The Art Studios have been recognized, both nationally and internationally, as a model of psycho-social rehabilitation for mental illness and addiction issues – because it works! Under the new management of Lookout Society/MBAC, we aim to ensure a safe, respectful and accepting community where people with major mental illnesses and addiction engage and grow through art. We offer free classes and workshops on painting, ceramics, printmaking and more!
NOTE: The Art Studios will be offering classes in a format that follows WorkSafe BC’s COVID-19 plan of care and prevention.
Currently an estimated 300 active clients, who have been referred by their medical professionals, enjoy the structure, warmth and hope for the future that The Art Studios provide. Close to 4000 clients have been helped since its beginning in 1994 (Stats Source: VCH).
**Due to ongoing Covid restrictions, the Art Studios is not accepting New Intake applications at this time.
Please check back in the spring for any changes.
Thank you for your interest in the Art Studios!
The Art Studios Updates
The Art Studios Updates – April 9, 2021
Calling all Art Studios Members and Alumni!
Do you want to get creative from home?
Join our group window project titled
~ POSTCARDS FROM THE MIDDLE ~
Think about this theme – as we have moved from ‘what was’ and in the middle of ‘what is coming’…the middle place. What if you were to give or receive a postcard from this place – what would it look like?
Thnk of other words like the ‘Betwixt and Between’ and ‘Liminal Space’
“A liminal space is the time between the ‘what was’ and the ‘next.’ It is a place of transition, a season of waiting, and not knowing. Liminal space is where all transformation takes place, if we learn to wait and let it form us.”
- Postcard size 5 inch by 7 inch (Max. 4 per artist)
- Use any material that we can hang in our windows
- Any Medium – watercolor, acrylic, oil, drawing, mixed media, etc.
- Artwork should be something that reminds you of the middle space, liminal space, (perhaps filled with anticipation, hope or excitement)
- On Back of image indicate:
- Piece Title
- Member/ Alumni Name
- Email or phone #
- Mail or drop off in mail slot by Friday April 23 to:
2073 Dundas St, Vancouver BC V5L 1J5
Here are some examples of liminal artwork:
The Art Studios Updates – April 1, 2021
GOOD NEWS!! We have completed the move of the Art Studios… thanks to the amazing help of all our volunteers and Home Moving Social Enterprise (Alvin & Kaleb)! We had great weather for each move day! The printing press waiting to go to new home… Kilns are happy and safe! Thanks to Patty for the moving tips.
Our New Home – 2073 Dundas Street
We thank everyone for your patience during our time of transition. We are leasing this new space and there are some building improvements, painting, venting, accessibility updates and storage creating that our Property Management team is working on in this next phase.
We will update everyone on our progress once we know how long the work will take before we can re-open. We are looking at late spring/early summer potentially. In the meantime, please continue to check our website:
Facebook: The Art Studios
We are looking forward to getting together in our new Studio space!
The Art Studios Updates – March 18, 2021
We are (mostly) packed and ready to go to our new home! We are so grateful for the amazing help from all our volunteers and the folks at Home Moving & Delivery social enterprise!! We wouldn’t be able to do this without you!
The Art Studios Updates – March 11, 2021
The Art Studios Updates – Feb 26, 2021
The Art Studios is Moving…
The good news is – we have found a new space in for the Art Studios. The new address as of April 1st is: 2073 Dundas Street, Vancouver. This site, although smaller, will house both pottery and mixed art classes.
We will start the moving process mid March and, while there are some renovations that need to be done before we can open for classes, we hope to open for Spring/Summer 2021 semester.
COME JOIN US:
We will be hosting an Alumni and Member’s Zoom Farewell – March 8, 2021 @ 2pm. This will be a chance to see other members, catch up and share some of your greatest memories of the Art Studios. Please email email@example.com if you would like to register.
Our phone number will remain the same: 604-558-3394
Updates will be posted here:
The Art Studios Updates – Feb 17, 2021
The Art Studios Updates – Dec 21, 2020
The Art Studios Updates – Dec 21, 2020
The Art Studios Winter Sale has now ended!
Thank you so much to all the artists who participated, and thank you to everyone who supported them by purchasing artwork!
Stay tuned in the new year for more exciting news and events!
The Art Studios Updates – Nov 13, 2020
• November 16-20 – Last Week of Classes for Fall Semester
• November 16 – 19 – December Open Studio Lottery Registration (schedule WED/THUR am & pm sessions).
• November 24 – Member’s Meeting Registration required – phone or email (11am – noon)
• Wed Art Workshops & Jewellery class continues – max 4
• Wed Zoom – Q&A Interm Drawing (goes to Dec. 2)
• On-line Winter Art Sale …coming soon
The Art Studios Updates – Nov 2, 2020
Attention all The Art Studios members – join Hazel in virtual beginner yoga classes every Friday, from 2-3pm.
These beginner hatha yoga classes are open to all individuals regardless of experience and are suitable for beginners.
This class is offered virtually – however there are 3 spaces available for students that would like to participate in person at our MDABC location – 789 W Pender St #480, Vancouver, BC V6A 1H2 – take the elevator to the 4th floor.
Please bring your own yoga mat, towel, and water bottle. Please also bring a mask.
If you would like to attend in person call (604) 558-3394 to register.
The Art Studios Updates – Oct 29, 2020
NOTE: There will be no class on Nov 11, Remembrance Day
The Art Studios Updates – Oct 22, 2020
Announcing… Intro to Jewellery Making With Marianne
Artist Bio: With a college degree in Fine Arts and a graduate’s degree as a fashion designer, I never cease to be amazed by how materials can express our creativity and our need to express and adorn ourselves and our surroundings.
I have been a jewellery designer for over 20 years. I love wire work, beadwork, and silversmithing and my pieces have been juried into prestigious to craft fairs in Vancouver and sold to private clients.
I look forward to giving my students the “bug” for this magical craft and the tools for satisfying their curiosity, enthusiasm and love of artisan-made work.
Starts Wednesday, November 4 – Dec. 9
1:00 – 4:00 pm @ MDABC
789 W Pender St #480, Vancouver, BC V6A 1H2
Call to register – 604-558-3394