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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.

Who can Participate?

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:

  • Portfolio review, letter of intent, and completed application
  • Prioritized wait list


The AFK Studio Art Academy is located at Carson Graham Secondary School.

Schedule to be determined.

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


The total cost for the AFK Studio Art Academy is $400 for the 2021/22 school year. 

Deposit: To confirm a student's registration and secure placement in the Academy for the 2021/22 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 any time between the offer of acceptance and August 2021 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.

*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 18, 2021 to February 21, 2021.

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!