Art in the Family!

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At Place des Arts, art is a family affair!

Doing art together as a family is a great bonding experience that can inspire deeper communication, get our  imaginations imagining and provide lots of stimulating, creative fun!

This season, Place des Arts invites families to a variety of free, art-filled events designed for all ages. Our ever-popular Family Day at PdA is back, including our family day for the holidays, a multicultural celebration of light we call A Lantern Affair.

Admission for all our Art in the Family events is free!

Family Day at PdA!

Gather up the clan and drop by Family Day at PdA to immerse yourself in art! Tour the galleries and create your own masterpieces in a variety of all-ages, drop-in-style art activities based on the subject matter and/or art mediums of the exhibiting artists.

Admission is free!
Please register online at so we know how many to expect.

2017/18 Family Day Schedule

Sunday, November 26, 1:30pm – 3:30pm

Featuring Lantern Making

For the final Family Day of the year, Place des Arts offers you three exciting exhibitions: Canadian Colours by fibre artist Judy Villett, We Love It Here: Three Cities, Two Worlds by the Kovan Photo Club, and Positively Petite, our annual miniature exhibition! Then join us for four activities, included lantern making in preparation for our upcoming A Lantern Affair: Our Family Day for the Holidays on December 3.

  • Help build a collaborative Canadian flag collage for Canada's 150th birthday;
  • Create miniature framed artworks that double as fridge magnets;
  • Make a festive penguin ornament from a cork, paint and felt;
  • Create your very own lantern in preparation for our free annual multicultural celebration of light: A Lantern Affair.

Sunday, December 3, 1:30 - 3:30pm
A Lantern Affair: Our Family Day for the Holidays!

Join us for our annual multicultural celebration of light! Find out more about A Lantern Affair here.

Sunday, January 21, 1:30pm – 3:30pm

Welcome in the new year with a brand new Family Day! Join us and check out the exhibitions Lyrical Expressions by painter and teacher Jane Appleby, Balance by fibre artist Mardell Rampton and Colour: A Personal Response by collaborative artists Sarah McLaren and Lesley Turner. And when you’re done all that, join us for these amazing art activities:

  • Learn to create accordion books like artists Sarah McLaren and Lesley Turner;
  • Cut leaves from recycled fabric scraps to sew on to our growing fabric tree;
  • Create miniature mouse sculptures using walnuts and some leftover fibre bits;
  • Create an abstract or figurative painting in 37 strokes or less, the Jane Appleby way.

Sunday, April 8, 1:30pm – 3:30pm
Featuring a Concert by Senior Place des Arts Music Students

The rain may seem like a drag, but the trees love it! Celebrate the oncoming blooming season with 20 Trees, 20 Ways, 20 Weeks by photographer and multimedia artist Mark Bowen. Then view Contemplation of Forces by painter Moira Calder and Colour is Life by ceramic artist Sohreh Sachs. Then complete three art activities based on the exhibitions and attend our annual senior students concert starting at 3pm.

  • Build your own totem artwork based on the works of Shohreh Sachs;
  • Create beautiful multimedia tree artworks, using old buttons as leaves and flowers;
  • Craft a fish sculpture from cardboard, drawing inspiration from the design elements of Shohreh Sachs’ ceramic sculptures.

Thanks to Vancity for supporting Family Day!

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  • An artist says . . .

    Every child is an artist.  The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up. 

    ~Pablo Picasso

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