Drawing & Painting

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


Cartooning Day Camp (5-8)
Learn to draw characters, create short narratives through image and text, and discover the endless possibilities of cartooning. This program will introduce curious minds to comic strips, trading cards, animated flip-books and more! On Friday invite your family to our finale showcasing all of the fabulous work you and your friends have created during your week at camp.
Anvil Centre Studio 411
Monday March 19 – Friday March 23
1:00 pm – 3:30 pm 161520
Registration Fee: $90.00 (5 classes)
Instructor: Melissa Thorpe


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


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


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


Drawing in Pencil (16+ years)
Pencil is a medium with incredible versatility. Often over-simplified in our daily experiences, the pencil is capable of generating complex and virtuous drawings. Designed for beginners, this course will help develop an understanding of basic pencil work, and advance technical skills such as line, shape, value and proportion. This class includes both short and long drawing exercises that will transform the humble pencil into a dynamic tool! 
Anvil Centre Room 411A
Wednesdays, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
January 24 – February 21 161505
Registration Fee: $60.00 (5 classes)         
Instructor: Caitlin Chaisson


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


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


Painting: Watercolour (16+ years)
This course focuses on composition alongside colour, line and wash techniques. The instructor will lead you through demos and provide individual guidance to build confidence and develop your skills. Beginners and adventurous spirits welcome! Bring a sketch book to the first class. All other supplies included.
Anvil Centre Studio 411B
Tuesdays, 3:00 pm – 5:00pm
January 23 – February 20 161508
Wednesdays, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
January 24 – February 21 161509
Registration Fee: $60.00 (5 classes)
Instructor: Riette Gordon


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


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


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


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