Join us at our weekly art therapy open studio for an opportunity to use a variety of art-making mediums and techniques like mending, stitching, painting, collage, found objects, 2d and 3d, weaving, and nature to explore what is immediate for you in the moment. 

By Donation – donations accepted but not required.

No Art experience required – you don’t need to consider yourself artistic or creative, just bring a willingness to explore.

All Supplies are Provided – we have a variety of supplies available to freely use.

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Making art together can support us to move through life’s challenges, helping us to grieve our losses, mitigate feelings of isolation and loneliness and reduce symptoms of stress and anxiety. 

It is also a great way to move through creative blocks, free ourselves to find our unique style of expression and release self-judgement.  We affectionately call this space a judgement and criticism free zone, of yourself and others!  

Experience the benefits of creative expression in a supportive group environment. The sessions will be facilitated by art therapist Heidi Abbott who has a love for the therapeutic, meditative, healing, and self-expressive attributes of creating together.

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To receive a weekly email reminder and information about the weekly theme, sign up for this e-newsletter.  We won’t give away your email address and you can unsubscribe at any time (there will be an unsubscribe link in every email). Signing up for the newsletter doesn’t mean we expect you to come to the sessions, it’s just so you receive a reminder, information on the theme and in case of any schedule changes.

Mondays – 5:00 to 7:00 pm

(except for some Stat Holidays that fall on a Monday and any other dates noted here)

This schedule is subject to change and updates will appear on this website and subscribers to the email list will be notified of changes.

Winter Break (no session) between December 11, 2023 and January 8, 2024 (inclusive)

First Session of 2024 will be on January 15

No Session on:
February 12, 2024
March 1, 2024 (Easter Monday)
April 22, 26, 2024
May 6, 2024
May 20, 2024 (Victoria Day)

Location: McMillan Arts Centre Studio, 133 McMillan street, Parksville, upstairs in the Studio.