales in the United Kingdom, she is currently working on a children’s book and short animation series.

She is excited to share her knowledge and passion of visual and media arts with the students of Place des Arts.

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Program Overview

Express your creative ideas! Through a balance of formal training and creative exploration, you will explore shapes, shading, light, colour and perspective. Draw and paint in a variety of art mediums, and explore mixed-media techniques as well. Supplies not includedView our supply list here and ensure you can gather all necessary supplies before the first day of class. 


This class accommodates both in-person and online students.  
Before registering for the in-person class, please review our Safety Plan. 
Before registering for the online class, please review our Guide for Online Classes and Lessons. 

Teacher

Jocelyn Sanchez

Jocelyn Sanchez

Visual Arts for Children & Teens

Jocelyn Sanchez is a Vancouver-based interdisciplinary artist focused on visual development and storytelling through digital media and illustration.

A recent MA Animation graduate from the University of South Wales in the United Kingdom, she is currently working on a children’s book and short animation series.

She is excited to share her knowledge and passion of visual and media arts with the students of Place des Arts.

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Program Overview

Express your creative ideas! Through a balance of formal training and creative exploration, you will explore shapes, shading, light, colour and perspective. Draw and paint in a variety of art mediums, and explore mixed-media techniques as well. Supplies not includedView our supply list here and ensure you can gather all necessary supplies before the first day of class. 


This class accommodates both in-person and online students.  
Before registering for the in-person class, please review our Safety Plan. 
Before registering for the online class, please review our Guide for Online Classes and Lessons. 

Teacher

Stan Hunc

Stan Hunc

Visual Arts for Adult, Children & Youth

Stan is an art practitioner with ten years of formal art training (MFA and MEd) and lifelong practice. His art adventure and passion has never worn out since the time he made a fantastic scribble of “Guernica” at the age of two. Stan started his teaching career over 30 years ago at The Public School of Fine Arts in Opole (Poland) and currently continues as an art instructor at Emily Carr University of Art and Design in Vancouver and here at Place des Arts.

Throughout the years, Stan’s work has been presented at individual and group art shows in Poland, Austria, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, Hungary, South Korea, China and Canada.

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Program Overview

Express your creative ideas! Through a balance of formal training and creative exploration, you will explore shapes, shading, light, colour and perspective. Draw and paint in a variety of art mediums, and explore mixed-media techniques as well. Supplies not includedView our supply list here and ensure you can gather all necessary supplies before the first day of class. 


This class accommodates both in-person and online students.  
Before registering for the in-person class, please review our Safety Plan. 
Before registering for the online class, please review our Guide for Online Classes and Lessons. 

Teacher

Stan Hunc

Stan Hunc

Visual Arts for Adult, Children & Youth

Stan is an art practitioner with ten years of formal art training (MFA and MEd) and lifelong practice. His art adventure and passion has never worn out since the time he made a fantastic scribble of “Guernica” at the age of two. Stan started his teaching career over 30 years ago at The Public School of Fine Arts in Opole (Poland) and currently continues as an art instructor at Emily Carr University of Art and Design in Vancouver and here at Place des Arts.

Throughout the years, Stan’s work has been presented at individual and group art shows in Poland, Austria, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, Hungary, South Korea, China and Canada.

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Program Overview

Express your creative ideas! Through a balance of formal training and creative exploration, you will explore shapes, shading, light, colour and perspective. Draw and paint in a variety of art mediums, and explore mixed-media techniques as well. Supplies not includedView our supply list here and ensure you can gather all necessary supplies before the first day of class. 


This class accommodates both in-person and online students.  
Before registering for the in-person class, please review our Safety Plan. 
Before registering for the online class, please review our Guide for Online Classes and Lessons.

Teacher

Olga Pirogova

Olga Pirogova

Visual Arts for Children

Olga received her BFA from the Institute of Art and Design in Moscow. She has worked in a wide variety of media, including oil, watercolor, pen & ink, ceramic and puppet making. Throughout the years, her artwork has been presented at individual and group shows in both Russia and Canada. She has enjoyed her work as an art teacher for almost 20 years.

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Program Overview

Express your creative ideas! Through a balance of formal training and creative exploration, you will explore shapes, shading, light, colour and perspective. Draw and paint in a variety of art mediums, and explore mixed-media techniques as well. Supplies not includedView our supply list here and ensure you can gather all necessary supplies before the first day of class. 


This class accommodates both in-person and online students.  
Before registering for the in-person class, please review our Safety Plan. 
Before registering for the online class, please review our Guide for Online Classes and Lessons.

Teacher

Olga Pirogova

Olga Pirogova

Visual Arts for Children

Olga received her BFA from the Institute of Art and Design in Moscow. She has worked in a wide variety of media, including oil, watercolor, pen & ink, ceramic and puppet making. Throughout the years, her artwork has been presented at individual and group shows in both Russia and Canada. She has enjoyed her work as an art teacher for almost 20 years.

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Program Overview

Express your creative ideas! Through a balance of formal training and creative exploration, you will explore shapes, shading, light, colour and perspective. Draw and paint in a variety of art mediums, and explore mixed-media techniques as well. Supplies not includedView our supply list here and ensure you can gather all necessary supplies before the first day of class. 


This class accommodates both in-person and online students.  
Before registering for the in-person class, please review our Safety Plan. 
Before registering for the online class, please review our Guide for Online Classes and Lessons. 

Teacher

Stan Hunc

Stan Hunc

Visual Arts for Adult, Children & Youth

Stan is an art practitioner with ten years of formal art training (MFA and MEd) and lifelong practice. His art adventure and passion has never worn out since the time he made a fantastic scribble of “Guernica” at the age of two. Stan started his teaching career over 30 years ago at The Public School of Fine Arts in Opole (Poland) and currently continues as an art instructor at Emily Carr University of Art and Design in Vancouver and here at Place des Arts.

Throughout the years, Stan’s work has been presented at individual and group art shows in Poland, Austria, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, Hungary, South Korea, China and Canada.

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Program Overview

Express your creative ideas! Through a balance of formal training and creative exploration, you will learn acrylic painting techniques, discover how to mix colours and get creative with how to use them. Supplies not includedView our supply list here and ensure you can gather all necessary supplies before the first day of class. 


This class accommodates both in-person and online students.
No class on November 15.   
Before registering for the in-person class, please review our Safety Plan. 
Before registering for the online class, please review our Guide for Online Classes and Lessons.

Teacher

Cara Bain

Cara Bain

Cara Bain has a passion for capturing the faces of those around her. Her art explores complex ideas through depictions of the human form. Her work is about humanity searching for meaning, and finding a connection with themselves, with others and with their surroundings. She is also devoted to landscape painting, both from indoors (working from images) and ‘en plein air’ (painting in the great outdoors from life). She’s known for her unique combination of oil paint with copper leaf patina, unexpected colours, and expressiveness.
Cara has also been an art instructor since 2016 and joined the Place des Arts team in 2018, teaching and inspiring children, teens and adults to build a solid foundation of technique to express their creative ideas. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Visual Communication from Capilano University, and 15 years of experience in fine arts including participation in numerous exhibitions in greater Vancouver.

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Program Overview

Explore your creativity through mixed-media techniques and drawing and painting in a variety of mediums, including oil and soft pastels, watercolours, tempera, ink, pencils and crayons. Make new friends and learn basic drawing skills, including shapes, shading, light and colour in a fun, friendly atmosphere. Supplies not includedView our supply list here and ensure you can gather all necessary supplies before the first day of class. 


This class accommodates both in-person and online students.  
Before registering for the in-person class, please review our Safety Plan. 
Before registering for the online class, please review our Guide for Online Classes and Lessons. 

Teacher

Jocelyn Sanchez

Jocelyn Sanchez

Visual Arts for Children & Teens

Jocelyn Sanchez is a Vancouver-based interdisciplinary artist focused on visual development and storytelling through digital media and illustration.

A recent MA Animation graduate from the University of South Wales in the United Kingdom, she is currently working on a children’s book and short animation series.

She is excited to share her knowledge and passion of visual and media arts with the students of Place des Arts.

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Program Overview

Get acquainted with the most popular drawing mediums such as graphite pencil, coloured pencils, watercolour pencil crayons, charcoal, chalk pastels and pen & ink. Practice your drawing skills and learn the technical aspects of various forms of drawing in a series of dynamic art projects. Suitable for all levels. Supplies not includedView our supply list here and ensure you can gather all necessary supplies before the first day of class. 


This class accommodates both in-person and online students.  
Before registering for the in-person class, please review our Safety Plan. 
Before registering for the online class, please review our Guide for Online Classes and Lessons.

Teacher

Stan Hunc

Stan Hunc

Visual Arts for Adult, Children & Youth

Stan is an art practitioner with ten years of formal art training (MFA and MEd) and lifelong practice. His art adventure and passion has never worn out since the time he made a fantastic scribble of “Guernica” at the age of two. Stan started his teaching career over 30 years ago at The Public School of Fine Arts in Opole (Poland) and currently continues as an art instructor at Emily Carr University of Art and Design in Vancouver and here at Place des Arts.

Throughout the years, Stan’s work has been presented at individual and group art shows in Poland, Austria, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, Hungary, South Korea, China and Canada.

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Program Overview

In this workshop, explore basic and foundational techniques to get you started on your adventures in watercolours. You’ll learn about ‘wet into wet’ and ‘wet into dry’ painting, controlling your colours and edges, how to use masking fluid and salt into your artwork, and more! Supplies not includedView our supply list here and ensure you can gather all necessary supplies before the first day of class. 


This class accommodates both in-person and online students.  
Before registering for the in-person class, please review our Safety Plan. 
Before registering for the online class, please review our Guide for Online Classes and Lessons.

Teacher

Cara Bain

Cara Bain

Cara Bain has a passion for capturing the faces of those around her. Her art explores complex ideas through depictions of the human form. Her work is about humanity searching for meaning, and finding a connection with themselves, with others and with their surroundings. She is also devoted to landscape painting, both from indoors (working from images) and ‘en plein air’ (painting in the great outdoors from life). She’s known for her unique combination of oil paint with copper leaf patina, unexpected colours, and expressiveness.
Cara has also been an art instructor since 2016 and joined the Place des Arts team in 2018, teaching and inspiring children, teens and adults to build a solid foundation of technique to express their creative ideas. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Visual Communication from Capilano University, and 15 years of experience in fine arts including participation in numerous exhibitions in greater Vancouver.

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Program Overview

This class will cover basic art elements and principles such as colour, texture, contrast, balance and more. Discover the versatility of acrylic painting using various tools and mediums to create your art. Suitable for all levels. Supplies not includedView our supply list here and ensure you can gather all necessary supplies before the first day of class. 


This class accommodates both in-person and online students.  
Before registering for the in-person class, please review our Safety Plan. 
Before registering for the online class, please review our Guide for Online Classes and Lessons.

Teacher

Lena Savic

Lena Savic

Visual Arts Teacher

Lena Savic studied Art History at Belgrade University, and Fine Arts at Langara College and ECUAD. She  had worn many hats in art; from art critic, juror, curator, art dealer, gallery manager, to art instructor and practising artist in her East Side studio. She took part in artist’s residencies in Italy, Cuba and Vancouver’s schools.

For over 15 years Lena was involved as a volunteer, community art project-leader and an instructor in various art programs and events for children and adults across Metro Vancouver. Her interests are diverse, yet throughout all her work in photography, mixed media, installation, painting, drawing and earlier ceramics, she has been drawn to the texture.

As an instructor, Lena emphasizes formalism as a foundation of visual literacy and believes that, besides creativity, art stimulates focus, cognition, self-confidence, perseverance, resourcefulness….

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Program Overview

If youve always wanted to learn to paint, or if youre looking to refresh your knowledge of painting, this class is for you. Learn about the elements of visual composition and some of the technical aspects of painting in an encouraging and relaxed atmosphere. Suitable for all levels. Supplies not includedView our supply list here and ensure you can gather all necessary supplies before the first day of class. 


This class accommodates both in-person and online students.  
Before registering for the in-person class, please review our Safety Plan. 
Before registering for the online class, please review our Guide for Online Classes and Lessons.

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Stan Hunc

Stan Hunc

Visual Arts for Adult, Children & Youth

Stan is an art practitioner with ten years of formal art training (MFA and MEd) and lifelong practice. His art adventure and passion has never worn out since the time he made a fantastic scribble of “Guernica” at the age of two. Stan started his teaching career over 30 years ago at The Public School of Fine Arts in Opole (Poland) and currently continues as an art instructor at Emily Carr University of Art and Design in Vancouver and here at Place des Arts.

Throughout the years, Stan’s work has been presented at individual and group art shows in Poland, Austria, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, Hungary, South Korea, China and Canada.

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Program Overview

Develop the fundamentals of drawing with pencil, charcoal and ink. Practice drawing what you see by working from still life and photographs and copying the masters of art history. With an emphasis on realism and a splash of creativity, learn to interpret and express whats around you with an artistic spin. Supplies not includedView our supply list here and ensure you can gather all necessary supplies before the first day of class. 


This class accommodates both in-person and online students. 
There will be no class on November 15.
Before registering for the in-person class, please review our Safety Plan. 
Before registering for the online class, please review our Guide for Online Classes and Lessons.

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Cara Bain

Cara Bain

Cara Bain has a passion for capturing the faces of those around her. Her art explores complex ideas through depictions of the human form. Her work is about humanity searching for meaning, and finding a connection with themselves, with others and with their surroundings. She is also devoted to landscape painting, both from indoors (working from images) and ‘en plein air’ (painting in the great outdoors from life). She’s known for her unique combination of oil paint with copper leaf patina, unexpected colours, and expressiveness.
Cara has also been an art instructor since 2016 and joined the Place des Arts team in 2018, teaching and inspiring children, teens and adults to build a solid foundation of technique to express their creative ideas. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Visual Communication from Capilano University, and 15 years of experience in fine arts including participation in numerous exhibitions in greater Vancouver.

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Program Overview

Need somewhere to store your art pencils, pens or paintbrushes? This basket is both practical and creative, allowing the weaver to incorporate colour and texture with form and function. Supplies included. Please bring your own scissors. 


All registered participants will be required to complete an in-person waiver at the time of registration. A daily Student Screening Questionnaire must be completed via our website before arriving for your class.  

Before registering for this in-person class, please review our Safety Plan. 

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Kristen Conboy

Kristen Conboy

Basketry for Adults

It is the tactile nature of basketry that inspires Kristen to continue learning and teaching basketry – and the practical side of her loves to create functional art that can be used and admired. Basket weaving is about creating something with your hands; there is a sense of satisfaction gained from looking at the finished product and saying, “I made that.”

Kristen has over 20 years of experience working with fibre, whether it be knitting, weaving or basketry. Kristen’s professional career is outside of the studio; to the classroom she brings with her years of experience teaching adults, a passion for learning and a love of creating.

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Program Overview

Weaving on a four-shaft loom allows for endless possible combinations of yarn, texture and structure. Learn how to set up a loom and weave a basic project, then further develop skills using table or floor looms. Suitable for all levels. Supplies included. Table looms are provided for at-home practice; equipment loans require a deposit. Studio time is available to registered students. Studio access is limited and students are required to sign-up for Open Studio in advance. 


All registered participants will be required to complete an in-person waiver at the time of registration. A daily Student Screening Questionnaire must be completed via our website before arriving for your class or Open Studio visit. Table looms are provided for at-home practice; equipment loans require a deposit. Bring your own table loom if you have one. The Open Studio Sign-Up Schedule will be emailed to students prior to the class start date. 

Before registering for this in-person class, please review our Safety Plan. 

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Rosie Kerschbaumer

Rosie Kerschbaumer

Fibre Arts for Adults

Rosie Kerschbaumer has a BA from the University of Alberta and a Fashion Arts and Technology Diploma from Kwantlen Polytechnic. She also worked in the garment industry for several years. She is a member of the Coquitlam and the Greater Vancouver Weavers’ and Spinners’ Guilds. Rosie is captivated by the way weaving blends different fibres, techniques and structures to create endless unique results.

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Program Overview

This class is suited to experienced students who can competently throw a variety of cylinders, have a solid understanding of ceramic vocabulary and are looking to refine these skills. Classes will focus on demonstrations of advanced projects and discussions on specialized techniques and advanced technical processes. Opportunities for self-directed special projects may be accommodated. Firing and open studio time included. Open studio access is limited to two (2) visits per week during available time slots and students are required to sign-up for Open Studio in advance. A daily Student Screening Questionnaire must be completed via our website before arriving for your class or Open Studio visit. By registering for this program, the student acknowledges they have read and agree to the studio procedures outlined in the Student Ceramics Handbook. Please note: masks must be worn at all times in the ceramics studio. 


All registered participants will be required to complete an in-person waiver at the time of registration. A daily Student Screening Questionnaire must be completed via our website before arriving for your class or Open Studio visit. By registering for this program, the student acknowledges they have read and agree to the studio procedures outlined in the Student Ceramics Handbook. 

Before registering for this in-person class, please review our Safety Plan. 

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Fredi Rahn

Fredi Rahn

Ceramic Arts for Adults

Friederike (Fredi) Rahn was born in 1966 in Harlow, England. She studied ceramics at Sheridan College (Ont) and at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. Since 1990, she has maintained an active studio practice in Vancouver.

Fredi has participated in artists’ residencies at Watershed, Maine, the Archie Bray Foundation, Montana, and was a participant in the Mexico / Canada ceramics exchange in Puebla, Mexico and the Banff Centre.

She teaches at the Shadbolt Center for the Arts and the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design. Fredi makes utilitarian tableware with strong decorative elements. Her work is exhibited across Canada and the United States.

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Program Overview

This class is suited to experienced students who are comfortable working independently on the wheel and can throw a balanced cylinder. Students are assisted to progress at their own pace. Opportunities for special projects may be accommodated. We will cover making, finishing, decorating and glazing. Firing and open studio time included. Open studio access is limited to two (2) visits per week and students are required to sign-up for Open Studio in advance. A daily Student Screening Questionnaire must be completed via our website before arriving for your class or Open Studio visit. By registering for this program, the student acknowledges they have read and agree to the studio procedures outlined in the Student Ceramics Handbook. Please note: masks must be worn at all times in the ceramics studio. 


All registered participants will be required to complete an in-person waiver at the time of registration. A daily Student Screening Questionnaire must be completed via our website before arriving for your class or Open Studio visit. By registering for this program, the student acknowledges they have read and agree to the studio procedures outlined in the Student Ceramics Handbook. Before registering for this in-person class, please review our Safety Plan.

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Fredi Rahn

Fredi Rahn

Ceramic Arts for Adults

Friederike (Fredi) Rahn was born in 1966 in Harlow, England. She studied ceramics at Sheridan College (Ont) and at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. Since 1990, she has maintained an active studio practice in Vancouver.

Fredi has participated in artists’ residencies at Watershed, Maine, the Archie Bray Foundation, Montana, and was a participant in the Mexico / Canada ceramics exchange in Puebla, Mexico and the Banff Centre.

She teaches at the Shadbolt Center for the Arts and the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design. Fredi makes utilitarian tableware with strong decorative elements. Her work is exhibited across Canada and the United States.

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Program Overview

This class is suited to experienced students who are comfortable working independently on the wheel and can throw a balanced cylinder. Students are assisted to progress at their own pace. Opportunities for special projects may be accommodated. We will cover making, finishing, decorating and glazing. Firing and open studio time included. Open studio access is limited to two (2) visits per week and students are required to sign-up for Open Studio in advance. A daily Student Screening Questionnaire must be completed via our website before arriving for your class or Open Studio visit. By registering for this program, the student acknowledges they have read and agree to the studio procedures outlined in the Student Ceramics Handbook. Please note: masks must be worn at all times in the ceramics studio.


All registered participants will be required to complete an in-person waiver at the time of registration. A daily Student Screening Questionnaire must be completed via our website before arriving for your class or Open Studio visit. By registering for this program, the student acknowledges they have read and agree to the studio procedures outlined in the Student Ceramics Handbook. 

Before registering for this in-person class, please review our Safety Plan.

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Dan Severance

Dan Severance

Ceramic Arts for Adults

Dan Severance first did wheel throwing in high school in Burnaby and was lucky to have potters as teachers who encouraged him to take classes at the Shadbolt center in Burnaby. But like most youth, it was adventure time and clay work was put aside.

27 years later in 2004, Dan decided to try wheel throwing again. He took a beginners course with Gillian McMillan at the Port Moody Arts Center, followed by more courses taught by Clive Tucker.

Dan Severance’s work has now shifted to handbuilding functional wares decorated with brightly colored under glazes. Dan is a member of the BC Potters Guild and the Tri-City Potters’ Group. His work can be seen at the Gallery of BC Ceramics on Granville Island and Kizmit gift gallery in Fort Langley.

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Program Overview

This class is suited to experienced students who are comfortable working independently on the wheel and can throw a balanced cylinder. Students are assisted to progress at their own pace. Opportunities for special projects may be accommodated. We will cover making, finishing, decorating and glazing. Firing and open studio time included. Open studio access is limited to two (2) visits per week and students are required to sign-up for Open Studio in advance. A daily Student Screening Questionnaire must be completed via our website before arriving for your class or Open Studio visit. By registering for this program, the student acknowledges they have read and agree to the studio procedures outlined in the Student Ceramics Handbook. Please note: masks must be worn at all times in the ceramics studio. 


All registered participants will be required to complete an in-person waiver at the time of registration. A daily Student Screening Questionnaire must be completed via our website before arriving for your class or Open Studio visit. By registering for this program, the student acknowledges they have read and agree to the studio procedures outlined in the Student Ceramics Handbook. 

Before registering for this in-person class, please review our Safety Plan.

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David Lloyd

David Lloyd

Ceramic Arts for Adults

David Lloyd taught at Kwantlen Polytechnic University for 24 years before retiring to raise a child. He acquired a wide range of forming, firing and decorating techniques with the belief that you have to be ready to try everything in the diverse field of ceramics. Making things is fun, and making things really well is highly satisfying. With good teachers, we can all learn to make things better than we thought we could. Enjoy Making.

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Program Overview

Use your imagination and have fun creating unique clay projects. Individual exploration is encouraged as you discover cool clay techniques. Supplies included. All projects will be fired and glazed. Detailed instructions for project drop-off will be emailed to families and fired projects will be ready for pick-up from Place des Arts approximately four weeks after the class end date.

What’s included in your kit:

  • M-340 clay
  • Variety of underglazes
  • 2 paintbrushes
  • Bamboo skewers

View the list of what you need at home here.


Before registering for this online class, please review ourGuide for Online Classes and Lessons 

Supply kits can be picked up from Place des Arts beginning on Monday, September 14 during the following hours: Monday – Friday: 9:30am-8:30pm (Note: Place des Arts will be closed on October 12 for Thanksgiving), Saturday: 9:30am-4:30pmSunday: 1:30-4:30pmPlease come to the front door off Brunette Avenue, near the Spirit Bear statue. The door will be monitored and visitors will be asked to line-up outside prior to entry. Please bring a copy of your receipt (printed or on your mobile device). 

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Noelle Horrocks

Noelle Horrocks

Children's Ceramic Arts

Noelle is a ceramic artist and instructor who is passionate about sharing her love of clay with students of all ages. She has a BFA in Ceramics from Emily Carr and 18 years of teaching experience throughout the Lower Mainland at organizations such as Arts Umbrella, The Anvil Centre and The Surrey Art Gallery. Her studio practice focusses on whimsy, storytelling and colour as it relates to sculptural forms.

She believes that clay is a unique and magical material that allows unlimited possibilities in creative expression and finds great joy in supporting her students in finding their own unique art voice and vision.

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Program Overview

You and your young artist will explore working with clay in this fun and exciting art class. The focus will be on exploration and becoming comfortable and confident while creating all sorts of vibrant and unique art projects. Fee includes parent and child and supplies. All projects will be fired and glazed. Detailed instructions for project drop-off will be emailed to families and fired projects will be ready for pick-up from Place des Arts approximately four weeks after the class end date.

What’s included in your kit:

  • M-340 clay
  • Variety of underglazes
  • 2 paintbrushes
  • Bamboo skewers

View the list of what you need at home here. 


If the parent has already registered one child and would like to register an additional child, please do a separate enrollment for the additional child and ONLY choose “Add’l Child – Total $39” and “Supply Fee Add’l Child” under “Fees”, please do not charge Registration Fee or Firing Fee for Additional Child. 

Before registering for this online class, please review our Guide for Online Classes and Lessons.  

Supply kits can be picked up from Place des Arts beginning on Monday, September 14 during the following hours: Monday – Friday: 9:30am-8:30pm (Note: Place des Arts will be closed on October 12 for Thanksgiving),Saturday: 9:30am-4:30pm, Sunday: 1:30-4:30pm. Please come to the front door off Brunette Avenue, near the Spirit Bear statue. The door will be monitored and visitors will be asked to line-up outside prior to entry. Please bring a copy of your receipt (printed or on your mobile device). 

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Noelle Horrocks

Noelle Horrocks

Children's Ceramic Arts

Noelle is a ceramic artist and instructor who is passionate about sharing her love of clay with students of all ages. She has a BFA in Ceramics from Emily Carr and 18 years of teaching experience throughout the Lower Mainland at organizations such as Arts Umbrella, The Anvil Centre and The Surrey Art Gallery. Her studio practice focusses on whimsy, storytelling and colour as it relates to sculptural forms.

She believes that clay is a unique and magical material that allows unlimited possibilities in creative expression and finds great joy in supporting her students in finding their own unique art voice and vision.

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Classes

25078

TUE • Nov 3 - Dec 8 • 3:45PM - 4:30PM

Call 604-664-1636 for more info

$111.00

25076

MON • Nov 9 - Dec 14 • 3:45PM - 4:30PM

Call 604-664-1636 for more info

$111.00

Program Overview

You will learn a range of handbuilding techniques to design and build your own small-scale ceramic sculptures and usable cups or bowls. Use clay to explore form, surface and subject while allowing your imagination to take flight! Projects from this class will be fired and glazed. Detailed instructions for project drop-off will be emailed to families and fired projects will be ready for pick-up from Place des Arts approximately four weeks after the class end date.

What’s included in your kit:

  • M-340 clay
  • Variety of underglazes
  • 2 paintbrushes
  • Bamboo skewers
  • Set of pottery tools  

View the list of what you need at home here. 


Before registering for this online class, please review our Guide for Online Classes and Lessons. 

Supply kits can be picked up from Place des Arts beginning on Monday, September 14 during the following hours: Monday – Friday: 9:30 am-8:30 pm (Note: Place des Arts will be closed on October 12 for Thanksgiving), Saturday: 9:30 am-4:30 pm, Sunday: 1:30-4:30 pm. Please come to the front door off Brunette Avenue, near the Spirit Bear statue. The door will be monitored and visitors will be asked to line-up outside prior to entry. Please bring a copy of your receipt (printed or on your mobile device). 

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Noelle Horrocks

Noelle Horrocks

Children's Ceramic Arts

Noelle is a ceramic artist and instructor who is passionate about sharing her love of clay with students of all ages. She has a BFA in Ceramics from Emily Carr and 18 years of teaching experience throughout the Lower Mainland at organizations such as Arts Umbrella, The Anvil Centre and The Surrey Art Gallery. Her studio practice focusses on whimsy, storytelling and colour as it relates to sculptural forms.

She believes that clay is a unique and magical material that allows unlimited possibilities in creative expression and finds great joy in supporting her students in finding their own unique art voice and vision.

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Explore various art techniques in this playful introduction to art for nervous beginners, or anyone who would like to shake things up and try something different. With a step-by-step approach, experiment with drawing, painting, printmaking, collage and more to create unique works of art. Supplies not includedView our supply list here and ensure you can gather all necessary supplies before the first day of class. 


Before registering for this class, please review our Guide for Online Classes and Lessons.

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Dawn Livera

Dawn Livera

Fibre & Visual Arts for Adults & Children

Dawn Livera is a visual artist primarily working in textiles and mixed media, with a focus on “freestyle weaving,” a style of weaving in which “there are no mistakes.”

Dawn studied weaving with a master weaver for many years and completed the Fashion Arts program at Vancouver Community College. She also has a BSc from UBC.

Community engagement is an important part of Dawn’s practice. She believes that making art should not be the private domain of the talented or learned few. Rather, everyone should feel free to explore their own creativity without worrying about whether their art is good enough.

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Explore the art of hand-sewing in this creative and practical class. Learn skills that can be used to embellish and repair clothing as well as make works of textile art. You will learn embroidery, patchwork, mending and darning skills and how to sew on a button. You will also be introduced to the work of contemporary and historical textile artists. Supplies included. 

What’s included in your kit: 

  • variety of fabrics 
  • Pins and needles 
  • Assorted thread 
  • Miscellaneous sewing notions including buttons and templates 

View the list of what you need at home here. 


Before registering for this online class, please review our Guide for Online Classes and Lessons. Supply kits can be picked up from Place des Arts beginning on Monday, September 14 during the following hours: Monday – Friday: 9:30 am-8:30 pm (Note: Place des Arts will be closed on October 12 for Thanksgiving), Saturday: 9:30 am-4:30 pm, Sunday: 1:30-4:30 pm. Please come to the front door off Brunette Avenue, near the Spirit Bear statue. The door will be monitored and visitors will be asked to line-up outside prior to entry. Please bring a copy of your receipt (printed or on your mobile device).

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Dawn Livera

Dawn Livera

Fibre & Visual Arts for Adults & Children

Dawn Livera is a visual artist primarily working in textiles and mixed media, with a focus on “freestyle weaving,” a style of weaving in which “there are no mistakes.”

Dawn studied weaving with a master weaver for many years and completed the Fashion Arts program at Vancouver Community College. She also has a BSc from UBC.

Community engagement is an important part of Dawn’s practice. She believes that making art should not be the private domain of the talented or learned few. Rather, everyone should feel free to explore their own creativity without worrying about whether their art is good enough.

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