Get Creative This Summer and Fall at Place des Arts

Place Des Arts Coquitlam Programs 2015 2016

School is winding down for the year. In fact, for some high school students it’s already over. If you’re still wondering what your teens and tweens are doing for some enriching fun this summer, check out what’s on offer at Place des Arts. And it’s not too early to start thinking ahead to the fall. Registration for 2015/2016 is also open at Place des Arts, so get planning while there’s still space in most classes!

Summer Art Intensives

Place des Arts’ popular Summer Fun! art camp still has spots in several of its three hour intensives for 11 to 14 year olds. These intensives are designed specifically for tweens and teens, allowing them to fully delve into the visual, literary or performing art form of their choice.

The offerings are diverse. From July 6-10, 2015 youth can learn how to write comedy. Participants explore and learn about the differences between sketch comedy, stand-up comedy and story-telling, and dive into different genres, writing styles and reading techniques. From July 13-17, 2015, tweens and teens can participate in Knittin’ Mittens. Learn a range of knitting skills through knitting a pair of mittens. If you can knit mittens, you can knit anything. From July 20-24, 2014, learn techniques of movement, timing and expression used in different forms of frame-by-frame animation: plasticine, paper cutouts, and pose-able action figures.

From July 27-31, 2015 there are two classes on offer. In Abstract Mixed-Media Art Painting, delve into the techniques of abstraction and mixed-media. Participants will discover how to prepare painting surfaces by incorporating gels, glues, porous materials, foil, paints and layered collage materials to create a textured base and enhance their art pieces by painting with acrylic or watercolour paint. In the Summer Voice Workshop youth will learn vocal basics such as breath support, how to warm up the voice and exercises to build vocal range and tone quality. Work on learning songs, including two-part harmony singing.

Fall Programs

It’s not too soon to think ahead to fall. Registration is now open for all Place des Arts 2015/16 lessons and classes in music, dance and the visual, literary and theatre arts. Check out their program offerings online, or drop by and pick up a hard copy at Place des Arts in July.

There are some new classes, adding to Place des Arts’ already jam-packed schedule. These offerings really pique curiosity and inspire creativity. For example, The Craft of Film Making for teens ages 13-17 is taught by experienced theatre and film teacher and actor Peter Grasso. Through demos and hands-on practice, Peter will lead up-and-coming film makers through the fundamental principles and techniques of crafting a film from beginning to end. For more visually inclined teens (13-17), Digital Self-Portraiture: From Avant Garde to Selfies will explore how artists have historically captured an authentic reflection of themselves, and then delve into Selfie art by combining drawing and photographic practices.

Visual Arts Mini-Sessions serve up four classes in four weeks for busy adults longing to fit even just a sliver of creative pie into their lives. Mini-session topics include: Colour Composition, Portrait Drawing, Portrait Painting and Sketchbook Fundamentals. Many one- and two-day art classes also offer busy adults a chance to dabble, develop a specific skill or improve an existing one. These include: A Day of Drawing, Digital Photography for Beginners, Intro to Dramatic Shading, Intro to Texture Drawing, Outdoor Painting, Painting in 37, Painting with Pigments and Yoga and Painting – Enhanced Creativity.

Place des Arts offers an abundance of classes in the visual and performing arts on top of these mentioned. The centre is one of the few venues in the Lower Mainland with complete fibre arts and ceramic arts studios, a dance studio and several visual arts studios – all artistic disciplines under one roof. Place des Arts’ warm, friendly environment is fertile soil for learning and creative growth. The centre’s highly skilled teachers make learning fun and challenging and rewarding. Because of the popularity of many classes, prospective students are encouraged to register early to avoid disappointment.

For more information on everything happening at Place des Arts visit or call 604.664.1636.

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