Adult art classes:  The Art Studios offers 10 to 12 week classes in 3 sessions per year and in many forms of art-making including drawing, mixed media, painting, pottery and printmaking.

Youth and Young Adult Group:  In two sessions a year of 10 to 12 classes each, participants aged 16 to 25 enjoy learning art skills while connecting with their peers. Subjects taught include ceramics, painting, mixed media and more. The classes run after 4:00 pm so that high school students can attend and are provided with bus fare and snacks. Clients in this program have gone on to volunteer as assistants in classes, join the regular Art Studios program, attended art or other schools, and sell their artwork.

Art and Creativity: This class is relaxed and caters to all levels of abilities and includes older adults.  Breaking into song, telling jokes while painting makes for a good class.  “For a bunch of depressed people, we sure do laugh a lot.  I look forward to it all week.  We have a hoot.”

Workshops:  Throughout the year, The Art Studios offers group workshops on canvas stretching, knitting, matting, sculpture and more.

Open studio:  Between scheduled classes, The Art Studios opens the studio for members to work on their own projects.  It is free, supplies are included and it is a fun break for our members to drop in. Vancouver Recovery Through Art also runs Saturday Open Studio for clients who have ‘graduated’ from The Art Studios.




Beginner and Intermediate classes are available. Occasionally The Art Studios offers specialty classes in: • Advanced Perspective Drawing • Introduction to Optical Illusions  

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Mixed Media

Mixed Media involves the usage of found objects, brushstroke, dot, line, form, paint and more while focusing on colour concepts, composition and other art-techniques as they arise. “Mixed Media is probably the most amazing class at The Art Studios. You have so many possibilities because there are so many different kinds of objects and techniques …

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Acrylic painting – Beginner and intermediate classes are taught. Occasionally, advanced level classes are offered as a workshop. Watercolour painting – Beginner and intermediate classes are available. “I believe that part of my recovery is staying busy making art. The Art Studios helped me on this road” – Yaho Hanan  

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The Art Studios houses a full working ceramics studio including 2 kilns, 4 pottery wheels, a slab roller and extruder. Great things happen in Beginner classes that cover basic hand-building skills and glazing. Intermediate classes add to these skills as well as working on the pottery wheel. “Glazing is exciting because you get to play …

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Print Making

Participants learn how to use linoleum as the medium on which to carve beautiful relief prints, ink them up and put them through the press in both Beginner and Intermediate classes. Participants particularly enjoy printing their own cards for sale and to give away.    

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Calendar for August 2016 at The Art Studios

  Please note: All programs are managed and run by The Art Studios. VRTAS is a separate Society focusing on The Art Studios because we believe it is the best available program of its kind and we want it to survive and thrive! For more information about The Art Studios and its programs, please call …

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