Since 1990, Artists for Kids has been inspiring young people on the North Shore with their unique artist- and teacher-led programs. Bringing prominent Canadian artists together with students and master art teachers creates a dynamic and incomparable creative and learning environment.
One of AFK’s most popular programs is its weeklong immersive Summer Camps in Brackendale, B.C. in which campers work directly with an artist-in-residence. “We have two camps running simultaneously this year,” says Yolande Martinello, Director of Artists for Kids. “The Summer Visual Arts Camp is for kids aged 8 – 12 and Summer Visual Arts Intensive is for older kids aged 13 – 18. Both camps run from July 9 – 14, 2017 at the Cheakamus Centre.”
This year, younger campers will be working with artist Aimée Henny Brown. During the week, they’ll explore collage, drawing, painting and printmaking. They’ll also enjoy outdoor recreation each day, including canoeing, hiking and games. “Our great team of counselors ensures everyone has a lot of fun, with activities like campfire sing-a-longs,” Yolande says.
Older students will be working with noted artist Andrea Taylor. During the week, they’ll explore drawing, painting and printmaking and work in small studio groups with art specialist teachers. “We encourage the older students to take advantage of their time to develop a body of work that can be added to their personal portfolio,” Yolande says.
“The camps are open to everyone,” she notes, “and, although most of our participants come from the Lower Mainland, we’ve had kids travelling from Korea, Mexico, and Europe as well as other parts of Canada.”
For more information on Artists for Kids Summer Camps and activities, call 604.903.3798, visit the website at www.gordonsmithgallery.ca, email AFKinfo@sd44.ca, or visit the office at 2121 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver. Artists for Kids can also be found on Facebook and Twitter.