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.

    • Art Splash (2-4 years) Parent Participation
      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 am – 11:00 am
      January 27 – March 17 (no class Feb 10) 161476          
      Registration Fee: $58.00 (7 classes)
      Instructor: Noelle Horrocks


      StART! (2-5 years) Parent Participation
      Incorporating popular and classic children’s literature into art projects, this program provides an opportunity for children to explore their imaginations and experiment together with weekly projects! Children will consider storytelling and images, develop fine motor skills, explore their social environment, expand their spatial awareness and work with a variety of mediums each week.  Parent participation required for children 3 years and under.
      Anvil Centre Studio 413
      Fridays, 10:00 am – 11:00 am
      2-3 years: January 19 – February 16  161478
      Friday, 11:15 am – 12:15 pm
      4-5 years: January 19 – February 16 161479
      Registration Fee: $45.00 (5 classes)
      Instructor: Melissa Thorpe


      Dance with me! (2-4 years) Parent Participation
      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
      January 21 – March 11 (no class Feb 11) 161480
      Registration Fee: $50.00 (7 classes)         
      Instructor: Carolina Bergonzoni

    • Art in the Streets: Street Banners Public Art Project (5-13 years)
      Help transform the streets of New Westminster into beautiful works of art! This rare opportunity allows young artists to work with a professional artist to design a one-of-a-kind street banner that will be displayed on our city streets. You'll learn how to work collaboratively with your peers to make your mark in New Westminster!
      Anvil Centre Studio 411
      5-7 years: Saturdays, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
      January 27 – March 17 (no class Feb 10) 161488 WAITLIST 
      8-13 years: Saturdays, 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm
      January 27 – March 17 (no class Feb 10) 161489                                                  
      Registration Fee: FREE (7 classes)
      Instructor: Melissa Thorpe


      Cartooning Day Camp (5-8)
      Learn to draw characters, create short narratives through image and text, and discover the endless possibilities of cartooning. This program will introduce curious minds to comic strips, trading cards, animated flip-books and more! 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 March 19 – Friday March 23
      1:00 pm – 3:30 pm 161520
      Registration Fee: $90.00 (5 classes)
      Instructor: Melissa Thorpe


      Graphic Novel Day Camp (8-13)
      Bring your stories to life through cartooning! Learn to draw characters, create narratives through image and text, and play with the comic strip format. Projects include comic strips, storyboarding, animated flip-books, book-binding techniques and more! Discover the endless possibilities of cartooning and graphic novels! For the Friday finale, introduce your characters and stories to friends and family.
      Anvil Centre Studio 411
      Monday March 19 – Friday March 23
      9:30 am – 12:00 pm 161521
      Registration Fee: $90.00 (5 classes)
      Instructor: Melissa Thorpe


      Drawing in Pencil: Portraits (16+ years)
      Developing on skills learned in Drawing in Pencil, this program will advance your ability to use the humble pencil to create portraits from two-dimensional images and life drawing. The versatility of pencils makes this a perfect medium to translate basic skills such as line, shape, value and proportion into wonderful drawings. Designed for beginner and intermediate levels, this class includes both short and long drawing exercises; all supplies included. 
      Anvil Centre Room 411A
      Thursdays, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
      January 25 – February 22 161506
      Registration Fee: $60.00 (5 classes)         
      Instructor: Caitlin Chaisson


      TRY IT! Drawing in Pencil (16+ years)
      Try something new this year! In this introductory workshop, discover basic techniques and learn about the versatility and possibilities of drawing with pencils. Join Caitlin Chaisson to find out more about this every day dynamic tool. Love this workshop? Sign up for Drawing in Pencil!
      Anvil Centre Room 411A
      Wednesday, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
      January 17 161925
      Registration Fee: FREE   
      Instructor: Caitlin Chaisson


      Drawing in Pencil (16+ 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 411A
      Wednesdays, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
      January 24 – February 21 161505
      Registration Fee: $60.00 (5 classes)         
      Instructor: Caitlin Chaisson


      Drawing in Pencil: Photographs (16+ years)
      Working from two-dimensional prints and photographs is an essential tool for developing observation and drawing techniques. Building on techniques learned in Drawing in Pencil, this course will further develop material sensibilities toward representing light, texture and detail. Participants are encouraged to bring photographs and images to class. All supplies included.
      Anvil Centre Room 411A
      Wednesdays, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
      February 28 – March 28 161507
      Registration Fee: $60.00 (5 classes)         
      Instructor: Caitlin Chaisson


      TRY IT! Watercolour (16+ years)
      Try something new this year! In this introductory workshop, learn the basics of watercolour media and techniques. Riette Gordon will lead demonstrations, captivating your creativity. No previous experience required; please bring a sketch book and pencil. Love this workshop? Sign up for Painting: Watercolour!
      Anvil Centre Studio 411B
      Tuesday, 3:00 pm – 5:00pm
      January 16 161924
      Registration Fee: FREE                  
      Instructor: Riette Gordon


      Painting: Watercolour (16+ 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. Beginners and adventurous spirits welcome! Bring a sketch book to the first class. All other supplies included.
      Anvil Centre Studio 411B
      Tuesdays, 3:00 pm – 5:00pm
      January 23 – February 20 161508
      Wednesdays, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
      January 24 – February 21 161509
      Registration Fee: $60.00 (5 classes)
      Instructor: Riette Gordon


      TRY IT! Inks, Acrylics & More (16+ years)
      Try something new this year! Join Pilar Mehlis for this free introductory workshop and discover the versatility and variety of paint mediums.  Whether colourful and textured acrylics, or rich and luscious ink work, get your imagination going! Love this workshop? Sign up for Painting: Inks, Acrylics & More!
      Anvil Centre Room 413
      Wednesday, 3:00 pm – 5:00pm
      January 17 161965
      Registration Fee: FREE
      Instructor: Pilar Mehlis


      Painting: Inks, Acrylics & More (16+ years)
      Explore a variety of water-soluble media, from acrylics to inks and beyond, and discover the versatility of painting! This program embraces unexpected outcomes, mixed media, and finding potential in the unexpected. Suitable for beginner levels, this program includes both in-class exercises and time to develop your own projects. Supplies included.
      Anvil Centre Room 413
      Wednesdays, 3:00 pm – 5:00pm
      January 24 – March 14 161510
      Wednesdays, 6:00 pm – 8:00pm
      January 24 – March 14 161511 
      Registration Fee: $100.00 (8 classes)
      Instructor: Pilar Mehlis


      TRY IT! Water-Based Oils (16+ years)
      Try something new this year! Dip into oil painting without the harsh chemicals! This free workshop will introduce you to the materiality and qualities of water-based oil paint. No previous experience with painting required. Love this workshop? Sign up for Painting: Water-Based Oils!
      Anvil Centre Room 411B
      Thursday, 6:30 pm – 8:00pm
      January 18 161967
      Registration Fee: FREE
      Instructor: Pilar Mehlis


      Painting: Water-Based Oils (16+ years)
      Discover oil painting without the use of harsh chemicals! Learn about paint, brushes and surfaces, toward more advanced methods of colour mixing and medium manipulation. Gain an understanding of this medium through exercises and projects, and explore the versatility of oil painting! Suitable for beginner level; supplies included.
      Anvil Centre Room 411B
      Thursdays, 6:30 pm – 8:00pm
      January 25 – March 15 161512
      Registration Fee: $88.00 (8 classes)
      Instructor: Pilar Mehlis

    • Art in the Streets: Street Banners Public Art Project (5-13 years)
      Help transform the streets of New Westminster into beautiful works of art! This rare opportunity allows young artists to work with a professional artist to design a one-of-a-kind street banner that will be displayed on our city streets. You'll learn how to work collaboratively with your peers to make your mark in New Westminster!
      Anvil Centre Studio 411
      5-7 years: Saturdays, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
      January 27 – March 17 (no class Feb 10) 161488 WAITLIST 
      8-13 years: Saturdays, 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm
      January 27 – March 17 (no class Feb 10) 161489                                                  
      Registration Fee: FREE (7 classes)

      Instructor: Melissa Thorpe


      Paint/Draw/Sculpt (4-11 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
      4-6 years: Saturdays, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
      January 27 – March 17 (no class Feb 10) 161484
      7-11 years: Saturdays, 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
      January 27 – March 17 (no class Feb 10) 161485
      Registration Fee: $70.00 (7 classes)
      Instructor: Noelle Horrocks


      Paint/Draw/Sculpt Day Camp (8-13)
      This dynamic camp teaches young minds to think in two- and three-dimensions through painting, drawing, sculpture, and everything in between! 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
      Monday March 19 – Friday March 23
      9:30 am – 12:00 pm 161515
      Registration Fee: $90.00 (5 classes)
      Instructor: Noelle Horrocks

      Artist Focus Day Camp (4-11)
      Join Melissa Thorpe for an art-filled journey, reviewing the life and work of a different famous artist every day. From Frida Kahlo to Andy Warhol, this program encourages a love of learning through creativity, making and fun. Kids will be exposed to age appropriate art history while working in a variety of mediums, inspired by works of famous artists.
      Anvil Centre Studio 413
      Monday March 26 – Thursday March 29 
      7-11 years: 9:30 am – 12:00 pm 161522
      4-6 years:1:00 pm – 3:30 pm 161523
      Registration Fee: $75.00 (4 classes)
      Instructor: Melissa Thorpe

    • Mini Coding: Game Design (6-13 years)
      Create your own video game! In partnership with UME Academy and guided by film and game industry veterans, students will learn creative problem solving, physics and math through the game design process using tools and technology of today’s top games. This program follows the S.T.E.A.M. educational approach, including time to create, play and evaluate games. The program concludes with an Open House for students to showcase their creations to family and friends. Hardware and software provided.
      Anvil Centre Studio 417
      Monday March 19 – Friday March 23
      6-8 years: 9:30 am – 12:00 pm 161516
      9-13 years: 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm 161517
      Registration Fee: $150.00 (5 classes)
      Instructor: UME Academy
    • no classes Winter 2018
    • Intro to Adult Jazz (16+ years)
      Explore styles such as jazz, lyrical and contemporary dance in this beginner dance class! This class will work to develop technique, strength, musicality, flexibility and coordination. Each class will consist of full body warm-ups, cross-floor movement sequences, and end with a relaxing and restoring full body stretch. No previous experience necessary.
      Anvil Centre Dance Studio 415
      Thursdays, 5:15 pm – 6:30 pm
      January 11 – February 22 161502
      Registration Fee: $60.00 (7 classes)
      Instructor: Jessie Au


      Intro to Adult Ballet (16+ 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 pm – 6:30 pm
      March 8 – April 26 (no class Mar 22) 161503
      Registration Fee: $60.00 (7 classes)
      Instructor: Jessie Au

    • Creative Movement

      Health, Strengthening, Fitness & Movement

      Creative Moves: Yoga & Dance (5-11 years)
      In this introduction to creative movement and yoga, young 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
      5-6 years: Sundays, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm January 21 – March 11 (no class Feb 11) 161482
      7-11 years: Sundays, 12:15 pm – 1:15 pm January 21 – March 11 (no class Feb 11) 161483
      Registration Fee: $50.00 (7 classes)
      Instructor: Carolina Bergonzoni


      Cardio Ballet (16+ 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 pm – 6:00 pm
      January 9 – February 20 161498
      March 6 – April 24 (no class Mar 20) 161499
      Registration Fee: $60.00 (7 classes)
      Thursdays, 6:45 pm – 8:00 pm
      January 11 – February 22 161500
      March 8 – April 26 (no class Mar 22) 161501
      Registration Fee: $60.00 (7 classes)
      Instructor: Jessie Au

    • Theatre Day Camp (5-13 years)
      The play's the thing! Whether your first or hundredth time, this week long drama class will open your eyes up to character and script work, strengthen ensemble building and help you to find your confidence onstage. Learn to create a character from scratch and explore a story from your own imagination while deepening your fundamental skills of drama. Loved ones are invited to watch a short presentation at the end of the week.
      Anvil Centre Studio 415
      Monday March 19 – Friday March 23
      6-8 years: 9:30 am – 12:00pm 161518
      9-13 years: 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm 161519
      Registration Fee: $90.00 (5 classes)
      Instructor: Seamus Fera


      Music Makers (4-6 years)
      Sing, clap and play together! Music Makers will test out new ways to make music, learn the basics of rhythm & pitch and participate in a variety of group song activities. No previous musical skill required.
      Anvil Centre Studio 411
      Monday March 26 – Thursday March 29
      9:30 am – 12:00 pm 161524
      Registration Fee: $75.00 (4 classes)
      Instructor: Kaitlin Deavy


      Rock Star Music Camp (7-11) 
      Have you always wanted to stand on stage and rock out with your friends? Rock Star Music Camp is your big moment! Form a band, play a new instrument and learn the basics of music at this 4-day rock adventure! No previous musical skill required.
      Anvil Centre Studio 411
      Monday March 26 – Thursday March 29
      1:00 pm – 3:30 pm 161525
      Registration Fee: $85.00 (4 classes)
      Instructor: Kaitlin Deavy


      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          
      no program scheduled 
      Choir Director: TBA

       
    • Wellness

      Anvil Centre Yoga, Natural Care

      Prenatal Yoga (16+ 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 am – 11:00 am
      January 10 – February 14 161491
      Registration Fee: $40.00 (6 classes)
      Instructor: Doreen Chand


      Parent & Baby Yoga (0-10 months)
      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 am – 12:30 pm
      January 10 – February 14 161474
      Wednesdays, 12:45 pm – 2:00 pm
      January 10 – February 14 161475
      Registration Fee: $50.00 (6 classes)
      Instructor: Doreen Chand


      YogaLates (16+ 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 between 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 am – 10:45 am
      January 13 – March 17 (no class Feb 10) 161494
      Registration Fee: $75.00 (9 classes)
      Instructor: Cindy Couturier


      Yoga Basic Back Care (16+ 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 am – 12:15 pm
      January 13 – March 17 (no class Feb 10) 161495
      Saturdays, 12:30 pm – 1:45 pm
      January 13 – March 17 (no class Feb 10) 161496
      Registration Fee: $75.00 (9 classes)?
      Instructor: Cindy Couturier


      Stretch & Meditation (16+ years)
      The benefits of mediation include a clearer and more grounded mind. This program starts with full body stretches and exercises, to prepare you before dropping into mediation. Instructor Cindy Couturier will cover several different techniques, come and find out what works best for you. Bring a yoga mat, cushion or blanket. 
      Anvil Centre Dance Studio 415
      Saturdays, 3:30 pm – 4:45 pm
      January 13 – March 17 (no class Feb 10) 161497 
      Registration Fee: $75.00 (9 classes)
      Instructor: Cindy Couturier

    • Day Camps

      Spring Break & Summer

      Paint/Draw/Sculpt Day Camp (8-13)
      This dynamic camp teaches young minds to think in two- and three-dimensions through painting, drawing, sculpture, and everything in between! 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
      Monday March 19 – Friday March 23
      9:30 am – 12:00 pm 161515
      Registration Fee: $90.00 (5 classes)
      Instructor: Noelle Horrocks


      Mini Coding: Game Design (6-13 years)
      Create your own video game! In partnership with UME Academy and guided by film and game industry veterans, students will learn creative problem solving, physics and math through the game design process using tools and technology of today’s top games. This program follows the S.T.E.A.M. educational approach, including time to create, play and evaluate games. The program concludes with an Open House for students to showcase their creations to family and friends. Hardware and software provided.
      Anvil Centre Studio 417
      Monday March 19 – Friday March 23
      6-8 years: 9:30 am – 12:00 pm 161516
      9-13 years: 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm 161517
      Registration Fee: $150.00 (5 classes)
      Instructor: UME Academy


      Theatre Day Camp (5-13 years)
      The play's the thing! Whether your first or hundredth time, this week long drama class will open your eyes up to character and script work, strengthen ensemble building and help you to find your confidence onstage. Learn to create a character from scratch and explore a story from your own imagination while deepening your fundamental skills of drama. Loved ones are invited to watch a short presentation at the end of the week.
      Anvil Centre Studio 415
      Monday March 19 – Friday March 23
      6-8 years: 9:30 am – 12:00pm 161518
      9-13 years: 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm 161519
      Registration Fee: $90.00 (5 classes)
      Instructor: Seamus Fera


      Cartooning Day Camp (5-8)
      Learn to draw characters, create short narratives through image and text, and discover the endless possibilities of cartooning. This program will introduce curious minds to comic strips, trading cards, animated flip-books and more! 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 March 19 – Friday March 23 
      1:00 pm – 3:30 pm 161520
      Registration Fee: $90.00 (5 classes)
      Instructor: Melissa Thorpe


      Graphic Novel Day Camp (8-13)
      Bring your stories to life through cartooning! Learn to draw characters, create narratives through image and text, and play with the comic strip format. Projects include comic strips, storyboarding, animated flip-books, book-binding techniques and more! Discover the endless possibilities of cartooning and graphic novels! For the Friday finale, introduce your characters and stories to friends and family.
      Anvil Centre Studio 411
      Monday March 19 – Friday March 23
      9:30 am – 12:00 pm 161521
      Registration Fee: $90.00 (5 classes)
      Instructor: Melissa Thorpe


      Music Makers (4-6 years)
      Sing, clap and play together! Music Makers will test out new ways to make music, learn the basics of rhythm & pitch and participate in a variety of group song activities. No previous musical skill required.
      Anvil Centre Studio 411
      Monday March 26 – Thursday March 29
      9:30 am – 12:00 pm 161524
      Registration Fee: $75.00 (4 classes)
      Instructor: Kaitlin Deavy


      Rock Star Music Camp (7-11)
      Have you always wanted to stand on stage and rock out with your friends? Rock Star Music Camp is your big moment! Form a band, play a new instrument and learn the basics of music at this 4-day rock adventure! No previous musical skill required.
      Anvil Centre Studio 411
      Monday March 26 – Thursday March 29
      1:00 pm – 3:30 pm 161525
      Registration Fee: $85.00 (4 classes)
      Instructor: Kaitlin Deavy


      Artist Focus Day Camp (4-11)
      Join Melissa Thorpe for an art-filled journey, reviewing the life and work of a different famous artist every day. From Frida Kahlo to Andy Warhol, this program encourages a love of learning through creativity, making and fun. Kids will be exposed to age appropriate art history while working in a variety of mediums, inspired by works of famous artists.
      Anvil Centre Studio 413
      Monday March 26 – Thursday March 29 
      7-11 years: 9:30 am – 12:00 pm 161522
      4-6 years:1:00 pm – 3:30 pm 161523
      Registration Fee: $75.00 (4 classes)
      Instructor: Melissa Thorpe

    • TRY IT! Drawing in Pencil (16+ years)
      Try something new this year! In this introductory workshop, discover basic techniques and learn about the versatility and possibilities of drawing with pencils. Join Caitlin Chaisson to find out more about this every day dynamic tool. Love this workshop? Sign up for Drawing in Pencil!
      Anvil Centre Room 411A
      Wednesday, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
      January 17 161925
      Registration Fee: FREE   
      Instructor: Caitlin Chaisson


      TRY IT! Watercolour (16+ years)
      Try something new this year! In this introductory workshop, learn the basics of watercolour media and techniques. Riette Gordon will lead demonstrations, captivating your creativity. No previous experience required; please bring a sketch book and pencil. Love this workshop? Sign up for Painting: Watercolour!
      Anvil Centre Studio 411B
      Tuesday, 3:00 pm – 5:00pm
      January 16 161924
      Registration Fee: FREE                  
      Instructor: Riette Gordon


      TRY IT! Inks, Acrylics & More (16+ years)
      Try something new this year! Join Pilar Mehlis for this free introductory workshop and discover the versatility and variety of paint mediums.  Whether colourful and textured acrylics or rich and luscious ink work, get your imagination going! Love this workshop? Sign up for Painting: Inks, Acrylics & More!
      Anvil Centre Room 413
      Wednesday, 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
      January 17 161965
      Registration Fee: FREE
      Instructor: Pilar Mehlis


      TRY IT! Water-Based Oils (16+ years)
      Try something new this year! Dip into oil painting without the harsh chemicals! This free workshop will introduce you to the materiality and qualities of water-based oil paint. No previous experience with painting required. Love this workshop? Sign up for Painting: Water-Based Oils!
      Anvil Centre Room 411B
      Thursday, 6:30 pm – 8:00pm
      January 18 161967
      Registration Fee: FREE
      Instructor: Pilar Mehlis

    • no classes scheduled.

    • 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.

      For information or email updates, contact or at 604.515.3837.

    • 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

    • Duck and Cover (12+ years)
      Our homes should be places we feel safe. In times of trouble, extra measures are needed to ensure this. Join our City Archivist as we explore New Westminster’s civil defence efforts in World War II and the Cold War.
      Anvil Centre Room 417    
      Sunday, 1:00 - 2:00 pm
      February 18
      Registration Required: Free         161820 

      Root, Root, Root for the Home Team (12+ years)
      New Westminster has had a long history of supporting its sports teams. Join our City Archivist and travel through time as we explore New Westminster’s love affair with its home teams.
      Anvil Centre Room 417    
      Sunday, 1:00 - 2:00 pm
      March 11
      Drop-in Fee: Free

      Stuff Museums Never Told You (16+ years)
      Join us to hear some of the strange New Westminster history we’ve uncovered at the museum.  From questionable medicine to drunken chicken farmers parking their rotting fish on Columbia, our volunteer historians highlight the outtakes from yesteryear. 
      Anvil Centre Room 311    
      Saturday, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
      January 20
      Drop-in Fee: Free             162131

    • Stout Suds - Natural Beer Soap Making! (19+ years)
      Beer – the great skin conditioner!  From pre-blended vegan bases, learn the basics of creating beer soap.  Previous knowledge of cold process soap making is NOT necessary.  Using a stout beer, create a cedarwood and lemon bar. Explore different ingredients, methods and techniques that you can use to create exciting soaps.  Learn about troubleshooting, history and packaging/decorating your soaps!  Also, receive a finished soap bar. Please bring a hand towel to class.  Come to class scent free and bring an apron (or wear appropriate clothing).  ALL SUPPLIES INCLUDED IN COURSE FEE. 
      Anvil Centre Room 311
      Thursday, 6:00 - 8:00 pm
      February 22
      Registration Fee: $30.00               162109

      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 and gain in-depth insight into the museum’s latest exhibit. The book club meets on a Saturday morning every three months. This month’s book will be From Bombs to Books: The Remarkable Stories of Refugee Children and their Families at an Exceptional Canadian School by David Starr, in preparation for our Canada 150 exhibition, opening in February.
      Anvil Centre Room 311    
      Saturday, 10:00 - 11:00 am
      January 20
      Drop-in Fee: Free

      Sips & Scripts (19+ years)
      Don’t limit your drink pairings to just wine and cheese. Join us at Anvil Centre to try a new pairing - drink and a play. As part of our feature exhibition, Bottoms Up: The Cultures of Drink, come listen and/or participate in a live play reading at Anvil Centre. Roles will be chosen from a hat of willing participants just prior to the reading. You also will be able to sip on a beverage chosen to match the play! The exact play will be chosen through a twitter/Facebook poll prior to the event, so be sure to follow @anvilctr on twitter and @NWMuseumandArchives on Facebook to have your chance to choose!
      Anvil Centre
      Thursday, 7:00 pm
      February 8
      Registration Required: Free

      Chocolatl: The Ancient Drink of Gods
      Come experience chocolate like never before! Experience a guided tour of our exhibition Bottoms Up: The Cultures of Drink in the Royal City, then join us as we take you on a journey of authentic chocolate drinks, customs and history from Mexico and Columbia.  Not only will you get to try these fantastic drinks, but you will also leave with a recipe and resource package so that you can create them at home and wow your friends and family. This sweet and savoury experience will have your taste buds rejoicing!
      Anvil Centre Room 311
      Thursday, 7:00 – 8:00 pm
      February 1
      Registration Required: $14.50     162283

      Victorian Book Club (16+ years)
      Discuss Victorian literature and culture as you sip tea in the luxurious 1865 Irving House.  We will 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 club meets on Saturday’s every two months.
      Irving House
      Saturday, 1:00 - 2:00 pm
      Call for dates
      Drop-In Fee: By Donation

      High Tea at Irving House (14+ years)
      Tea has become a staple in many Canadian homes, but what is High Tea and how does it differ from afternoon tea? How has tea impacted world events, world cultures and the Canadian culture? Join us at Irving House as we learn about this staple in Canadian homes and enjoy a proper sitting of this tradition.
      Irving House 604.527.4640
      Sunday, 1:00 - 3:00 pm
      February 12
      Registration Fee: $20.00               161868

      Victorian Book Club

      (1

      6+ years)

      Discuss Victorian literature and culture as you sip tea in the luxurious 18

      65 Irving House. We will read literary works by

      the Brontës, Charles Dickens, Robert Louis Stevenson, Oscar Wilde, H. G. We

      lls, Joseph Conrad, Henry James, Mark

      Twain and others. This is the perfect opportunity to meet new people

      and get involved in your community! The club

      meets on Saturday

      s

      every two months.

      Irving House

      Saturday, 1:00 - 2:00 pm

      Call for dates

      Drop-In Fee: By Donation

      High Tea at Irving House (14+ years)

      Tea has become a staple in many Canadian homes, but what is High Tea and

      how does it differ from afternoon tea? How

      has tea impacted world events, world cultures and the Canadian culture? Jo

      in us at Irving House as we learn about this

      staple in Canadian homes and enjoy a proper sitting of this tradition.

      Irving House 604.527.4640

      Sunday, 1:00 - 3:00 pm

      February 12

      Registration Fee: $20.00

      161868

      Victorian Book Club

      (1

      6+ years)

      Discuss Victorian literature and culture as you sip tea in the luxurious 18

      65 Irving House. We will read literary works by

      the Brontës, Charles Dickens, Robert Louis Stevenson, Oscar Wilde, H. G. We

      lls, Joseph Conrad, Henry James, Mark

      Twain and others. This is the perfect opportunity to meet new people

      and get involved in your community! The club

      meets on Saturday

      s

      every two months.

      Irving House

      Saturday, 1:00 - 2:00 pm

      Call for dates

      Drop-In Fee: By Donation

      High Tea at Irving House (14+ years)

      Tea has become a staple in many Canadian homes, but what is High Tea and

      how does it differ from afternoon tea? How

      has tea impacted world events, world cultures and the Canadian culture? Jo

      in us at Irving House as we learn about this

      staple in Canadian homes and enjoy a proper sitting of this tradition.

      Irving House 604.527.4640

      Sunday, 1:00 - 3:00 pm

      February 12

      Registration Fee: $20.00

      161868

      Victorian Valentine

      s Family Drop-In (All Ages)

      Learn about old-time Valentines and then make your own cards to send out to

      your sweetheart!

      Irving House 604.527.4640

      Sun

      day, 1:00 - 3:00 pm

      February

      12

      Drop-In Fee: By Donation

      Victorian Book Club

      (1

      6+ years)

      Discuss Victorian literature and culture as you sip tea in the luxurious 18

      65 Irving House. We will read literary works by

      the Brontës, Charles Dickens, Robert Louis Stevenson, Oscar Wilde, H. G. We

      lls, Joseph Conrad, Henry James, Mark

      Twain and others. This is the perfect opportunity to meet new people

      and get involved in your community! The club

      meets on Saturday

      s

      every two months.

      Irving House

      Saturday, 1:00 - 2:00 pm

      Call for dates

      Drop-In Fee: By Donation

      High Tea at Irving House (14+ years)

      Tea has become a staple in many Canadian homes, but what is High Tea and

      how does it differ from afternoon tea? How

      has tea impacted world events, world cultures and the Canadian culture? Jo

      in us at Irving House as we learn about this

      staple in Canadian homes and enjoy a proper sitting of this tradition.

      Irving House 604.527.4640

      Sunday, 1:00 - 3:00 pm

      February 12

      Registration Fee: $20.00

      161868

      Victorian Valentine

      s Family Drop-In (All Ages)

      Learn about old-time Valentines and then make your own cards to send out to

      your sweetheart!

      Irving House 604.527.4640

      Sun

      day, 1:00 - 3:00 pm

      February

      12

       

      Drop-In Fee: By Donation

    • Victorian Valentine’s Family Drop-In (All Ages)
      Learn about old-time Valentines and then make your own cards to send out to your sweetheart!
      Irving House 604.527.4640
      Sunday, 1:00 - 3:00 pm
      February 12
      Drop-In Fee: By Donation

      Family Day on Samson V (all Ages)
      Join us on Family Day for some fun arts & crafts aboard Samson V.
      Samson V 604.527.4640
      Sunday, 12:00 - 3:00 pm
      February 12
      Drop-In Fee: By Donation

    • Crafts from Around the World (5 - 8 years)
      Take a flight around the world and visit five 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 19 - 23
      Registration Fee: $47.00

      Adventures in History Camp (5 - 8 years)
      Explore New Westminster’s history with this fun and exciting day camp! 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 - 3:00 pm               
      March 19 - 23
      Registration Fee: $72.50

      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 26 - 29
      Registration Fee: $65.25 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 26 - 29
      Registration Fee: $78.75 155287

    • Check back for more programs in Fall 2017!