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.

    • 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, 11:15 – 12:30 pm
      September 13 – October 25 (160098)
      November 1 – December 13 (160099)
      Registration Fee: $68.00 (7 classes)
      Instructor: Doreen Chand


      StART! (Parent Participation) (2-4 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, 10:00 - 11:00 am
      September 19 – October 5 (160102)
      Registration Fee: $50.00 (6 classes)        
      November 14 – November 30 (160103)
      Registration Fee: $65.00 (8 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
      September 16 – November 4* (160100)
      *No class October 7      
      Registration Fee: $60.00 (7 classes)
      November 18 – December 16 (160101)
      Registration Fee: $45.00 (5 classes)
      Instructor: Noelle Horrocks


      Dance with me! (Parent Participation) (2 - 4 years) 

      This playful and creative class explores dance elements, while emphasizing the bodily relationship between parents and children. Children will follow their natural enthusiasm and creativity, while adults stretch and strengthen their bodies. Parents and guardians will actively participate alongside their children, as we focus on enhancing family connectivity through creative movement, improvisation and energetic play.

      Anvil Centre Dance Studio 415
      Sundays, 10:00 am – 10:45 am
      September 10 – October 22* (160104)
      *no class October 8
      November 5 – December 10 (160105)
      Registration Fee: $40.00 (6 classes)
      Instructor: Carolina Bergonzoni


      Family Monster Mash (All ages, Parent Participation)
      Groovie ghoulies and wily werewolves!  Get the whole family together and create one-of-a-kind hand-sewn monster stuffies. Make soft-sculpture Halloween caricatures of your mum, dad, brothers and sisters – or a monster version of yourself! All materials provided.

      Anvil Centre Studio 411
      Sunday October 29, 2:00 – 5:00 pm (160131)
      Registration Fee: $10.00 per person
      Instructor: Melissa Thorpe


      PRINT LAB: Holiday Cards (19+ or Parent Participation)
      Using any combination of printmaking techniques, including monoprint, collagraphy, and stamping, join instructor Melissa Thorpe for this holiday-themed workshop! Make an impression this year with one-of-a-kind cards for family and friends! No previous experience required, supplies included.`

      Anvil Centre Studio 411B
      Saturday, December 9
      10am – 1pm (160161)
      2pm – 5pm (160160)
      Registration Fee: $25.00              
      Instructor: Melissa Thorpe

    • Creative Moves: Yoga & Dance (5-7 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. This program offers imaginative play and movement to stimulate both body and mind. All bodies welcome, come dressed to move!

      Anvil Centre Dance Studio 415
      Sundays, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
      September 10 – October 22* (160106)
      *no class October 8
      Registration Fee: $40.00 (6 classes)
      Instructor: Carolina Bergonzoni


      Young Yogis (8-10 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, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
      November 5 – December 10 (160107)
      Registration Fee: $40.00 (6 classes)
      Instructor: Carolina Bergonzoni


      Paint/Draw/Sculpt (5-7 years)
      This dynamic program develops skills, techniques and art vocabulary through painting, drawing and sculpture! Encouraging creativity and confidence, students will discover the thrill of creating art with a wide variety of media, including acrylics, clay, pencil and more. Projects are designed to foster imagination, build confidence and provide a fun, fresh approach to art. Come make with us!

      Anvil Centre Studio 413
      Saturdays, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
      September 16 – November 4* (160118)
      *No class October 7      
      Registration Fee: $65.00 (7 classes)
      November 18 – December 16 (160127)
      Registration Fee: $48.00 (5 classes)
      Instructor: Noelle Horrocks


      Paint/Draw/Sculpt (8-10 years)
      This dynamic program develops skills, techniques and art vocabulary through painting, drawing and sculpture! Encouraging creativity and confidence, students will discover the thrill of creating art with a wide variety of media, including acrylics, clay, pencil and more. Projects are designed to foster imagination, build confidence and provide a fun, fresh approach to art. Come make with us!

      Anvil Centre Studio 413
      Saturdays, 1:30 – 3:00 pm
      September 16 – November 4* (160119)
      *No class October 7      
      Registration Fee: $65.00 (7 classes)
      November 18 – December 16 (160128)
      Registration Fee: $48.00 (5 classes)
      Instructor: Noelle Horrocks


      City of Tomorrow (6-8 years)
      Hovercrafts, jetpacks, holograms, oh my! This program explores the past and possible future of our cities through storytelling, drawing and sculpture. Let your imagination run wild! Programmed in association with New Westminster’s Museum exhibition Planning New Westminster.

      Anvil Centre Studio 311
      Saturdays, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
      September 16 – September 30 (160129)
      Registration Fee: $60.00 (3 classes)
      Instructor: Melissa Thorpe


      City of Tomorrow (9-12 years)
      Hovercrafts, jetpacks, holograms, oh my! This program explores the past and possible future of our cities through storytelling, drawing and sculpture. Let your imagination run wild! Programmed in association with New Westminster’s Museum exhibition Planning New Westminster.

      Anvil Centre Studio 311
      Saturdays, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
      October 21 – November 4 (160130)
      Registration Fee: $60.00 (3 classes)
      Instructor: Melissa Thorpe

    • Your Story: Writing, Drawing, Showing (13-18 years)
      The City of New Westminster, in partnership with the Arts Council of New Westminster, and with funding provided by the Canada 150 Fund and a Shaw Canada 150 Initiative grant, is hosting a free workshop for youth aged 13-18 years with special guests Renee Saklikar (Poet Laureate, Surrey) and Alan Hill (Poet Laureate, New Westminster). Explore language, culture and identity through drawing, storytelling, and writing. The workshop culminates in an installation and exhibition at Anvil Centre in New Westminster. More information soon.
      Saturday, October 14th
      10:00am - 3:00pm
      Registration Fee: Free with registration.
      Instructors: Renee Saklikar, Alan Hill


      To register, contact Kristina Fiedrich, Arts Programmer
      email: kfiedrich@newwestcity.ca
      call: 604-515-3837
       

    • Prenatal Yoga (19+ years)
      Join Doreen Chand for a nurturing yoga class that will help prepare you mentally, physically and emotionally for childbirth and motherhood. Through pregnancy-safe poses, improve posture, balance and flexibility for your changing body and growing baby. Strengthening, stretching and relaxation exercises will support you now and as a new mother.  Enjoy mind and body benefits of this class while connecting with other moms-to-be in your community!

      Anvil Centre Dance Studio 415
      Wednesdays, 10:00 - 11:00 am
      September 13 – October 25 (160132)
      November 1 – December 13 (160134)
      Registration Fee: $68.00 (7 classes)
      Instructor: Doreen Chand


      Parent & Baby Yoga (19+ years)
      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, 11:15 – 12:30 pm
      September 13 – October 25 (160098)
      November 1 – December 13 (160099)
      Registration Fee: $68.00 (7 classes)
      Instructor: Doreen Chand


      YogaLates (19+ years)
      This class combines core strengthening and toning of Pilates, with Yoga poses to open the mind and the body. A great accompaniment to Yoga Basic Back Care, take your core strengthening a little further, while still moving at your own pace. Come and explore the similarities and the differences of Pilates and Yoga and how they can benefit you. Move mindfully! Beginners welcome. Bring your own yoga mat. 

      Anvil Centre Dance Studio 415
      Saturdays, 9:30 - 10:45 am
      September 9 – November 4* (160135)
      *no class October 7
      Registration Fee: $66.00 (8 classes)
      November 18 – December 16 (160136)
      Registration Fee: $42.00 (5 classes)
      Instructor: Cindy Couturier


      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
      Saturdays, 11:00 – 12:15 am
      September 9 – November 4* (160123)
      *no class October 7
      Registration Fee: $66.00 (8 classes)
      November 18 – December 16 (160126)
      Registration Fee: $42.00 (5 classes)
      Instructor: Cindy Couturier


      Cardio Ballet (formerly At the Barre) (19+ years)

      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
      Tuesdays, 4:45 – 6:00pm
      September 12 – October 10 (160138)
      November 14 – December 12 (160139)
      Thursdays, 6:45 – 8:00pm
      September 14 – October 12 (160140)
      November 16 – December 14 (160141)
      Registration Fee: $45.00 (5 classes)
      Instructor: Jessie Au


      Intro to Adult Ballet (19+ years)
      Learn the fundamentals of ballet and discover the joy of dance in a supportive environment! Participants will develop body awareness, musicality, ballet technique, strength and coordination. No previous experience necessary.

      Anvil Centre Dance Studio 415
      Thursdays, 5:15 – 6:30pm
      September 14 – October 12 (160142)
      November 16 – December 14 (160143)
      Registration Fee: $43.00 (5 classes)
      Instructor: Jessie Au


      Golden Age Dancers (60+ years)
      Move, dance and create together to honor the unique experience of the aging body. Transform everyday actions into movements that improve strength and mobility, encourage liveliness and spark imagination. Through improvisation and creative movement exercises, participants will explore their body’s potential. All bodies welcome, no experience or skill required.

      Anvil Centre Dance Studio 415
      Sundays, 12:15 pm – 1:30 pm
      September 10 – October 22* (160144)
      *no class October 8
      Registration Fee: $50.00 (6 classes)
      Instructor: Carolina Bergonzoni


      Drawing in Pencil (19+ years)
      Pencil is a medium with incredible versatility. Often over-simplified in our daily experiences, the pencil is capable of generating complex and virtuous drawings. Designed for beginners, this course will help develop an understanding of basic pencil work, and advance technical skills such as line, shape, value and proportion. This class includes both short and long drawing exercises that will transform the humble pencil into a dynamic tool! 

      Anvil Centre Room 413B
      Wednesdays, 6:00 - 8:00 pm
      October 11 – November 8 (160145)
      Registration Fee: $72.00 (5 classes)
      Instructor: Caitlin Chaisson


      Drawing with Colour Pencils (19+ years)
      Colour pencil is a challenging medium to master! In this beginner course, learn about the techniques and tools for working in colour pencil. Exercises and projects will help develop an understanding of basic colour theory, how to build up a drawing through layers, how to create depth, and experimentation with mark-making. This class will involve short and long drawing exercises that will provide you with a solid foundation. 

      Anvil Centre Room 413
      Wednesdays, 6:00 - 8:00 pm
      November 15 – December 13 (160146)
      Registration Fee: $75.00 (5 classes)
      Instructor: Caitlin Chaisson


      TRY IT: Watercolours (19+ years)
      Try something new this fall! In this two-day workshop, learn the basics of watercolour media and techniques. Riette Gordon will lead demonstrations, providing individual guidance that will build confidence and captivate your creativity. No previous experience required; please bring a sketch book and pencil. Love this workshop? Sign up for Painting: Watercolour, prorated!

      Anvil Centre Studio 411/413
      Wednesdays, 3:00 - 5:00 pm
      September 13 & 20 (160154)
      Registration Fee: FREE (2 classes)
      Instructor: Riette Gordon


      Painting: Watercolour (19+ years)
      This course focuses on composition alongside 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 to the first class. All other supplies included.

      Anvil Centre Studio 411
      Wednesdays, 5:30 - 7:30 pm
      September 13 – November 22 (160149)
      Registration Fee: $110.00 (11 classes)
      Instructor: Riette Gordon


      Winter Watercolour Workshop (19+ years)

      Using a variety of tools and techniques, this workshop demonstrates how to capture a winter scene in watercolour! The instructor will lead you through demos and provide individual guidance to build confidence and develop your skills. Suitable for intermediate and more advanced skills, but adventurous spirits always welcome! Supplies included.

      Anvil Centre Studio 411A
      Saturdays, 3:00 - 5:00 pm
      December 2 & 9 (160155)
      Registration Fee: $35.00 (2 classes)
      Instructor: Riette Gordon


      Painting: Inks (19+ years)
      Explore the many sides of ink from line work and cross-hatching, to unusual textures and soft washes. Similar to watercolour this medium can be feather soft, but also produces deep tones and intense, vibrant colours. This program embraces unexpected outcomes and finding potential in imperfections. Suitable for beginner and intermediate levels, discover the unique variability of inks. Supplies included.

      Anvil Centre Room 413
      Thursdays, 5:30 – 7:30pm
      September 14 – October 19 (160148)
      Registration Fee: $80.00 (6 classes)
      Instructor: Amy-Claire Huestis


      Painting: Acrylics (19+ years)
      Water soluble, fast-drying and versatile, acrylics are a great medium for new painters. Learn about paint, brushes and surfaces, toward more advanced methods of colour mixing, medium manipulation and unexpected mark-making tools. Gain an understanding of this medium through exercises and projects, and discover the versatility of acrylics! Suitable for beginner and intermediate levels. Supplies included.

      Anvil Centre Room 413
      Thursdays, 5:30 – 7:30pm
      October 26 – November 30 (160147)
      Registration Fee: $80.00 (6 classes)
      Instructor: Amy-Claire Huestis


      Photography (19+ years)
      Learn about lenses and light as you immerse yourself in the world of photography.  This program will help develop your knowledge and skills to capture personal and meaningful images. Suitable for beginner and intermediate levels, discover a rich history of photography, and learn about contemporary artists who use the photographic apparatus.  The program will be tailored to meet the needs, skill level, and interests of the unique individuals in it. Bring your own camera or smartphone! 

      Anvil Centre Room 411A
      Saturdays, 1:00 – 4:30pm
      September 23 – October 21* (160150)
      *no class October 7
      Registration Fee : $70.00 (4 classes)
      Instructor: Amy-Claire Huestis


      Photography for 50+ (50+ years)
      Immerse yourself in the world of photography, from photo history to present day technological challenges and advancements.  This class includes short lectures and teaches both composition and techniques.  Improve your camera skills and learn to capture personal and meaningful images!  Suitable for all levels of experience, this program will be tailored to meet the needs, skill level, and interests of the unique individuals in it. Bring your own camera or smartphone.

      Anvil Centre Room 413A
      Thursdays, 3:00 – 5:00pm
      September 14 – October 19 (160151)
      Registration Fee: $70.00 (6 classes)
      Instructor: Amy-Claire Huestis


      Core Creative Processes (19+ years)
      Visual art is a complex and multifaceted field. This course will help demystify the creative process and the role of the artist. In an encouraging environment, learn about essential creative processes including: collaboration, chance, instinct, boredom and failure. Imagination and creativity will be explored through in-class discussions and projects using a variety of mediums.  

      Anvil Centre Room 411B
      Thursdays, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
      October 12 – November 9 (160152)
      Registration Fee: $65.00 (5 classes)
      Instructor: Caitlin Chaisson


      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         
      Sundays, 2:00 - 4:00 pm
      October 15 – December 3 (160153)
      Registration Fee: $80.00 (8 classes)
      Choir Director: TBA


      Monoprint (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.

      Anvil Centre, Studio 411B
      Saturday November 25, 10:00-1:00pm (160156)
      Registration Fee: $25.00              
      Instructor: Saskia Jetten


      Colour Monoprint (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, this workshop introduces colour and multiple plate printing.

      Anvil Centre, Studio 411B
      Saturday December 2, 10:00-1:00 pm (160157)
      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 make and number an edition of prints.

      Anvil Centre, Studio 411B
      Saturday November 18, 10:00-1:00pm (160158)
      Registration Fee: $25.00
      Instructor: Saskia Jetten


      PRINT LAB: Linocut & Collagraph
      Learn linocut and collagraph printmaking techniques through guided explorations. Whether building up or gouging away surfaces, lines, and textures, this workshop introduces basic to intermediate skills toward a final series of prints. Discover your creativity through experimentation! Suitable for open minded spirits, no previous experience required. Supplies included; bring an apron or old sweater.

      Anvil Centre Studio 411B
      Saturdays, 2:00 – 5:00 pm
      November 18 – December 2 (160159)
      Registration Fee: $60.00 (3 classes)
      Instructor: Saskia Jetten


      PRINT LAB: Holiday Cards (19+ or Parent Participation)
      Using any combination of printmaking techniques, including monoprint, collagraphy, and stamping, join instructor Melissa Thorpe for this holiday-themed workshop! Make an impression this year with one-of-a-kind cards for family and friends! No previous experience required, supplies included.`

      Anvil Centre Studio 411B
      Saturday December 9, 10:00–1:00pm (160161)
      Saturday December 9, 2:00-5:00pm (160160)
      Registration Fee: $25.00
      Instructor: Melissa Thorpe


      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 .
      Dates for Fall 2017 TBA
      Registration Fee: FREE!

    • Prenatal Yoga (19+ years)
      Join Doreen Chand for a nurturing yoga class that will help prepare you mentally, physically and emotionally for childbirth and motherhood. Through pregnancy-safe poses, improve posture, balance and flexibility for your changing body and growing baby. Strengthening, stretching and relaxation exercises will support you now and as a new mother.  Enjoy mind and body benefits of this class while connecting with other moms-to-be in your community!

      Anvil Centre Dance Studio 415
      Wednesdays, 10:00 - 11:00 am
      September 13 – October 25 (160132)
      November 1 – December 13 (160134)
      Registration Fee: $68.00 (7 classes)
      Instructor: Doreen Chand


      Parent & Baby Yoga (19+ years)
      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, 11:15 – 12:30 pm
      September 13 – October 25 (160098)
      November 1 – December 13 (160099)
      Registration Fee: $68.00 (7 classes)
      Instructor: Doreen Chand


      YogaLates (19+ years)
      This class combines core strengthening and toning of Pilates, with Yoga poses to open the mind and the body. A great accompaniment to Yoga Basic Back Care, take your core strengthening a little further, while still moving at your own pace. Come and explore the similarities and the differences of Pilates and Yoga and how they can benefit you. Move mindfully! Beginners welcome. Bring your own yoga mat. 

      Anvil Centre Dance Studio 415
      Saturdays, 9:30 - 10:45 am
      September 9 – November 4* (160135)
      *no class October 7
      Registration Fee: $66.00 (8 classes)
      November 18 – December 16 (160136)
      Registration Fee: $42.00 (5 classes)
      Instructor: Cindy Couturier


      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
      Saturdays, 11:00 – 12:15 am
      September 9 – November 4* (160123)
      *no class October 7
      Registration Fee: $66.00 (8 classes)
      November 18 – December 16 (160126)
      Registration Fee: $42.00 (5 classes)
      Instructor: Cindy Couturier


      Cardio Ballet (formerly At the Barre) (19+ years)

      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
      Tuesdays, 4:45 – 6:00pm
      September 12 – October 10 (160138)
      November 14 – December 12 (160139)
      Thursdays, 6:45 – 8:00pm
      September 14 – October 12 (160140)
      November 16 – December 14 (160141)
      Registration Fee: $45.00 (5 classes)
      Instructor: Jessie Au


      Intro to Adult Ballet (19+ years)
      Learn the fundamentals of ballet and discover the joy of dance in a supportive environment! Participants will develop body awareness, musicality, ballet technique, strength and coordination. No previous experience necessary.

      Anvil Centre Dance Studio 415
      Thursdays, 5:15 – 6:30pm
      September 14 – October 12 (160142)
      November 16 – December 14 (160143)
      Registration Fee: $43.00 (5 classes)
      Instructor: Jessie Au


      Golden Age Dancers (60+ years)
      Move, dance and create together to honor the unique experience of the aging body. Transform everyday actions into movements that improve strength and mobility, encourage liveliness and spark imagination. Through improvisation and creative movement exercises, participants will explore their body’s potential. All bodies welcome, no experience or skill required.

      Anvil Centre Dance Studio 415
      Sundays, 12:15 pm – 1:30 pm
      September 10 – October 22* (160144)
      *no class October 8
      Registration Fee: $50.00 (6 classes)
      Instructor: Carolina Bergonzoni

    • Drawing in Pencil (19+ years)
      Pencil is a medium with incredible versatility. Often over-simplified in our daily experiences, the pencil is capable of generating complex and virtuous drawings. Designed for beginners, this course will help develop an understanding of basic pencil work, and advance technical skills such as line, shape, value and proportion. This class includes both short and long drawing exercises that will transform the humble pencil into a dynamic tool! 

      Anvil Centre Room 413B
      Wednesdays, 6:00 - 8:00 pm
      October 11 – November 8 (160145)
      Registration Fee: $72.00 (5 classes)
      Instructor: Caitlin Chaisson


      Drawing with Colour Pencils (19+ years)
      Colour pencil is a challenging medium to master! In this beginner course, learn about the techniques and tools for working in colour pencil. Exercises and projects will help develop an understanding of basic colour theory, how to build up a drawing through layers, how to create depth, and experimentation with mark-making. This class will involve short and long drawing exercises that will provide you with a solid foundation. 

      Anvil Centre Room 413
      Wednesdays, 6:00 - 8:00 pm
      November 15 – December 13 (160146)
      Registration Fee: $75.00 (5 classes)
      Instructor: Caitlin Chaisson


      TRY IT: Watercolours (19+ years)
      Try something new this fall! In this two-day workshop, learn the basics of watercolour media and techniques. Riette Gordon will lead demonstrations, providing individual guidance that will build confidence and captivate your creativity. No previous experience required; please bring a sketch book and pencil. Love this workshop? Sign up for Painting: Watercolour, prorated!

      Anvil Centre Studio 411/413
      Wednesdays, 3:00 - 5:00 pm
      September 13 & 20 (160154)
      Registration Fee: FREE (2 classes)
      Instructor: Riette Gordon


      Painting: Watercolour (19+ years)
      This course focuses on composition alongside 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 to the first class. All other supplies included.

      Anvil Centre Studio 411
      Wednesdays, 5:30 - 7:30 pm
      September 13 – November 22 (160149)
      Registration Fee: $110.00 (11 classes)
      Instructor: Riette Gordon


      Winter Watercolour Workshop (19+ years)

      Using a variety of tools and techniques, this workshop demonstrates how to capture a winter scene in watercolour! The instructor will lead you through demos and provide individual guidance to build confidence and develop your skills. Suitable for intermediate and more advanced skills, but adventurous spirits always welcome! Supplies included.

      Anvil Centre Studio 411A
      Saturdays, 3:00 - 5:00 pm
      December 2 & 9 (160155)
      Registration Fee: $35.00 (2 classes)
      Instructor: Riette Gordon


      Painting: Inks (19+ years)
      Explore the many sides of ink from line work and cross-hatching, to unusual textures and soft washes. Similar to watercolour this medium can be feather soft, but also produces deep tones and intense, vibrant colours. This program embraces unexpected outcomes and finding potential in imperfections. Suitable for beginner and intermediate levels, discover the unique variability of inks. Supplies included.

      Anvil Centre Room 413
      Thursdays, 5:30 – 7:30pm
      September 14 – October 19 (160148)
      Registration Fee: $80.00 (6 classes)
      Instructor: Amy-Claire Huestis


      Painting: Acrylics (19+ years)
      Water soluble, fast-drying and versatile, acrylics are a great medium for new painters. Learn about paint, brushes and surfaces, toward more advanced methods of colour mixing, medium manipulation and unexpected mark-making tools. Gain an understanding of this medium through exercises and projects, and discover the versatility of acrylics! Suitable for beginner and intermediate levels. Supplies included.

      Anvil Centre Room 413
      Thursdays, 5:30 – 7:30pm
      October 26 – November 30 (160147)
      Registration Fee: $80.00 (6 classes)
      Instructor: Amy-Claire Huestis

    • Paint/Draw/Sculpt (5-7 years)
      This dynamic program develops skills, techniques and art vocabulary through painting, drawing and sculpture! Encouraging creativity and confidence, students will discover the thrill of creating art with a wide variety of media, including acrylics, clay, pencil and more. Projects are designed to foster imagination, build confidence and provide a fun, fresh approach to art. Come make with us!

      Anvil Centre Studio 413
      Saturdays, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
      September 16 – November 4* (160118)
      *No class October 7      
      Registration Fee: $65.00 (7 classes)
      November 18 – December 16 (160127)
      Registration Fee: $48.00 (5 classes)
      Instructor: Noelle Horrocks


      Paint/Draw/Sculpt (8-10 years)
      This dynamic program develops skills, techniques and art vocabulary through painting, drawing and sculpture! Encouraging creativity and confidence, students will discover the thrill of creating art with a wide variety of media, including acrylics, clay, pencil and more. Projects are designed to foster imagination, build confidence and provide a fun, fresh approach to art. Come make with us!

      Anvil Centre Studio 413
      Saturdays, 1:30 – 3:00 pm
      September 16 – November 4* (160119)
      *No class October 7      
      Registration Fee: $65.00 (7 classes)
      November 18 – December 16 (160128)
      Registration Fee: $48.00 (5 classes)
      Instructor: Noelle Horrocks


      City of Tomorrow (6-8 years)
      Hovercrafts, jetpacks, holograms, oh my! This program explores the past and possible future of our cities through storytelling, drawing and sculpture. Let your imagination run wild! Programmed in association with New Westminster’s Museum exhibition Planning New Westminster.

      Anvil Centre Studio 311
      Saturdays, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
      September 16 – September 30 (160129)
      Registration Fee: $60.00 (3 classes)
      Instructor: Melissa Thorpe


      City of Tomorrow (9-12 years)
      Hovercrafts, jetpacks, holograms, oh my! This program explores the past and possible future of our cities through storytelling, drawing and sculpture. Let your imagination run wild! Programmed in association with New Westminster’s Museum exhibition Planning New Westminster.

      Anvil Centre Studio 311
      Saturdays, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
      October 21 – November 4 (160130)
      Registration Fee: $60.00 (3 classes)
      Instructor: Melissa Thorpe


      Core Creative Processes (19+ years)
      Visual art is a complex and multifaceted field. This course will help demystify the creative process and the role of the artist. In an encouraging environment, learn about essential creative processes including: collaboration, chance, instinct, boredom and failure. Imagination and creativity will be explored through in-class discussions and projects using a variety of mediums.  

      Anvil Centre Room 411B
      Thursdays, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
      October 12 – November 9 (160152)
      Registration Fee: $65.00 (5 classes)
      Instructor: Caitlin Chaisson

    • Monoprint (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.

      Anvil Centre, Studio 411B
      Saturday November 25, 10:00-1:00pm (160156)
      Registration Fee: $25.00              
      Instructor: Saskia Jetten


      Colour Monoprint (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, this workshop introduces colour and multiple plate printing.

      Anvil Centre, Studio 411B
      Saturday December 2, 10:00-1:00 pm (160157)
      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 make and number an edition of prints.

      Anvil Centre, Studio 411B
      Saturday November 18, 10:00-1:00pm (160158)
      Registration Fee: $25.00
      Instructor: Saskia Jetten


      PRINT LAB: Linocut & Collagraph
      Learn linocut and collagraph printmaking techniques through guided explorations. Whether building up or gouging away surfaces, lines, and textures, this workshop introduces basic to intermediate skills toward a final series of prints. Discover your creativity through experimentation! Suitable for open minded spirits, no previous experience required. Supplies included; bring an apron or old sweater.

      Anvil Centre Studio 411B
      Saturdays, 2:00 – 5:00 pm
      November 18 – December 2 (160159)
      Registration Fee: $60.00 (3 classes)
      Instructor: Saskia Jetten


      PRINT LAB: Holiday Cards (19+ or Parent Participation)
      Using any combination of printmaking techniques, including monoprint, collagraphy, and stamping, join instructor Melissa Thorpe for this holiday-themed workshop! Make an impression this year with one-of-a-kind cards for family and friends! No previous experience required, supplies included.

      Anvil Centre Studio 411B
      Saturday December 9, 10:00–1:00pm (160161)
      Saturday December 9, 2:00-5:00pm (160160)
      Registration Fee: $25.00
      Instructor: Melissa Thorpe

    • Photography (19+ years)
      Learn about lenses and light as you immerse yourself in the world of photography.  This program will help develop your knowledge and skills to capture personal and meaningful images. Suitable for beginner and intermediate levels, discover a rich history of photography, and learn about contemporary artists who use the photographic apparatus.  The program will be tailored to meet the needs, skill level, and interests of the unique individuals in it. Bring your own camera or smartphone! 

      Anvil Centre Room 411A
      Saturdays, 1:00 – 4:30pm
      September 23 – October 21* (160150)
      *no class October 7
      Registration Fee : $70.00 (4 classes)
      Instructor: Amy-Claire Huestis


      Photography for 50+ (50+ years)
      Immerse yourself in the world of photography, from photo history to present day technological challenges and advancements.  This class includes short lectures and teaches both composition and techniques.  Improve your camera skills and learn to capture personal and meaningful images!  Suitable for all levels of experience, this program will be tailored to meet the needs, skill level, and interests of the unique individuals in it. Bring your own camera or smartphone.

      Anvil Centre Room 413A
      Thursdays, 3:00 – 5:00pm
      September 14 – October 19 (160151)
      Registration Fee: $70.00 (6 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         
      Sundays, 2:00 - 4:00 pm
      October 15 – December 3 (160153)
      Registration Fee: $80.00 (8 classes)
      Choir Director: TBA

    • TRY IT: Watercolours (19+ years)
      Try something new this fall! In this two-day workshop, learn the basics of watercolour media and techniques. Riette Gordon will lead demonstrations, providing individual guidance that will build confidence and captivate your creativity. No previous experience required; please bring a sketch book and pencil. Love this workshop? Sign up for Painting: Watercolour, prorated!

      Anvil Centre Studio 411/413
      Wednesdays, 3:00 - 5:00 pm
      September 13 & 20 (160154)
      Registration Fee: FREE (2 classes)
      Instructor: Riette Gordon


      Winter Watercolour Workshop (19+ years)

      Using a variety of tools and techniques, this workshop demonstrates how to capture a winter scene in watercolour! The instructor will lead you through demos and provide individual guidance to build confidence and develop your skills. Suitable for intermediate and more advanced skills, but adventurous spirits always welcome! Supplies included.

      Anvil Centre Studio 411A
      Saturdays, 3:00 - 5:00 pm
      December 2 & 9 (160155)
      Registration Fee: $35.00 (2 classes)
      Instructor: Riette Gordon


      Monoprint (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.

      Anvil Centre, Studio 411B
      Saturday November 25, 10:00-1:00pm (160156)
      Registration Fee: $25.00              
      Instructor: Saskia Jetten


      Colour Monoprint (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, this workshop introduces colour and multiple plate printing.

      Anvil Centre, Studio 411B
      Saturday December 2, 10:00-1:00 pm (160157)
      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 make and number an edition of prints.

      Anvil Centre, Studio 411B
      Saturday November 18, 10:00-1:00pm (160158)
      Registration Fee: $25.00
      Instructor: Saskia Jetten


      Family Monster Mash (All ages, Parent Participation)
      Groovie ghoulies and wily werewolves!  Get the whole family together and create one-of-a-kind hand-sewn monster stuffies. Make soft-sculpture Halloween caricatures of your mum, dad, brothers and sisters – or a monster version of yourself! All materials provided.

      Anvil Centre Studio 411
      Sunday October 29, 2:00 – 5:00 pm (160131)
      Registration Fee: $10.00 per person
      Instructor: Melissa Thorpe


      PRINT LAB: Holiday Cards (19+ or Parent Participation)
      Using any combination of printmaking techniques, including monoprint, collagraphy, and stamping, join instructor Melissa Thorpe for this holiday-themed workshop! Make an impression this year with one-of-a-kind cards for family and friends! No previous experience required, supplies included.`

      Anvil Centre Studio 411B
      Saturday, December 9
      10am – 1pm (160161)
      2pm – 5pm (160160)
      Registration Fee: $25.00              
      Instructor: Melissa Thorpe

    • Core Creative Processes (19+ years)
      Visual art is a complex and multifaceted field. This course will help demystify the creative process and the role of the artist. In an encouraging environment, learn about essential creative processes including: collaboration, chance, instinct, boredom and failure. Imagination and creativity will be explored through in-class discussions and projects using a variety of mediums.  

      Anvil Centre Room 411B
      Thursdays, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
      October 12 – November 9 (160152)
      Registration Fee: $65.00 (5 classes)
      Instructor: Caitlin Chaisson


      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 .

      Dates for Fall 2017 TBA
      Registration Fee: FREE!

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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

    • 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


      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

    • 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


      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

    • 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!