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Paradise Valley Summer Visual Arts Camps

​Summer Camp Cancelled

Thank you for visiting our summer camp page.  It is with deep regret that we have to cancel this years camps at Paradise Valley. Our school district closely follows the guidelines of the Provincial Health Service Authority, including directives shared during the COVID-19 pandemic. In consultation with the Health Authorities and The Cheakamus Centre, hosting our camps this summer places our kids and staff at risk.

In the next few days, we will be processing full refunds to those of you who have already paid.

Thank you for your patience and understanding, we hope that you will join us next year. Take care of yourself, family and loved ones.

Please email if you have any questions.


Every year, Artists for Kids hosts two weeks of Summer School of Visual Arts in Paradise Valley. Both the junior group (ages 8 to 12) and the senior class (ages 13 to 18) are paired with a professional artist who presents on their work throughout the week. The students work with Art Specialist Teachers to make art of their own in response to the presentations from the Visiting Artist. There are also blocks of recreation time where the students go canoeing, hiking, or sketch the gorgeous scenery that surrounds them. 

Scholarships will be available for both the junior and the senior camps. Due to the current COVID-19 situation, we are currently revamping our scholarship submission procedures.  Please check back at the beginning of May for updated instructions.  We thank you for your patience as we confirm next steps.

For the junior camp scholarship application form, click here: PVSSA Ele School application - 2020.pdf

For the senior camp scholarship application form, click here: PVSSA Sec School application - 2020.pdf

​Dates ​Ages Artist
​June 29 to July 3
​13 through 18
​Sarah Jeanne Bourget
​July 5 to July 10
​8 through 12
Holly SchmidtCancelled

* Due to the commitments to program staff, withdrawals after June 19th, 2020 forfeit the full fee.

Summer Visual Arts Camp

Ages 8 through 12 on July 5 - 10, 2020

Artist: Holly Schmidt

HSchmidt.jpegHolly Schmidt explores the diversity of human relationships with the natural world. Through nature walks, sensory exercises and photography, Schmidt immerses herself in different ecologies where ideas emerge for the creation of sculpture and installation. She enjoys collaborative experimentation with a range of materials and artmaking processes. Her work has been presented through national and international residencies and exhibitions. Schmidt is grateful to live and work in Vancouver, Canada, the unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̍əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and səl̓ílwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.


Summer Visual Arts Intensive

Ages 13 through 18 on June 29 - July 3, 2020


Artist: Sara-Jeanne Bourget

Sara-Jeanne Bourget was born in Lévis, Québec in 1988. In 2015, she obtained her BFA at Concordia University and her MFA at Emily Carr (2019). She is currently teaching drawing at Emily Carr University, as a sessional faculty.

Sara-Jeanne’s drawing and printmaking practice is lead by a fascination for the tactile and metaphorical potential of geological formations, and the inherent materiality of both paper and handmade charcoal. She explores the physical and conceptual interconnections between rocks, paper and charcoal, aiming to unveil how these driving forces are interlocked in a constant, reciprocally affecting play.

The brochure can be downloaded here.ArtistsforKids_Senior_Summer2020.pdf


Scholarship Applications

Elementary and secondary partial scholarships donated by donors including the Idea Partner Marketing Inc. and The Beech Foundation will be offered to talented students.  Information will be available shortly.

Bursary Applications

A limited number of partial bursaries are available to families in extreme financial need.  For further information, please conatct the Artists for Kids office 604-903-3798

"In the summer before Grade 8, I was awarded a scholarship to attend the Paradise Valley Summer School of Visual Arts with artist Etienne Zack. Being the eldest child in my family, I was extremely nervous about going into high school, as I didn't have an older sibling to look up to. However, during that week at camp, I was able to befriend other teens who were just as friendly as they were talented. Not only did I get to paint and canoe for five days, but the AFK summer school experience made my first big life transition that much easier." 

— Sophia Boutsakis, Grade 12 (Alumna)

View video of the 2019 Paradise Valley Summer School of the Arts

Junior Camp Artist in Residence: Vanessa Lam


Senior Camp Artist in Residence: Tikko Kerr


View video of the 2018 Paradise Valley Summer School of the Arts

Junior Camp Artist in Residence: M. E. Sparks


Senior Camp Artist in Residence: Justin Ogilvie


View video of the 2017 Paradise Valley Summer School of the Arts

Junior Camp Artist in Residence: Aimee Henny Brown


Week one, ages 12-18 with artist Andrea Taylor.

View video of the 2016 summer camp.

Week one, ages 8-12 with artist Lori Goldberg.


Week one, ages 12-18 with artist Damien Moppett.


View videos of the 2015 summer camp.

Week one, ages 8-12 with artist Tiko Kerr.


Week two, ages 13 - 18 with artist Erin McSavaney

2014  camp videos

​Week one, ages 8 - 12 with artist David Wilson


Week two, ages 13 - 18, with artists Greg Murdock and George Rammell

2013 camp videos

​​​Week one, ages 8 - 12, with artist Ben Reeves


Week two, ages 13 - 18, with artists Angela Grossmann and Attila Richard Lukacs.



Artists for Kids

2121 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver, BC, V7M 2K6 | 604-903-3798​ |Tuesday to Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Closed for Statutory Holidays