A sleepaway arts camp for kids? Um, any chance a 45-year-old mom could join too?  Artists for Kids – part of the Gordon Smith Gallery – is inviting budding artists aged 8 – 14 years to Paradise Valley for a five-day, four-night art intensive camp. Truly this experience sounds positively life-changing.

The young artists will explore their surroundings under the mentorship of Annie Canto. Ms Canto, who graduated with her MFA from Emily Carr University, is an active artist and educator currently exploring performance, text, comics, and food mediums.

Artists for Kids Summer CampsThe destination of the 27th Annual Paradise Valley Summer Visual Arts Camp is intentional. The idyllic nature of Paradise Valley – 460 acres just outside of Squamish – provides the perfect environment to explore concepts of form and colour. The students will receive in-depth instruction in collage, drawing, painting, and printmaking. The week-long camp strikes the perfect balance between outdoor recreation and intensive studio time.

While outside the young artists will enjoy canoeing, hiking, archery, cave exploration, campfire singalongs, and oodles of games. All of the outdoor time will provide fuel for the creative time in the studio. Five hours each day will be dedicated to studio art. The students will get to enjoy presentations by two artists as well. Check out what a typical day in Paradise Valley can look like:

7:00 – 7:30am – Run / walk / yoga
7:45 – 8:30am – Breakfast
8:30 – 9:00am – Conversation with an Artist
9:00 – 11:45am – Studio workshops
12:00 – 1:00pm – Lunch
1:00 – 3:00pm – Supervised recreation
3:00 – 3:15pm – Nutrition break
3:15 – 5:15pm – Studio Workshops
5:30 – 6:00pm – Chill time
6:00 – 7:00pm – Dinner
7:15 – 8:30pm – Guest Artist presentations or recreation
9:00/10:00pm – Lights out

The week-long camp is $795 (inclusive). Meals, accommodation, transportation to camp, recreation activities, and art supplies are all included in the cost of the camp registration. It is worth noting that a limited number of bursaries are available for those who need financial assistance. Bursary applications must be received by April 30, 2022. One scholarship will be offered to an outstanding student. To be considered for the scholarship, portfolios must be submitted by May 31, 2022. Please contact Artists for Kids for more information.

Artists for Kids also offers programs outside of the Paradise Valley Summer Visual Arts Camps. For youth aged 14 – 18 years, a Summer Visual Arts Intensive runs July 4 – 8. There are also Summer Day camps available for all ages. To learn more about the Summer Day Camps and the Visual Arts Intensive, please click here.

Artists for Kids Summer Camps:

Dates: Summer 2022
Website: www.sd44.ca/school/artistsforkids