Mugs & Music After several years of supplying Vernon with handmade bowls through our “Empty Bowl” fundraiser, the Vernon Community Arts Centre has decided 2016 is time to move in an exciting new direction – “Mugs & Music”! Here’s how it works: on Saturday, April 30 at 1pm, the public is invited to enter the [...]


``Stories of the Past`` Opening Reception Thanks to everyone who joined us for this event! 7 local artists teamed up with 7 local seniors to create an exhibit based on stories of the past. Over several months, these once-strangers have developed friendships and created works that deeply reflect adventures the seniors have experienced throughout their [...]


Thanks to everyone who came out in support! We hope to see you again in 2017 – stay tuned for more info!



This class is for those looking to learn the basics of working on the wheel. During your eight weeks you will learn the steps that go into creating finished pieces like mugs, vases, and bowls. Weekly demonstrations will keep you motivated and be sure to bring your sense of humor. Fee includes 8 free drop-in sessions to be used by the end of the course. Students should leave all rings, watches, bracelets etc. at home and wear clothing appropriate to getting muddy.



Playing with styles such as cubism, surrealism, and abstraction we will look not too far into the past for inspiration for making our own works of art.



Tired of winter – anticipating the joy of the Okanagan in the summer?
In this course we will explore the spontaneity and freedom that a simple lead pencil offers when drawing the landscape. In addition to instruction on the creative handling of the pencil, perspective and composition will also be discussed and practiced.



Have fun learning to play the electric keyboard during these one hour long, individual lessons. Quickly learn how to play melody with accompanying rhythm and chords together, while learning to choose and operate the features of the keyboard. Beginners or anyone interested in improving their skill is welcome. You will be surprised how easy and fun it is to play music on the electric keyboard! Sheet music is included in the class cost.



Pop, rock, country or blues, easy step by step instruction will have you playing your favorite songs in no time. Learn to read music and strum chords during these ½ hour long private lessons. Students are to bring their own guitar.



Learning and practicing basic clay techniques, students will learn how to create their own little imaginative character.



Learn the basics of clay while building a beautiful clay sun and sunflower to hang on your wall.



Working with F95 clay and using texture and underglazes you will create a fun and fanciful hand built fairy/bird house during this one day workshop. Students should bring an apron, 1 old bath towel and 1 large clear recycling bag.



Join us at the Vernon Community Art Centre in Polson Park for our annual fundraiser, Art & Acoustics – an expansion of last year’s Mugs & Music! Pick out your favourite piece of art, listen to live music, and enjoy some refreshments for only $20. Available artwork will include glass, prints, pottery, paintings and more! Pieces are sold at a first come, first serve basis so make sure you get here early. Proceeds from the event will go towards purchasing dedicated children friendly furniture so we can continue to support the artists of tomorrow. For more information, give us a call at 250-542-6243!



Through demonstration and one on one instruction, explore clay techniques as you build various forms. Students will be introduced to new hand-building techniques in each class and be challenged to get more creative with their projects.



Playing with styles such as cubism, surrealism, and abstraction we will look not too far into the past for inspiration for making our own works of art.



Learn the basics of clay while building a beautiful clay sun and sunflower to hang on your wall.



The Centre Gallery for the month of May is an Open Show! Come check out all of the beautiful work submitted by VCAC members.



Treasure nests are small felted pods that are made with wool. In a fun and creative atmosphere, students will learn how to use a resist to create a 3-dimensional treasure nest shape and surface design techniques to embellish it. Students should bring 2 large bath towels, 1 hand towel, 1 spray bottle, small natural dish soap, sharp scissors, sewing needles, beads to embellish your treasure nest, small bucket for your water/soap solution.



In this course you will learn a bit about the copper foil method of stained glass while making a beautiful stained glass feather.



In this course you will learn a bit about the copper foil method of stained glass while making a beautiful stained glass feather.



Learn the basics of clay while building fun and fanciful clay pots.



In this class students will use a 3 dimensional resist with many different layers to make a wet felted vessel. You will learn how to make craters, how to nuno felt, cracked effect, needle felting, prefelt and how to use it, embroidery on wool and ink on silk.



May 13th – Join us for a workshop in creating your own beautiful garden stepping stone! We’ll cover all the steps from start to finish, from glass cutting to the application process. Mosaic glass pieces are applied to create a colourful oceanscape/bird design on a 12” round concrete stone. No experience necessary!



Learn the core elements of drawing and develop the tools to make beautiful and interesting drawings. Working with pen, pencil, and charcoal, participants will explore a range of styles and approaches. Get the fundamentals down and use them to draw from life and photo references. This class is suitable for adult beginners and early intermediates that want to learn or improve their drawing skills.



During this workshop create paintings in acrylics on canvas. Paintings can be bright and bold or soft and misty depending on your taste.



In each class we will explore and experiment with a different medium to create fun and unique masterpieces.



This one day camps offer students the opportunity to explore their creativity using a variety of mediums.



This beginner’s level workshop introduces the art and science of glass beadmaking. Using a bead maker’s torch & rods of Italian glass, students will learn basic bead shapes, decorating techniques, use of hand tools, glass theory and safety. Students will go home with many glass beads they have made.



From drawing animals to backgrounds to people all in cartoon form.



Together we will go through the process of creating a mural from the planning stage to creation of a group mural.



In this course you will learn the basics of stained glass, cutting, grinding, wrapping and soldering, while making a beautiful stained glass dragonfly.



A class for beginners and those wanting to become proficient on the wheel; this class will explore many functional forms as well as teach the basics that go into creating finished pieces. We will focus on individual challenges as you throw and hand build various forms. Fees include 6 free drop in sessions for the duration of the class. Please leave rings, watches and bracelets at home, wear clothing and footwear appropriate for a clay class. Hair should be tied back. Students should bring one large clear plastic recycling bag, apron, texturing tools and sticky notes. The materials fee is for 1 bag of M340 clay. Additional clay is available for purchase at the VCAC front desk.



A class for beginners and those wanting to become proficient on the wheel; this class will explore many functional forms as well as teach the basics that go into creating finished pieces. We will focus on individual challenges as you throw and hand build various forms. Fees include 6 free drop in sessions for the duration of the class. Please leave rings, watches and bracelets at home, wear clothing and footwear appropriate for a clay class. Hair should be tied back. Students should bring one large clear plastic recycling bag, apron, texturing tools and sticky notes. The materials fee is for 1 bag of M340 clay. Additional clay is available for purchase at the VCAC front desk.



Work in the medium and subject of your choice, with instructor support. Attempt something new or finish works that have been put away. As it is an open class, learn by watching others creating works in different styles and mediums. If unsure of materials to bring, contact the instructor through the Arts Centre.



In this fun and informative beginner’s class, we will explore the basics of kiln fusing. Learn how to cut, grind, layer and fit glass as well as explore the medium using sheet glass, frits, stringers and noodles in your projects. Students may choose from molds at the Arts Centre or choose to make wall hanging pieces. No previous glass experience necessary. Students will return at a later date to pick up their fused pieces.



Join Nancy Vince and create happy doodle art. In this class she will show the progression of creating a piece from the pencil sketch to the finished artwork. Begin by creating your ideas in pencil, and then use a pen to work in the details and lastly add color to the art piece you create.



For most of us, drawing is an acquired skill which is improved with a better understanding of proportions, perspective and anatomy. Course includes easy to follow instructions to build a strong foundation.



This class is designed to introduce you to a technique other than the copper foil method and teaches you the basics of working with lead channel. Using a design chosen by the instructor, students will learn to how to construct a stained glass panel using lead came. Basic glass cutting, pattern preparation, reinforcing and finishing will also be covered.



In these hand building classes we will do a variety of projects using different skill building techniques to make our very own sculptures. Lunch is supervised; participants need to bring a lunch, drinks, snacks and wear art appropriate clothing.



Our art camps are designed to offer a variety of projects with technical and skill levels appropriate for the age group. Projects include painting, drawing, sculpture, fibre art, printmaking, collage and mixed media. The class will hold an art exhibit for family and friends the last day of camp. Lunch is supervised; participants need to bring a lunch, drinks, snacks and wear art appropriate clothing.



Come, learn and practice the techniques for drawing portraits.



Come outside for the afternoon and try sketching in the wild! During this three hour class we will work on drawing the world outside our doors.



Spend the morning outdoors painting your surroundings.



Pop, rock, country or blues, easy step by step instruction will have you playing your favorite songs in no time. Learn to read music and strum chords during these ½ hour long private lessons. Students are to bring their own guitar.



Develop your hand building techniques while a making your own unique clay mask. Lunch is supervised; participants need to bring a lunch, drinks, snacks and wear art appropriate clothing.



Our art camps are designed to offer a variety of projects with technical and skill levels appropriate for the age group. Projects include painting, drawing, sculpture, fibre art, printmaking, collage and mixed media. The class will hold an art exhibit for family and friends the last day of camp. Lunch is supervised; participants need to bring a lunch, drinks, snacks and wear art appropriate clothing.



Develop your hand building techniques while making clay bowls.



Come and learn with different styles of making paper airplanes and seeing which flies the furthest and soars the highest.



During this class we will experiment and create unique works of art using a variety of mediums from drawing to collaging to painting.



Ever wonder about where colours and dyes come from? Well one of the ways is from flowers! In this class we will go through the process of making our own dyes and creating a beautiful painting with them.



Experiment with abstract art and learn about texture, colour mixing and approaches for abstract artworks.