School of Art & Design

Arts Umbrella Art & Design
Get Inspired with Art & Design

In our Art & Design classes, young people learn how to develop ideas and reflect on the world around them. We offer programs across a wide range of visual and media arts–ensuring that students first develop a strong foundation before moving on to more advanced techniques, no matter the age at which a young person first encounters their artistic practice.

Our faculty bring professional-level instruction to every class across all Arts Umbrella locations. We offer a rich curriculum for students at every level, including mentorship for those seeking to expand their artistic practice. Experience-based learning is at the core of our program objectives. This means that as young people learn new skills and techniques, they will put them into practice in a way that develops their individual creativity. Student engagement—through classroom discussion, critique, and exhibition-making—helps children and youth develop real-world skills such as communication, confidence, and discipline.

Placement in our Sessional Art & Design programs is based on age, and with small class sizes and instructors and assistants in every studio, dedicated students will be able to make personal advancements within their chosen artistic discipline. Our faculty and Student Services team are also prepared to make recommendations for new programs to further develop and expand a young person’s artistic practice, whether they enjoy Drawing & Painting en plein air, sculpting in the pottery studio, or delving into new media in the Moffat Media Arts Hub.

Our Advanced Classes are designed for young people who want to push, inquire, and develop a more in-depth practice. For young people who demonstrate an interest in post-secondary study in the creative sector, our Scholarship Programs—developed alongside program partners—provide access to experts and professionals in industries such as architecture, animation, and contemporary art.

Artistic Leadership

Roxanne Gagnon
Audain Artistic Director
Vancouver-based ceramic artist Roxanne Gagnon has a Bachelor of Education from UBC and a Bachelor of Visual Arts from Emily Carr. She has exhibited her work both internationally and throughout Metro Vancouver. Roxanne has worked in the education field for over 20 years and joined Arts Umbrella in 2004. She is dedicated to fostering community through
art-making, by providing space for individual successes within the classroom and facilitating big-impact projects and community partnerships.

Over the past 10 years, Roxanne has spearheaded many partnerships for Arts Umbrella, including collaborations with BC Children’s Hospital, Capture Photography Festival, the Contemporary Art Gallery, the Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver Civic Theatres, and more.

Audain Artistic Director, Art & Design

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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.