Since 1986 the ArtSpace program has provided arts instruction to both young and old in the North Peace region. Starting in the basement of a downtown business, the line to register for classes stretched a city block on our very first day. With the growth of the City of Fort St. John since then there has continued to be a strong desire to explore the arts in all formats including visual arts (drawing, painting, sculpture, photography), performing arts (dance, theatre, standup comedy), language arts (poetry, art journaling, second languages), and culinary arts (cooking, cake decorating, chocolate making). We hope you will enjoy the classes we have to offer. Please let us know if there is a subject that you would like to learn. Or maybe you would like to share your art with others.
In this workshop participants will learn how to do "slow hand stitching", the way Barb does, to create a gorgeous textile collage. Barb will teach various stitches, methods and her approach to creating collages, as well as a tissue transfer technique for adding incredible detail to your piece. Attaching found items such as "orphaned" earrings, pendants, keys, photos, feathers and other non-textile items is all part of the appeal for this project. Please bring needle and scissors - all other materials supplied!
This class is a great introductory to drypoint printmaking. Students will learn the step by step process of preparing a plate, inking and using the press to create a finished piece. This is a wonderful way to elevate and diversify your drawing abilities. At the end of the course students will leave with at least, two 4 x 4 prints. Please bring sketches, drawings and reference photos to work from.
Paper Playground is a stimulating experience set on a large paper carpet, created especially for children five and under that is full of dancing, drawing, live music and projections. Fully immersive, Paper Playground welcomes children as true creative collaborators. Exploring the theme of water with boats, fishes, crabs and sharks, performers use sensory devices and invitations to roll, fall, draw, breathe – to intrigue children into moving with the performers.
Dancing the Parenting is a workshop which welcomes families who want to experience relationship-based dancing with their children. The Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood education inspired a creative process that introduces playful and creative exploration of developmental movement by patterning and engaging parents into their own dancing just as much as the children.
This workshop is for educators, parents or artists of various disciplines working with the very young to explore benefits and strategies for more dance in their curriculum. We will explore strategies for relationship-based dance exercises that respond to children’s attachment needs and respects the physical developmental stages of children in the early years.
Let’s Art is an after-school program for 6 to 14 year-olds sponsored by The Peace Arts Gallery Society and North Peace Cultural Centre. Let’s Art will introduce youth to the arts through medium exploration. The sessions are facilitated by qualified instructors with varied artistic backgrounds.