Gabriola Isle of the Arts Festival

APRIL 5-14, 2019

A Celebration of the Arts with 30 workshops and 10 events.  Make, Learn and Play with Island Artists.

The Gabriola Arts Council acknowledges with gratitude our hosts, the Snuneymuxw First Nation, and recognize that we live and create on unceded Coast Salish territory.

Arts Council Events and Programs

2019 Workshops and Events

Memory Jar Project

Thursday, Apr 4 - Sunday, Apr 14 | 12:00 am
Amy Dawley Bottle up a memory to share with your community during the Isle of the Arts Festival by participating in our Memory Jar Project. Use our art supplies to [...]

Active Daydreaming: Drum Journey

Thursday, Apr 4 | 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Carol Weaver The practice of the "Shamanic Journey" is over 40,000 years old and one of the first organized forms of healing. It is a spiritual practice that helps to [...]

Inspirational Jam Session

Thursday, Apr 4 | 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Carolyn Bell Is singing or visual art a dream or a reality in your life? Whether you are at the beginning of your acreative journey, or well on your way, [...]

9 Types of Creativity

Friday, Apr 5 | 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
TJ Dawe & Lindsay Robertson Introduces participants to the basic tenets of The Enneagram, focusing on the nine personality types. Participants learn their own type, as well as how it [...]

Photo Encaustic

Friday, Apr 5 | 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Chris Straw Participants will learn about encaustic medium. A brief history of its use through the ages. How to select an image and what types of photo paper work best. [...]

Blues Dancing

Friday, Apr 5 | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Gwen Spinks This is fun & easy and it’s all inspired by the music! You will learn some basic steps, how to lead & follow and some fun variations and [...]

Juggling & Flow Arts

Saturday, Apr 6 | 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Trevor Gear This course is designed to give you a taste of some basic object manipulation skills. Participants will are guided through an array of props used in flow arts. [...]

Movin & Groovin

Saturday, Apr 6 | 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Tamara Gorski Using exercises rooted in theatre, we will learn how to use our voices bodies and experiences to create a performance piece which we will then showcase at the [...]

Indigo Shindigo

Saturday, Apr 6 | 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Yarrow Koontz To team-teach a workshop with Luanne McCollum with the intent to show the participants some of the resist-dye techniques from Japan, India and Africa used with indigo dye [...]

Songwriting Tips & Techniques

Saturday, Apr 6 | 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Andy Cooke Participants will learn techniques to write better lyrics by; expanding ideas; using creative imagery; creating hooks; examining the impact of phrasing, cadence, and point of view; use of [...]

World Music: Cuba!

Saturday, Apr 6 | 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Michelle Cormier Participants will have fun trying different instruments such as guitar, bass, congas and other percussion instruments while working as a group to learn repertoire of various genres from [...]

Chinese Folded Sewing Book

Sunday, Apr 7 | 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Trisha Klus This book is made of 13 folded boxes and enclosures that unfold layer by layer. It looks complicated but is not difficult to make and its size and [...]

Wood Carving

Sunday, Apr 7 | 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Joel Good A hands on exploration of design, techniques, tools, and sharpening, with a Snuneymuxw master carver. The workshop will be held over two afternoon sessions.

Beautiful Springtime Egg

Sunday, Apr 7 | 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Tamara Gorski Learn the ancient art of Egg decorating: a sacred and meditative practice created for mythical and religious ceremonies since early pagan times. Using the beeswax-resist "batik" method and [...]

Building a Mushroom Collecting Knife

Monday, Apr 8 | 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tony Grove Often when hunting mushrooms, a knife is needed for harvesting so as not to disturb the mycelium under the ground. This simple knife is designed to make the [...]

Creative Boro Mending

Monday, Apr 8 | 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Irene Fraleigh Boro means ragged, tattered and patched textile garments. This workshop allows participants to discover new life for well loved clothing. Upcycle your favourite garments with visible patching and [...]

Stitching Narrative Threads

Monday, Apr 8 | 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Heather Menzies Heather will share taking on how her family history intersects with larger narratives. Participants will use exercises Heather provides to write family artifacts into personal story and imagined [...]

Raku Experience

Monday, Apr 8 | 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Graham Sheehan Participants, whether experienced or novice , will be enabled to express themselves through the ancient ceramic medium, Raku.There will be three sessions, Making(2.5 hours), Glazing (1.5 hours), and [...]

Creating Your Dreams

Monday, Apr 8 | 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Liliana Kleiner I offer a workshop on the Theme of Dreaming and Drawing/Singing/ Dancing the Dream. The participants will bring a series of Night dreams that they want to work [...]

Writing Children's Novels

Monday, Apr 8 | 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Penny Chamberlain This workshop is a primer for anyone interested in writing childrens' novels--whether you're just toying with the idea, or already fully immersed. It will cover inspiration, plotting out [...]

Artist Toolkit – Professional Development for Creatives

Tuesday, Apr 9 | 9:00 am - 6:30 pm
$90 for full day (includes lunch) $25 for individual workshops (no lunch) This workshop is for creative business owners who wear the many hats of sole proprietorship.  If you have [...]

Intro to Metalsmithing

Tuesday, Apr 9 | 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Brenda lee Astells Make a beautiful sterling silver chain bracelet in this basic metalsmithing class. You’ll learn a variety of making techniques like soldering, texturing, and stamping. Surprise and delight [...]

Creating Your Dreams

Tuesday, Apr 9 | 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Liliana Kleiner I offer a workshop on the Theme of Dreaming and Drawing/Singing/ Dancing the Dream. The participants will bring a series of Night dreams that they want to work [...]

Fused Glass Garden Stakes

Wednesday, Apr 10 | 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Annie Holmes You will have an introduction to fused glass and create a fish or bird garden stake.

Rustic Egg Basket

Wednesday, Apr 10 | 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Marylyn Beaubien Choosing materials, colours, and shape of basket. Starting with 2 "wreaths" of grape vine or ivy, participants will join them with God's eye weaving, and then introduce a [...]

Japanese Calligraphy

Wednesday, Apr 10 | 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Kazuko Ikegawa An introduction to brush control and strokes using a Japanese brush. Participants will experiment with brush strokes and finish with writing their name or Enso (perfect round shape) [...]

Beach Stones & Silver

Thursday, Apr 11 | 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Cheryl Jacobs A workshop that explores how to drill, rivet and create one of a kind pieces of jewelry using silver, copper and brass and beautiful polished beachstones, many techniques [...]

Making Driftwood Furniture

Thursday, Apr 11 | 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tony Grove Each student will build a bench or other simple furniture piece, using local driftwood and different building techniques and fastening systems. We will also look at designing and [...]

Meaningful Mixed Media

Thursday, Apr 11 | 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Caroline James Each student will work on a beautiful Gabriola built 8 x 10" x 2" hollow wooden cradle. Using a variety of methods, material and techniques Caroline will walk [...]

Raku Experience

Thursday, Apr 11 | 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Graham Sheehan Participants, whether experienced or novice , will be enabled to express themselves through the ancient ceramic medium, Raku.There will be three sessions, Making(2.5 hours), Glazing (1.5 hours), and [...]

Art of the Fold

Friday, Apr 12 | 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Lottie Stone Anderson We're going to make a BLIZZARD BOOK! Using paper, we will fold, crease, and tuck edges and corners to create hand held vessels which we can shared [...]

Block Printing

Friday, Apr 12 | 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Margie Davidson Blockprinting is a fun and easy way to apply repeat elements to fabric. In this workshop, participants will explore blockprinting with Setacolor paint on 100% cotton fabric. Each [...]

Making Driftwood Furniture

Friday, Apr 12 | 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tony Grove Each student will build a bench or other simple furniture piece, using local driftwood and different building techniques and fastening systems. We will also look at designing and [...]

Raku Experience

Friday, Apr 12 | 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Graham Sheehan Participants, whether experienced or novice , will be enabled to express themselves through the ancient ceramic medium, Raku.There will be three sessions, Making(2.5 hours), Glazing (1.5 hours), and [...]

Creative Framing & Composition

Friday, Apr 12 | 1:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Quinton Dewing Creative framing and composition is about finding harmony in the scene, and there is always a better way to photograph it. Learn tool and tricks on how to [...]

Walking, Weaving & Storytelling

Friday, Apr 12 | 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Dave Bodaly Weaving together nature, cedar, stories, and sacred teachings, spend the afternoon with a master traditional weaver. You’ll spend the first 90 minutes out in nature on a gentle [...]

Autobiographical Fabric

Saturday, Apr 13 | 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Elizabeth Shefrin This workshop is about using a needle and thread to tell our stories. We’ll see examples of wonderful and touching fabric stories made by others, and then we’ll [...]

Hip Hop Songs For Seniors

Saturday, Apr 13 | 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Warren Hooley Its time to let loose and have some fun. Tap into your inner "swag" (google it). This workshop is a great opportunity to make a collective song with [...]

Walking, Weaving & Storytelling

Saturday, Apr 13 | 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Dave Bodaly Weaving together nature, cedar, stories, and sacred teachings, spend the afternoon with a master traditional weaver. You’ll spend the first 90 minutes out in nature on a gentle [...]

Hip Hop Songs For Juniors

Saturday, Apr 13 | 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Warren Hooley The magic of hip hop music is undeniable. The power of the message, the infectious rhythm and soul. Come to this workshop and learn how to build a [...]

Blues Guitar Workshop

Saturday, Apr 13 | 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Frank Sehr Introduction to the different forms of Blues. 8 bar, 12 bar, 16 bar, major, minor, rock, jazz, .. blues forms with examples and how accompany and improvise to [...]

Dance Theatre - Improvise

Saturday, Apr 13 | 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Myriam Verzat Life is a long improvisation... and improvisation allows us to be more creative and resilient in our daily life! Come and enjoy practicing the muscle of improvisation in [...]

Self Compassion Through Creative Arts

Sunday, Apr 14 | 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Myriam Verzat & Warren Hooley Creative arts are a wonderful way to access our internal worlds. In a safe and welcoming environment, come and explore different creative arts (moving, singing [...]

Sew What Now?

Sunday, Apr 14 | 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
SharmaRay Goldman Ready! Set! Sew! Its all about T-shirts. Are you bored with mainstream designs? Would you like to personalize your own t-shirt? Would you like to make something that [...]

Wood Carving

Sunday, Apr 14 | 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Joel Good A hands on exploration of design, techniques, tools, and sharpening, with a Snuneymuxw master carver. The workshop will be held over two afternoon sessions.

Kind Cuisine: Plant Based Meal

Sunday, Apr 14 | 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Liz Burdock In this third class of the Kind Cuisine series - “A Festive Plant-Based Meal”, Gabriola Vegeteers have invited Liz Burdock, co-owner of the vegan food truck The Bandwagon, [...]

Storia de l'Anima

Sunday, Apr 14 | 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Susan Smith Brazill Art reaches somewhere where other things don’t – it’s a mighty and transformative language.A soul story, is a visual representation of who you are, as well as [...]

The Chanting Circle

Sunday, Apr 14 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Leah Hokanson The Chanting Circle is an opportunity to explore together the power of chanting and sounding in a circle of community. Spiritual traditions world-wide chant and sound as a [...]