MAC School for the Creative Arts

Join us for an art class or workshop hosted by McMillan Arts Centre in Oceanside on Vancouver Island in Parksville / Qualicum Beach (PQB).

We have Art Bites, Art Gems, and Creative Kids classes and workshops throughout the year.

MAC School for the Creative Arts

Creative Kids - Sunset Collage SceneTue July 16, 10am - 12pm Using cut paper we are making an incredible sunset scene. Location: Community Art Garden at the MACFor kids 8-12Cost: $30 - all materials provided Special Guest Instructor: Adina BarugoloA graduate from VIU in Applied Arts and Interior Design, Adina...
Creative Kids - Contour Lines Galore Tue July 16, 1 - 3pm We are working on drawing lines and having fun with faces. Location: Community Art Garden at the MAC About the Instructor:  Megan moved to Europe from Qualicum Beach in 1999, and recently returned to her hometown. Whilst living...
Creative Kids - What's the Point?-illism Wed July 17, 10am - 12pm Using dots, we will create a landscape artwork and learn a little about how colour works at the same time.  Location: Community Art Garden at the MAC For kids 8-12 Cost $30 – materials provided   About the...
Creative Kids - Day at the Beach Wed July 17, 1 - 3pm We are making a textured beach scene using tissue paper, Mod Podge, sand, and paint. Then we complete the whole scene with a seashell frame. The perfect reminder of a day at the beach. Location: Community Art...
Creative Kids - Spill the Ink Thu July 18, 10am - 12pm  Let's have fun using our imagination! What can an ink blob turn into?  Location: Community Art Garden at the MAC For kids 8-12 Cost $30 – materials provided   About the Instructor:   Megan moved to Europe from Qualicum...
Creative Kids - Animal Print and Pattern Thu July 18, 1 - 3pm A tiger in the jungle or a zebra in the Serengeti? Let's get into some pattern play. Location: Community Art Garden at the MAC For kids 8-12 Cost $30 – materials provided   About the Instructor:   Megan...
Creative Kids - All Hands In! Tue July 23, 10am - 12pm Finger painting taken to a new level! Using our hands we will create a garden masterpiece. Location: Community Art Garden at the MAC For kids 8-12 Cost $30 – materials provided   About the Instructor:   Megan moved to...
Creative Kids - Stamp It Out Tue July 23, 1 - 3pm We are making our own stamps out of vegetables and found objects. Stamp stamp art! Location: Community Art Garden at the MAC For kids 8-12 Cost $30 – materials provided About the Instructor:   Megan moved to Europe from...
Creative Kids - X Marks the SpotWed July 24,10am - 12pm We are making our own (mini) treasure chest. Let's decorate the outside with paper craft, then add a special treasure inside..  Location: Community Art Garden at the MAC For kids 8-12 Cost $30 – materials provided   About the...
Creative Kids - Seashell Origami Wed July 24, 1 - 3pm We are making our own seashells by folding paper origami style. Location: Community Art Garden at the MAC For kids 8-12 Cost?$30 - materials provided About the Instructor:   Megan moved to Europe from Qualicum Beach in 1999, and recently...
Creative Kids - Face It Thu July 25 10am - 12pm Learn how to draw a face! We will learn where to place the eyes, nose, and mouth and how to make a face unique. Guaranteed to leave you smiling. Location: Community Art Garden at the MAC For kids 8-12...
Creative Kids - Lighthouse Create Thu July 25, 1 - 3pm Ships Ahoy! We are going to make our very own lighthouse artwork using pastels. We will work on composition and add nautical patterns and themes and learn how to blend oil pastels. Location: Community Art Garden at the MAC...
Plein Air Journey in Watercolour with Carla Flegel - Parksville Museum We will meet in four different locations and learn how to paint different scenes outdoors.  Previous experience is not necessary.  All art materials will be supplied. In case of inclement weather, you will be notified of a change in...
Creative Kids - Blown Away Tue July 30,10am - 12pm Have you ever made art with your breath? Using straws to push paint around we are going to make a cool nature scene. Location: Community Art Garden at the MAC For kids 8-12 Cost $30 – materials provided   About...
Creative Kids - Animal Mishmash Tue July 30, 1 - 3pm Is it a cat or a frog? A bull or a dog? We are mixing and matching animal parts to create a brand - new beast. Imagination gone wild! Location: Community Art Garden at the MAC For kids 8-12...
Creative Kids - String It On Wed July 31, 10am - 12pm By wrapping colourful yarn on a nail grid, an impressive artwork will emerge. Location: Community Art Garden at the MAC For kids 8-12 Cost $30 – materials provided   About the Instructor:   Megan moved to Europe from Qualicum...
Creative Kids - Cut Out Art Wed July 31, 1 - 3pm By cutting and gluing construction paper we will create a unique west coast scene. Location: Community Art Garden at the MAC For kids 8-12 Cost $30 – materials provided   About the Instructor:   Megan moved to Europe from...
Creative Kids - Mosaic Madness Thu Aug 1, 10am - 12pm We are making a kid friendly mosaic with found objects, magazine clippings and imagination. Location: Community Art Garden at the MAC For kids 8-12 Cost $30 – materials provided   About the Instructor:   Megan moved to Europe from Qualicum...
Creative Kids - Painting Day Thu Aug 1, 1 - 3pm We'll be busting out the paints and brushes and painting a still life masterpiece. Location: Community Art Garden at the MAC For kids 8-12 Cost $30 – materials provided   About the Instructor:   Megan moved to Europe from Qualicum...
Plein Air Journey in Watercolour with Carla Flegel - Englishman River Estuary We will meet in four different locations and learn how to paint different scenes outdoors.  Previous experience is not necessary.  All art materials will be supplied. In case of inclement weather, you will be notified of a change...
Creative Kids - Creepy Crawly Tue Aug 6, 10am - 12pm  Using pipe cleaner and cardboard, we are making creepy crawly 3D creature art. Location: Community Art Garden at the MAC For kids 8-12 Cost $30 – materials provided   About the Instructor:   Megan moved to Europe from Qualicum Beach...
Creative Kids - 3D Monster Madness Tue Aug 6, 1 - 3pm  Two eyes or three, the choice is yours. We are making colourful monsters out of colourful clay. Location: Community Art Garden at the MAC For kids 8-12 Cost $30 – materials provided   About the Instructor:   Megan moved...
Creative Kids - Mobiles in Motion Wed Aug 7, 10am - 12pm  Using found objects, driftwood, and shells, we are making a mobile that moves in the wind. Materials provided or bring some of your own! Location: Community Art Garden at the MAC For kids 8-12 Cost $30 – materials...
Creative Kids - Get Your Roll On Wed Aug 7, 1 - 3pm  We are rolling up colourful paper to make unique artwork of a butterfly or insect. Location: Community Art Garden at the MAC For kids 8-12 Cost $30 – materials provided   About the Instructor:   Megan moved to...
Creative Kids - Take a Look Sketchbook Thu Aug 8, 10am - 12pm  We are making our own sketchbook! Let's fill in a couple pages and get started. For kids 8-12 Cost $30 – materials provided Location: Community Art Garden at the MAC About the Instructor:   Megan moved to Europe...
Creative Kids - Flower Mania Thu Aug 8, 1 - 3pm  Making 3D paper flower art. We are going to cut and paste and colour a beautiful bouquet of flowers that won't wilt. Location: Community Art Garden at the MAC For kids 8-12 Cost $30 – materials provided   About...
Creative Kids - MAC Art Camp Aug 12 - 16 - 10am - 3pm A full week of art and fun! We will have a whole week to get creative and make some incredible art! We will be: Making bee houses, Creating our own trading cards, Decorating an old rubber...
Plein Air Journey in Watercolour with Carla Flegel - Top Bridge We will meet in four different locations and learn how to paint different scenes outdoors.  Previous experience is not necessary.  All art materials will be supplied. In case of inclement weather, you will be notified of a change in...
Creative Kids - Stained Glass Class Tue Aug 20, 10am - 12pm Using kid friendly materials, we are making a fun weather themed stained glass. Location: Community Art Garden at the MAC For kids 8-12 Cost $30 – materials provided   About the Instructor:   Megan moved to Europe from Qualicum...
Creative Kids - Campfire Desire Tue Aug 20, 1 - 3pm The glowing light of a campfire will illuminate our scene as well as the twinkle of stars from above. Location: Community Art Garden at the MAC For kids 8-12 Cost $30 – materials provided   About the Instructor:   Megan...
Creative Kids - Ice Cream Dream Wed Aug 21, 10am - 12pm What's your favourite flavour? Add a big scoop of creativity to your day with this ice cream painting, with textural elements. Location: Community Art Garden at the MAC For kids 8-12 Cost $30 – materials provided   About...
Creative Kids - Art Tree Amazing Wed Aug 21, 1 - 3pm We are making a tree out of twisted tissue and paper leaves. What's that in the tree? Come check it out and see. Location: Community Art Garden at the MAC For kids 8-12 Cost $30 – materials provided...
Creative Kids - Winged Thing on a String Thu Aug 22, 10am - 12pm Butterfly, moth or dragonfly, our winged thing will have beautiful matching wings drawn by you. How many can you make? Location: Community Art Garden at the MAC For kids 8-12 Cost $30 – materials provided  ...
Creative Kids - Mask-arade Parade Thu Aug 22, 1 - 3pm  Using textiles and embellishments we will create a fantastical masquerade mask.  Location: Community Art Garden at the MAC For kids 8-12 Cost $30 – materials provided   About the Instructor:   Megan moved to Europe from Qualicum Beach in 1999,...
Plein Air Journey in Watercolour with Carla Flegel - Moorecroft Park We will meet in four different locations and learn how to paint different scenes outdoors.  Previous experience is not necessary.  All art materials will be supplied. In case of inclement weather, you will be notified of a change in...
Double Art Bites - Decoding Colour with Margery Blom Sun Sep  8, 10am - 2pm Open the doors to how colours work together to affect our emotions and perceptions. Discover how to mix, match and create while unveiling the mysteries behind colour theory.It is not just mixing, but knowing how...
Art Gems - Rough & Tough with Dennis Brown Sat Sep 14, 10 am - 2 pm This workshop is about adding different surface features to your acrylic painting that will add some complex marks, shapes, and texture. Dennis will conduct a short demo and bring examples of his work....
Double Art Bites - Collage Art Landscape From Homemade Papers with Merrilyn Laursen Sun Sep 15, 10am - 2pm In this special Double Art Bites class, you'll have 4 hours to get into Collage!Come have some fun creating a Collage Landscape out of papers that you have made yourself!  The...
Art Gems - Painting with Pencil with Nicholas Pearce Sat Sep 21, 10 am-2 pm Painting with Pencil is a one-day class that teaches you to build a tonal image from just greyscale using Nicholas' scribble technique. 3D effects, even when using colour, are created by greyscale (the tone of...
Art Bites - Soft Pastels with Claudia Carter Sun Sep 22, 10-am - 12 pm Explore colour vibrancy, versatility, and ease of use of soft pastels.  Students will be provided with techniques and guidance to complete a basic landscape painting.   About the Instructor:  “Soft pastels captured my interest a...
Art Bites - Alcohol Ink with Mary Unger Sun Sep 22, 1 pm - 3 pm We'll experiment with different paper and different techniques so you can get a feel for this vibrant medium and you'll take home an original piece you created. All supplies included in this class. About...
Art Gems - Pastels with Joan Larson Welcome to world of Soft Pastels.  We will explore the dynamic range of possibilities with this marvellous medium.    Learn basic layering and application techniques and how to let your paper work for you.  We will also work with underpainting techniques, making your...
Art Bites - Collage Feather Mask with Adina Barugolo Sun Sep 29, 10 am - 12 pm Create a colourful collage Feather Mask on canvas with black, red and blue acrylic paint and feather shaped magazine clippings. About the Instructor: A graduate from VIU in Applied Arts and Interior Design,...
Art Bites - Kawandi Needle Case with Carolyn Shaw Sun Sep 29, 1 pm - 3 pm Hand stitch a needle case as you learn the techniques to create a kawandi. Kawandi means quilting in India. This style of quilting was brought to India over 800 years ago by Siddi...
Art Bites - Book of Inspirations with Trisha Klus Sun Oct 6, 10 am - 12 pm This clever and deceptively simple structure is full of surprises. You will create a book with 6 pages, 2 pockets, 2 sleeves, a mini booklet, inserts, tags, and a cover. With only one...
Art Bites - Exploring Figure Drawing with Dorota Goede Sun Oct 6, 1 pm - 3 pm Not sure how to go about capturing the human figure on paper?  This class will help you unlock the secrets.  You’ll learn how to capture a quick pose that implies a 3D figure...
Art Gems - I ♥ Pop Ups with Trisha Klus Sat Oct 19, 10 am - 2 pm Who doesn't love pop-ups? In this one-day class participants will learn how to make a variety of entertaining pop-up mechanisms. These will form the pages of our book, protected with a soft...
Double Art Bites Class: Introduction to Oil Painting with Margery Blom Sun Oct 6, 10 am - 2 pm Oil painting is both the oldest and still one of the most popular mediums used by artists today. In this introductory class you will be guided through working with various mediums...
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