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Take part in enriching & exciting visual & literary Arts workshops & free live demonstrations with professional artists/instructors. We offer workshops for all levels of experience, from beginner to advanced; in a variety of subjects, from foundational techniques to exploratory methods & approaches; both online & in-person.

    • Thursday, June 01, 2023
    • 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Music Box, 1564 Argyle Ave
    • 9

    All Ages & Levels 

    Join artist James Groening for an fun, inspiring & immersive workshop where you'll learn the story of Turtle Island & paint your own masterpiece.

    Turtle Island is the creation story for the lands now known as North & Central America, told by numerous Indigenous First NationsJames will share the story of how Turtle Island came into being & how sharing stories & teachings have inspired his artistic & healing journey.

    James will have canvas prepared with a turtle designed in the Woodland Art style which you'll paint & bring to life using the signature bright & bold colours of the style. Woodland Art is a distinct style of Indigenous art that blends traditional legends & myths with contemporary mediums using expressive line work & bright colours. It explores the relationships between people, animals & plants & is rich with spiritual imagery & symbolism.

    Through knowledge sharing & creation, discover the power of story & connection, while painting your own turtle.

    All supplies are included.

    Artist/Instructor Bio

    James Groening, aka Blue Sky, is a Burnaby-based Cree artist from the Kahkewistahaw First Nation. Adopted by his white grandparents during the Sixties Scoop, Groening was raised disconnected from his Kahkewistahaw roots. After meeting his biological mother & learning of his heritage, James was inspired to pursue a journey of reclaiming his Indigeneity. 

    Groening paints in the Woodland Art style with expressive designs & vibrant colours, depicting stories & legends from his rich cultural heritage. Led by artistic intuition & meaningful legends, Groening's artwork documents his journey of healing & growth, as he attempts to revitalize his cultural identity through art making & knowledge sharing.

West Vancouver Community Arts Council
Located at
The Silk Purse Arts Centre
1570 Argyle Avenue
West Vancouver, BC  V7V 1A1

Phone: 604-925-7292


Gallery/Art Box Gift Shop Hours:

Wednesday - Friday 12 - 5 pm. Saturday - Sunday 12 - 4 pm.


The West Vancouver Community Arts Council acknowledges that the lands on which we gather for cultural activities are part of the traditional ancestral territories of the Coast Salish Peoples.

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