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Artists for Kids Studio Art Academy

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About the Artists for Kids Studio Art Academy

Students enrolled in the North Vancouver School District's AFK Studio Art Academy develop advanced skills in the visual arts. The Academy's curriculum broadens their options, encourages their success in post-secondary art studies, and opens doors to careers in the arts.

Through the development of a personal portfolio each year, students gain increasing confidence in their abilities as artists.  Exploration of drawing, painting, printmaking, and sculpture provide students with a variety of artistic processes, culminating in yearly exhibitions of their work.

Intensive studio/classroom work, visits to artists' studios and post-secondary institutions equip students with an understanding of the skills and commitment required to pursue the visual arts in a post-secondary setting. Exposure to a variety of artists during each school term adds to the richness of students' experiences in the AFK Studio Art Academy.

Students gain an understanding of trends in contemporary Canadian art and career elements required of successful studio artists.


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AFK Studio Art Academy students will:
  • create personally relevant imagery
  • express a personal philosophy of art
  • develop a portfolio of quality artwork
  • explore and develop skills in drawing, painting, printmaking and sculpture
  • understand required skills of successful studio artists and other art related careers
  • reflect critically and respond to their own art and the art work of others
  • consider trends in contemporary Canadian art
  • participate in a yearly exhibition.

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The AFK Studio Art Academy is open to students in Grades 10-12.


Selection Process
Each application will be reviewed by a panel of Visual Art Teachers. Offers, consistent with Board Policy 605: Admission of Students to Schools, will be based on:

Priority 1: Returning students

Priority 2: Portfolio review, letter of intent, and completed application

Priority 3: Prioritized wait list

The AFK Studio Art Academy is located at Sutherland Secondary School.*

*Transportation to and from the Academy site is the sole responsibility of the student and/or parent/guardian.

Schedule:  1st Semester - Every day - from 1:50 to 3:00 p.m


The total cost* for the AFK Studio Art Academy is $450 for the 2023-24 school year. 

Deposit: To confirm a student's registration and secure placement in the Academy for the 2023-24 school year, a non-refundable deposit of $100 is required by the deadline stated in acceptance letters. Please Note: Non-payment by the deadline will result in automatic withdrawal from the Academy.

Remaining Fee: Parents/Guardians may pay the remaining balance in full or set-up instalments through School Cash Online. Please Note: Failure to pay the balance in full or set up instalments by the deadline will result in automatic withdrawal from the Academy.

A limited number of bursaries are available for this Academy.


*An additional Programming Fee of approximately $935 may apply to out-of-district students.

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Ready to Apply?

New and returning academy students must complete the online application via School Cash Online. Applications will be accepted from January 27th, 2023 to February 27th, 2023.

International students can contact to apply.

Out-of-district applicants can contact to receive an application link.


Supplementary Application Process

To apply for the AFK Studio Art Academy, students must:

  1. Complete the School Cash Online application
  2. Submit a Supplemental Portfolio Application to the AFK Office

    *** Please include a copy of your School Cash Online confirmation email.

Instructions for Supplemental Portfolio Application submission: Supplementary Application Process Link.

Incomplete applications will not be processed.

Returning AFK students need only complete the online application, and are not required to submit a portfolio.


If you have general questions about the AFK Studio Art Academy, please contact 

For information regarding the supplemental application process, please contact Daylen Luchsinger, District Vice Principal of Fine Arts.  


We look forward to hearing from you!