Art Programs for Children & Teens

Last updated June 12, 2019


During the months of July and August, the Kelowna Art Gallery will be offering week-long art camps for children ages 3 to 12. As each week explores a different theme, young artists will learn about a variety of art materials, techniques, and approaches to making art. During the weeks of July 8 to 12 and August 12-16 there is an option for a full-day camp with afternoon programming led by Kelowna Museums. The Museum program will include hands-on activities, behind the scenes adventures and surprises. Class sizes are limited so that children receive one-on-one instruction in a friendly, non-competitive environment.


July 3 to 5 |  3-Day  |  9 am to 11 am – SOLD OUT
Come make unique artworks each day dedicated to the four seasons. Spring, Summer, Winter, and Fall, there is so much to learn and create in this three-day camp. Young artists will come out of this camp having some amazing things to take home to set the seasonal mood.

July 29 to August 2  |  5-Day  |  9 am to 11 am – SOLD OUT
Art Ever After
This week’s theme draws inspiration from popular fairytales and folk stories. Castles, knights and giants will come to life on paper as the young artists learn to work with and appreciate different mediums of art.

August 7 to 9  | 3-Day  |  9 am to 11 am
A Moment in Art 
This week, young artists will use artistic expression to revisit key events in Canada’s and Kelowna’s history. Climb up to the Klondike Gold Rush, travel along the Canadian Pacific Railway and see the Okanagan of days long gone by.

AGES 6-8

July 8 to 12  |  Half-Day  |  9 am to 12 pm * – SOLD OUT
Animal Kingdoms
This week, young artists will discover and create various kinds of artwork inspired by fascinating animals from across the world. Together, we will journey from mountains and savannahs to rainforests and deserts, and all the way to the depths of the oceans.

July 15 to 19  |  Full-Day  |  9 am to 3 pm
Art, Dinosaurs and Prehistory
Tyrannosaurs, wooly mammoths and sabre-tooth cats. This camp focuses on creating pieces of art featuring mega-creatures of the past, starting with the dinosaurs and ending with the great mammals of the Ice Age.

July 29 to August 2  |  Half-Day  |  9 am to 12 pm – SOLD OUT
Little Legends
Dive into the stuff of legends and learn about how art has been used in storytelling from the first cave paintings to modern picture books. Draw inspiration from the stories of different cultures and make up your own mythological creatures while utilizing a variety of artistic techniques to bring your legendary art to life.

August 19 to 23  |  Full-Day  |  9 am to 3 pm
Space Explorers
This week young artists will use their imaginations to explore the unknown that is outer space while bringing galaxies, planets, astronauts, spaceships and more to life in their artwork.

AGES 9-12

July 8 to 12  |  Full-Day  |  9 am to 12 pm – SOLD OUT
Artist’s Collective
This Art Adventures camp is dedicated to the idea of people and community. Focusing on the ways in which artists portray people, young artists will learn how to convey people in multiple different styles, and maybe even do a self-portrait or two.

July 22 to 26  |  Full-Day  |  9 am to 3 pm – SOLD OUT
Natural Creativity
Explore the natural world in this nature themed Art Adventures camp where we will dive into why so many artists use nature as their inspiration. Young artists will consider why nature is important, and how we can use the world around us to create beautiful works of art! This Art Adventures camp will get their creative juices flowing as we head outside to inspire the natural artist in us all.

August 12 to 16  |  Half-Day  |  9 am to 12 pm *
Flair for Art
Become an art pioneer as we look back on some of the world’s most iconic styles of art. Create your own unique art style by combining the styles of well-known artists! We will explore Van Gogh’s post-impressionism style, the surrealism of Salvador Dali, the colourful art of Andy Warhol, and more! Spark your originality with the variety of mediums we will be using to re-create iconic works of art history.


Preschool 3-Day  |  $60 ($50 for members)
Preschool 5-Day  |  $100 ($90 for members)
Half-Day  |  $120 ($110 for members)
Full-Day  |  $170 ($160 for members)
*Add Kelowna Museum afternoon camp $50.00

Please call 250-762-2226 to register.

Meet your Art Adventures Summer Camp Leaders!

Art Adventures Summer Camp Leaders Haley Seven Deers and Abigail Wiens

Haley Seven Deers is currently a student in the Bachelor of Art program at UBC Okanagan with a focus on visual anthropology and history. “I am extremely delighted to be working together with Abby as one of the Art Adventures Supervisors this summer and looking forward to sharing many fun activities and learning experiences with the young artists.”

Abigail Wiens is a current student at UBCO majoring in Psychology and minoring in Visual Art. “I am so happy to be working with the Kelowna Art Gallery this summer to bring the wonder of art to kids of all ages. I look forward to developing the natural creativity of our young artists and teaching them a variety of media and techniques during the many Art Adventure Camps we will be hosting this summer.”



Teen Fridays Art Program

Throughout the summer, the Kelowna Art Gallery will be offering opportunities for youth to explore and expand their creative practice. Our Teen Fridays program will teach students about a wide range of artistic media and techniques. Each Friday will have a specific focus. The majority of the program will be taught by artist and art educator Jim Elwood. Two classes will be taught by guest artists. Classes will run on select Fridays, from 9 am to 2 pm. Sign up for all six Fridays and get one Friday for free!

July 5  |  Drawing with INK
July 19  |  Screen Printing with Sharilyn Kuehnel
July 26  |  Watercolour

August 9  |  Wildlife & Animal Drawing
August 16  |  People and Portraits
August 23  |  Illustration with Augusto Kapronczai

Cost per Friday: $65 ($55 for members)
Cost for the series: $325 ($275 for members)

Please call 250-762-2226 to register.

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