MISSA 2021

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Event Category: Workshops

  • The Metchosin International Summer School of the Arts has been providing high caliber workshops in a wide range of artistic mediums for artists, teachers and serious adult students since 1984. MISSA has a reputation for attracting local, national and international instructors who engage with students in an intense multi-disciplinary environment. MISSA welcomes students from around the world to participate in an artistic immersion for two weeks every summer. Let the magic begin!

    This is the perfect place for your artistic retreat! MISSA 2021 will run June 27 – July 10. Workshops are in 2, 5 or 7-day formats and classes run from 9-4 each day. Tuition rates include lunch and daily snacks and material fees are separate for each course. Class sizes are small and are limited to 12 participants (which means they can fill up quickly!) There is a 9-day Mentored Residency, which is the perfect opportunity to immerse yourself in your own work, working in the medium of your choice, under the guidance of a Mentor.

    The college campus is nestled on 75 acres of west coast forest and the low-slung buildings blend into their environment.  Winding foot paths connect the buildings: dining hall, academic building, residences, library, swimming pool and a floating building down on the docks. The entire campus is transformed into an adult art camp with classrooms transformed into art spaces and students breaking to share lunch and snacks together. The accommodation is a dormitory setting with two floors and 10 rooms per house, 4 beds per room and a day room. Accommodation rates also include breakfast and dinner. Staying on campus is a way to immerse yourself in this creative experience and it can be like a real getaway without household chores and family obligations!

    The MISSA 2021 Summer Program will offer 48 different creative workshops. There will be workshops in acrylic painting and hand-building, rigid heddle weaving and life drawing, throwing porcelain and crystalline glazes, form-folded jewelry making, natural fabric dyeing and needle felting, expressive inks and pencil studies, mixed media with liquid inks, cheesecloth imagery, relief printmaking, the dance of the brush and more! There will be abstract florals, watercolour landscapes, animal sculptures, sculpting the head and painting on animal skulls!  There will be workshops for the body, mind and soul with movement and creativity, a workshop to help artists navigate the gallery, learn three good creative habits and reimagine the page with your creative writing. MISSA offers a little something for everyone. Which one would you choose?

    In 2021, join us for our 36th Summer Program! With the beautiful natural environment, the quality and inspiration from the instructors, the over flowing talent of the participants,  the good food shared together, the immersion of a tucked away destination, you will know for yourself why  we call it “MISSA Magic”. We look forward to seeing you soon!


    • Our summer program launches on-line January 14 for an initial preview of workshops
    • Early-bird sales begin on January 21 @ 12 noon PST for Friends of MISSA
    • Registration opens for all on January 28 @ 12 noon PST
    • The summer program runs June 27 – July 10.
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