Free Weekend Workshops for Kids and Families

Looking for fun, free things to do with kids in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland?

ArtStarts is pleased to offer free arts-based weekend workshops for kids and families in both Vancouver and New Westminster. Join some of the best artists working with young people for 45-minute workshops that explore a wide range of cultures and artistic disciplines.

  • Admission is free.
  • No registration necessary, but do come early as this is a popular program.
  • Each 45-minute workshop takes place twice, at 11am and 1pm.
  • Recommended for ages 5 and up, but all are welcome! 

Painting Magnificent Coastal Forests with Sandi Henrich

Be inspired by the forests that surround us and Emily Carr's Post-Impressionistic forest paintings, and have fun creating  your own landscape painting in this workshop with artist Sandi Henrich.

Learn how Emily Carr developed a unique artistic style to express her love of British Columbia's trees and forests that in her words "teem with life, growth and expansion and are a refuge for myriads of living things."

Explore the concepts of foreground, middle-ground and background in your art while using oil pastels and paints to build up a layered composition that expresses how you feel about the forest landscape.

Ideal for ages 6 to 12.

  • VANCOUVER: Saturday, October 25, 2014 at 11am & 1pm at ArtStarts Gallery, 808 Richards St, Vancouver (map)

  • NEW WESTMINSTER: SundayOctober 26, 2014 at 11am & 1pm at River Market at Westminster Quay, 810 Quayside Drive, New Westminster (map)

Think Bigg with Trent Arterberry

Ratcheting Roboman discovers the reaches of his body. The three-foot tall human puppet Mr. Bigg dances to rap and Russian folk songs.  Children participate both onstage and in their seats. Storytelling, mime, music and puppetry blend to create endearing, hilarious characters in this uniquely entertaining all-ages show.

Ideal for ages 4 and up.

  • VANCOUVER: Saturday, November 29, 2014 at 11am & 1pm at ArtStarts Gallery, 808 Richards St, Vancouver (map)

  • NEW WESTMINSTER: SundayNovember 30, 2014 at 11am & 1pm at River Market at Westminster Quay, 810 Quayside Drive, New Westminster (map)

More Creative Fun Just Down the Street...

If you're joining us at the ArtStarts Gallery on the last Saturday of every month, also be sure to also stop by the Contemporary Art Gallery, located just two blocks away (at the corner of Richards and Nelson). The CAG invites all ages to drop-in for short exhibition tours and free art making activities that respond to our current exhibitions. Upcoming free family days are Saturday, September 27 and Saturday, October 25 from Noon to 3pm. Learn more.

Explore Past Workshops...

Click on each workshop below to see photos from the event and learn more!

Jamming with Dumpsta Dragons
July 26 & 27, 2014

Celebrating Seasonal Birds: Printmaking with Colette Lisoway
August 30 & 31, 2014

Story Fabrics with Ewa Sniatycka
July 26 & 27, 2014

Rainbow Rock Feltmaking with Kiki van der Heiden
June 28 & 29, 2014

Stories and Strings with Anne Glover
May 31 & June 1, 2014

Animal Adventures with Rock the Arts
April 26 & 27, 2014

George Rahi and his Musical Bicycles
March 29 & 30, 2014

RupLoops: A Muscial Orbit
February 22 & 23, 2014

Christian Swenson
January 25 & 26, 2014

Tap Dance Class with TapCo.
November 30 & December 1, 2013


Let's Bhangra! with South Asian Arts
October 26 & 27, 2013

Boris Sichon and his 'Musical Pets'
September 28 & 29, 2013

Exploring the Wonder and Art
of Nature with Rebecca Graham
August 31 & September 1, 2013

Ventrioloquist Kellie Haines
July 27 & 28, 2013

My Community and Me with Julian Lawrence
June 29 & 30, 2013

Exploring the Impossible with Sheldon Casavant
May 25 & 26, 2013

Will Stroet
April 27, 2013

Lumen Prints with Phyllis Schwartz
April 27, 2013 

Seed Tapestry: For the Birds! with Sharon Kallis
March 30, 2013

Peter and the Wolf with Figura Theatre
February 23, 2013

Explore more workshops featuring sing-along fun, hoop spinning extravaganzas, interactive storytelling and much more.