Get them into art over spring break

The Kelowna Art Gallery has plenty to keep the kids not only busy, but developing during spring break.

  • Mar. 5, 2013 11:00 a.m.

The Kelowna Art Gallery has a creative solution for parents wondering what to do with their children during the upcoming Spring Break.

Art Break offers youths the opportunity to create art, with sessions in painting, sculpture, drawing, mixed media, cartooning and printmaking.

Each day of Art Break offers something new, with day camps held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for children ages 5 to 8 from Monday to Wednesday, March 11 to 13, and Monday to Friday the following week of March 18 to 22.

The cost per day for camps for children ages 5 to 8 is $55 for members and $70 for non-members. If registrants sign up for any four classes, they will receive the fifth class for free.

Back by popular demand, the Kelowna Art Gallery is again offering a two-day cartooning workshop entitled Creative Cartoons. Suitable for children ages 9 to 12,Creative Cartoons will be instructed by local artist, Niina Teto, on Thursday, March 14 and Friday, March 15. Students will learn how to create original and appealing cartoon characters, by understanding basic cartoon-figure proportions, and how to add elements to a character to convey personality. Once the characters have been designed, students will learn the basics of putting together a comic storyboard, and will be guided to create an epic poster or comic book cover with their character as the centrepiece. Cost for the two-day camp is $110 for members and $125 for non-members.

Art Break classes are eligible for the federal children’s arts tax credit of up to $500. For more information on receiving the children’s arts tax credit please visit the Canada Revenue Agency online at

“Encouraging children’s creativity and showing them how rewarding actively participating in the visual arts can be is our focus,” says Renée Burgess, Head of Public Programming at the Kelowna Art Gallery. In addition to creative exploration for participants, Art Break can offer parents peace of mind that their children will be spending Spring Break with their peers in a nurturing and safe environment. To register, contact the Gallery at 250-762-2226.

The Kelowna Art Gallery is located at 1315 Water Street, in the heart of the Cultural District in downtown Kelowna. For hours of operation, or more information about other programs available, and current exhibitions on view, visit the Kelowna Art Gallery online at


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