Now Open!

Charleson Park is now open for business

, and staff are thrilled to have beautiful classrooms waiting. If you haven’t seen the space, you don’t know what you’re missing – light, airy, comfortable, colourful, and modern, with hundreds of opportunities for creativity. At our open house, almost every child wanted to stay and play – that’s a good sign!

Part of our philosophy is to find creative re-uses of recycled materials – for art-making, for creative play, and to help the environment. We’ve already received some generous donations from local businesses, and this is our call for:

– fabric, buttons, string, beads, leather, fun fur

– interesting and colourful papers

– bottle caps, juice can lids, corks, keys, wire

– shells, interesting stones, beach glass, drift wood

All donations will be washed and inspected before being re-used in art projects or activities.

December Art workshops for school-age children: We have a jam-packed workshop schedule this December. To register, call 604-737-8173 or drop off/mail a note to the centre (910 West 6th Avenue, Vancouver, BC V5Z 1B2) with your name, contact information, your choice of workshop, and your child’s name and age.

Hand-Building in Clay – $65
Sunday, December 6th
1 pm – 4 pm
Creatures, architecture, and landscapes will emerge from a lump of real artists’ clay. Hand-building techniques will be taught with reference to diverse clay-sculpting traditions. Pieces will be fired in a kiln and available for pick-up later.

Wax Candle Creations – $50
Sunday, December 13th
1 pm – 4 pm
Participants will make 2 types of candles: hand-dipped and rolled beeswax. Wax will be explored as a material for art-making – from a discussion of its origins and uses to melted crayon paintings (encaustic art) with mingling colours.

Juniour Print Makers – $35
Sunday, December 20th
1 pm – 4 pm
Make prints three ways: lino-cut, monoprint, and silk-screen. Dabble in a highly influential art tradition, and create art pieces or cards (suitable for gifts). Print-making exercises positive/negative space, colour, and graphic design ideas.

Lumiere Experience – $70
Saturdays, Dec 5, 12, 19
1 pm – 4 pm
Imagine, design, and create a 3-dimensional lantern. A lantern can take on an individual personality based on its creator. Learn construction techniques with paper, fabric and wood, and light up winter with the beauty of art.

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