Summer Intensives

Summer Art & Design Intensives at Arts Umbrella
About our Summer Intensives

Our Summer Intensive programs provide teens with opportunities to advance their skills in contemporary art, drawing and painting, architecture, and more.


Drawing & Painting

Create original work with technique and passion. In the Drawing and Painting Intensive, artist-instructors guide students in independent research into artists and history. From that, inspiration and knowledge informs original works created at home during online classes. Investigate the ideas of your work, all while refining fundamental skills in your visual art practice, including composition, design, and colour theory. In conversation with your peers, the art of constructive critique is also explored and practiced.


August 10-28, 2020
9:00 am-12:00 pm or 1:00-4:00 pm

Ages 13-19

Summer 2020 registration is now closed. Watch this space for news about our Summer 2021 program.


Recommended prerequisite: a previous photography course
Learn to capture, create, and manipulate images. In our three-week Photography Intensive, students will learn about both film and digital photography, including camera settings such as aperture, shutter speed, and ISO, and composition and framing techniques. Using a 35mm film camera, artists will explore artistic expression through black-and-white photography, with a focus on shooting and developing film.

Students will also learn how manipulate and edit photos in Photoshop. Group discussions about theme and curation will help you discover new inspiration to better your artistic practice. Access to 35mm cameras, film, and a fully equipped darkroom are included in program fees.


August 10-28, 2020
9:00 am-12:00 pm

Ages 13-19

Due to COVID-19, our 2020 Photography Intensive was cancelled. Watch this space for news about our Summer 2021 program.

Computer Animation

Recommended prerequisite: familiarity with Macs
Learn and expand on foundational exercises and techniques to further your animation skills during this three-week intensive. This program is for teens ages 13-19 who are interested in advancing their animation portfolios. Students will engage in creating stories through digital animation using a variety of programs and tools in our Mac Lab. With the guidance of our artist-instructors, students will investigate the processes and principles of computer animation to help nurture and discover their creative voice.


August 10-28
1:00-4:00 pm
Ages 13-19

Due to COVID-19, our 2020 Computer Animation Intensive was cancelled. Watch this space for news about our Summer 2021 program.

Scholarship Programs

Created in partnership with organizations such as the Vancouver Art Gallery, Electronic Arts, the Contemporary Art Gallery, and BTY Group, our application-based Scholarship Programs provide youth with and opportunity to work alongside dedicated peers and passionate industry experts.

Summer Intensives

Architecture Scholarship Intensive

Visual Art Summer Intensive

Winter Intensives

Electronic Arts Teen Animation Scholarship Program

Year-Long Intensives

Art Exchange

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