Programs

New Westminster including Anvil Centre, Irving House, and Samson V is home to a vibrant array of community and international programs, including: dance, music, theatrical performances, arts and crafts programs for all ages, artist talks, film screenings, gallery tours & openings and cultural festivals.

To register for arts or heritage programs Click Here or call 604.527.4640.

    • Check out our Summer 2017 Day Camp program offers in our online brochure, coming soon!


      JULY 3 - JULY 7

      Sculpt It! (5-7 years)
      This camp teaches young minds to think in three-dimensions, making sculptural artworks by shaping or combining materials. Assembled by gluing, stacking, sculpting, or collaging and more, make use of materials such as clay, wood, cardboard, paper, tape, foam, and anything else you can imagine! Join Melissa Thorpe for this fun, active and imaginative class and get creative in 3D!
      Anvil Centre Studio 413
      Monday to Friday, 9:30 – 12:00 pm
      July 3 – July 7 (157363)
      Registration Fee: $85.00 (5 classes)
      Instructor: Melissa Thorpe


      KidPrint! Day Camp (8-10 years)
      Ideal for the young student interested in the exploration and experimentation of different materials and art styles, this program offers drawing, mixed media and design techniques with a special focus on printmaking methods, such as relief prints, monoprints, silkscreening and collagraphs. On Friday invite your family to our finale showcasing all of the fabulous work you and your friends have created during your week at camp.
      Anvil Centre Studio 411
      Monday to Friday, 1:30 – 4:30pm
      July 3 – July 7 (157368)
      Registration Fee: $90.00 (5 classes)
      Instructor: Melissa Thorpe


      JULY 10 – JULY 14


      Creative Moves – Yoga & Dance (4-6 years)
      In this introduction to creative movement and yoga, little movers will explore their bodies and breath, while developing coordination, rhythm, spatial awareness and cooperation. On the last day of this week-long movement camp invite your family and friends to a finale presentation.
      Anvil Centre Studio 415
      Monday to Friday, 9:30 – 11:30 pm
      July 10 – July 14 (157372)
      Registration Fee: $60.00 (5 classes)
      Instructor: Carolina Bergonzoni


      Zine Making Day Camp (7-9 years)
      Explore zine-making and its burgeoning culture! Create beautiful one-of-a-kind publications and learn about various elements of art and design. Draw, paint, stamp, stitch, glue and collage your way into the world of zines! Draw inspiration from your creative imagination, our stunning location overlooking the Fraser River, and the hum of city life just beyond our doors.
      Anvil Centre Studio 411
      Monday to Friday, 9:30 – 12:30 pm
      July 10 – July 14 (157376)
      Registration Fee: $85.00 (5 classes)        
      Instructor: Melissa Thorpe


      Dig in: Drawing in the Dirt (8-12 years)

      Dig into drawing while looking closely at the natural world that surrounds us. Using a combination of fieldtrips and classroom time, this program teaches the basics of illustration and drawing techniques. Materials such as charcoal, coloured pencil and pen will help explore drawing fundamentals, while plant, insect and animal specimen borrowed from the Beaty Biodiversity Museum will enhance curiosity and observation skills!
      Anvil Centre Studio 413
      Monday to Friday, 1:30 – 4:30pm
      July 10 – July 14 (157379)
      Registration Fee: $95.00 (5 classes)
      Instructor: Amy-Claire Huestis


      JULY 17 – JULY 21 


      Rock & Roll Photography (15 – 18 years)

      Music has been documented by great photographers from Rock & Roll through to today's Pop music. Whether you are an aspiring photographer or musician, or dream of all-access passes to your favorite show, this program will introduce you to photographic techniques to catch the energy, spectacle and magic of Rock & Roll. Presented in conjunction with the Fine Art of Rock & Roll exhibition, featuring notable cover works by Ernie Cefalu and Pacific Eye & Ear, this program is once in a lifetime!
      Anvil Centre Studio 411
      Monday to Friday, 10:00 – 1:00 pm
      July 17 – July 21 (157380)
      Registration Fee: $135.00 (5 classes)
      Instructor: Rebecca Blissett


      Eco-Art Day Camp (5-7 years)

      Come experiment with various artistic materials, conventional and unconventional, derived from the environment and green spaces that surround us.  Explore themes related to the environment, the importance of ecological systems, and how humans play a part. Students will learn artistic processes such as eco printing, natural dyeing, collaging, and plant weaving among others. Get ready to get your hands dirty!
      Queen's Park Picnic Shelter 2
      Monday to Friday, 10:00 – 12:00pm
      July 17 – July 21 (157382)
      Registration Fee: $70.00 (5 classes)
      Instructor: Holly Clarke


      Textile Art Day Camp (8-10 years)
      Ignite your curiosity for the history and diversity of craft through textile art! Using a variety of materials and techniques students will explore the historic and contemporary worlds of textiles and the textile arts.  The class will dive into techniques like, knitting, embroidery, wet-felting, needle felting and so much more! In the class we will use recycled and our own old textile materials to create a class quilt!
      Anvil Centre Studio 413
      Monday to Friday, 1:30 – 4:30pm
      July 17 – July 21 (157385)
      Registration Fee: $90.00 (5 classes)
      Instructor: Holly Clarke


      JULY 24 – JULY 28

      Mask Making Day Camp (5-7 years)
      Bring your inner character to life with masks! Whether animal, superhero, or something from your imagination, this program offers creative experimentation and storytelling opportunities. Using a variety of materials, learn to make both simple and sculptural masks that reflect personal expressions, Through dialogue and play, come explore the rich and exciting world of masks!
      Anvil Centre Studio 413
      Monday to Friday, 10:00 – 1:00pm
      July 24 – July 28 (157386)
      Registration Fee: $85.00 (5 classes)
      Instructor: Noelle Horrocks


      Eco-Art Day Camp (8-10 years)
      Come experiment with various artistic materials, conventional and unconventional, derived from the environment and green spaces that surround us.  Explore themes related to the environment, the importance of ecological systems, and how humans play a part. Students will learn artistic processes such as eco printing, natural dyeing, textile art, collaging, and plant weaving among others. Get ready to get your hands dirty!
      Queen's Park Picnic Shelter 2
      Monday to Friday, 1:30 – 4:30pm
      July 24 – July  28 (157384)
      Registration Fee: $90.00 (5 classes)
      Instructor: Holly Clarke

    • Parent & Baby Yoga (19+)
      This class begins with a Baby Yoga Flow that supports Baby's developing systems. Following is a Parent's Yoga Flow that loosens and opens areas of the body that often experience repetitive strain while caring for an infant. Each class will include pranayama and core strengthening sequences. Please bring your own yoga mat and a blanket for your baby.
      Anvil Centre Dance Studio 415
      Wednesdays, 11:15am - 12:30pm
      May 10 - June 21 (155772)
      June 28 – August 16* (157244)
      *no class July 19
      Registration Fee: $68.00 (7 classes)
      Instructor: Doreen Chand


      StART! (Parent Participation) (3-5 years)

      Incorporating popular and classic children's literature into art projects, this program provides an opportunity for children and their caregivers to explore their imaginations and experiment together with weekly projects! Children will consider storytelling and image, develop their fine motor skills, explore their social environment, expand their spatial awareness and work with a variety of mediums each week. (Suitable for participants up to age 6)
      Anvil Centre Studio 413
      Tuesdays & Thursdays, 10:00am - 11:00am
      May 16 - June 8 (155737)
      Registration Fee: $65.00 (8 classes)
      August 1 - August 17 (157246)
      Registration Fee: $50.00 (6 classes)
      Instructor: Melissa Thorpe


      Art Splash (Parent Participation) (2-4 years)
      Play, laugh and learn with your child! Together you will explore different materials and techniques to create your very own masterpieces. This multimedia experience will leave you inspired, and maybe, a little messy! Supplies included.
      Anvil Centre Studio 413
      Saturdays, 10:00 – 11:00 am
      May 6 – June 24* (155734)
      *No class May 20           
      Registration Fee: $60.00 (7 classes)
      Instructor: Noelle Horrocks
      Saturdays, 10:00 – 11:00 am
      July 22 – August 26* (157245)
      *No class August 5
      Registration Fee: $45.00 (5 classes)
      In
      structor: Melissa Thorpe


      Intergenerational Dance (All Ages)

      Grandparents, parents, relative, children and family units of all varieties can explore movement in a fun and welcoming environment. The class will strengthen relationships between adults and children. Using movement, games, themed activities, storytelling and music to engage participants of all ages, come together as a family with dance! While children follow their natural enthusiasm and creativity, the grownups will stretch and strengthen their bodies. Groups of 2 or more are welcome.
      Anvil Centre Dance Studio 415
      No classes scheduled


    • Papier Maché Sculptures (6-8 years)
      Make wonderful projects with papier maché! This program allows for creative exploration, from small-scale projects like bowls and decorative objects, to multi-week creations like masks, monsters and animals! All you need is your imagination.
      Anvil Centre Studio 413
      Saturdays, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

      May 6 – June 24* (155736)
      *No class May 20th
      Registration Fee: $65.00 (7 classes)
      Instructor: Noelle Horrocks


      Sculpt It! Day Camp (5-7 years)
      This camp teaches young minds to think in three-dimensions, making sculptural artworks by shaping or combining materials. Assembled by gluing, stacking, sculpting, or collaging and more, make use of materials such as clay, wood, cardboard, paper, tape, foam, and anything else you can imagine! Join Melissa Thorpe for this fun, active and imaginative class and get creative in 3D!
      Anvil Centre Studio 413
      Monday to Friday, 9:30 – 12:00 pm
      July 3 – July 7 (157363)
      Registration Fee: $85.00 (5 classes)
      Instructor: Melissa Thorpe


      KidPrint! Day Camp (8 – 10 years)

      Ideal for the young student interested in the exploration and experimentation of different materials and art styles, this program offers drawing, mixed media and design techniques with a special focus on printmaking methods, such as relief prints, monoprints, silkscreening and collagraphs. On Friday invite your family to our finale showcasing all of the fabulous work you and your friends have created during your week at camp.
      Anvil Centre Studio 411
      Monday to Friday, 1:30 – 4:30pm
      July 3 – July 7 (157368)
      Registration Fee: $90.00 (5 classes)
      Instructor: Melissa Thorpe


      Creative Moves Day Camp –
      Yoga & Dance (4-6 years)

      In this introduction to creative movement and yoga, little movers will explore their bodies and breath, while developing coordination, rhythm, spatial awareness and cooperation. On the last day of this week-long movement camp invite your family and friends to a finale presentation.
      Anvil Centre Studio 415
      Monday to Friday, 9:30 – 11:30 pm
      July 10 – July 14 (157372)
      Registration Fee: $60.00 (5 classes)
      Instructor: Carolina Bergonzoni


      Zine Making Day Camp (7-9 years)
      Explore zine-making and its burgeoning culture! Create beautiful one-of-a-kind publications and learn about various elements of art and design. Draw, paint, stamp, stitch, glue and collage your way into the world of zines! Draw inspiration from your creative imagination, our stunning location overlooking the Fraser River, and the hum of city life just beyond our doors.
      Anvil Centre Studio 411
      Monday to Friday, 9:30 – 12:30 pm
      July 10 – July 14 (157376)
      Registration Fee: $85.00 (5 classes)        
      Instructor: Melissa Thorpe


      Eco-Art Day Camp (5-7 years)
      Come experiment with various artistic materials, conventional and unconventional, derived from the environment and green spaces that surround us.  Explore themes related to the environment, the importance of ecological systems, and how humans play a part. Students will learn artistic processes such as eco printing, natural dyeing, collaging, and plant weaving among others. Get ready to get your hands dirty!
      Anvil Centre Studio 413
      Monday to Friday, 10:00 – 12:00pm
      July 17 – July 21 (157382)
      Registration Fee: $70.00 (5 classes)
      Instructor: Holly Clarke


      Textile Art Day Camp (8-10 years)
      Ignite your curiosity for the history and diversity of craft through textile art! Using a variety of materials and techniques students will explore the historic and contemporary worlds of textiles and the textile arts.  The class will dive into techniques like, knitting, embroidery, wet-felting, needle felting and so much more! In the class we will use recycled and our own old textile materials to create a class quilt!
      Queen's Park Picnic Shelter 2
      Monday to Friday, 1:30 – 4:30pm
      July 17 – July 21 (157385)
      Registration Fee: $90.00 (5 classes)
      Instructor: Holly Clarke


      Mask Making Day Camp (5-7 years)
      Bring your inner character to life with masks! Whether animal, superhero, or something from your imagination, this program offers creative experimentation and storytelling opportunities. Using a variety of materials, learn to make both simple and sculptural masks that reflect personal expressions, Through dialogue and play, come explore the rich and exciting world of masks!
      Anvil Centre Studio 413
      Monday to Friday, 10:00 – 1:00pm
      July 24 – July 28 (157386)
      Registration Fee: $85.00 (5 classes)
      Instructor: Noelle Horrocks


      Eco-Art Day Camp (8-10 years)
      Come experiment with various artistic materials, conventional and unconventional, derived from the environment and green spaces that surround us.  Explore themes related to the environment, the importance of ecological systems, and how humans play a part. Students will learn artistic processes such as eco printing, natural dyeing, textile art, collaging, and plant weaving among others. Get ready to get your hands dirty!
      Queen's Park Picnic Shelter 2
      Monday to Friday, 1:30 – 4:30pm
      July 24 – July 28 (157384)
      Registration Fee: $90.00 (5 classes)
      Instructor: Holly Clarke


       

    • Young Yogis (9 - 12 years)
      Through the use of asana (yoga posture), this program will help young yogis explore their bodies, the principles of yoga, and basic developmental movement patterns in a fun and welcoming environment. The classes aim to promote breath work, body awareness, focus and mindfulness from a young age.
      Anvil Centre Dance Studio 415
      Sundays, 11:30 - 12:15 pm
      May 28 – June 25 (155797)
      Registration Fee: $35.00 (5 classes)
      July 9 – August 20 (157248)
      Registration Fee: $50.00 (7 classes)
      Instructor: Doreen Chand


      Dig in: Drawing in the Dirt (8-12 years)
      Dig into drawing while looking closely at the natural world that surrounds us. Using a combination of fieldtrips and classroom time, this program teaches the basics of illustration and drawing techniques. Materials such as charcoal, coloured pencil and pen will help explore drawing fundamentals, while plant, insect and animal specimen borrowed from the Beaty Biodiversity Museum will enhance curiosity and observation skills!
      Anvil Centre Studio 413
      Monday to Friday, 1:30 – 4:30pm
      July 10 – July 14 (157379)
      Registration Fee: $95.00 (5 classes)
      Instructor: Amy-Claire Huestis


      Rock & Roll Photography (15 – 18 years)

      Music has been documented by great photographers from Rock & Roll through to today's Pop music. Whether you are an aspiring photographer or musician, or dream of all-access passes to your favorite show, this program will introduce you to photographic techniques to catch the energy, spectacle and magic of Rock & Roll. Presented in conjunction with the Fine Art of Rock & Roll exhibition, featuring notable cover works by Ernie Cefalu and Pacific Eye & Ear, this program is once in a lifetime!
      Anvil Centre Studio 411
      Monday to Friday, 10:00 – 1:00 pm
      July 17 – July 21 (157380)
      Registration Fee: $135.00 (5 classes)
      Instructor: Rebecca Blisset

    • Rise & Shine Yoga (19+ years)
      Another day has started, so why not begin by thanking your body with yoga. Start your day by creating energy in every Asana, and conveying emotions in every movement. Come let your mind express and heal itself without interruption. Yoga is not just a word, it is a world! This physical practice is open to all levels and Doreen Chand offers a rewarding yoga experience with every visit. Bring your own yoga mat.
      Anvil Centre Dance Studio 415
      Wednesdays, 9:30 - 10:45 am
      May 10 – June 21 (155799)
      Registration Fee: $52.00 (6 classes)
      June 28 – August 16* (155800)
      *No class July 19             
      Registration Fee: $60.00 (7 classes)
      Instructor: Doreen Chand


      Bodyworks Yoga – Moving into Awareness (19+ years)
      With mindfulness and purpose, develop greater strength, flexibility and overall health while also appreciating the physical body as a pathway to greater stillness and connection with consciousness. We will use postures, breath and close attention to how the body is designed to move towards our greatest potential both outside and in. This physical practice is open to all levels. Bring your own yoga mat.
      Anvil Centre Dance Studio 415
      Saturdays, 9:15-10:30am
      July 8 – August 26* (157251)
      *No class August 5
      Registration Fee: $60.00 (7 classes)
      Instructor: TBA


      Yoga Basic Back Care (19+ years)

      This class provides a gentle approach to healthy toning of the low back, strengthening the core and developing a full range of motion throughout the joints. Our instructor brings attention to alignment in each pose and engages the whole body in a full variety of strengthening and opening poses. Expect to move through your comfortable range of motion and discover the possibility of going beyond. Join our yoga community – no previous yoga experience required. Bring your own yoga mat.
      Anvil Centre Dance Studio 415
      Sundays, 10:00am – 11:15am
      May 28 – June 25 (159445) NEW!
      Saturdays, 10:45am - 12:00pm
      July 8 – August 26* (157252)
      *No class August 5
      Registration Fee: $60.00 (7 classes)
      Instructor: Michael Ashton


      At The Barre (19+)

      Get creative with your exercise routine! This program is designed to help promote balance and alignment, with a focus on lengthening your body and strengthening your legs, feet and core. An upbeat and energetic class, movements are founded on ballet basics, but require no previous ballet or dance experience. Come move with us! 
      Anvil Centre Dance Studio 415
      Thursdays, 6:15 – 7:30 pm
      May 11 – June 22 (155803)
      July 6 – August 17 (157254)
      Tuesdays, 4:45 – 6:00pm
      May 16 – June 27 (157253)
      Registration Fee: $52.00 (7 classes)
      Instructor: Jessie Au


      Drawing (19+ years)
      See the world through new eyes by taking a drawing class. Through playful experimentation learn to make expressive marks and images.  This class incorporates creative and fun ways to handle drawing materials -- pen, brush, ink and charcoal. Students also experiment with their own unconventional drawing materials found in nature or the home.  Classes will take place in and around Anvil Centre and the New Media Gallery. No previous experience required - Drawing is for everyone!
      Anvil Centre Room 413
      Wednesdays, 6:00 - 8:00 pm
      July 5 – August 16 (157258)
      Registration Fee: $90.00 (7 classes)        
      Instructor: Amy-Claire Huestis


      Watercolour and Illustration (19+ years)
      Take your watercolour and illustration skills to the next level! Each week the instructor will present a different lesson, sharing her approach, techniques and preferred materials. This course focuses on composition, colour, line and wash techniques. The instructor will lead you through demos and provide individual guidance to build confidence and develop your skills. Beginner, intermediate, and adventurous spirits welcome! Bring a sketch book, pencil and eraser to the first class and supplies will be discussed.
      Anvil Centre Studio 411B
      Thursdays, 5:30 - 7:30 pm
      April 6 – June 8* (155739)
      *No class May 25
      Anvil Centre Studio 411B
      June 22 – August 17 (155805)
      Registration Fee: $82.00 (9 classes)
      Instructor: Riette Gordon


      Plein Air Painting (19+ years)

      Leave the four walls of the studio behind and experience drawing and painting in the open air. A long standing practice, made popular by French Impressionist painters like Monet and Renoir, join Riette Gordon and learn how to capture the ephemeral qualities of landscape, light and life. This program includes sketching, painting, and the use of documentation. Beginner, intermediate, and adventurous spirits welcome! Bring a sketch book, pencil and eraser to the first class and supplies will be discussed.
      Anvil Centre Studio 411A
      Saturdays, 10:00am - 12:00 pm
      July 8 – August 26* (157268)
      *No class August 5th
      Registration Fee: $80.00 (7 classes)
      Instructor: Riette Gordon


      Art + Colour

      Join this spectral eye-opening class and explore your love of colour with artist, Amy-Claire Huestis.  Through indoor and outdoor explorations you will experiment with optical toys in the landscape, discover contemporary and historical works by artists who we might call "colourists", build beautiful colour wheels and create 2D colour studies. Come and develop your own personal love of colour in a cheerful and playful group setting. The class is tailored to meet the particular needs and methods suitable to the group.
      Anvil Centre Room 411B
      Sundays, 10:00 - 12:00 pm
      July 9 – August 20* (157281)
      *No class August 6
      Registration Fee: $80.00 (6 classes)         Instructor: Amy-Claire Huestis


      Special Topics: Portraiture (19+ years)

      Learn to capture the variability and expressiveness of the human face. Explore the timeless concepts of observational drawing and its compositional principles. A variety of materials such as graphite, conte and charcoal are used for both analytical and expressive studies.  No prior experience with drawing is required or expected.
      Anvil Centre Room 413
      Sundays, 1:00 – 4:00pm
      July 9 – July 30 (157274)
      Registration Fee: $70.00 (4 classes)
      Instructor: Amy-Claire Huestis


      Anvil Community Choir (19+ years)

      Singers of all skills are invited to join our non-auditioned choir. Discover a love for music through an exciting repertoire selected specifically for the choir and learn the skills to sing with an ensemble. Anvil Community Choir is about having fun, discovering your voice and connecting with the people in your community. Each season of the Anvil Community Choir culminates with a performance.
      Anvil Centre Studio 413        
      Thursdays, 6:00 - 8:00 pm
      June 28 – August 17 (156600)
      Registration Fee: $110.00 (10 classes)
      Choir Director: Shane Raman


      Monoprint I (19+ years)

      Monoprint is one of the most direct forms of printmaking, and this workshop is perfect for beginners, or those with some knowledge of drawing and painting. Learn about mirror images, positive and negative space, and the basics of the print matrix. Using special printing inks and papers you will learn how to make a monoprint using our printing press.
      Anvil Centre, Studio 411B
      Saturday May 6, 10:00 - 1:00 pm (155742)
      Registration Fee: $25.00              
      Instructor: Saskia Jetten


      Monoprint II (19+ years)
      Spontaneous and variable, monoprinting produces one-of-a-kind prints that can develop into a series based on colour, texture or subject matter. Developing on basic techniques learned in Monoprint I, this workshop will introduce colour, variation of tone and more complex matrixes. Using special printing inks and papers you will learn how to make a monoprint series using our printing press. 
      Anvil Centre, Studio 411B
      Saturday May 6, 2:00 – 5:00pm (155743)
      Registration Fee: $25.00              
      Instructor: Saskia Jetten


      Linocut I (19+ years)

      Linocut is a subtractive, relief printing technique, similar to woodblock. Learn about mirror imaging, positive and negative space, and transfer methods to create your design. Using cutting tools (gouges) to create a range of marks in the linoleum, this introductory course will equip you with the basic skills and techniques needed to produce a small edition of linocut prints.
      Anvil Centre, Studio 411B
      Saturday July 8, 10:00am - 1:00pm (157300)
      Registration Fee: $25.00
      Instructor: Saskia Jetten


      Linocut II (19+years)
      Using a subtractive process, linocut prints allow for a broad range of expressive techniques, from simplistic and graphic, to intricate and detailed. Exploring mark-making techniques, colour and multiple-matrix printing, this workshop is suitable for those with previous printmaking knowledge, or for participants from Linocut I. Using special printing inks and papers you will make and number an edition of prints. 
      Anvil Centre, Studio 411B
      Saturday July 8, 2:00pm - 5:00pm (157301)
      Registration Fee: $25.00              
      Instructor: Saskia Jetten


      Drypoint (19+ years)

      The drypoint printmaking technique scratches an image into a plate. Working with a sharp metal or diamond point tool, this method echoes drawing processes and produces beautiful soft, dense lines. Using Plexiglas plates, intaglio inks and special papers, you will learn about mirror images and the basics of the print matrix.
      Anvil Centre, Studio 411B
      Saturdays, 10:00am - 1:00pm  
      May 13 (155747)
      July 22 (157324)
      Registration Fee: $25.00              
      Instructor: Saskia Jetten


      Collagraphy (19+ years)

      Collagraphy is the process of making a print of a collage. Using materials such as cardboard, tape, textiles, string or leaves to create a plate, this process is simple but full of possibilities. The collaged textures make a relief surface that, when inked, create a wide range of tonal effects. Using special printing inks and papers you will make and number an edition of prints.  Anvil Centre, Studio 411B
      Saturdays, 10:00am – 1:00pm
      June 24 (155749)
      August 12 (157330)
      Registration Fee: $25.00            
      Instructor: Saskia Jetten


      Print Matters - Open Studio (19+ years)

      This open studio program offers the perfect opportunity to experiment with printmaking techniques learned in previous workshops, get back in touch with your love for prints, or get excited about upcoming classes. Bring in-progress projects or sketches to work from and get advice from the instructor and your peers! All skill levels welcome, some previous experience required.
      Anvil Centre, Studio 411/411B
      Saturdays, 2:00 - 5:00 pm
      May 13 (155751)
      June 24 (155752)
      July 22 (157331)
      August 12 (157332)
      Registration Fee: $25.00
      Instructor: Saskia Jetten


      Camera Obscura  (19+ years)

      Build your own camera obscura!  Work with light artist, Amy-Claire Huestis, and learn all about this optical device. Used for centuries before the film camera to see the world and capture an image on a screen, the portable camera obscura reveals a stunning and beautiful image of the world.   This workshop briefly reviews the history and optics of the camera obscura, and participants will build their own to playfully explore the New Westminster waterfront, and take home for further experimentation. 
      Anvil Centre, Studio 411A
      Saturday July 8, 1:00 - 4:00pm (157334)
      Registration Fee: $30.00 (1 class)             
      Instructor: Amy-Claire Huestis


      Figuratively Speaking (19+ years)
      Develop a solid foundation in life drawing with an intensive workshop on the human figure, using draped and undraped male and female models. The workshop explores the timeless concepts of observational drawing and its compositional principles. A variety of materials such as graphite, conte and charcoal are used for both analytical and expressive studies.  No prior experience with drawing is required or expected.
      Anvil Centre Room 311
      Sunday, April 30, 12:00 - 4:00 pm (154801)
      Registration Fee: $42.00 (1 class)
      Instructor: Caitlin Chaisson


      Felting Workshop (19+ or Parent Participation)

      Learn about wet felting and working with felting tools to create different shapes. Personal instruction throughout the workshop means you leave with the skills to continue your craft at home, and take home your very own felt creation. This course is suitable for beginners and those with some experience.
      Anvil Centre Room 411
      Sundays, 1:00 – 4:00pm
      May 28 (155754)
      June 18 (155755)
      July 30 (157337)
      Registration Fee: $30.00 (1 class)
      Instructor: Holly Clarke


      The ARTventurers (19+ years)
      A group of intrepid cultural enthusiasts who boldly venture across the Lower Mainland in search of dynamic and diverse works of art! Led by New Westminster’s Arts Services team, this informal group travels to galleries, art studios for private tours from curators, artists and gallery staff. Our outings also include time to socialize and discuss the work that we encounter as a group. The program is free, but participants are required to pay for transit and optional lunches and refreshments on the road.  Join us and tap into what’s happening in the regional arts scene! For information or email updates, contact .
      Registration Fee: FREE!

    • Anvil Community Choir (19+ years)

      Singers of all skills are invited to join our non-auditioned choir. Discover a love for music through an exciting repertoire selected specifically for the choir and learn the skills to sing with an ensemble. Anvil Community Choir is about having fun, discovering your voice and connecting with the people in your community. Each season of the Anvil Community Choir culminates with a performance.
      Anvil Centre Studio 413        
      Thursdays, 6:00 - 8:00 pm
      June 29 – August 17 (156600)
      Registration Fee: $97.00 (8 classes)
      Choir Director: Shane Raman

    • Dig in: Drawing in the Dirt (8-12 years)
      DAYCAMP

      Dig into drawing while looking closely at the natural world that surrounds us. Using a combination of fieldtrips and classroom time, this program teaches the basics of illustration and drawing techniques. Materials such as charcoal, coloured pencil and pen will help explore drawing fundamentals, while plant, insect and animal specimen borrowed from the Beaty Biodiversity Museum will enhance curiosity and observation skills!
      Anvil Centre Studio 413
      Monday to Friday, 1:30 – 4:30pm
      July 10 – July 14 (157379)
      Registration Fee: $95.00 (5 classes)
      Instructor: Amy-Claire Huestis


      Drawing (19+ years)
      See the world through new eyes by taking a drawing class. Through playful experimentation learn to make expressive marks and images.  This class incorporates creative and fun ways to handle drawing materials -- pen, brush, ink and charcoal. Students also experiment with their own unconventional drawing materials found in nature or the home.  Classes will take place in and around Anvil Centre and the New Media Gallery. No previous experience required - Drawing is for everyone!
      Anvil Centre Room 413
      Wednesdays, 6:00 - 8:00 pm
      July 5 – August 16 (157258)
      Registration Fee: $90.00 (7 classes)        
      Instructor: Amy-Claire Huestis


      Special Topics: Portraiture (19+ years)

      Learn to capture the variability and expressiveness of the human face. Explore the timeless concepts of observational drawing and its compositional principles. A variety of materials such as graphite, conte and charcoal are used for both analytical and expressive studies.  No prior experience with drawing is required or expected.
      Anvil Centre Room 413
      Sundays, 1:00 – 4:00pm
      July 9 – July 30 (157274)
      Registration Fee: $70.00 (4 classes)
      Instructor: Amy-Claire Huestis


      Watercolour and Illustration (19+ years)
      Take your watercolour and illustration skills to the next level! Each week the instructor will present a different lesson, sharing her approach, techniques and preferred materials. This course focuses on composition, colour, line and wash techniques. The instructor will lead you through demos and provide individual guidance to build confidence and develop your skills. Beginner, intermediate, and adventurous spirits welcome! Bring a sketch book, pencil and eraser to the first class and supplies will be discussed.
      Anvil Centre Studio 411B
      Thursdays, 5:30 - 7:30 pm
      April 6 – June 8* (155739)
      *No class May 25
      Anvil Centre Studio 411B
      June 22 – August 17 (155805)
      Registration Fee: $82.00 (9 classes)
      Instructor: Riette Gordon


      Plein Air Painting (19+ years)

      Leave the four walls of the studio behind and experience drawing and painting in the open air. A long standing practice, made popular by French Impressionist painters like Monet and Renoir, join Riette Gordon and learn how to capture the ephemeral qualities of landscape, light and life. This program includes sketching, painting, and the use of documentation. Beginner, intermediate, and adventurous spirits welcome! Bring a sketch book, pencil and eraser to the first class and supplies will be discussed.
      Anvil Centre Studio 411A
      Saturdays, 10:00am - 12:00 pm
      July 8 – August 26* (157268)
      *No class August 5th
      Registration Fee: $80.00 (7 classes)
      Instructor: Riette Gordon


      Art + Colour

      Join this spectral eye-opening class and explore your love of colour with artist, Amy-Claire Huestis.  Through indoor and outdoor explorations you will experiment with optical toys in the landscape, discover contemporary and historical works by artists who we might call "colourists", build beautiful colour wheels and create 2D colour studies. Come and develop your own personal love of colour in a cheerful and playful group setting. The class is tailored to meet the particular needs and methods suitable to the group.
      Anvil Centre Room 411B
      Sundays, 10:00 - 12:00 pm
      July 9 – August 20* (157281)
      *No class August 6
      Registration Fee: $80.00 (6 classes)         Instructor: Amy-Claire Huestis

       

    • Sculpt It! (5-7 years)
      DAYCAMP

      This camp teaches young minds to think in three-dimensions, making sculptural artworks by shaping or combining materials. Assembled by gluing, stacking, sculpting, or collaging and more, make use of materials such as clay, wood, cardboard, paper, tape, foam, and anything else you can imagine! Join Melissa Thorpe for this fun, active and imaginative class and get creative in 3D!
      Anvil Centre Studio 413
      Monday to Friday, 9:30 – 12:00 pm
      July 3 – July 7 (157363)
      Registration Fee: $85.00 (5 classes)
      Instructor: Melissa Thorpe


      KidPrint! Day Camp (8-10 years)
      DAYCAMP

      Ideal for the young student interested in the exploration and experimentation of different materials and art styles, this program offers drawing, mixed media and design techniques with a special focus on printmaking methods, such as relief prints, monoprints, silkscreening and collagraphs. On Friday invite your family to our finale showcasing all of the fabulous work you and your friends have created during your week at camp.
      Anvil Centre Studio 411
      Monday to Friday, 1:30 – 4:30pm
      July 3 – July 7 (157368)
      Registration Fee: $90.00 (5 classes)
      Instructor: Melissa Thorpe


      Zine Making Day Camp (7-9 years)
      DAYCAMP

      Explore zine-making and its burgeoning culture! Create beautiful one-of-a-kind publications and learn about various elements of art and design. Draw, paint, stamp, stitch, glue and collage your way into the world of zines! Draw inspiration from your creative imagination, our stunning location overlooking the Fraser River, and the hum of city life just beyond our doors.
      Anvil Centre Studio 411
      Monday to Friday, 9:30 – 12:30 pm
      July 10 – July 14 (157376)
      Registration Fee: $85.00 (5 classes)        
      Instructor: Melissa Thorpe


      Dig in: Drawing in the Dirt (8-12 years)
      DAYCAMP
      Dig into drawing while looking closely at the natural world that surrounds us. Using a combination of fieldtrips and classroom time, this program teaches the basics of illustration and drawing techniques. Materials such as charcoal, coloured pencil and pen will help explore drawing fundamentals, while plant, insect and animal specimen borrowed from the Beaty Biodiversity Museum will enhance curiosity and observation skills!
      Anvil Centre Studio 413
      Monday to Friday, 1:30 – 4:30pm
      July 10 – July 14 (157379)
      Registration Fee: $95.00 (5 classes)
      Instructor: Amy-Claire Huestis


      Eco-Art Day Camp (5-7 years)
      DAYCAMP

      Come experiment with various artistic materials, conventional and unconventional, derived from the environment and green spaces that surround us.  Explore themes related to the environment, the importance of ecological systems, and how humans play a part. Students will learn artistic processes such as eco printing, natural dyeing, collaging, and plant weaving among others. Get ready to get your hands dirty!
      Queen's Park Picnic Shelter 2
      Monday to Friday, 10:00 – 12:00pm
      July 17 – July 21 (157382)
      Registration Fee: $70.00 (5 classes)
      Instructor: Holly Clarke


      Textile Art Day Camp (8-10 years)
      DAYCAMP

      Ignite your curiosity for the history and diversity of craft through textile art! Using a variety of materials and techniques students will explore the historic and contemporary worlds of textiles and the textile arts.  The class will dive into techniques like, knitting, embroidery, wet-felting, needle felting and so much more! In the class we will use recycled and our own old textile materials to create a class quilt!
      Anvil Centre Studio 413
      Monday to Friday, 1:30 – 4:30pm
      July 17 – July 21 (157385)
      Registration Fee: $90.00 (5 classes)
      Instructor: Holly Clarke


      Mask Making Day Camp (5-7 years)
      DAYCAMP

      Bring your inner character to life with masks! Whether animal, superhero, or something from your imagination, this program offers creative experimentation and storytelling opportunities. Using a variety of materials, learn to make both simple and sculptural masks that reflect personal expressions, Through dialogue and play, come explore the rich and exciting world of masks!
      Anvil Centre Studio 413
      Monday to Friday, 10:00 – 1:00pm
      July 24 – July 28 (157386)
      Registration Fee: $85.00 (5 classes)
      Instructor: Noelle Horrocks


      Eco-Art Day Camp (8-10 years)
      DAYCAMP

      Come experiment with various artistic materials, conventional and unconventional, derived from the environment and green spaces that surround us.  Explore themes related to the environment, the importance of ecological systems, and how humans play a part. Students will learn artistic processes such as eco printing, natural dyeing, textile art, collaging, and plant weaving among others. Get ready to get your hands dirty!
      Queen's Park Picnic Shelter 2
      Monday to Friday, 1:30 – 4:30pm
      July 24 – July  28 (157384)
      Registration Fee: $90.00 (5 classes)
      Instructor: Holly Clarke


      Art + Colour

      Join this spectral eye-opening class and explore your love of colour with artist, Amy-Claire Huestis.  Through indoor and outdoor explorations you will experiment with optical toys in the landscape, discover contemporary and historical works by artists who we might call "colourists", build beautiful colour wheels and create 2D colour studies. Come and develop your own personal love of colour in a cheerful and playful group setting. The class is tailored to meet the particular needs and methods suitable to the group.
      Anvil Centre Room 411B
      Sundays, 10:00 - 12:00 pm
      July 9 – August 20* (157281)
      *No class August 6
      Registration Fee: $80.00 (6 classes)
      Instructor: Amy-Claire Huestis


      Collagraphy (19+ years)

      Collagraphy is the process of making a print of a collage. Using materials such as cardboard, tape, textiles, string or leaves to create a plate, this process is simple but full of possibilities. The collaged textures make a relief surface that, when inked, create a wide range of tonal effects. Using special printing inks and papers you will make and number an edition of prints.
      Anvil Centre, Studio 411B
      Saturdays, 10:00am – 1:00pm
      June 24 (155749)
      August 12 (157330)
      Registration Fee: $25.00            
      Instructor: Saskia Jetten


      Camera Obscura  (19+ years)

      Build your own camera obscura!  Work with light artist, Amy-Claire Huestis, and learn all about this optical device. Used for centuries before the film camera to see the world and capture an image on a screen, the portable camera obscura reveals a stunning and beautiful image of the world.   This workshop briefly reviews the history and optics of the camera obscura, and participants will build their own to playfully explore the New Westminster waterfront, and take home for further experimentation. 
      Anvil Centre, Studio 411A
      Saturday July 8, 1:00 - 4:00pm (157334)
      Registration Fee: $30.00 (1 class)
      Instructor: Amy-Claire Huestis


      Felting Workshop (19+ or Parent Participation)

      Learn about wet felting and working with felting tools to create different shapes. Personal instruction throughout the workshop means you leave with the skills to continue your craft at home, and take home your very own felt creation. This course is suitable for beginners and those with some experience.
      Anvil Centre Room 411
      Sundays, 1:00 – 4:00pm
      May 28 (155754)
      June 18 (155755)
      July 30 (157337)
      Registration Fee: $30.00 (1 class)
      Instructor: Holly Clarke

    • KidPrint! Day Camp (8-10 years)
      Ideal for the young student interested in the exploration and experimentation of different materials and art styles, this program offers drawing, mixed media and design techniques with a special focus on printmaking methods, such as relief prints, monoprints, silkscreening and collagraphs. On Friday invite your family to our finale showcasing all of the fabulous work you and your friends have created during your week at camp.
      Anvil Centre Studio 411
      Monday to Friday, 1:30 – 4:30pm
      July 3 – July 7 (157368)
      Registration Fee: $90.00 (5 classes)
      Instructor: Melissa Thorpe


      Monoprint I (19+ years)

      Monoprint is one of the most direct forms of printmaking, and this workshop is perfect for beginners, or those with some knowledge of drawing and painting. Learn about mirror images, positive and negative space, and the basics of the print matrix. Using special printing inks and papers you will learn how to make a monoprint using our printing press.
      Anvil Centre, Studio 411B
      Saturday May 6, 10:00 - 1:00 pm (155742)
      Registration Fee: $25.00              
      Instructor: Saskia Jetten


      Monoprint II (19+ years)
      Spontaneous and variable, monoprinting produces one-of-a-kind prints that can develop into a series based on colour, texture or subject matter. Developing on basic techniques learned in Monoprint I, this workshop will introduce colour, variation of tone and more complex matrixes. Using special printing inks and papers you will learn how to make a monoprint series using our printing press. 
      Anvil Centre, Studio 411B
      Saturday May 6, 2:00 – 5:00pm (155743)
      Registration Fee: $25.00              
      Instructor: Saskia Jetten


      Linocut I (19+ years)

      Linocut is a subtractive, relief printing technique, similar to woodblock. Learn about mirror imaging, positive and negative space, and transfer methods to create your design. Using cutting tools (gouges) to create a range of marks in the linoleum, this introductory course will equip you with the basic skills and techniques needed to produce a small edition of linocut prints.
      Anvil Centre, Studio 411B
      Saturday July 8, 10:00am - 1:00pm (157300)
      Registration Fee: $25.00
      Instructor: Saskia Jetten


      Linocut II (19+years)
      Using a subtractive process, linocut prints allow for a broad range of expressive techniques, from simplistic and graphic, to intricate and detailed. Exploring mark-making techniques, colour and multiple-matrix printing, this workshop is suitable for those with previous printmaking knowledge, or for participants from Linocut I. Using special printing inks and papers you will make and number an edition of prints. 
      Anvil Centre, Studio 411B
      Saturday July 8, 2:00pm - 5:00pm (157301)
      Registration Fee: $25.00              
      Instructor: Saskia Jetten


      Drypoint (19+ years)

      The drypoint printmaking technique scratches an image into a plate. Working with a sharp metal or diamond point tool, this method echoes drawing processes and produces beautiful soft, dense lines. Using Plexiglas plates, intaglio inks and special papers, you will learn about mirror images and the basics of the print matrix.
      Anvil Centre, Studio 411B
      Saturdays, 10:00am - 1:00pm  
      May 13 (155747)
      July 22 (157324)
      Registration Fee: $25.00              
      Instructor: Saskia Jetten


      Collagraphy (19+ years)

      Collagraphy is the process of making a print of a collage. Using materials such as cardboard, tape, textiles, string or leaves to create a plate, this process is simple but full of possibilities. The collaged textures make a relief surface that, when inked, create a wide range of tonal effects. Using special printing inks and papers you will make and number an edition of prints.  Anvil Centre, Studio 411B
      Saturdays, 10:00am – 1:00pm
      June 24 (155749)
      August 12 (157330)
      Registration Fee: $25.00            
      Instructor: Saskia Jetten


      Print Matters - Open Studio (19+ years)

      This open studio program offers the perfect opportunity to experiment with printmaking techniques learned in previous workshops, get back in touch with your love for prints, or get excited about upcoming classes. Bring in-progress projects or sketches to work from and get advice from the instructor and your peers! All skill levels welcome, some previous experience required.
      Anvil Centre, Studio 411/411B
      Saturdays, 2:00 - 5:00 pm
      May 13 (155751)
      June 24 (155752)
      July 22 (157331)
      August 12 (157332)
      Registration Fee: $25.00
      Instructor: Saskia Jetten

    • Rock & Roll Photography (15 – 18 years)

      Music has been documented by great photographers from Rock & Roll through to today's Pop music. Whether you are an aspiring photographer or musician, or dream of all-access passes to your favorite show, this program will introduce you to photographic techniques to catch the energy, spectacle and magic of Rock & Roll. Presented in conjunction with the Fine Art of Rock & Roll exhibition, featuring notable cover works by Ernie Cefalu and Pacific Eye & Ear, this program is once in a lifetime!
      Anvil Centre Studio 411
      Monday to Friday, 10:00 – 1:00 pm
      July 17 – July 21 (157380)
      Registration Fee: $135.00 (5 classes)
      Instructor: Rebecca Blisset


      Camera Obscura  (19+ years)
      Build your own camera obscura!  Work with light artist, Amy-Claire Huestis, and learn all about this optical device. Used for centuries before the film camera to see the world and capture an image on a screen, the portable camera obscura reveals a stunning and beautiful image of the world.   This workshop briefly reviews the history and optics of the camera obscura, and participants will build their own to playfully explore the New Westminster waterfront, and take home for further experimentation. 
      Anvil Centre, Studio 411A
      Saturday July 8, 1:00 - 4:00pm (157334)
      Registration Fee: $30.00 (1 class)
      Instructor: Amy-Claire Huestis

    • Creative Moves – Yoga & Dance (4-6 years)
      DAYCAMP

      In this introduction to creative movement and yoga, little movers will explore their bodies and breath, while developing coordination, rhythm, spatial awareness and cooperation. On the last day of this week-long movement camp invite your family and friends to a finale presentation.
      Anvil Centre Studio 415
      Monday to Friday, 9:30 – 11:30 pm
      July 10 – July 14 (157372)
      Registration Fee: $60.00 (5 classes)
      Instructor: Carolina Bergonzoni


      Parent & Baby Yoga (19+)
      This class begins with a Baby Yoga Flow that supports Baby's developing systems. Following is a Parent's Yoga Flow that loosens and opens areas of the body that often experience repetitive strain while caring for an infant. Each class will include pranayama and core strengthening sequences. Please bring your own yoga mat and a blanket for your baby.
      Anvil Centre Dance Studio 415
      Wednesdays, 11:15am - 12:30pm
      May 10 - June 21 (155772)
      June 28 – August 16* (157244)
      *no class July 19
      Registration Fee: $68.00 (7 classes)
      Instructor: Doreen Chand


      Rise & Shine Yoga (19+ years)
      Another day has started, so why not begin by thanking your body with yoga. Start your day by creating energy in every Asana, and conveying emotions in every movement. Come let your mind express and heal itself without interruption. Yoga is not just a word, it is a world! This physical practice is open to all levels and Doreen Chand offers a rewarding yoga experience with every visit. Bring your own yoga mat.
      Anvil Centre Dance Studio 415
      Wednesdays, 9:30 - 10:45 am
      May 10 – June 21 (155799)
      Registration Fee: $52.00 (6 classes)
      June 28 – August 16* (155800)
      *No class July 19             
      Registration Fee: $60.00 (7 classes)
      Instructor: Doreen Chand


      Bodyworks Yoga – Moving into Awareness (19+ years)
      With mindfulness and purpose, develop greater strength, flexibility and overall health while also appreciating the physical body as a pathway to greater stillness and connection with consciousness. We will use postures, breath and close attention to how the body is designed to move towards our greatest potential both outside and in. This physical practice is open to all levels. Bring your own yoga mat.
      Anvil Centre Dance Studio 415
      Saturdays, 9:15-10:30am
      July 8 – August 26* (157251)
      *No class August 5
      Registration Fee: $60.00 (7 classes)
      Instructor: TBA


      Yoga Basic Back Care (19+ years)

      This class provides a gentle approach to healthy toning of the low back, strengthening the core and developing a full range of motion throughout the joints. Our instructor brings attention to alignment in each pose and engages the whole body in a full variety of strengthening and opening poses. Expect to move through your comfortable range of motion and discover the possibility of going beyond. Join our yoga community – no previous yoga experience required. Bring your own yoga mat.
      Anvil Centre Dance Studio 415
      Sundays, 10:00am – 11:15am
      May 28 – June 25 (159445) NEW!
      Saturdays, 10:45am - 12:00pm
      July 8 – August 26* (157252)
      *No class August 5
      Registration Fee: $60.00 (7 classes)
      Instructor: Michael Ashton


      At The Barre (19+)

      Get creative with your exercise routine! This program is designed to help promote balance and alignment, with a focus on lengthening your body and strengthening your legs, feet and core. An upbeat and energetic class, movements are founded on ballet basics, but require no previous ballet or dance experience. Come move with us! 
      Anvil Centre Dance Studio 415
      Thursdays, 6:15 – 7:30 pm
      May 11 – June 22 (155803)
      July 6 – August 17 (157254)
      Tuesdays, 4:45 – 6:00pm
      May 16 – June 27 (157253)
      Registration Fee: $52.00 (7 classes)
      Instructor: Jessie Au

    • Monoprint I (19+ years)

      Monoprint is one of the most direct forms of printmaking, and this workshop is perfect for beginners, or those with some knowledge of drawing and painting. Learn about mirror images, positive and negative space, and the basics of the print matrix. Using special printing inks and papers you will learn how to make a monoprint using our printing press.
      Anvil Centre, Studio 411B
      Saturday May 6, 10:00 - 1:00 pm (155742)
      Registration Fee: $25.00              
      Instructor: Saskia Jetten


      Monoprint II (19+ years)
      Spontaneous and variable, monoprinting produces one-of-a-kind prints that can develop into a series based on colour, texture or subject matter. Developing on basic techniques learned in Monoprint I, this workshop will introduce colour, variation of tone and more complex matrixes. Using special printing inks and papers you will learn how to make a monoprint series using our printing press. 
      Anvil Centre, Studio 411B
      Saturday May 6, 2:00 – 5:00pm (155743)
      Registration Fee: $25.00              
      Instructor: Saskia Jetten


      Linocut I (19+ years)

      Linocut is a subtractive, relief printing technique, similar to woodblock. Learn about mirror imaging, positive and negative space, and transfer methods to create your design. Using cutting tools (gouges) to create a range of marks in the linoleum, this introductory course will equip you with the basic skills and techniques needed to produce a small edition of linocut prints.
      Anvil Centre, Studio 411B
      Saturday July 8, 10:00am - 1:00pm (157300)
      Registration Fee: $25.00
      Instructor: Saskia Jetten


      Linocut II (19+years)
      Using a subtractive process, linocut prints allow for a broad range of expressive techniques, from simplistic and graphic, to intricate and detailed. Exploring mark-making techniques, colour and multiple-matrix printing, this workshop is suitable for those with previous printmaking knowledge, or for participants from Linocut I. Using special printing inks and papers you will make and number an edition of prints. 
      Anvil Centre, Studio 411B
      Saturday July 8, 2:00pm - 5:00pm (157301)
      Registration Fee: $25.00              
      Instructor: Saskia Jetten


      Drypoint (19+ years)

      The drypoint printmaking technique scratches an image into a plate. Working with a sharp metal or diamond point tool, this method echoes drawing processes and produces beautiful soft, dense lines. Using Plexiglas plates, intaglio inks and special papers, you will learn about mirror images and the basics of the print matrix.
      Anvil Centre, Studio 411B
      Saturdays, 10:00am - 1:00pm  
      May 13 (155747)
      July 22 (157324)
      Registration Fee: $25.00              
      Instructor: Saskia Jetten


      Collagraphy (19+ years)

      Collagraphy is the process of making a print of a collage. Using materials such as cardboard, tape, textiles, string or leaves to create a plate, this process is simple but full of possibilities. The collaged textures make a relief surface that, when inked, create a wide range of tonal effects. Using special printing inks and papers you will make and number an edition of prints.  Anvil Centre, Studio 411B
      Saturdays, 10:00am – 1:00pm
      June 24 (155749)
      August 12 (157330)
      Registration Fee: $25.00            
      Instructor: Saskia Jetten


      Print Matters - Open Studio (19+ years)

      This open studio program offers the perfect opportunity to experiment with printmaking techniques learned in previous workshops, get back in touch with your love for prints, or get excited about upcoming classes. Bring in-progress projects or sketches to work from and get advice from the instructor and your peers! All skill levels welcome, some previous experience required.
      Anvil Centre, Studio 411/411B
      Saturdays, 2:00 - 5:00 pm
      May 13 (155751)
      June 24 (155752)
      July 22 (157331)
      August 12 (157332)
      Registration Fee: $25.00
      Instructor: Saskia Jetten


      Camera Obscura  (19+ years)

      Build your own camera obscura!  Work with light artist, Amy-Claire Huestis, and learn all about this optical device. Used for centuries before the film camera to see the world and capture an image on a screen, the portable camera obscura reveals a stunning and beautiful image of the world.   This workshop briefly reviews the history and optics of the camera obscura, and participants will build their own to playfully explore the New Westminster waterfront, and take home for further experimentation. 
      Anvil Centre, Studio 411A
      Saturday July 8, 1:00 - 4:00pm (157334)
      Registration Fee: $30.00 (1 class)             
      Instructor: Amy-Claire Huestis


      Figuratively Speaking (19+ years)
      Develop a solid foundation in life drawing with an intensive workshop on the human figure, using draped and undraped male and female models. The workshop explores the timeless concepts of observational drawing and its compositional principles. A variety of materials such as graphite, conte and charcoal are used for both analytical and expressive studies.  No prior experience with drawing is required or expected.
      Anvil Centre Room 311
      Sunday, April 30, 12:00 - 4:00 pm (154801)
      Registration Fee: $42.00 (1 class)
      Instructor: Caitlin Chaisson


      Felting Workshop (19+ or Parent Participation)

      Learn about wet felting and working with felting tools to create different shapes. Personal instruction throughout the workshop means you leave with the skills to continue your craft at home, and take home your very own felt creation. This course is suitable for beginners and those with some experience.
      Anvil Centre Room 411
      Sundays, 1:00 – 4:00pm
      May 28 (155754)
      June 18 (155755)
      July 30 (157337)
      Registration Fee: $30.00 (1 class)
      Instructor: Holly Clarke

    • A group of intrepid cultural enthusiasts who boldly venture across the Lower Mainland in search of dynamic and diverse works of art! Led by New Westminster’s Arts Services team, this informal group travels to galleries, art studios for private tours from curators, artists and gallery staff.

      Our outings also include time to socialize and discuss the work that we encounter as a group. The program is free, but participants are required to pay for transit and optional lunches and refreshments on the road.  Join us and tap into what’s happening in the regional arts scene!

      Suitable for participants 19 years and older.

      January 28, 2017 10:00am - 1:00pm
      Join us for tours of galleries in Vancouver's Flats, including Monte Clark Gallery, Equinox Gallery, grunt gallery and Catriona Jeffries.

      For information or email updates, contact or at 604.515.3837.

    • Sculpt It! (5-8 years)
      (a SCHOOL FREE DAYS program)

      This workshop teaches young minds to think in three-dimensions, making sculptural artworks by shaping or combining materials. Assembled by gluing, stacking, sculpting, or collaging and more, make use of materials such as clay, wood, cardboard, paper, tape, foam and anything else you can imagine! Join Colette Lisoway for this fun, active and imaginative class and get creative in 3D!

      Anvil Centre Studio 413
      Monday April 24, 10:00-1:00pm
      Registration Fee: CLASS FULL
      Instructor: Colette Lisoway


      Mandala Drawing Workshop (5-8)
      (a SCHOOL FREE DAY program)

      Loosely translated, mandala means "circle" and is a centuries old cross-cultural art practice and spiritual symbol. Using a combination of templates, stencils and freestyle, this class is perfect to both calm the mind and spark creativity. Join artist and educator Sandeep Johal in an introduction to contemporary mandala drawing that will take you on a colourful, exploratory and meditative journey!

      Anvil Centre Studio 413
      Friday February 24, 10:00-1:00pm (154802)
      Registration Fee: FREE!
      Instructor: Sandeep Johal


      Dig In: Drawing in the Dirt (13-18 years)
      (a SCHOOL FREE DAYS program)

      Dig into drawing while looking closely at the natural world surrounding us with this beginner workshop. Using specimen borrowed from the Beaty Biodiversity Museum, this workshop will focus on the inner workings of insect and animal bodies, and a short outdoor excursion will encourage you to collect your own specimens. Charcoal, graphite, coloured pencil and pen will be sued to provide some of the fundamental skills of drawing, and in-class exercises will help guide you through the basics of scientific illustration.

      Anvil Centre Studio 411
      Monday April 24, 2:00-5:00pm (154809)
      Registration Fee: FREE!
      Instructor: Caitlin Chaisson


      KidPrint! (9 - 12 years)
      (a SCHOOL FREE DAYS program)

      This class is ideal for the young student interested in the exploration and experimentation of different materials and art styles.  Drawing, design, and painting techniques will be introduced with a special focus on various printmaking methods, such as relief prints, monoprints, silkscreening and collagraphs. Projects will use a combination of materials and techniques to create a mixed media finished work.

      Anvil Centre Studio 411
      Friday February 24, 10:00am-1:00pm (154803)
      Monday April 24, 10:00am-1:00pm (154805)
      Registration Fee: FREE
      Instructor: Melissa Thorpe


      Teen Improvisational Movement (13 - 18 years)
      (a SCHOOL FREE DAYS program)

      Improvisational movement is a fun and creative way to get more comfortable with a growing and always changing body in a safe and inclusive setting. Beginning with a warm-up influenced by dance and yoga practices, participants will ground their bodies and discuss perceptions of the surrounding space and the presence of others. Through both free and guided explorations of creative movement, you will stretch and strengthen the body while working on thematic elements such as space, relationships, use of weight, time, rhythm and more.

      Anvil Centre Dance Studio 415
      Friday February 24, 10:00am-1:00pm (154804)
      Registration Fee: FREE
      Instructor: Carolina Bergonzoni


      Musical Theatre Performance
      (a SCHOOL FREE DAYS program)

      Join award-winning director, choreographer, producer Peter Jorgensen and explore the connection between words and music. Using a Broadway show tune as inspiration, participants will focus on discovering a deeper connection to the lyrics through the music, and how to use the music to help shape an overall performance. This class is a fun and insightful glimpse into a professional approach to musical theatre performance! Peter is a Co-Artistic Producer with Patrick Street Productions and has been running the Arts Club Musical Theatre Intensive for 15 years.

      Anvil Centre Dance Studio 415
      Friday February 24
      11-14 years: 2:00-3:30pm (154806)
      15-18 years: 3:30-5:00pm (154807)
      Registration Fee: FREE
      Instructor: Peter Jorgensen

    • Grant Writing for Artists (19+ years)

      Artists often rely on grants to fund projects, develop their practices, attend presentations or assist in the cost of exhibiting works. This 2-day workshop offers an introduction to preparing successful grant applications for visual and media arts. Work with a professional artist and grant recipient to navigate this daunting process, discussing best practices and techniques for success. Participants are encouraged to come prepared with a project proposal to begin the session. Mock submissions are presented on day two to stimulate discussion on criteria, sharing valuable and constructive feedback.

      Anvil Centre Room 417
      Saturdays, 2:00 - 5:00 pm
      April 8 + 15 (155089)
      Registration Fee: $40.00 (2 classes)           
      Guest Instructor: Annie Briard

    • The Anvil Centre Artists-in-Residence Program

      The Anvil Centre AiR is a self-directed residency program offering opportunities for artists to focus on work in a creative environment, with dedicated studio time.

      This residency accommodates artists and artist collectives working in sculpture, print, fibre, drawing, painting, writing and literary arts, music, dance and performance for a four-week period for research, development and production of new or ongoing bodies of work. In exchange, artists will facilitate an outreach program for the local community during their residency.

      2017 Artists-in-Residence:
      Sam Davidson, Sarah Gallos, Sandeep Johal, Chelsea Comeau, Teodora Zamfirescu, Elisa Yon, Lois Klassen, Jennifer Pielak, Meichen Waxer, Andrea Taylor, Margery Theroux, Julian Legere, Michelle Cyr, Farouche Collective (Mahaila Patterson O'Brien, Felicia Lau, Erika Mitsuhashi), Jessica Gnyp, and Dawn Livera.


      May 2017: Elisa Yon

      Elisa Yon is a Vancouver-based artist and public Art Coordinator for the City of Richmond. Her recent work includes Alien Terrarium, a collaboration with artist Amanda Arcuri as part of the Vancouver Public Art Program's Platforms 2016: Coastal City exhibition, and Working Holiday, a year socially engaged artist residency project at Dunbar Community Centre in Vancouver, working in collaboration with artists Leah Weinstein and Jaspal Marwah. She holds a Master of Applied Art degree from Emily Carr University and a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Waterloo.

      A new hybrid art and curation project by Elisa Yon will aim to create a mutable and transitory gathering, book-making and performance space, designed to host artist and non-artist text-based book projects or libraries, such as Lois Klassen's current work, Reading the Migration Library. This residency will allow the artist to question, test and develop the inaugural manifestation of Curating Library.

      Workshops:

      Still Life w/ No Name (18+)
      Anvil Centre Artist-in-Residence, Elisa Yon will lead a still life drawing and recipe-making workshop inspired by the budget conscious foods she consumed growing up in a Chinese-Canadian immigrant family. Participants will create drawings and recipes from a still life composed of an assortment of no name brand food products. At the end of the workshop, participants will be invited to contribute one drawing and/or recipe to an artist book that will be produced by the artist and contributed to readingthemigrationlibrary.com, a project by Lois Klassen, Anvil Centre's June Artist-in-Residence. Drawing materials will be provided.

      Friday May 12, 1:00pm - 5:00pm
      Anvil Centre Studio 411B

      Sunday May 14, 10:00am - 2:00pm
      Anvil Centre Studio 411B

      These workshops are FREE and open to the public. RSVP required - please contact to reserve your spot. Maximum 12 participants. Must be 18+ or accompanied by an adult.


      April 2017: Chelsea Comeau

      Chelsea Comeau is a freelance writer and editor, and an Education Assistant, whose work has appeared in The Claremont Review, Quills, and CV2. In 2011, Amber Tamblyn selected her as the winner of the BUST magazine poetry contest. In 2014, she was one of eight poets across Canada accepted for the poetry genre in the Banff Centre’s Writing With Style Programme, working with Lorna Crozier. In 2015, she was the Canadian winner of the Leaf Press chapbook contest. She has appeared at Word Vancouver, and was a guest on Co-Op Radio’s Wax Poetic show. She attends poetry retreats with Patrick Lane and Lorna Crozier.

      For the duration of her residency, Comeau will develop a full-length poetry manuscript that explores the themes of women and a
      connection to place. Comeau believes that women’s issues are extremely relevant at this point in time, particularly following the recent U.S. election results. Being a resident of New Westminster, a location steeped in history, Comeau also feels a deep sense of connection to physical presence. She will be exploring both her role in this world as a woman, as well as emotional ties to her environment through poetry.

      Workshop:

      Looking for professional feedback for your manuscript, article, review or other written work? Join April Artist-in-Residence Chelsea Comeau for one-on-one advice about your project. Comeau's advice can help strengthen your work, maximize your chances of success, or provide suggestions to push your writing to the next level. Depending on your project and needs, this special workshop can accommodate either 30 or 60-minute sessions. To book your one-on-one consultation,
      Anvil Centre Room 311
      Saturday May 13, 12:00pm-4:00pm
      FREE; RSVP required.

       


      April 2017: Teodora Zamfirescu

      Born in Transylvania and relocating various times around the globe, Teodora Zamfirescu spent many years growing up in the Eastern block dictatorship. This has set the foundation for how she views the world in terms of philosophical as well as aesthetic questions. She points to the everyday moments and the small details in life as her source of inspiration, and describes her work as a playful response to existential thoughts about the purpose of animate and inanimate matter. Her work is
      humorous as well as deeply serious, anchored in contradictions of philosophical pessimism which is equally romantic and life-affirming. She remains a big supporter of collaborations, public space installations and ad-hoc processes.

      Workshop:

      THINK TANK Come to Anvil Centre to examine spaces and places (including archives, landing, studios, bathrooms etc.) and share ideas (from totally doable to totally crazy) for filming and creative works. After considering all ideas, Zamfirescu will be shooting a film. Come give us your ideas!

      Thursday April 13, 5-7pm, Room 411B
      Sunday April 16, 11am-1pm, Room 411A


      March 2017: Sandeep Johal

      Sandeep Johal is a Canadian-born South Asian artist whose meticulously crafted, detail-oriented work embraces the intuitive and often spontaneous relationship between pattern and colour. Grounded in principles of symmetry and geometry, her pattern-work is heavily influenced by South Asian textile design and motifs, particularly the mandala form. Sandeep is fascinated with exploring meditation through the process of repetition and creating a contemplative space for her viewers.

      For the duration of her residency Sandeep will be exploring themes of gender justice, continuing the series HARD KAUR -not your starlet, not your victim, and creating new works her upcoming solo show, REST IN POWER. For updates, follow her on Instagram @sandeepjohalart

      Workshop:

      Artist Talk: Sandeep Johal
      Join Vancouver-based artist and March Artist-in-Residence Sandeep Johal for an presentation and discussion about the artist's ongoing series HARD KAUR - not your starlet, not your victim. The works acknowledge female victims of gender-based violence and will be shown in the artist's upcoming solo exhibition REST IN POWER opening at the gam gallery September 8th.
      Anvil Centre Room 417
      Saturday May 13th, 2pm-4pm
      FREE

      *Due to the content of the artist's work and practice, this event is 19+

       


      February 2017: Sarah Gallos

      Sarah Gallos is a dancer, choreographer, improviser, and teacher based in Vancouver, BC. Her work is based in contemporary forms, influenced by her study of contact dance and release technique, informed by her practice of clown as well as classical ballet.
      Her choreography FOLLOW has been selected for Des Arts Dehors/ Arts Outside, a Made in BC: Dance on Tour initiative. She is co-producer of the Shooting Gallery Performance Series; showcasing short form experimental dance and theatre. She has performed for choreographers Julie Lebel, Julianne Chapple, Meredith Kalaman and is a member of the Dusty Flowerpot Cabaret.

      Workshop:

      Artist in residence Sarah Gallos is offering a parent and child movement-based class. Perfect for spring, come to learn about and move like plants. Great for younger children to adults, this session will touch upon the stages of growth of a plant. Starting with the moment a seed starts to reach its roots into the earth through to summer, fall and ending with it buried under the winter snow.

      Sunday March 12th 11:15 am -12:00 pm

      All performances and presentations free and open to the public.

       


      January 2017: Sam Davidson

       

      Sam Davidson (B.Mus) is a specialist in the EWI, a breath-controlled synthesizer of under-realized potential which he features in his recordings and performances. He is a member of Canadian band Brasstronaut who have toured Europe and North America extensively. He also performs as sideman to Toronto violinist Jaron Freeman-Fox and The Opposite of Everything.

      For the duration of the residency Sam has been working across several genres and instruments, developing his compositional techniques. Using 'early music' (AD1620-1720) as source material, he has immersed himself in baroque melodies, extracting their themes to recycle into new innovative works.

      Pop-Up Performances:

      Tuesday January 10, 11:30am
      Friday January 13, 2:00pm
      Tuesday January 17, 6:00pm
      Tuesday January 24, 3:00pm
      Thursday January 26, 11:00am

      Final Presentation & Performance:

      Saturday February 4, 3:00pm

      All performances and presentations free and open to the public.

    • Our curriculum-based school programs with hands-on learning are designed to engage and inspire your students. Programs are presented by staff and trained volunteer docents in Irving House and the Museum and Archives.

      School Bookings Require:
      • Advance booking is required, please call or email us
      • Payment (VISA, MC, Cash, Cheque) is required at booking
      • Advance notice of student special needs helps us serve   you better
      • Cancellations require 72 hours notice before the tour for refunds. Cancellations made thereafter will not be refunded

    • Pop-Up Museum in the Park (All Ages)

      This summer the Museum comes to you! Join us at our neighbourhood parks for some old fashioned fun and games. We'll be set up with artifacts from our Teaching Collection and each week we have a different activity, craft, or game for you to explore, play, and learn. *New Westminster Public Library will also be joining us with books and activities on July 13 and August 10.

      New Westminster Museum

      Thursday, 12:30 - 3:00 pm

      July 6 Moody Park

      August 3 Sapperton Park

      July 13* Queens Park

      August 10th* Westminster Pier Park

      July 20 Ryall Park

      August 17 Grimston Park

      July 27 Hume Park

      Drop-in Fee: Free


      Kidsworld on the Samson V Paddle Wheeler (5-15 years)

      For one day in August, the Samson V Museum partners with KidsWorld. Families with a KidsWorld membership can explore the wonder of life keeping the Fraser River safe. Tour the last steam-powered sternwheeler in BC, then try some knot-tying and other nautical crafts.

      Samson V Museum

      Wednesday, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

      August 2

      Drop-in Free: By Donation


      Saving Our Stones: Cemetery preservation project (All Ages)

      The Museum is continuing last summer's success to help preserve the city's grave markers. Under the guidance of museum staff, you are invited to volunteer to clean gravestones. This is a unique was for the communi9ty to work together and show respect to those who came before them.

      Fraser Cemetery, 100 Richmond Street

      10:00 am - 12:00 pm

      Sunday July 30                                     157785

      Thursday, August 3                               157786

      Wednesday, August 9                           157787

      Saturday, August 12                              157788

      Registration Fee: Free


      New Westminster Explorers (9-12 years)

      Calling all adventurers and explorers! In association with New Westminster Museum's feature exhibition, Making New Westminster, learn why the city is shaped the way it is. Make a compass, learn how to read maps to find objects in the museum, and then use these skills to create your own city map to plan the future of New Westminster.

      Anvil Centre Room 31

      Saturday, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

      July 15

      Registration Fee: $13.25                     157725


      Faery Fantasy (4-6 years)

      Kids will explore the secrets of garden fairies as they discover the age-old mysteries inspired by the stories an rhymes of fairy frolic. An afternoon of fairy lore and fun with garden games and crafts will captivate young minds and hearts

      Irving House

      Saturday, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

      July 29

      Registration Fee: $13.25                     157371


      Hit the Dirt (9-12 years)

      Learn how trees and plants have been used by people in New Westminster for thousands of years. Get your hands dirty and harvest fresh vegetables from our Heritage Kitchen Garden to eat, explore Irving House and learn how the family used plants and wood in their everyday lives, and weave willow branches to create a cuff or bracelet to take home!

      Irving House

      Saturday, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

      July 8

      Registration Fee: $13.25                      157373


      A Day in the Life of a Pioneer (5-8 years)

      Travel back in time to experience a day in the life of a child in pioneer times. Learn about lighting and toys before electricity and batteries by creating your own dipped candles and a butter or scrubbing laundry using real antiques and make some lemonade to drink with a snack.

      Irving House

      Saturday, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

      August 12

      Registration Fee: $15.25                      157375

    • New Westminster Proof (16+ years)

      Join our City Archivist as we discuss spirits in New Westminster- not the ghostly, kind but the alcohol kind. Specifically, we will look at the history of the BC Distillery and its place in the city, from its beginnings in 1904 to the production of its last barrel in 1979. 

      Anvil Centre Room 417
      Sunday, 2:00 - 3:00 pm
      May 7
      Registration Required: Free           155725

    • Visions of the Future New West Cycling Tour (All Ages)

      Beginning at Sapperton Landing Park and traveling the Central Valley Greenway and BC Parkway west to Queensborough, this relatively flat historic cycling tour will trace some of New Westminster's planning, development and visions for the future. This program is in association with New Westminster Museum's feature exhibition, Making New Westminster.

      Meet at Sapperton Landing Park Picnic Shelter

      Saturday, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

      August 19

      Registration Fee: By Donation            157689


      Our Working Waterfront Walking Tour (19+ years)

      Walk along New Westminster's waterfront as we highlight the instrumental role of waterfront industry in New Westminster over the last 70 years. Learn about New Westminster's international shipping ports, saw mills, shipbuilding outfits and how that legacy continues to reverberate in today's increasingly residential waterfront. The tour will end at Steel & oak, an example of contemporary waterfront industry, where guests are encouraged to continue the conversation about out working waterfront.

      Meet at the World's Tallest Tin Soldier (East End of River Market) 604.527.4640

      Saturday, 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

      July 22                                                   157378

      Registration Fee: Required (by Donation)


      Cemetery Tour: The Royal City in 1867 (16+ years)

      In 1867, New Westminster was 8 years old and in that same year Canada, a confederation was formed. Join Archie Miller from A Sense of History Research Services as he celebrates Canada's 150th anniversary by linking local stories with this national event. This tour will introduce people of the Royal City who were busy in BC as they watched the story of "Canada"playing out far cross the continent.

      Fraser Cemetery, 100 Richmond St.

      Sunday, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

      July 23

      Registration Fee: $13.50                     157387


      Jane's Walk: Fishing on the Fraser (All Ages)

      Join local fisherman and historian Stephen Sawchuk for a tour of new Westminster's boardwalk to see the city from its commercial fishing days. Learn about the colourful waterfront fishing life; from monster sturgeons to controversies. Offered as par of Jane's walks, a global movement of neighbourhood walking tours. Bring walking shoes and dress for the weather as we will tour rain or shine. Registration required.

      Samson V, 880 Quayside Rive

      Saturday, 10:00 am - 11:00 am

      May 6

      Registration Required: Free              155729


      Jane's Walk: Sapperton Stories ( All Ages)

      Join Sapperton resident and freelance writer, Deni Loubert as she takes you on a tour of historic Sapperton. With a writer's eye, you will hear stories about some of our historic buildings and prominent people. This program is part of Jane's Walks, a global movement of neighbourhood walking tours. Bring walking shoes and dress for the weather as we will tour rain or shine. Registration required

      Meet at E. Columbia & Major Streets

      Saturday, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

      May 6

      Registration Required: Free              155728


      Cemetery Tour: Maritime and Fraser River Stories (16+ years)

      The local maritime past is a vital part of the Royal City's history. Join Archie Miller, A Sense of History Research Services, as he highlights individuals, activities and vessels that shaped the maritime history of the Fraser River. There are many interesting riverboat captains and pilots (including Captain William Irving) with "sea water in their veins."

      Fraser Cemetery, 100 Richmond St.

      Saturday, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

      June 24

      Registration Fee: $13.50                     155727


      In-House Spa Treatments (16+ years)

      Go back to the basics and learn how to make spa treatments from scratch. Treat cellulite, dry skin and lymphatic drainage! In this hands-on class, make a Himalayan body scrub, dead sea mineral body wrap, cellulite lotion and toning body oil. Included are recipes for creams, foot scrubs and nail salves. Supplies included.

      Anvil Centre Room 411
      Wednesday, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
      May 24
      Registration Fee: $41.25                    155916


      New Westminister's saloons (16+ years)

      Join our Museum Curator in look at some of the early saloons that dotted the fledging city. As part of an upcoming fall exhibition on drinking in New Westminster, hear stories about the characters, locations and bad deeds.

      Anvil Centre Room 417
      Wednesday, 7:00 - 8:00 pm
      June 7
      Registration Required: Free              155756     


      Natural Sun Protection Skincare (16+ years)

      Learn how to customize your sun protection by using natural ingredients to make hand-made beach and poolside essentials. Make and take home a tropical sun lotion, aloe after sun spray, chamomile hair treatment and a SPF lip balm. Also receive recipes on hair rinses and deep conditioners. Supplies included.

      Anvil Centre Room 411

      Thursday, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

      June 15

      Registration Fee: $41.25                     155917


      Rock 'n Roll Around the World (16+ years)

      Ernie Cefalu has created original album cover artwork for Areosmith, The Rolling Stones, Alice Cooper and others. In association with the Fine Art of Rock n Roll Exhibition, join Ernie as he recalls the history of Rock 'n Roll bands through 50s to the mid 90s. Hear stories of how bands started in the industry, memories from concerts and studio time during album creation and how concepts were developed for different album covers.

      Anvil Centre Room 417 
      Thursday, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
      July 20  


      Queen’s Park Walking Tour (16+ years)

      2017 Marks the 130th anniversary of Queen’s Park, the brainchild of Colonel Moody. Join us on a walking tour to celebrate this wonderful treasure as we learn about the history of the park and find out why it has been so popular over the ages.

      Queen’s Park Main Gate (1st St. at 3rd Ave.) 
      Saturday, 10:00 – 12:00 PM
      April 29
      Registration Fee: $10.00                     155290


      Victorian Book Club (16+ years)
      Discuss Victorian (and Edwardian) literature and culture as you sip tea in the luxurious 1865 Irving House. Read literary works by the Brontës, Charles Dickens, Robert Louis Stevenson, Oscar Wilde, H. G. Wells, Joseph Conrad, Henry James, Mark Twain and others. This is the perfect opportunity to meet new people and get involved in your community! The book club meets on a Saturday afternoon every two months.

      Irving House 
      Saturdays, 1:00 - 2:00 pm
      Call for dates
      Registration Fee: Admission by Donation

    • International Museums Day (All Ages)

      Explore the cultural spaces and galleries at Anvil Centre for a day of programs celebrating International Museums Day. Join our staff for a highlights tour of the New Westminster Museum every hour. Meet at New Westminster Museum Gallery Entrance, Third floor of Anvil Centre.


      Thursday, 10:00 am – 8:00 pm (last tour at 7:00pm)
      May 18
      Drop-in Fee: By Donation              


      National Aboriginal Day (All Ages)

      National Aboriginal Day events take place from coast to coast and New Westminster is no exception. Join us at Anvil Centre for a day of unique programming celebrating the diverse cultures of Canada's Aboriginal populations.

      New Westminster Museum 
      Wednesday, 10:00am - 2:00 pm
      June 21
      Drop-In Fee: By Donation


      Geocaching 101 (All Ages)

      In association with New Westminster Museum's feature exhibition, Making New Westminster, join Metro Vancouver Geocachers as they lead a hands-on workshop to explain the basics of this engaging activity. Under the guidance of "cachers" find the temporary caches that we've set up around the park and learn how you can continue the fun with your family, friends or by yourself!

      Queen's Park Playground. 
      Saturday, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
      July 15
      Drop-in Fee: Free              


      Family Day Drop-In (All Ages)

      Every Friday afternoon this summer, families can enjoy fun crafts and games for all ages in New Westminster's heritage spaces. In July, learn about the work Samson V did on the Fraser River and explore the last surviving wooden steam-powered sternwheeler. In August, join us at Irving House to explore Victorian life in the oldest intact house in the Lower Mainland.

      July - Samson V

      August - Irving House
      Friday, 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm
      Drop-in Fee:  Free

    • A Very Canadian Christmas (5 - 7 years)
      Enjoy a Canadian Christmas at Irving House! Make sweet smelling pomanders (a traditional ornament), a Victorian toy and a paper ornament to take home. Listen to holiday stories and explore a Victorian house decorated for Christmas. Join us for some holiday fun!

      Irving House
      Saturday, 10:00 - 11:30 am
      December 10
      Registration Fee: $13.25 
      Barcode # 153247


      Holly Jolly Christmas Crafts (8 - 10 years)
      Travel back in time to experience a traditional Victorian Christmas! Listen to festive stories, make a card to send to a special family member or friend, and create a holiday cracker to put a bang in your celebrations!

      Irving House
      Sunday, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
      December 4
      Registration Fee: $13.25
      Barcode # 153248


      Heritage Stocking Stuffer Skincare (16+ years)
      Stuffing stockings at Christmas is an old tradition. Children were encouraged to place their boots outside the door on Christmas Eve to receive gifts. Keep the tradition alive by making your own stocking stuffers including six different bath bombs in a variety of scents and shapes, two different bath salts, a creamy milk bath, bath n’ body oils and an aromatherapy roll-on. Supplies included.

      Anvil Centre Room 411
      Wednesday, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
      December 7
      Registration Fee: $46.00
      Barcode # 153249


      Cedar Bark Basket Weaving (16+ years)
      In association with New Westminster Museum’s feature exhibition, Witness Blanket, create a cedar bark basket that can last generations. Under the instruction of traditional weaver Melvin Williams of Lil’wat, descent from Mount Currie, you will learn how to gather, prepare and weave with cedar. You will make a small basket to take home.

      Anvil Centre Room 411
      Saturday, 1:00 - 4:00 pm
      December 10
      Registration Fee: $88.00
      Barcode # 153291                             


      Christmas Cheer at Irving House (All Ages)
      Travel back in time to the days of holly, ivy and old St. Nicholas! Irving House is decked out in Victorian Christmas splendour for the holiday season. Enjoy live Christmas music with a variety of performers in our parlour and make a small decoration for one of the Irving House Christmas trees.

      Irving House  
      Saturdays & Sundays, 12:00 – 4:00 pm
      December 10, 11, 17 & 18
      Drop-in Fee:  By Donation


      Victorian Christmas Tea (All Ages)
      Get in the holiday spirit by treating yourself to Victorian tea in the Grandmother’s Room at Irving House. Surrounded by the splendour of a Victorian Christmas, you will be served tea and traditional holiday treats. Musical entertainment will complete an afternoon of relaxation and holiday cheer. Each seating can accommodate six guests; individuals can sign up for the 3:00 pm sittings on Saturdays.

      Irving House
      Saturday, December 10

      12:00 pm       153250
      1:00 pm       153251
      2:00 pm       153252         

      Sunday, December 11
      12:00 pm       153254
      1:00 pm       153255        
      2:00 pm       153256
      3:00 pm       153257

      Saturday, December 17
      12:00 pm       153258
      1:00 pm       153259
      2:00 pm       153260

      Sunday, December 18
      12:00 pm       153262
      1:00 pm       153263
      2:00 pm       153265
      3:00 pm       153266

      Registration Fee: $114.00 for six people 

      Individual registration:
      Saturday, December 10

      3:00 pm       153253

      Saturday, December 17
      3:00 pm       153261

      Registration Fee: $19.00 per person

    • Victorian Christmas Tea (All Ages)
      Get in the holiday spirit by treating yourself to Victorian tea in the Grandmother’s Room at Irving House. Surrounded by the splendour of a Victorian Christmas, you will be served tea and traditional holiday treats. Musical entertainment will complete an afternoon of relaxation and holiday cheer. Each seating can accommodate six guests; individuals can sign up for the 3:00 pm sittings on Saturdays.

      Irving House
      Saturday, December 10

      12:00 pm       153250
      1:00 pm       153251
      2:00 pm       153252         

      Sunday, December 11
      12:00 pm       153254
      1:00 pm       153255        
      2:00 pm       153256
      3:00 pm       153257

      Saturday, December 17
      12:00 pm       153258
      1:00 pm       153259
      2:00 pm       153260

      Sunday, December 18
      12:00 pm       153262
      1:00 pm       153263
      2:00 pm       153265
      3:00 pm       153266

      Registration Fee: $114.00 for six people 

      Individual registration:
      Saturday, December 10

      3:00 pm       153253

      Saturday, December 17
      3:00 pm       153261

      Registration Fee: $19.00 per person

    • March 13 - 17
      Time Ages 5-8 Ages 9-12
      10 am - 12pm

      Crafts from Around the World
      (Room 311)

      Fiction Addiction Day Camp
      (9:30 am – 12:30 pm)
      (Room 411A)

      1 pm - 3pm

      Museum Mashup Camp
      (Room 311)

       

      March 20 - 24
      Time Ages 9-11 Ages 12-14
      10 am - 12 pm

      Introduction to Textile Arts
      (Room 311)

      Handmade Skin & Body Care
      (Room 411A)

      1 pm - 3 pm

      Handmade Skin & Body Care
      (Room 411A)

      Traditional Hand Sewing Made Easy
      (Room 311)

       

      Program Descriptions

      Crafts from Around the World (5-8 years)

      Take a flight around the world and visit 5 different countries to learn about their celebrations and culture. Each day you will create a variety of fun crafts and learn to say some words in the country’s native language to understand the new places you’ve visited.

      Anvil Centre Room 311 
      Monday-Friday, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm                   March 13-17
      Registration Fee: $47.00             155283


      Museum Mashup Camp (5-8 years)

      Explore New Westminster’s history with this fun and exciting daycamp! Incorporating a variety of crafts and activities, we will learn how people long ago moved through New Westminster by water, air, and on land. We will also discover the world of animation and printmaking before the digital age. There’s something for everyone in this hands-on program!

      Anvil Centre Room 311
      Monday-Friday, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm              
      March 13-17
      Registration Fee: $72.50             155284


      Fiction Addiction Book Camp (9-12 years)

      Explore the world of four beloved works of literature – Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Treasure Island, and Anne of Green Gables. We will dive into these Victorian novels by creating crafts and playing traditional games based on the stories. On the fifth day, we will combine our knowledge of all the books we’ve discussed throughout the week to create our own original story!

      Anvil Centre Room 411A
      Monday-Friday, 9:30 –12:30 pm
      March 13-17
      Registration Fee: $76.50              155285


      Introduction to Traditional Textile Arts (9-11 years)

      Textile arts have been an important part of human life since civilization began. Learn the traditional skills of weaving, knitting, sewing, and macramé to create hand-made projects such as stuffed toys, bracelets, and more. Each week we will look at textile arts from the Museum’s collections. All supplies included.

      Anvil Centre Room 311 
      Monday-Friday, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
      March 20 - 24
      Registration Fee: $60.00                155286


      Traditional Hand Sewing Made Easy (12 - 14 years)

      Before the 1800s, women spent many hours sewing clothes for themselves and their families by hand. Learn how to sew basic stitches and create hand-made projects like lace arm warmers, an embroidered bracelet and a fascinator. Each week we will look at hand-sewn artefacts from the Museum’s collections. All supplies included.

      Anvil Centre Room 311 
      Monday-Friday, 1:00 – 3:00 pm
      March 20 - 24
      Registration Fee: $60.00               155287


      Handmade Skin & Body Care (9-11 years & 12- 14 years)

      Learn how to take care of your skin naturally using organic ingredients. Apply the history and heritage of handmade skin and body care to create a variety of all-natural products including salves, balms, tub treats, toners, salts, washes, and aromatherapy sprays. Please bring a shoebox to class.  All supplies included. 

      Anvil Centre Room 411A 
      March 20 - 24
      Registration Fee: $118.50 

      Monday-Friday, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm (12-14 years)
      Barcode # 155288

      Monday-Friday, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm (9-11 years) 
      Barcode # 155289

    • VIBE: Ornamenting the Ordinary (All Ages)
      Join Anvil Centre’s signature cultural event where we throw open our doors to celebrate the opening reception of New Westminster Museum’s feature exhibition Ornamenting the Ordinary: Crafts of South Asia.

      Vibe 9 will feature a fashion show, clothing, artefact displays, jewelry, art, and Henna vendors as well as Bhangra, Bharat Natyam, and Bollywood performances and workshops.

      Anvil Centre
      Saturday, 7:00-9:00 pm
      September 10
      Drop-in Fee: Free


      Museum Book Club (16+ years)
      Engage with Anvil Centre’s exhibitions in a meaningful way by discussing non-fiction literature. We will tour the associated exhibit and explore the themes, stories, and objects that intersect with the novel. This is the perfect opportunity to gain in-depth insight into the Museum’s latest exhibit. This month we explore the museum exhibition Ornamenting the Ordinary: Crafts of South Asia by reading Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity by Katherine Boo.

      Anvil Centre Program Room 311    
      Saturday, 10:00 - 11:00 am
      October 22
      Registration Fee: Free


      Beyond the Wheel Film Screening and Panel Discussion – (All Ages)

      In association with New Westminster Museum’s feature exhibition, Ornamenting the Ordinary: Crafts of South Asia, join the Museum and South Asian Film Education Society to learn about Indian Pottery with the film screening of Beyond the Wheel. We invite you to join our professional panel to discuss how the ideas presented may apply to New Westminster. All are welcome to this film screening and informal sharing of ideas. Registration strongly recommended.

      River Market – 1st Floor Food Hall 
      Saturday, 5:00 - 7:00 pm
      October 22
      Registration Fee: By Donation
      Barcode # 152980


      Diwali (All Ages)
      Celebrate Diwali at the Centre! Diwali, a traditional Indian celebration also known as the “festival of lights”, celebrates positive energy, prosperity, knowledge and hope. There will be Bhangra dancers, traditional dancers, tasty snacks and kids’ activities. New Westminster Museum will be on site to celebrate in association with the feature exhibition, Ornamenting the Ordinary: Crafts of South Asia.

      Queensborough Community Center Call 604.525.7388 for more information.
      Sunday, 1:00 - 4:00 pm
      October 30
      Registration Fee: Free


      Batik Workshop (19+ years)
      Join us to explore the making of traditional batik fabric. Learn the history and symbolic meaning of batik motifs, draw or trace patterns on the fabric, try a new drawing tool for wax application, and experience the magic of indigo natural dye as you experiment with fabric dyeing. This program is in association with the New Westminster Museum’s feature exhibition, Ornamenting the Ordinary: Crafts of South Asia. Supplies included.

      Anvil Centre Room 413
      Saturdays, 2:00 - 5:00 pm
      November 19 & 26
      Registration Fee: $60.00 
      Barcode # 152440

    • Cedar Bark Basket Weaving (16+ years)
      In association with New Westminster Museum’s feature exhibition, Witness Blanket, create a cedar bark basket that can last generations. Under the instruction of traditional weaver Melvin Williams of Lil’wat, descent from Mount Currie, you will learn how to gather, prepare and weave with cedar. You will make a small basket to take home.

      Anvil Centre Room 411
      Saturday, 1:00 - 4:00 pm
      December 10
      Registration Fee: $88.00
      Barcode # 153291      


      Community Stories of Truth and Reconciliation (All Ages)

      We welcome you to this thoughtful and insightful community conversation on reconciliation and how community groups, volunteer boards, institutions and individuals can join in on the ongoing process.

      Performance by Eden Fine Day at 6:00 pm. Panel begins at 6:30 pm. 

      Anvil Centre Theatre
      Thursday, 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
      January 19
      Registration Fee: Free

      Register Online Here


      A Tribe of One: Film Screening (All Ages)

      In association with New Westminster Museum’s feature exhibition, The Witness Blanket, join us for a screening of A Tribe of One. This film follows Rhonda Larrabee who discovered she was of First Nations descent. Rhonda's journey led eventually to the dramatic resolution of her own identity: obtaining her Indian Status Card and re-establishing the New Westminster Band. Today, as proud Chief of the Band, she is focused on revitalizing the Qayqayt First Nations. Featuring beautiful archival images and compelling interviews, this documentary captures Rhonda's quest to embrace her roots and make amends for her mother's pain. Chief Larrabee will be in attendance.

      Anvil Centre Room 417
      Saturday, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
      January 28
      Registration Fee: By Donation               155079


      Salish Weaving Quarter Pouch (16+ years)

      In association with New Westminster Museum’s feature exhibition, The Witness Blanket, learn the deep meaning and tradition of Salish weaving to the local First Nation people. At the end of the workshop you will complete your own “quarter pouch” in a traditional style of Salish weaving. A “quarter pouch” was is to hold quarters that would be handed out during Winter/Potlatch Ceremonies after the introduction of money to First Nations People. All supplies included.

      Anvil Centre Room 311
      Saturday, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
      February 4
      Registration Fee: $48.50               155078


      Mini Cedar Headband Bracelets (16+ years)

      In association with New Westminster Museum’s feature exhibition, The Witness Blanket, learn the countless uses for cedar and the importance to the local First Nations people. By the end of the workshop you will have a mini headband bracelet made out of locally harvested cedar. All supplies included.

      Anvil Centre Room 411
      Saturdays, 2:00 – 4:00 pm
      March 18
      Registration Fee: $44.50                  155081


      The Blanket Exercise (16+ years)

      In association with New Westminster Museum’s feature exhibition, The Witness Blanket, join Janet and Candace, who are Coast Salish from the Katzie First Nation, through an exercise that will help teach about the past and current relationship between Indigenous people and Non-Indigenous people. They include personal first-hand accounts of the intergenerational effect of residential schools had on them and their family.

      Anvil Centre Room 311
      Saturday, 1:00 - 4:00 pm
      April 8
      Registration Fee: By Donation               155080

    • Museum Book Club (16+ years)
      Engage with Anvil Centre’s exhibitions in a meaningful way by discussing non-fiction literature. We will tour the associated exhibit and explore the themes, stories, and objects that intersect with the novel. This is the perfect opportunity to gain in-depth insight into the Museum’s latest exhibit. This month we explore the museum exhibition Ornamenting the Ordinary: Crafts of South Asia by reading Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity by Katherine Boo.

      Anvil Centre Program Room 311    
      Saturday, 10:00 - 11:00 am
      October 22
      Registration Fee: Free


      Victorian Book Club (16+ years)
      Discuss Victorian (and Edwardian) literature and culture as you sip tea in the luxurious 1865 Irving House. Read literary works by the Brontës, Charles Dickens, Robert Louis Stevenson, Oscar Wilde, H. G. Wells, Joseph Conrad, Henry James, Mark Twain and others. This is the perfect opportunity to meet new people and get involved in your community! The book club meets on a Saturday afternoon every two months.

      Irving House 
      Saturdays, 1:00 - 2:00 pm
      Call for dates
      Registration Fee: Admission by Donation

    • Check back for more programs in Fall 2017!