Vancouver Summer Session

Make the most of the warm months getting inspired by some of the best arts educators in the province at our new state-of-the-art Granville Island home.

Week 1: July 5-9 | Download schedule
Week 2: Jul 12-16 | Download schedule
Week 3: Jul 19-23 | Download schedule
Week 4: July 26-30 | Download schedule
Intensives: July 5-August 27 | Download schedule

The health and safety of our students, staff, and families is our number one priority. Read about our new safety measures here.

Pricing

Art & Design | In Person
  • 45 minute classes: $110
  • 60 minute classes: $120
  • 75 minute classes: $145
  • 90 minute classes: $175
  • 135 minute classes: $250
  • 3 hour classes: $325
Theatre, Music & Film | In Person
  • 45 minute classes: $110
  • 60 minute classes: $120
  • 75 minute classes: $145
  • 90 minute classes: $175
  • 135 minute classes: $250
  • 2 hour classes: $240
  • 3 hour classes: $325
Full-day Camps
  • Full-day cohort: $650

Half Day Clay Sculpture
  • Half-day: $650
Theatre, Music & Film | Online
  • 90 minute classes: $175
  • 3 hour classes: $325

Full Day Cohorts

Mix and match with different creative disciplines! These small groups will remain together throughout the day and will be supervised for any transitions between classes and over the lunch hour.

See class descriptions below. Find and register for full-day classes by searching “cohort” on our registration site.

Week One: July 5-9

Cohort A: Acting for Film & Theatre
Ages 6-8
Acting for Film (9am-12pm)
Acting for Theatre (1-4pm)

Cohort B: Acting for Film and Sketch Comedy
Ages 9-12
Acting for Film (9am-12pm)
Sketch Comedy & Improv (1-4pm)

Cohort C: Fine Art of Hanging Out and Mixed Media
Ages 9-12
Fine Art of Hanging Out (9.30am-12.30pm)
Mixed Media (1.30-4.30pm)

Cohort D: Acting for Stage & Screen and Fine Art of Hanging Out
Ages 6-8
Acting for Stage & Screen (9.30am-12.30pm)
Fine Art of Hanging Out (1.30-4.30pm)

Week Two: July 12-16

Cohort A: Acting for Stage & Screen and Fine Art of Hanging Out
Ages 6-8
Acting for Stage & Screen (9am-12pm)
Fine Art of Hanging Out (1pm-4pm)

Cohort B: Media Arts and Voice-over
Ages 9-12
Cartooning/Classical Animation (9.30am-12.30pm)
Voice-over (1.30-4.30pm)

Cohort C: Acting for Theatre & Film
Ages 6-8
Acting for Theatre (9am-12pm)
Acting for Film (1pm-4pm)

Cohort D: Drawing & Painting and Fine Art of Hanging Out
Ages 9-12
Drawing & Painting (9.15am-12.15pm)
Fine Art of Hanging Out (1.15-4.15pm)

Week Three: July 19-23

Cohort A: Acting for Film & Theatre
Ages 6-8
Acting for Film (9am-12pm)
Acting for Theatre (1-4pm)

Cohort B: Acting for Film & Theatre
Ages 9-12
Acting for Film (9am-12pm)
Acting for Theatre (1-4pm)

Cohort C: Acting for Stage & Screen and Fine Art of Hanging Out
Ages 6-8
Acting for Stage & Screen (9.30am-12.30pm)
Fine Art of Hanging Out (1.30pm-4.30pm)

Cohort D: Architecture and Drawing & Painting
Ages 9-12
Architecture (9.30am-12.30pm)
Drawing & Painting (1.30-4.30pm)

Week Four: July 26-30

Cohort A: Acting for Stage & Screen and Fine Art of Hanging Out
Ages 6-8
Acting for Stage & Screen (9am-12pm)
Fine Art of Hanging Out (1pm-4pm)

Cohort B: Acting for Film and Sketch Comedy
Ages 9-12
Acting for Film (9.30am-12.30pm)
Sketch Comedy & Improv (1.30-4.30pm)

Cohort C: Fine Art of Hanging Out and Acting for Stage & Screen
Ages 6-8
Fine Art of Hanging Out (9am-12pm)
Acting for Stage & Screen (1-4pm)

Cohort D: Media Arts and Voice-over
Ages 9-12
Cartooning/Classical Animation (9.30am-12.30pm)
Voice-over (1.30-4.30pm)


Art & Design

Architecture
Ages 9-12

This class explores the architectural design process, including form, line, shape, colour, space, texture, balance, and composition. Students explore the crucial relationship between architectural drawings and model making, and explore the fundamental aspects of architecture, including the function of space and how to use creative problem-solving when designing spaces.

Art Start
Ages 3-4

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.

Cartooning
Ages 6-8, 9-12
Children explore their creativity, bringing stories to life with hand-drawn cartoons and a cast of favourite characters. At the foundation level, this class covers basic forms and shapes, and explores how facial expressions help tell a bigger story. As students progress, they will learn to further develop characters with expression and emotion, and give them a voice.

Classical Animation
Ages 9-12
Children learn about hand-drawn animation, character development, and movement in this program. Over time, storyboarding and technical skills help students grow their artistic confidence as they advance to higher levels where they will get a feel for different animation styles, like cut-out and object animation. Teens will experiment with the medium and discuss work with their peers.

Clay Sculpture
Ages 9-12
Get inspired and create with clay! In this two-week program, students ages 9-12 will explore the fundamentals of ceramics and develop their skills in hand-building, including modeling, pinch pot, coil, and glazing, as well as learn to critique work through group discussion and self-reflection.

Computer Arts
Ages 9-12
Plug in and get creative! Kids get familiar with software like Photoshop, Flash, and iMovie— giving them the skills to create web pages, animations, movies, and more.

Darkroom Photography
Ages 9-12, 13-19
This class begins with the basics of photography where students learn about 35mm film cameras and the history of photography. Here, science meets art, as young photographers discover how a manual camera works and learn how to develop film in a darkroom. At higher levels, teens expand their skills and develop their ability to critique work.

Drawing & Painting
Ages 5-6, 6-8, 9-12, 13-19
Get inspired by abstract concepts, still life, and celebrated artists. Participants hone their visual perception through the study of composition, colour, and art history, then apply their ideas to the page using a variety of materials. For online classes, art kits will be provided by Arts Umbrella, with curbside pick-up.

Fine Art of Hanging Out
Ages 6-8, 9-12, 13-19
Explore Vancouver on foot and we’ll provide the art supplies. Students 6-8 will create art inspired by the sights on Granville Island, while older participants (ages 9+) will explore Granville Island and the surrounding False Creek area. All ages will create art en plein air (in the open air) and students should be prepared for all weather as class will take place rain or shine.

Kid Tech
Ages 6-8, 9-12
Children are introduced to the computer by exploring their ideas using different software in this class. Students create digital art using original photos, Photo Booth shots, and digital downloads. Kids will also record sound and explore their new understanding of animation.

Mixed Media
Ages 5-6, 6-8, 9-12
Go beyond traditional materials to study various art forms and explore design through experimental methods. Students work with a variety of materials such as wood, paint, and found objects to create unique 2D and 3D artworks. For online classes, art kits will be provided by Arts Umbrella, with curbside pick-up.


Dance

Creative Dance: Pirates & Princesses
Ages 3-4, 4-5
Children explore movement concepts, develop dance skills and stretch their imagination in creative dance!  This class follows a flow of structure and freedom as we dance through stories and music that inspire joy and self-confidence. Summer camp themes for inspiration include many of the most beloved animated characters and stories!


Theatre, Music & Film

Acting
Ages 6-8, 9-12, 11-14
Be curious, be bold, and be yourself. Students will explore a variety of age-appropriate acting tools and techniques such as the relationship between the physical body and character. Younger students develop imagination, creativity, self-confidence, and empathy in a fun and expressive way. As students progress, they will apply their techniques to solo and group scripts, improvisations, and devised work. Teen artists will learn to sharpen their instincts to make strong and consistent choices.

Acting: Sketch Comedy and Improv
Ages 9-12
Improv teaches students valuable tools for life, like problem-solving, team building, and communication. This class is a group experience that allows students of all abilities to express themselves while also developing individual skills in creativity. Participants should be ready to play, explore, and share new ideas.

Acting: Stage and Screen
Ages 6-8
This class will explore the difference of how we share stories through stage and screen, both non-verbally and through text. Learn to experiment with emotional and physical character portrayals. Young actors will build their self-confidence, and self-awareness, both on- and off-camera through fun acting exercises, readings, and improvisation.

Comedy Writing (Online)
Ages 9-12, 13-16
Find your funny! Students learn various types of comedy writing, including sketch and stand-up, and study different types of comedy, like parody, satire, and caricature. Special attention is placed on how to establish premise and how to develop a unique voice in all forms. Participants have daily in-class writing activities and plenty of opportunity to share their work in a supportive environment.

Creative Drama
Ages 3-4, 5-6
The world of theatre is revealed to children in this exciting, interactive, and expressive acting class. Young actors will develop imagination, creativity, and self-confidence through fun theatre exercises that explore the relationship between the physical body and storytelling, and discover ways of relating to one another and the world.

Film Acting
Ages 6-8, 9-12
Develop on-camera acting skills through exercises, readings, and improvisation. Young actors build confidence and self-awareness both on- and off-camera. Students also learn how to prepare as an actor and tackle creative projects like how to develop a dynamic character.

Musical Theatre
Ages 6-10, 9-12, 12-16
Sing, dance, act – you can do it all! Students learn to work as a team learning one or more ensemble pieces from Broadway musicals. Let your inner star shine as you explore vocal training, choreography, and improvisation. Class is held indoors in a very large studio and all provincial guidelines for safe social distancing will be observed. Singing segments will take place with masks, extra distancing, and ventilation breaks to ensure staff and student safety.

Musical Theatre Intensive
Ages 6-10, 10-14
Join us for two full weeks in singing, dancing and acting, and experience the thrill of staging and performing a musical. Working with our director, choreographer, and musical director, students will be cast, rehearse, and create a live musical movie to share with parents and friends. Students will bring their own props and costumes from home to keep things safe. Younger students will perform a 20-30 minute show, and older students will perform a 40-50 minute show, filmed for parents in the safety of our studios. Some musical theatre experience recommended. Class is held indoors in a very large studio and all provincial guidelines for safe social distancing will be observed. Singing segments will take place with masks, extra distancing, and air-cleaning breaks to ensure staff and student safety.

Physical Theatre: Mask & Clown
Ages 9-12, 11-14
Express yourself beyond the words on the page and experience the theatrical transformation that comes from working with Masks. This class introduces young actors to physical the theatre styles of mask and clown where students can explore improvisation through the stock characters of commedia dell’arte as well as the smallest mask in the world: the clown nose.

Voiceover Acting
Ages 6-8, 9-12 (Online for 6-10, 11-14)
From cartoons to commercials and radio to video games, voiceover is an integral part of an actor’s tool belt. In this class, students learn microphone technique and studio etiquette, and play with character voices as they explore the world of voice acting and see how to bring a script to life.

Writing for Theatre & Film (Online)
Ages 9-12, 13-16
Discover the world of scriptwriting and learn how to create your own work. In this online class, students will explore the difference between writing for theatre and film, with a focus on story and style. Participants will uncover how to open up their creativity through writing and play by crafting their own scenes or monologues to bring their ideas to life on the page.


Half Day Intensive

Clay Sculpture Intensive
Ages 13-19

Morning and afternoon intensives available.

In this half day, three week intensive, artist-instructors guide students in producing three-dimensional clay works inspired by influential clay artists and the world around them. Students will be encouraged to explore and refine their visual arts practices, looking to traditional and contemporary techniques, ceramic design, and more. Students also learn to critique work through group discussion and self-reflection. The program completes with a showcase in Arts Umbrella’s building upon completion of the course.


Full Day Intensives

Acting Intensive
Ages
13-16
Take to the stage and trust your instincts! In this one-week program, you’ll hone your acting chops, and improve your rehearsal and performance skills. Through theatre exercises, character study, and voice work, you’ll learn to make strong, consistent choices about your roles on stage. It’s the best way to feel confident in front of an audience.

Film Acting Intensive
Ages 13-16
Join a group of like-minded teens and get hands on experience working on camera to take your acting to the next level. Craft your performance in a scene using text and character work to exploring filming on set. Learn how to be in the moment, how to surprise yourself in your work, and hone your audition techniques for film and television.

Sketch Comedy and Improv Intensive
Ages 13-16
Be bold and take your comedic and improv skills to the next level with the Sketch Comedy and Improv Intensive. Through a mixture of improvisation and writing, young actors will gain creative thinking, team building, and communication skills that will benefit them on the stage and in everyday life. Industry professionals will help you develop your technique, discipline and artistry. Work with other creative minds to explore, devise, and create sketches that will have them rolling in the isles.

Physical Theatre Intensive: Mask and Clown
Ages 11-14
Go beyond the words on the page and experience the theatrical transformation that comes from working with Masks.  This introduction to physical theatre will explore various styles of mask work and clown through improvisation with stock characters of commedia dell’arte, full masks, neutral masks, as well as the smallest mask in the world, the clown nose.

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