About Arts Education

North Van Arts offers arts education in the form of courses, workshops, and camps programming for all ages, interests and abilities.


Stories of Home and Identity

Wednesdays 7:00pm – 8:00pm
May 13 – June 3, 2021 (4 weeks)
Online Class via Zoom

Instructor: Taslim Jaffer

Where is home? Is it where you’ve been or where you are now? And how does this influence who you are or who you become? What do the words ‘home’ and ‘identity’ mean to you and what stories do they hold? Explore these themes through guided exercises and writing prompts...

Poetry for People

Wednesdays 7:00pm – 9:00pm
May 19 – June 23, 2021 (6 weeks)
Online Class via Zoom

Instructor: Andrew (Andy) Warner

In this 6-week course local poet Andrew Warner will guide participants in weekly poetry prompts and writing activities for those who are beginning to write, currently writing, or who don’t identify as writers. Participants are encouraged to explore writing poetry...

Mindfulness Through Art Journaling

Wednesdays 1:00pm – 3:00pm
May 12 – June 2, 2021 (4 weeks)
Online Class via Zoom

Instructor: Joyelle Brandt

When our minds are full of chaos and it’s hard to slow our thoughts, taking time to create with our hands can help us move into a more mindful space. In this class you will create a 5×7 art journal using whatever supplies you have on hand. Joyelle will...

Imagined Worlds: Sci-Fi, Fantasy & Horror Writing

Mondays 7:00-8:00pm
May 17 – June 28, 2021 (no class May 24, 6 weeks)
Online Class via Zoom

Instructor: Sarah Higgins

This creative writing workshop will focus on speculative fiction (sci fi, fantasy, horror). Students will learn about the bones of speculative fiction and the practicalities of writing it. Each class will include a short prompt (to get the juices flowing), a lesson...

Drawing with Plants

Thursdays 4:30-6:30pm
May 27 - June 17, 2021 (4 weeks)
Online Class via Zoom

Instructor: Margaret Joba-Woodruff

This 4-week course will develop foundation skills of life drawing using plant life as a subject. Each class will focus on different materials, including graphite, charcoal, ink and mixed media. Each material will be explored in a variety of methods, using a range of...

Dog Portraits

Tuesdays 6:30pm - 8:30pm
May 4-25, 2021 (4 weeks)
Online Class via Zoom

Instructor: Jeff Wilson

Aside from landscape, the subject most people want to paint is their pet, usually a dog.   Fairly simple on the surface, but in practice pretty tricky.  This class is designed to get you on the right track, covering aspects of palette, composition,...

Artist Residencies Professional Development Workshop

Tuesday 6:30-8:30pm
Mar 9, 2021
Online Class via Zoom

Instructor: Jeff Wilson

Art residencies are one of those things that serious artists do, but it is often unclear what is actually involved & how to get them.  Jeff will describe the typical range of residency characteristics, how to apply for them, and discuss personal examples of...

Everyday Drawing

Thursdays, 6:30pm-8:30pm
Mar 4-25, 2021 (4 weeks)
Online Class via Zoom

Instructor: Zaiwei Zhang

Drawing can take place anywhere at any time, whether you are mid commute, grabbing lunch, or during a long staff meeting. Students will acquire essential drawing skills, and complete a series of drawings on subjects of their choosing. The classes are comprised of...

Intro to Monotype Printing

Mar 2-23, 2021 (4 weeks)
Online Class via Zoom

Instructor: Margaret Joba-Woodruff

This course will focus on colour, texture, layering and play through the technique of Monotype printmaking. Students will experiment with different approaches to making prints including stenciling, texture transfers, and both additive and reductive mark making. To end...

Journal Journey

Tuesdays 7:00pm-9:00pm
Mar 10-31, 2021 (4 weeks)
Online Class via Zoom

Instructor: Kathy van Gogh

Take an old book, completely redo the cover with texture, 3D elements and paint, rip out the guts, add new and creative paper and tuck spots, charming bits to write upon then add some handmade embellishments and you have an amazing altered book to journal in. ...