Artist Workshops


Artist for Conservation is presenting two art workshops (age 16+) by international master wildlife artists: Australian silk artist, Kim Toft, and Canadian painter Terry Isaac.

Enrollment is very limited! Reserve your space ASAP!


Silk Painting with Master Silk Artist, Kim Toft

Date: Friday, November 10
Location: VanDusen Garden
Time: 10am-3pm
Cost: $115 (includes silk)
Capacity: 12 students

Kim Toft will be joining us from Australia to share her award-winning silk painting techniques.

About the workshop:

  • You will draw and paint on your own silk painting (approx. 35cm x 35cm) 
  • No drawing ability required, due to time constraints the design is traced onto the silk , stencils supplied . All the stencils are nature themed ie. Underwater, birds, flowers, and forest.
  • The gold outline or gutta is then drawn onto the silk with a nib and applicator bottle. Each area between the gold is then painted, with silk dyes and brushes. The BG is painted last and is ‘salted’ to create a bubbled pattern. The rock salt is brushed off after it has dried.

By the end of the workshop you will have your very own finished silk painting to take home.

Lunch not included. Silk and stencils will be provided.

Learn more about Kim

Registeration is closed!


Drawing Techniques with Master Wildlife Artist, Terry Isaac

Date: Saturday, November 11
Location: VanDusen Garden
Time: 10am-4pm
Cost: $85
Capacity: 18 students

About the workshop:

Join Terry Isaac to explore line and value drawings to improve drawing skills, while working from life (still life objects, portrait, etc.) and from photographs (animals and birds). Toned paper will be provided to work on white on black, black and white on grey, and of course black on white.  There will be a wide variety of exercises, such as upside down drawing, blind contour drawing, gesture drawing, and a unique challenge of drawing on glass.  Proportions and perspective will also be covered. 

Students should bring their own sketchbooks and number two pencils, and a black ball point pen, and I will provide toned paper, glass, set up, and reference materials.  Lunch not included.

Learn more about Terry

Registeration is closed!







Festival Highlights

VanDusen Botanical Garden is located at:

5251 Oak Street,
Vancouver, BC V6M 4H1
Phone: (604) 257-8335

Most festival activities complimentary with VandDusen admissions ticket. 

  • Adult (19-64) $8.00
  • Senior (65+) $5.50
  • Youth (13-18) $5.50
  • Child (4-12) $4.25
  • Family (2 adults + 2 children under 19) $16.75
  • Children 3 and younger Free
  • VBGA Members Free

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  • Mural
  • Artist Demos
  • Wildlife Encounters
  • Films
  • Nature Walk

  • Art Exhibit
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  • Live Music
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  • Presentations

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About Us

Artists for Conservation is a Canada-based international non-profit, with a mission is to support wildlife and habitat conservation and environmental education through art that celebrates nature. 

Through international art exhibits, collaborative art-science expeditions, festivals, awards and online initiatives, AFC informs and inspires the public to conserve our natural heritage. Among its membership, AFC serves to foster artistic excellence and empower passionate artists as effective ambassadors for the environment. 


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