Inspiring kids for life through the arts!

Art Classes for Kids

This spring plant the seeds of creativity and watch them grow!
Register for 2014/15 programs June 2!
Registration now available for Summer 2014 programs in Vancouver and Surrey.

Need help finding a class or registering? Give us a call 604.681.5268

For class descriptions, times, availability and age groups, click on "search classes" above.


At Arts Umbrella, children and youth learn to reflect on their world and themselves, to venture into self-inquiry, and to use their own voice to describe, articulate and develop ideas. Since 1979, Arts Umbrella has been fulfilling its mission to inspire kids for life through the arts. In the past year alone, inspirational learning opportunities in visual, media and performing arts were delivered to 22,000 children and youth through tuition-based programs and free-of-charge Outreach programs.


Arts Umbrella is founded on the idea that arts education plays a critical role in healthy childhood development, and that all children should be granted the same opportunity for growth. With more and more Arts Umbrella programs happening throughout Metro Vancouver, more children are benefitting from access to high quality arts education. As a not-for-profit organization, Arts Umbrella relies on the generosity of the community to deliver inspiring arts programs year after year, to as many children as possible.



Find out more about our two Surrey locations!


Find out more about our Community Programs in South Surrey, on the North Shore and in South Vancouver!

How Arts Umbrella Works

About Arts Umbrella

At Arts Umbrella we believe that the arts can change young people's lives for the better. When children connect with the arts, they develop the capacity for personal expression that helps them to find their place in the world.

Self-confidence, independence, teamwork, patience, and giving and receiving feedback are all part of what is learned in an Arts Umbrella class. Classes inspire students to explore and appreciate the arts not only as creators and performers but also as members of an audience.


Most importantly, Arts Umbrella is about creating a difference: the type of difference that can result when encouragement, support, creativity and fun come together to change a child's life.


Inside Arts Umbrella studios

All Arts Umbrella studios are places of magic, inspiration and learning. With classes available for young artists of all skill levels, children and youth can develop new skills and hone interests while discovering more about the power of the imagination and their unique view of the world.Students are taught that art making is a process, one that can be undertaken at any point in their lives, and that skills can constantly be improved. At Arts Umbrella students are asked to push boundaries in their thinking, to be creative, critical thinkers, and become an active member in the communities they live in.


Teaching the practice of art - Arts Umbrella instructors

An inspirational instructional staff is the cornerstone of the Arts Umbrella experience. Caring, artistic individuals provide the technique and inspiration to empower students to be artists, make their own decisions, and develop their own vision.

All Arts Umbrella classes are led by practicing artists who are invested in teaching young minds and creating a vibrant community. By relating the student's work to their own personal investigation of the artistic process, instructors in all disciplines bring a richness and depth to the studio experience. This type of guided inquiry and learning creates an environment of positive interaction and development for all students, regardless of skill level.


There is a magic that happens when young learners can see that their instructors care deeply not only about the subject that is being taught, but also about the learning process of each student.


How to Register

Register for Fall, Winter and Spring sessions, at the same time! Registration for General programs opens June 1, 2013, and continues all year. Summer registration is available now!


New and returning students can register online. Click here to register now!

Set up your online account in advance of registration opening, to avoid delays.


In Person
Visit the Student Services team at:


Arts Umbrella Granville Island

1286 Cartwright Street

Granville Island, Vancouver


Arts Umbrella Surrey South

Morgan Crossing

116 - 15850 26 Avenue



Payment can be made by cheque, cash, VISA, American Express or MasterCard.


By Phone
Call the Student Services team
during business hours at:


Have your credit card information ready!


Please note that registering in person, by phone or fax does not immediately guarantee registration in a class. Your information will be processed as quickly as possible, but as the online registration system is real time, we cannot give preference to in-person or telephone requests.



For session dates and closures, click here.


Additional information

Financial Aid

Bursaries are available for all programs, and are awarded based on financial need. Bursary applications must be submitted and approved before registering. For more information, including application forms, click here.


Dance Program

Please note that with the exception of Early Learning classes, Dance program registration is not currently available online. For more information regarding registration, auditions and the placement process, contact Marilyn Seki:, or 604-681-5268 x200.