Visual Arts

Plant the seeds of creativity!

In Visual Arts, our youngest students discover, create, and have fun, all while making their first steps in self-expression.

The early years are a key point in cognitive development, a time to develop problem-solving skills, nurture curiosity, and gain self-confidence. This makes an adventure in art and design – be it drawing, painting, or sculpture – all the more important.

Location Key
GI = Granville Island
SS = South Surrey
SC – Surrey Centre


Art Start
Ages 3-5
Press go on your child’s journey with art. Young artists engage with shape, colour, pattern, and culture, while getting to know art materials and supplies.

Ages 5-6
From your child’s mind to the page, let them create a character worthy of comic books. Little ones draw cartoon characters, backgrounds, and more, using a variety of materials and supplies.

Clay Sculpture
Ages 3-5, 4-6
Budding sculptors create 3-D art inspired by world cultures and contemporary artists. Students explore the process of ceramic design, including decorative applications using glaze or hand-painting.

Drawing & Painting
Ages 4-6, 5-6*
In this class, young artists will practice their drawing and and painting techniques to get a foundation in the visual arts. They’ll discover a wide range of materials such as charcoals, oil pastels, temperas, chalks, and inks, and use them for imaginative projects inspired by great artists and processes.

*5-6 class only available at GI location

Mixed Media
Ages 3-5*, 4-6
Let your child’s imagination grow as they combine art materials to make magical creations! In this class, young artists will incorporate a variety of media into their artwork, and, through active creation, children develop their motor skills and expand their creative thinking.

*3-5 class only available at GI locations

Support Arts Umbrella

Arts Umbrella donors, volunteers, and sponsors share the same belief: that arts education can transform a child’s life. Whether attending an event, making a monthly gift, or donating time, our supporters are vital to helping us inspire creativity for good through the arts.