Vancouver Art Gallery connects young immigrants and refugees to world of art


Newcomer youth expressed their creativity with pastels using the inspiration of renowned artist Emily Carr during a tour and workshop at the Vancouver Art Gallery July 18 and August 1.

Over 10 youth clients, staff and volunteers from the ISSofBC Welcome Centre Youth Hub first visited the gallery for a guided tour to explore paintings by Claude Monet, Emily Carr and many other influential artists.

The second visit participants created their own works of art through a hands-on workshop. The group learned about the life of Emily Carr and her painting style before each participant was given a canvas and pastel and asked to create his or her own art drawings inspired from the collection.

“It was a trip of many ‘firsts’ for our newcomer youth and tweens—the first visit to the Vancouver Art Gallery, the first exposure to Emily Carr and other Canadian and international artists, and the first time to create their own oil pastel art work. The Vancouver Art Gallery educators were excellent in guiding our youth through the exhibits and the oil pastel drawing process,” said Bea David Youth Site Manager for the ISSofBC Welcome Centre Youth Hub.

The ISSofBC Youth Hub supports young immigrants and refugees in their settlement, integration, leadership development and civic engagement. The Youth Hub offers a range of supports and services including workshops, drop-ins, as well as arts, sports and recreation programming.

A special thank you to the staff at the Vancouver Art Gallery for this wonderful opportunity.

More information about current events at the Youth Hub including an open house August 31.

View photos from the tour and workshop.

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