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.

    • 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, 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, Dawn Livera and Rachel Rozanski.


      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:

      Stay tuned for more information about her community outreach program.


      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.

    • Check out our Spring Break 2017 Day Camp program offers in our online brochure!

      Artist Focus Day Camp (5-8)

      Our instructor will review the life and work of a different famous artist each day, creating an environment that encourages the love of learning, creativity, and fun. Kids will be exposed to age appropriate art history while working in a variety of mediums, taking inspiration from the works of famous artists.

      Anvil Centre Studio 411B
      Monday to Friday, 10 – 12:30pm
      March 13 – 17 (154810)
      Registration Fee: $75.00 (5 classes)
      Instructor: Melissa Thorpe


      Imagination Vacation Day Camp (5-8)

      Come along on this imagination fueled vacation where you can discover and explore a variety of art mediums, materials and techniques, learn lots of new skills, meet some fabulous friends and create absolutely awesome art. You'll make prints from found objects and natural materials, create a fabric flag, design and construct a sculpture using stuff from the recycling bin and turn one of your old t-shirts into a new expression of you. 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 413
      Monday to Friday, 1:00 – 3:30 pm
      March 13 – 17 (154812)
      Registration Fee $85.00 (5 classes)
      Instructor: Holly Clarke


      Imagination Vacation Day Camp (9 - 12)

      Come along on this imagination fueled vacation where you can discover and explore a variety of art mediums, materials and techniques, learn lots of new skills, meet some fabulous friends and create absolutely awesome art. You'll make prints from found objects and natural materials, create a fabric flag, design and construct a sculpture using stuff from the recycling bin and turn one of your old t-shirts into a new expression of you. 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 413
      Monday to Friday, 10 – 12:30pm
      March 13 – 17 (154811)
      Registration Fee $85.00 (5 classes)
      Instructor: Holly Clarke

      KidPrint! Day Camp (9 - 12)

      This class is ideal for the young student interested in the exploration and experimentation of different materials and art styles.  Drawing, mixed media and design techniques will be introduced with a special focus on various printmaking methods, such as relief prints, monoprints, silkscreening and collographs. 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 411B
      Monday to Friday, 1:00 – 3:30 pm
      March 13 – 17 (154830)
      Registration Fee: $80.00 (5 classes)
      Instructor: Melissa Thorpe


      Drawing & Creative Movement Day Camp: Studio Edition (13 - 18 years)

      Together with dancer/philosopher Carolina Bergonzoni and artist Caitlin Chaisson, discover innovative forms of visual language using the combined techniques of creative movement and drawing. These lively and active sessions will include both free and guided explorations of movement, rhythm, observation and composition. Participants will experience the dynamic exchanges between visual art and dance: exercises in creative movement will inspire new methods of mark-making in drawing, while drawing exercises will alter the way we feel and view the expressive potential of the body.

      Anvil Centre Studio 415
      Monday to Friday, 10:00 - 3:00 pm
      March 13 – 17 (154813)
      Registration Fee: $175.00 (5 classes)
      Instructor: Carolina Bergonzoni & Caitlin Chaisson
      Drawing and Cartooning Day Camp (5-8 years)

      Are you interested in comics, cartoons, graphic novels or do you just like to draw? Students of any ability will learn to develop their narrative and graphic abilities through the use of dip pens, brush and ink, acrylic paint, scratchboard and more! Projects can include: trading cards, comic anthologies, animation flip-books and dozens of other activities developed through the surprisingly complex language of cartooning. 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 411B
      Monday to Friday, 10:00 – 12:30pm
      March 20 – March 24 (154815)
      Registration Fee: $75.00 (5 classes)
      Instructor: Melissa Thorpe

      Zine Making Day Camp (9 - 12 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 411B
      Monday to Friday, 1:00 – 3:30pm
      March 20 – March 24 (154816)
      Registration Fee: $75.00 (5 classes)
      Instructor: Melissa Thorpe


      Shakespeare Playground Day Camp (8 - 13 years)

      Calling all clowns and makers of mischief and magic! Come explore one of Shakespeare's best-loved comedies that features a bumbling bunch of buffoons, rebellious runaways, feisty fairies and a prankster named Puck. A week with storytelling, improv, theatre games, music, stage combat, movement, costumes, props, and a design project culminates in a hilarious performance of scenes from A Midsummer Night’s Dream for friends and family. No previous experience necessary.

      Anvil Centre Dance Studio 415/417
      Monday to Friday, 9:30am – 3:30pm
      March 20 – March 24 (154817)
      Registration Fee: $135.00 (5 classes)
      Instructor: Renee Bucciarelli

      Drawing & Creative Movement  Day Camp: City Edition (13 - 18 years)

      Together with dancer/philosopher Carolina Bergonzoni and artist Caitlin Chaisson, discover innovative forms of visual language using the combined techniques of creative movement and drawing. Guided field trips and outdoor excursions will enrich these sessions, where the movement of the city and the natural world will direct our energetic activities. Participant will experience the dynamic exchanges between visual art and dance: exercises in creative movement will inspire new methods of mark-making in drawing, while drawing exercises will alter the way we feel and view the expressive potential of the body.

      Anvil Centre Studio 413
      Monday to Friday, 10:00 – 3:00pm
      March 20 – March 24 (154814)
      Registration Fee: $175.00 (5 classes)
      Instructor: Carolina Bergonzoni & Caitlin Chaisson
       

    • Parent & Baby Yoga (19+)

      This class begins with a Baby Yoga Flow that supports Baby's developing systems. Following is a Parent's Yoga Flow that loosens and opens areas of the body that often experience repetitive strain while caring for an infant. Each class will include pranayama and core strengthening sequences. Please bring your own yoga mat and a blanket for your baby.

      Anvil Centre Dance Studio 415
      Wednesdays, 11:15am - 12:30pm
      January 18 - February 22 (154756)
      Registration Fee: $52.00 (6 classes)
      March 29 - April 26 (154757)
      Registration Fee: $45.00 (5 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, 10:00am - 11:00am
      February 14 - March 9 (154758)
      March 28 - April 20 (154759)
      Registration Fee: $65.00 (8 classes)
      Instructor: Melissa Thorpe


      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, 11:15am - 12:00pm
      January 22 - March 5* (154760)
      *No class February 12th
      Registration Fee: $40.00 (6 classes)
      March 26 - April 30 (154761)
      Registration Fee: $35.00 (5 classes)
      Instructor: Carolina Bergonzoni


      Intergenerational Dance (All Ages)

      Grandparents, parents, relative, children and family units of all varieties can explore movement in a fun and welcoming environment. The class will strengthen relationships between adults and children. Using movement, games, themed activities, storytelling and music to engage participants of all ages, come together as a family with dance! While children follow their natural enthusiasm and creativity, the grownups will stretch and strengthen their bodies. Groups of 2 or more are welcome.

      Anvil Centre Dance Studio 415
      No classes scheduled


      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
      No classes scheduled


    • Young Yogis (5-7 & 8-10 years)

      Through the use of asana (yoga posture), games, storytelling and songs, 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, 10:00 - 11:00 am
      5-7 years: January 22 - March 5* (154764)
      *No class February 12
      Registration Fee: $42.00  (6 classes)
      8-10 years: March 26 - April 30* (154765)
      *No class April 16
      Registration Fee: $35.00  (5 classes)
      Instructor: Carolina Bergonzoni


      Art in the Streets: Street Banners Public Art Project (7-9 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 will learn how to work collaboratively with your peers to make your mark in New Westminster!

      Anvil Centre Studio 413
      Saturdays, 10:00am-12:00pm
      January 21 - March 18* (154762)
      *No class February 11th
      Registration Fee: FREE!
      Instructor: Wendy Anderson


      Art in the Streets: Street Banners Public Art Project (10-12 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 will learn how to work collaboratively with your peers to make your mark in New Westminster!

      Anvil Centre Studio 413
      Saturdays, 1:00-3:00pm
      January 21 - March 18* (154763)
      *No class February 11th
      Registration Fee: FREE!
      Instructor: Wendy Anderson


      Art in the Streets: Street Banners Public Art Project (5-8 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 will learn how to work collaboratively with your peers to make your mark in New Westminster!

      Queensborough Community Centre, Samson Room
      Saturdays, 10:00am-12:00pm
      January 28 - February 25 (154837)
      Registration Fee: FREE!
      Instructor: Noelle Horrocks


      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 Noelle Horrocks 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: Noelle Horrocks


      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: CLASS FULL
      Instructor: Sandeep Johal


      Introduction to Dance through Creative Movement (5 - 7 years)

      This series of classes introduces the fundamentals of dance through creative movement. Children will explore coordination, rhythm, spatial and body awareness, improvisation, relationship to place and others in a fun and welcoming environment. Classes include songs, games, and visits to New Westminster Museum and New Media Gallery exhibitions to develop a sense of self-awareness and explore developmental movement patterns leading up to basic ballet steps.

      Anvil Centre Dance Studio 415
      No classes scheduled


      Zine Making Workshop (5 - 8 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 411A
      No classes scheduled


    • Art in the Streets: Street Banners Public Art Project (10-12 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 will learn how to work collaboratively with your peers to make your mark in New Westminster!

      Anvil Centre Studio 413
      Saturdays, 1:00-3:00pm
      January 21 - March 18* (154763)
      *No class February 11th
      Registration Fee: FREE!
      Instructor: Wendy Anderson


      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


      Afterschool Special: Open Studio (13 - 18 years)

      School’s out! Come to the Anvil Centre for our drop-in art-making program. Explore the New Media Gallery, Museum and Archives for inspiration, bring your own projects to work on, or just have fun tapping into your creative side in a fun and inclusive environment. Refine your techniques, find your own artistic style and use your imagination. Basic supplies included.

      Anvil Centre
      No classes scheduled.


    • 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. Tricia 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, 1:00 - 2:30pm
      January 21 - March 18* (154769)  
      *No class February 11
      Registration Fee: $65.00 (8 classes)
      Instructor: Michael Ashton


      Inner Heat Yoga (19+ years)

      This program combines enthusiasm, breath and movement to strengthen and open the physical body, focus the thinking mind and acknowledge the eternal spirit. Whether you are looking for a cross-training addition to your athletic pursuits or making time to listen to the small quiet voice inside, these yoga sessions will guide you to your center and move your physical body into balance, openness and strength. This physical practice is open to all levels. Bring your own yoga mat.

      Anvil Centre Dance Studio 415
      Saturdays, 10:00am - 11:30am
      January 21 - March 18* (154767)  
      *No class February 11
      Registration Fee: $65.00 (8 classes)
      Instructor: Michael Ashton                    


      At the Barre (19+)

      Get creative with your exercise routine! This program is designed to help promote balance and alignment, with a focus on lengthening your body and strengthening your legs, feet and core. An upbeat and energetic class, movements are founded on ballet basics, but require no previous ballet or dance experience. With a background in both medical studies and dance, Labi brings knowledge of muscle structure and function to offer an innovative fitness program. Come move with us!

      Anvil Centre Dance Studio 415
      Thursdays, 6:15-7:30pm
      January 19 - March 9 (154771)
      Registration Fee: CLASS FULL
      March 30 - April 27 (154772)
      Registration Fee: CLASS FULL
      Instructor: Jessie Au


      Zines for Adults: Write, Draw, Print, Paste, Bind (19+)

      "Zines," short for magazine or fanzine, are small-circulation self-published work of original or appropriated texts and images. Zines have progressed since their early inceptio nto include subgenres like pulp, punk and grrrl zines and other nice topics. Get right into the DIY culture and make your own publication using a combination of collage, drawing, cartooning, printmaking, stamping, writing or painting!

      Anvil Centre Studio 411A
      Saturdays, 10:00-12:00pm
      February 18 - March 18 (154773)
      Registration Fee: $50.00 (5 classes)
      Instructor: Melissa Thorpe


      Drawing for Beginners (19+)

      See the world through new eyes by taking a beginner drawing class. Through playful experimentation and beginner drawing exercises, learn the basics and make expressive marks and pictures. This class incorporates creative and fun ways to handle drawing materials - pen, brush, ink and charcoal. Students also experiment with their own unconventional drawing materials found in anture or the home. Classes will take place in and around Anvil Centre and the New Media Gallery. No previous experience required - Drawing is for everyone!

      Anvil Centre Studio 413
      Thursdays, 6:00-8:00pm
      February 9 - March 9 (154774)
      Registration Fee: $60.00 (5 classes)
      March 30 - May 4 (154775)
      Registration Fee: $70.00 (6 classes)
      Instructor: Amy-Claire Huestis


      Watercolour and Illustration (19+)

      Learn the fundamentals of illustrative drawing with pencil, ink and watercolour media. Each week the instructor will present a different lesson, sharing her approach, techniques and preferred materials. This course focuses on composition, colour, line and wash techniques. The instructor will lead you through demos and provide individual guidance to build confidence and develop your skills. No previous experience required - just bring a sketch book, pencil and eraser to the first class and supplies will be discussed.

      Anvil Centre Studio 411B
      Thursdays, 5:30 - 7:30 pm
      January 19 - March 2 (154776)
      Registration Fee: $56.00 (6 classes)             
      Instructor: Riette Gordon


      Art + Life (19+)

      Amplify your unique creative abilities and talents through a series of classes aimed to bring a new discipline of creativity into your life. Practice active wonderment in a series of life+art classes, through field trips in the community with optical devices, free-style drawing exercises and journal-keeping, interactions with nature, class discussions, food and togetherness. Tailored to the unique creative powers of each individual, this class is made for those who feel the desire to express themselves in new ways, find new experiences, and bring a creative practice into their styles of living. Bring art into your life!

      Anvil Centre Room 413
      Sundays, 10:00-12:00pm
      February 19 - April 9 (154777)
      Registration Fee: $85.00 (8 classes)
      Instructor: Amy-Claire Huestis


      In the Mix: Collage (19+)

      If you like to defy convention or are interested in bending or breaking the rules of traditional material practices, this course is for you! Collage is rising in popularity, from traditional 'cut and paste' to three-dimensional installations. Learn to combine different media on paper and canvas surfaces, experimenting with printmaking, drawing, painting, fiber arts, and transfer techniques. Artists of all levels are welcome in this supportive and fun environment. Come learn and grow together!

      Anvil Centre Studio 411         
      Thursdays, 5:30-7:30pm
      March 30 - April 27 (154778)
      Registration Fee: $56.00 (5 classes)
      Instructor: TBA


      Figuratively Speaking (19+ years)

      Develop a solid foundation in life drawing with this intensive workshop on the human figure, using draped and undraped male and female models. This course explores the timeless concepts of observational drawing and its compositional principles. A variety of materials such as graphite, conte and charcoal are used for both analytical and expressive studies.  The class looks to historic and contemporary artists examples for inspiration through short slide lectures, adopting both classical and contemporary drawing methods. No prior experience with drawing is required or expected.

      Anvil Centre Room 311
      Sunday January 29, 12:00 - 4:00 pm (154798)
      Sunday February 19, 12:00 - 4:00 pm (154799)
      Sunday March 26, 12:00 - 4:00 pm (154800)
      Sunday April 30, 12:00 - 4:00 pm (154801)
      Registration Fee: $42.00 (1 class)
      Instructor: Caitlin Chaisson


      Monoprint I (19+ years)

      Monoprinting 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. This simple process allows for endless mark marking from which to develop your own style. Learn about mirror images, positive and negative space, and the basics of the print matrix. Using special printing inks and papers you will learn how to make a monoprint using our printing press.

      Anvil Centre, Studio 411
      Saturday January 21, 10:00 - 1:00 pm (154780)
      Registration Fee: $25.00              
      Instructor: Saskia Jetten


      Monoprint II (19+ years)

      Spontaneous and variable, monoprinting generates one-of-a-kind prints that can develop into a series based on a theme, whether through colour, texture or subject matter. Developing on basic techniques learned in Monoprint I, this workshop will introduce colour, variation of tone and more complex matrixes. Using special printing inks and papers you will learn how to make a monoprint series using our printing press. 

      Anvil Centre, Studio 411
      Saturday, January 21, 2:00 - 5:00 pm (154783)
      Saturday, April 1, 10:00 - 1:00pm (154784)
      Registration Fee: $25.00              
      Instructor: Saskia Jetten


      Linocut I (19+ years)

      Linocut is a subtractive, relief printing technique, similar to woodblock. Learn about mirror imaging, positive and negative space, and transfer methods to create your design. Using cutting tools (gouges) to create a range of marks in the linoleum, this introductory course will equip you with the basic skills and techniques needed to produce a linocut print. You will create a small edition of prints using our brand new printing press.

      Anvil Centre, Studio 411B
      Saturday March 4, 10:00am - 1:00pm (154786)
      Registration Fee: $25.00              
      Instructor: Saskia Jetten


      Linocut II (19+years)

      Using a subtractive process, linocut prints allow for a broad range of expressive techniques, from simplistic and graphic, to intricate and detailed. Exploring mark-making techniques, colour, and multiple-matrix printing, this workshop is suitable for those with previous printmaking knowledge, or for participants from Linocut I. Using special printing inks and papers you will learn how to make and number an edition of prints using our printing press. 

      Anvil Centre, Studio 411/411B
      Saturday, March 4 2:00 - 5:00 pm (154789)
      Saturday, April 22 10:00 - 1:00 pm (154790)
      Registration Fee: $25.00              
      Instructor: Saskia Jetten


      Drypoint (19+)

      The drypoint printmaking technique uses the immediacy of drawing to incise and scratch an image into a plate. Working with sharp metal or diamond point tools, this method echoes drawing processes and produces beautiful soft dense lines. Using Plexiglas plates, you will learn about mirror images and the basics of the print matrix. Using special intaglio inks and papers, you will learn how to make a drypoint print using our press.

      Anvil Centre Studio 411/411B
      Saturday January 28, 10:00 - 1:00pm (154796)
      Saturday Febraury 25, 10:00 - 1:00pm (154797)
      Registration Fee: $25.00 (1 class)
      Instructor: Saskia Jetten


      Print Matters - Open Studio (19+ years)

      If you are interested in printmaking, join printmaking instructor Saskia Jetten for our open studio! This monthly program offers the perfect opportunity to experiment with printmaking techniques learned in previous workshops, get back in touch with your love for prints, or get excited about upcoming classes. Bring in-progress projects or sketches to work from and get advice from your peers! All skill levels welcome.

      Anvil Centre, Studio 411/411B
      Saturdays, 2:00 - 5:00 pm
      January 28 (154818)
      February 25 (154792)
      April 1 (154793)
      April 22 (154795)
      Registration Fee: $20.00
      Instructor: Saskia Jetten


      Anvil Community Choir (19+)

      Singers of all skills are invited to join our non-auditioned choir. Our expert choir director, Shane Raman, will introduce you to an exciting repertoire selected specifically for the choir and teach you 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
      February 19 - April 30* (154779)
      *No class April 16
      Registration Fee: $110.00 (10 classes)  
      Choir Director: Shane Raman


      Intro to Watercolour and Illustration (50+)
      (a TRY IT New West program)

      Learn the fundamentals of illustrative drawing with pencil, ink and watercolour media. The instructor will lead you through demonstrations and provide individual guidance to build confidence and develop techniques. No previous experience required; please bring a sketch book and pencil.

      Anvil Centre Studio 413B
      Thursdays, 3:00 - 4:30pm
      January 12 + 19 (155450)
      March 2 + 9 (155451)
      Registration Fee: FREE!
      Instructor: Riette Gordon


      Anatomy of a Drawing (50+)
      (a TRY IT New West program)

      Observe and record natural phenomena through drawing. Explore the richness of botanical illustrations or make visible the often invisible forces that animate life through anatomical illustration. Some previous drawing experience is recommended but not required. All materials supplied.

      Anvil Centre Studio 411B
      Anatomy: Tuesday, January 24, 1:00 - 4:00pm (155452)
      Botany: Tuesday, February 28, 1:00-4:00pm (155453)
      Registration Fee: FREE!
      Instructor: Amy-Claire Huestis


      Creative Movement (50+)
      (a TRY IT New West program)

      Move, dance, create and practice 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. All bodies welcome, no experience or skill required.

      Anvil Centre Dance Studio 415
      Wednesday February 8, 2:00-3:30pm (155454)
      Wednesday March 8, 2:00-3:30pm (155455)
      Registration Fee: FREE!
      Instructor: Carolina Bergonzoni


      Grant Writing for Artists (19+ years)

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

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

    • 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

      Drawing for Beginners (19+)

      See the world through new eyes by taking a beginner drawing class. Through playful experimentation and beginner drawing exercises, learn the basics and make expressive marks and pictures. This class incorporates creative and fun ways to handle drawing materials - pen, brush, ink and charcoal. Students also experiment with their own unconventional drawing materials found in anture or the home. Classes will take place in and around Anvil Centre and the New Media Gallery. No previous experience required - Drawing is for everyone!

      Anvil Centre Studio 413
      Thursdays, 6:00-8:00pm
      February 9 - March 9 (154774)
      Registration Fee: $60.00 (5 classes)
      March 30 - May 4 (154775)
      Registration Fee: $70.00 (6 classes)
      Instructor: Amy-Claire Huestis


      Figuratively Speaking (19+ years)

      Develop a solid foundation in life drawing with this intensive workshop on the human figure, using draped and undraped male and female models. This course explores the timeless concepts of observational drawing and its compositional principles. A variety of materials such as graphite, conte and charcoal are used for both analytical and expressive studies.  The class looks to historic and contemporary artists examples for inspiration through short slide lectures, adopting both classical and contemporary drawing methods. No prior experience with drawing is required or expected.

      Anvil Centre Room 311
      Sunday January 29, 12:00 - 4:00 pm (154798)
      Sunday February 19, 12:00 - 4:00 pm (154799)
      Sunday March 26, 12:00 - 4:00 pm (154800)
      Sunday April 30, 12:00 - 4:00 pm (154801)
      Registration Fee: $42.00 (1 class)
      Instructor: Caitlin Chaisson


      Anatomy of a Drawing (50+)
      (a TRY IT New West program)

      Observe and record natural phenomena through drawing. Explore the richness of botanical illustrations or make visible the often invisible forces that animate life through anatomical illustration. Some previous drawing experience is recommended but not required. All materials supplied.

      Anvil Centre Studio 411B
      Anatomy: Tuesday, January 24, 1:00 - 4:00pm (155452)
      Botany: Tuesday, February 28, 1:00-4:00pm (155453)
      Registration Fee: FREE!
      Instructor: Amy-Claire Huestis

    • 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, 10:00am - 11:00am
      February 14 - March 9 (154758)
      March 28 - April 20 (154759)
      Registration Fee: $65.00 (8 classes)
      Instructor: Melissa Thorpe


      Art in the Streets: Street Banners Public Art Project (5-8 years) (Queensborough)

      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 will learn how to work collaboratively with your peers to make your mark in New Westminster!

      Queensborough Community Centre, Samson Room
      Saturdays, 10:00am-12:00pm
      January 28 - February 25 (154837)
      Registration Fee: FREE!
      Instructor: Noelle Horrocks


      Art in the Streets: Street Banners Public Art Project (7-9 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 will learn how to work collaboratively with your peers to make your mark in New Westminster!

      Anvil Centre Studio 413
      Saturdays, 10:00am-12:00pm
      January 21 - March 18* (154762)
      *No class February 11th
      Registration Fee: FREE!
      Instructor: Wendy Anderson


      Art in the Streets: Street Banners Public Art Project (10-12 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 will learn how to work collaboratively with your peers to make your mark in New Westminster!

      Anvil Centre Studio 413
      Saturdays, 1:00-3:00pm
      January 21 - March 18* (154763)
      *No class February 11th
      Registration Fee: FREE!
      Instructor: Wendy Anderson


      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


      Art + Life (19+)

      Amplify your unique creative abilities and talents through a series of classes aimed to bring a new discipline of creativity into your life. Practice active wonderment in a series of life+art classes, through field trips in the community with optical devices, free-style drawing exercises and journal-keeping, interactions with nature, class discussions, food and togetherness. Tailored to the unique creative powers of each individual, this class is made for those who feel the desire to express themselves in new ways, find new experiences, and bring a creative practice into their styles of living. Bring art into your life!

      Anvil Centre Room 413
      Sundays, 10:00-12:00pm
      February 19 - April 9 (154777)
      Registration Fee: $85.00 (8 classes)
      Instructor: Amy-Claire Huestis


      In the Mix: Collage (19+)

      If you like to defy convention or are interested in bending or breaking the rules of traditional material practices, this course is for you! Collage is rising in popularity, from traditional 'cut and paste' to three-dimensional installations. Learn to combine different media on paper and canvas surfaces, experimenting with printmaking, drawing, painting, fiber arts, and transfer techniques. Artists of all levels are welcome in this supportive and fun environment. Come learn and grow together!

      Anvil Centre Studio 411         
      Thursdays, 5:30-7:30pm
      March 30 - April 27 (154778)
      Registration Fee: $56.00 (5 classes)
      Instructor: Colette Lisoway


      Zines for Adults: Write, Draw, Print, Paste, Bind (19+)

      "Zines," short for magazine or fanzine, are small-circulation self-published work of original or appropriated texts and images. Zines have progressed since their early inceptio nto include subgenres like pulp, punk and grrrl zines and other nice topics. Get right into the DIY culture and make your own publication using a combination of collage, drawing, cartooning, printmaking, stamping, writing or painting!

      Anvil Centre Studio 411A
      Saturdays, 10:00-12:00pm
      February 18 - March 18 (154773)
      Registration Fee: $50.00 (5 classes)
      Instructor: Melissa Thorpe


      Watercolour and Illustration (19+)

      Learn the fundamentals of illustrative drawing with pencil, ink and watercolour media. Each week the instructor will present a different lesson, sharing her approach, techniques and preferred materials. This course focuses on composition, colour, line and wash techniques. The instructor will lead you through demos and provide individual guidance to build confidence and develop your skills. No previous experience required - just bring a sketch book, pencil and eraser to the first class and supplies will be discussed.

      Anvil Centre Studio 411B
      Thursdays, 5:30 - 7:30 pm
      January 19 - March 2 (154776)
      Registration Fee: $56.00 (6 classes)             
      Instructor: Riette Gordon


      Intro to Watercolour and Illustration (50+)
      (a TRY IT New West program)

      Learn the fundamentals of illustrative drawing with pencil, ink and watercolour media. The instructor will lead you through demonstrations and provide individual guidance to build confidence and develop techniques. No previous experience required; please bring a sketch book and pencil.

      Anvil Centre Studio 413B
      Thursdays, 3:00 - 4:30pm
      January 12 + 19 (155450)
      March 2 + 9 (155451)
      Registration Fee: FREE!
      Instructor: Riette Gordon


    • 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


      Monoprint I (19+ years)

      Monoprinting 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. This simple process allows for endless mark marking from which to develop your own style. Learn about mirror images, positive and negative space, and the basics of the print matrix. Using special printing inks and papers you will learn how to make a monoprint using our printing press.

      Anvil Centre, Studio 411
      Saturday January 21, 10:00 - 1:00 pm (154780)
      Registration Fee: $25.00              
      Instructor: Saskia Jetten


      Monoprint II (19+ years)

      Spontaneous and variable, monoprinting generates one-of-a-kind prints that can develop into a series based on a theme, whether through colour, texture or subject matter. Developing on basic techniques learned in Monoprint I, this workshop will introduce colour, variation of tone and more complex matrixes. Using special printing inks and papers you will learn how to make a monoprint series using our printing press. 

      Anvil Centre, Studio 411
      Saturday, January 21, 2:00 - 5:00 pm (154783)
      Saturday, April 1, 10:00 - 1:00pm (154784)
      Registration Fee: $25.00              
      Instructor: Saskia Jetten


      Linocut I (19+ years)

      Linocut is a subtractive, relief printing technique, similar to woodblock. Learn about mirror imaging, positive and negative space, and transfer methods to create your design. Using cutting tools (gouges) to create a range of marks in the linoleum, this introductory course will equip you with the basic skills and techniques needed to produce a linocut print. You will create a small edition of prints using our brand new printing press.

      Anvil Centre, Studio 411B
      Saturday March 4, 10:00am - 1:00pm (154786)
      Registration Fee: $25.00              
      Instructor: Saskia Jetten


      Linocut II (19+years)

      Using a subtractive process, linocut prints allow for a broad range of expressive techniques, from simplistic and graphic, to intricate and detailed. Exploring mark-making techniques, colour, and multiple-matrix printing, this workshop is suitable for those with previous printmaking knowledge, or for participants from Linocut I. Using special printing inks and papers you will learn how to make and number an edition of prints using our printing press. 

      Anvil Centre, Studio 411/411B
      Saturday, March 4 2:00 - 5:00 pm (154789)
      Saturday, April 22 10:00 - 1:00 pm (154790)
      Registration Fee: $25.00              
      Instructor: Saskia Jetten


      Drypoint (19+)

      The drypoint printmaking technique uses the immediacy of drawing to incise and scratch an image into a plate. Working with sharp metal or diamond point tools, this method echoes drawing processes and produces beautiful soft dense lines. Using Plexiglas plates, you will learn about mirror images and the basics of the print matrix. Using special intaglio inks and papers, you will learn how to make a drypoint print using our press.

      Anvil Centre Studio 411/411B
      Saturday January 28, 10:00 - 1:00pm (154796)
      Saturday Febraury 25, 10:00 - 1:00pm (154797)
      Registration Fee: $25.00 (1 class)
      Instructor: Saskia Jetten


      Print Matters - Open Studio (19+ years)

      If you are interested in printmaking, join printmaking instructor Saskia Jetten for our open studio! This monthly program offers the perfect opportunity to experiment with printmaking techniques learned in previous workshops, get back in touch with your love for prints, or get excited about upcoming classes. Bring in-progress projects or sketches to work from and get advice from your peers! All skill levels welcome.

      Anvil Centre, Studio 411/411B
      Saturdays, 2:00 - 5:00 pm
      January 28 (154818)
      February 25 (154792)
      April 1 (154793)
      April 22 (154795)
      Registration Fee: $20.00
      Instructor: Saskia Jetten

    • 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


      Anvil Community Choir (19+)

      Singers of all skills are invited to join our non-auditioned choir. Our expert choir director, Shane Raman, will introduce you to an exciting repertoire selected specifically for the choir and teach you 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
      February 19 - April 30* (154779)
      *No class April 16
      Registration Fee: $110.00 (10 classes)  
      Choir Director: Shane Raman
    • Parent & Baby Yoga (19+)

      This class begins with a Baby Yoga Flow that supports Baby's developing systems. Following is a Parent's Yoga Flow that loosens and opens areas of the body that often experience repetitive strain while caring for an infant. Each class will include pranayama and core strengthening sequences. Please bring your own yoga mat and a blanket for your baby.

      Anvil Centre Dance Studio 415
      Wednesdays, 11:15am - 12:30pm
      January 18 - February 22 (154756)
      Registration Fee: CLASS FULL
      March 29 - April 26 (154757)
      Registration Fee: $45.00 (5 classes)
      Instructor: Doreen Chand


      Young Yogis (5-7 & 8-10 years)

      Through the use of asana (yoga posture), games, storytelling and songs, 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, 10:00 - 11:00 am
      5-7 years: January 22 - March 5* (154764)
      *No class February 12
      Registration Fee: $42.00  (6 classes)
      8-10 years: March 26 - April 30* (154765)
      *No class April 16
      Registration Fee: $35.00  (5 classes)
      Instructor: Carolina Bergonzoni


      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. Tricia 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, 1:00 - 2:30pm
      January 21 - March 18* (154769)  
      *No class February 11
      Registration Fee: $65.00 (8 classes)
      Instructor: Michael Ashton


      Inner Heat Yoga (19+ years)

      This program combines enthusiasm, breath and movement to strengthen and open the physical body, focus the thinking mind and acknowledge the eternal spirit. Whether you are looking for a cross-training addition to your athletic pursuits or making time to listen to the small quiet voice inside, these yoga sessions will guide you to your center and move your physical body into balance, openness and strength. This physical practice is open to all levels. Bring your own yoga mat.

      Anvil Centre Dance Studio 415
      Saturdays, 10:00am - 11:30am
      January 21 - March 18* (154767)  
      *No class February 11
      Registration Fee: $65.00 (8 classes)
      Instructor: Michael Ashton                    


      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, 11:15am - 12:00pm
      January 22 - March 5* (154760)
      *No class February 12th
      Registration Fee: $40.00 (6 classes)
      March 26 - April 30 (154761)
      Registration Fee: $35.00 (5 classes)
      Instructor: Carolina Bergonzoni


      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

      At the Barre (19+)

      Get creative with your exercise routine! This program is designed to help promote balance and alignment, with a focus on lengthening your body and strengthening your legs, feet and core. An upbeat and energetic class, movements are founded on ballet basics, but require no previous ballet or dance experience. With a background in both medical studies and dance, Labi brings knowledge of muscle structure and function to offer an innovative fitness program. Come move with us!

      Anvil Centre Dance Studio 415
      Thursdays, 6:15-7:30pm
      January 19 - March 9 (154771)
      Registration Fee: CLASS FULL
      March 30 - April 27 (154772)
      Registration Fee: CLASS FULL
      Instructor: Jessie Au


      Creative Movement (50+)

      (a TRY IT New West program)

      Move, dance, create and practice 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. All bodies welcome, no experience or skill required.

      Anvil Centre Dance Studio 415
      Wednesday February 8, 2:00-3:30pm (155454)
      Wednesday March 8, 2:00-3:30pm (155455)
      Registration Fee: FREE!
      Instructor: Carolina Bergonzoni


    • 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


      Figuratively Speaking (19+ years)

      Develop a solid foundation in life drawing with this intensive workshop on the human figure, using draped and undraped male and female models. This course explores the timeless concepts of observational drawing and its compositional principles. A variety of materials such as graphite, conte and charcoal are used for both analytical and expressive studies.  The class looks to historic and contemporary artists examples for inspiration through short slide lectures, adopting both classical and contemporary drawing methods. No prior experience with drawing is required or expected.

      Anvil Centre Room 311
      Sunday January 29, 12:00 - 4:00 pm (154798)
      Sunday February 19, 12:00 - 4:00 pm (154799)
      Sunday March 26, 12:00 - 4:00 pm (154800)
      Sunday April 30, 12:00 - 4:00 pm (154801)
      Registration Fee: $42.00 (1 class)
      Instructor: Caitlin Chaisson


      Monoprint I (19+ years)

      Monoprinting 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. This simple process allows for endless mark marking from which to develop your own style. Learn about mirror images, positive and negative space, and the basics of the print matrix. Using special printing inks and papers you will learn how to make a monoprint using our printing press.

      Anvil Centre, Studio 411
      Saturday January 21, 10:00 - 1:00 pm (154780)
      Registration Fee: $25.00              
      Instructor: Saskia Jetten


      Monoprint II (19+ years)

      Spontaneous and variable, monoprinting generates one-of-a-kind prints that can develop into a series based on a theme, whether through colour, texture or subject matter. Developing on basic techniques learned in Monoprint I, this workshop will introduce colour, variation of tone and more complex matrixes. Using special printing inks and papers you will learn how to make a monoprint series using our printing press. 

      Anvil Centre, Studio 411
      Saturday, January 21, 2:00 - 5:00 pm (154783)
      Saturday, April 1, 10:00 - 1:00pm (154784)
      Registration Fee: $25.00              
      Instructor: Saskia Jetten


      Linocut I (19+ years)

      Linocut is a subtractive, relief printing technique, similar to woodblock. Learn about mirror imaging, positive and negative space, and transfer methods to create your design. Using cutting tools (gouges) to create a range of marks in the linoleum, this introductory course will equip you with the basic skills and techniques needed to produce a linocut print. You will create a small edition of prints using our brand new printing press.

      Anvil Centre, Studio 411B
      Saturday March 4, 10:00am - 1:00pm (154786)
      Registration Fee: $25.00              
      Instructor: Saskia Jetten


      Linocut II (19+years)

      Using a subtractive process, linocut prints allow for a broad range of expressive techniques, from simplistic and graphic, to intricate and detailed. Exploring mark-making techniques, colour, and multiple-matrix printing, this workshop is suitable for those with previous printmaking knowledge, or for participants from Linocut I. Using special printing inks and papers you will learn how to make and number an edition of prints using our printing press. 

      Anvil Centre, Studio 411/411B
      Saturday, March 4 2:00 - 5:00 pm (154789)
      Saturday, April 22 10:00 - 1:00 pm (154790)
      Registration Fee: $25.00              
      Instructor: Saskia Jetten


      Drypoint (19+)

      The drypoint printmaking technique uses the immediacy of drawing to incise and scratch an image into a plate. Working with sharp metal or diamond point tools, this method echoes drawing processes and produces beautiful soft dense lines. Using Plexiglas plates, you will learn about mirror images and the basics of the print matrix. Using special intaglio inks and papers, you will learn how to make a drypoint print using our press.

      Anvil Centre Studio 411/411B
      Saturday January 28, 10:00 - 1:00pm (154796)
      Saturday Febraury 25, 10:00 - 1:00pm (154797)
      Registration Fee: $25.00 (1 class)
      Instructor: Saskia Jetten


      Print Matters - Open Studio (19+ years)

      If you are interested in printmaking, join printmaking instructor Saskia Jetten for our open studio! This monthly program offers the perfect opportunity to experiment with printmaking techniques learned in previous workshops, get back in touch with your love for prints, or get excited about upcoming classes. Bring in-progress projects or sketches to work from and get advice from your peers! All skill levels welcome.

      Anvil Centre, Studio 411/411B
      Saturdays, 2:00 - 5:00 pm
      January 28 (154818)
      February 25 (154792)
      April 1 (154793)
      April 22 (154795)
      Registration Fee: $20.00
      Instructor: Saskia Jetten


      Intro to Watercolour and Illustration (50+)
      (a TRY IT New West program)

      Learn the fundamentals of illustrative drawing with pencil, ink and watercolour media. The instructor will lead you through demonstrations and provide individual guidance to build confidence and develop techniques. No previous experience required; please bring a sketch book and pencil.

      Anvil Centre Studio 413B
      Thursdays, 3:00 - 4:30pm
      January 12 + 19 (155450)
      March 2 + 9 (155451)
      Registration Fee: FREE!
      Instructor: Riette Gordon


      Anatomy of a Drawing (50+)
      (a TRY IT New West program)

      Observe and record natural phenomena through drawing. Explore the richness of botanical illustrations or make visible the often invisible forces that animate life through anatomical illustration. Some previous drawing experience is recommended but not required. All materials supplied.

      Anvil Centre Studio 411B
      Anatomy: Tuesday, January 24, 1:00 - 4:00pm (155452)
      Botany: Tuesday, February 28, 1:00-4:00pm (155453)
      Registration Fee: FREE!
      Instructor: Amy-Claire Huestis


      Creative Movement (50+)
      (a TRY IT New West program)

      Move, dance, create and practice 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. All bodies welcome, no experience or skill required.

      Anvil Centre Dance Studio 415
      Wednesday February 8, 2:00-3:30pm (155454)
      Wednesday March 8, 2:00-3:30pm (155455)
      Registration Fee: FREE!
      Instructor: Carolina Bergonzoni

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


      Musical Theatre Performance
      (a SCHOOL FREE DAYS program)

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

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

    • Grant Writing for Artists (19+ years)

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

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

    • 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.

    • 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

    • Cuddly Monster Crochet (8-12 years)

      Crocheting dates to the 19th century and has gained popularity in recent years. Learn crochet basics as you make your very own cuddly crochet monster to take home in addition to all supplies and equipment provided.

      Anvil Centre Room 311
      Saturday, 10:00 pm - 12:00 pm
      February 4
      Registration Fee: $30.00         154548

    • Top Dog: CKNW – The New Westminster Years (14+ years)

      In 1944, a small radio station went on the air, broadcasting from New Westminster’s Windsor Hotel. This station would go on to be “B.C.’s Most Listened-To Station”, occupying an important place in the community. It established the Orphan’s Fund in 1945 and raised money for it by a variety of community events and sometimes zany contests. Using archival sources, we will examine the station’s years in the Royal City: its personalities, its programs, and more. Registration required.

      Anvil Centre Room 417
      Sunday, 2:00 - 3:00 pm
      March 5
      Registration Fee: Free           154551

    • Salish Weaving Quarter Pouch (16+ years)

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

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


      Face Value (16+ years)

      Take care of your skin naturally and the results are amazing! Historically, they would steep herbs from yucca root to dandelion as these complexion and clarifying herbs assist acne to rosacea, to create natural facial care - food for the skin!  Make and take home a chamomile face cleanser, aloe toner, almond oatmeal face wash and a body cream.  All supplies included.

      Anvil Centre Room 411A
      Wednesday, 6:00 - 8:00 pm
      February 15
      Registration Fee: $45.50             154549      


      Introduction to Tatting (16+ years)

      Tatting, or creating knotted lace from thread, dates to the 19th century and may have developed from netting and decorative ropework of sailors and fishermen. Learn the portable skill of needle tatting through basic stitches to create durable lace edging, jewelry, ornaments, and more. Students will keep all supplies and equipment provided. 

      Anvil Centre Room 311 
      Saturdays, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
      February 18 & 25
      Registration Fee: $24.50               154550


      Mini Cedar Headband Bracelets (16+ years)

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

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


      Aromatherapy & Bath Products (16+ years)

      Apply the history and heritage of aromatic essences along with locally grown herbs (lavender, rose pedals, chamomile and calendula) and combine with soothing salts for relaxation and sore muscles.   In class, using the top ten essential oils create a purse size aromatherapy roll on, bath n’ body oil, bath salts and an array of tub fizzers in various scents and shapes.  All supplies included.

      Anvil Centre Room 311
      Thursday, 6:00 - 8:00 pm
      March 30
      Registration Fee: $44.00                155115       


      The Blanket Exercise (16+ years)

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

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


      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


      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’s exhibit is Witness Blanket and we will be reading The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America by Thomas King.

      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

    • A Tribe of One: Film Screening (All Ages)

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

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


      Victorian Valentine’s Family Drop-In (All Ages)

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

      Irving House 
      Sunday, 1:00 - 3:00 pm
      February 12
      Drop-In Fee: By Donation


      Winter Cemetery Tour (All Ages)

      Join Archie Miller of A sense of History Research Services as he takes you on a tour of Fraser and St. Peter’s Cemeteries. Hear of a death or two in the winter months, a river connection, hunting and fishing gone awry, a very early police constable, and some mystery, mayhem and a spot of murder.

      Fraser Cemetery, 100 Richmond St. 
      Saturday, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
      March 25
      Registration Fee: $13.50                154552


      Remarkable Women of Irving House: Celebrating 100 Years of Voting for Women in BC (All Ages)

      April 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of many women gaining the vote in BC. Learn about the remarkable lives of three prominent women in Irving House’s history – Elizabeth Irving, Mary Briggs, and Mary Aline Cox. One-hour tours will run throughout the day.

      Irving House 
      Saturday, 12:00 - 4:00 pm
      April 8
      Drop-in Fee:  By Donation

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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

      Irving House
      Saturday, December 10

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

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

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

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

      Registration Fee: $114.00 for six people 

      Individual registration:
      Saturday, December 10

      3:00 pm       153253

      Saturday, December 17
      3:00 pm       153261

      Registration Fee: $19.00 per person

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

      Irving House
      Saturday, December 10

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

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

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

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

      Registration Fee: $114.00 for six people 

      Individual registration:
      Saturday, December 10

      3:00 pm       153253

      Saturday, December 17
      3:00 pm       153261

      Registration Fee: $19.00 per person

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

      Crafts from Around the World
      (Room 311)

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

      1 pm - 3pm

      Museum Mashup Camp
      (Room 311)

       

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

      Introduction to Textile Arts
      (Room 311)

      Handmade Skin & Body Care
      (Room 411A)

      1 pm - 3 pm

      Handmade Skin & Body Care
      (Room 411A)

      Traditional Hand Sewing Made Easy
      (Room 311)

       

      Program Descriptions

      Crafts from Around the World (5-8 years)

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

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


      Museum Mashup Camp (5-8 years)

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

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


      Fiction Addiction Book Camp (9-12 years)

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

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


      Introduction to Traditional Textile Arts (9-11 years)

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

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


      Traditional Hand Sewing Made Easy (12 - 14 years)

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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


      Community Stories of Truth and Reconciliation (All Ages)

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

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

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

      Register Online Here


      A Tribe of One: Film Screening (All Ages)

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

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


      Salish Weaving Quarter Pouch (16+ years)

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

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


      Mini Cedar Headband Bracelets (16+ years)

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

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


      The Blanket Exercise (16+ years)

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

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

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

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


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

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

    • Check back for more programs in Fall 2017!