Children’s Summer Art & Conservation Workshops

Ages 8-13

This year the Arts Centre is partnering with the Sunshine Coast Conservation Association to offer 3 children’s workshops, each combining art making with ecological walks and discussions.  In the mornings participants learn to draw, sculpt and paint the rich and varied life of the Coast led by a senior artist/teacher. In the afternoon, walks and discussions take over as we explore the rich life forms that populate this special part of the Pacific Northwest. Each workshop culminates in an exhibition of work in our community gallery with a reception celebrating their achievements. Workshops run 10:00 – 3:00 each day, with a break provided for lunch.

Backyard Birds (Acrylic Painting), July 10, 11, 12

Nature’s Imprints (Sculpture), July 17, 18, 19

En Plein Air (Watercolour), July 23, 24, 25

Daily Schedule:

10am-12:30pm Art Making

12:30pm-1-pm Supervised Lunch

1:00pm-3:00pm Ecological Walks and Talks

Cost: before June 25 $80/$110 per student, after June 25 $100/$125 per student (member/non-member), includes all supplies, a finished work and a mini-exhibition and reception. Maximum 12 participants per workshop.

If you have registered and are unable to attend, please advise us by July 2nd in order to collect a refund.

beBruce Edwards

Born and raised in Canada, Bruce Edwards has spent much of his time after completing art school travelling worldwide. Along the way Bruce has worked on murals and art instruction in a variety of places including: Togo, West Africa, Oglala Sioux Reservation in South Dakota, Homer, Alaska, Tucson, Arizona to name but a few!

Bruce will be teaching both acrylics and watercolours for their respective camps. He will focus on teaching the students to paint their local environment and what they see around them. At the end of the acrylic week each child will have a 12 x 14 canvas of their artistic creation to take home, and at the end of the watercolour week each child will have several watercolours to bring home.

For more information about Bruce’s art visit his website.

Simon Levin

M. Simon Levin is a co-director of Coppermoss retreat and residency—situated on the traditional lands of the Shíshalh nation—it invites artists up to live and work at the edge of the wild, fostering new approaches to decolonizing and land based pedagogy and bio remediation. For the past 30 years, Simon has co-created site-based systems that explore the aesthetics of engagement using a variety of designed forms and tools that address our many publics. In developing large-scale projects in urban environments such as a photo agency for inner city youth, indigenous, medicinal and food-security gardens, or a variety of psycho-geographic and psycho-sonic mappings of space, Levin works with diverse populations. These spatial and pedagogical projects, expand the social agency of art making, rethinking notions of space and place, authorship and audience.

Simon is a member of Maraya, a collective and a research creation project that for the last 12 years has explored the uncanny similarities of two mega-developments 12 time zones apart. Through the development of a series of talks, walks, syllabi, publications, on-line platforms, installations, videos and photographs, Maraya engaged perambulating communities in both Vancouver’s False Creek and Dubai Marina.
He is a part-time lecturer within Graduate Studies, Critical and Cultural Studies and Dynamic Media at Emily Carr University of Art and Design and has published a curriculum on Contemporary Public Art and co-contributed a chapter to Routledge’s Cultural Mapping as Cultural Inquiry.

He will be the senior artist teaching the “Nature’s Imprint Workshop”, which will involve learning techniques of sculpture and assemblage using natural materials.

For more information please visit his website.

Sunshine Coast Conservation Association


The Sunshine Coast Conservation Association is a charitable environmental organization dedicated to protecting the biodiversity and integrity of our air, water, forests and marine environments for all time. Our members include local conservation and community groups, as well as individuals and families. We’ve partnered with the Arts Council since 2015 to present the ‘conservation’ side of the children’s summer program, offering fun and engaging workshops on local animal and plant life, and what youth can do to become environmental steward super-heroes!

For more information about the SCCA visit their website.