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! 

Celebrating Seasonal Birds: Printmaking with Colette Lisoway

Join artist Colette Lisoway to explore printmaking processes and techniques while learning about our seasonal birds, their behaviours and local habitats.

You'll move around to different printmaking stations where you'll be able to make your own printing plate, print with lino blocks and stamps, and give screenprinting a go. Using layers of images, patterns and text printed on to cloth, you'll create a bird flag for yourself or for our community art installation.

Be prepared to have some fabulous fun, get crazy creative and marvelously messy.

Dumpsta Dragons

What do Japanese monks, Australian Aborigines, Indian classical musicians, African shamans and mad scientists have in common? Absolutely nothing! Except that they have all contributed to the musical inspiration behind the band Dumpsta Dragons!

Dumpsta Dragons is a very unique group of three musicians who have come together to present their own style of music that draws from musical traditions from around the world. They perform on instruments that range from thousands of years old to recently invented.

  • VANCOUVER: Saturday, September 27, 2014 at 11am & 1pm
    at ArtStarts Gallery, 808 Richards St, Vancouver (map)
    This is last day to explore Timescapes at the ArtStarts Gallery!

  • NEW WESTMINSTER: SundaySeptember 28, 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. Summertime free family days are Saturday, July 26 and Saturday, August 30 from Noon to 3pm. Learn more.

Explore Past Workshops...

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

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

ArtStarts on Saturdays Spin Cycle  with Greg Tarlin and Kristi Heath

Drumming with Fana Soro
January 26, 2013

Spin Cycle with Greg Tarlin and Kirsti Heath
November 24, 2012

ArtStarts on Saturdays Stories on Wheels with Pangaea Arts

ArtStarts on Saturdays Secret Seed Sculptures with Lori Weidenhammer

Stories on Wheels with Pangaea Arts
October 27, 2012

Seed Sculptures with Lori Weidenhammer
September 29, 2012


Want to know more?

Layers: Exploring Nature's Uniqueness through Printmaking with Brent Clowater
September 29, 2012

Take a look back at some of our past workshops featuring sing-along fun, hoop spinning extravaganzas, interactive storytelling and much more.


A little help from our friends...

Thank you to Boeing for generously sponsoring ArtStarts on Saturdays. 



Thank you to Westminster Savings for generously sponsoring ArtStarts at River Market. Thank you to  River Market at Westminster Quay for providing the space to make these events possible.


We would also like to thank the BC Arts Council and the Province of BC for their continued support.