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Visual Arts Classes

Drawing class at Surrey Art Gallery. Photo by Pardeep Singh

We’re taking a slow and cautious approach with the re-opening of our facilities. Most major civic facilities including Parks, Recreation & Culture and Library facilities remain closed until early September and possibly longer, dependant on three key factors: public safety, demand for service by the public in light of COVID-19 and related fiscal implications.

Staff are currently reviewing each facility alongside this criteria. Please follow for facility re-opening updates.

Surrey Art Gallery typically provides courses for preschoolers, children, youth, and adults, with studio instruction in a variety of media from introductory to advanced levels. Our instructors are experienced art educators and many are also practicing artists.

For this summer, the Gallery will offer Art Takeout courses and Art Outside the Box, a modified outdoor camp in Bear Creek Park for ages 6-9 and 9-12 with art educators. This camp is subject to change or cancellation if new health information emerges.

How to Register

All participants must pre-register. We are unable to accept registrations in person. At this time, we accept credit card or pre-authorized payments.

  • Register online or
  • Call 604-501-5100

Art Takeout Courses

Feed your artistic side with the Gallery’s summer Art Takeout courses! For all ages, including materials for pickup, video lessons, and a live online session to share your artworks.

Try out "Drawing in the Field" with artist educator Alexandra Thomson to learn and practice your drawing skills, ranging from plein air/in the open air, art journaling, sketching, blind contour, multiple perspectives, and more! This six-week course runs from July 20 to August 24, with Art Takeout packages ready for pick up as of July 13. $15.

On you own or with your family and friends, experiment with clay in "Handbuilding with Clay!" With artist educator Amelia Butcher, reimagine the sculptural possibilities of clay. Inspired by contemporary ceramic art, learn pinch, coil, slab construction, and surface pattern techniques. Includes materials, video lessons, firing, and glazing. This six-week course runs from July 27 to August 31, with Art Takeout packages ready for pick up as of July 13. $35, optional tool kit for $29.

Art Outside the Box Camp

For camps, to ensure fair access for all, registration will be limited to one week at a time with staggered registration dates:

CAMPS | July 13 – 17
Register June 21 at 9pm

CAMPS | July 20 – 24
Register June 28 at 9pm

CAMPS | July 27 – 31
Register July 5 at 9pm

CAMPS | August 4 – 7
Register July 12 at 9pm

CAMPS | August 10 – 14
Register July 19 at 9pm

CAMPS | August 17 – 21
Register July 26 at 9pm

CAMPS | August 24 – 28
Register August 2 at 9pm

Payment Plan

With flexible payments, you can pay 50% at registration and 50% the first day that camp starts.

Registration Tips

  • All registrants need a MySurrey account to register. Create one ahead of time if you don’t already have one.
  • We recommend using Chrome as your browser for the best experience.
  • If online early, refresh screen when registration opens at 9pm.
  • Visit our New Online Registration System page for more information including video tutorials and guides.


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Medical Information

All registered campers are required to have a completed client profile. After registering, please fill out additional information for each child registered including emergency contact information, pick up information, allergies, fears (if any), and any special instructions (including the use of an inhaler or EpiPen) in the special instructions field.

To enter, log in using your MySurrey account email and password. Under My Info, click on the child and select edit to enter the information. Watch our video tutorial on your account features for further assistance.  Our staff will print off this information for you to review, date, and sign on the first day of camp.

If you child requires medication including an inhaler or EpiPen, please print out and complete the Prescribed and Non-Prescribed Medication form and bring it with you the first day of camp. A doctor’s note is required for all non-prescribed medicine.

Our Commitment to Keeping Kids Safe

The safety of our kids and staff is our top priority. All of our summer daycamps will operate under strict guidelines developed in conjunction with the Fraser Health Authority, Provincial Mandates, and Health and Safety Standards. 

We will actively monitor our camps throughout the summer and may modify procedures as necessary. In addition, we may need to change sites or cancel camps if transmission rates go up or a community outbreak occurs. We will immediately inform parents of any changes.

Based on the health guidance for schools and childcare programs, our plans include a heightened level of health and safety measures. These include:

  • Smaller camp size
    • Maximum 16 campers for camp sites with kids 6 to 12 years old
    • Kids will be put into groups of 8
    • Groups will not mix with other groups
  • Weekly camp registration only
  • Increased outdoor activities
  • Routine daily screening for all staff and campers
  • Routine and frequent environmental cleaning
  • Explicit policy for children or staff who have the symptoms of a cold, flu, or COVID-19 with coughing or sneezing not coming into daycamp
  • Promote and educate on good hygiene and respiratory etiquette
  • Hand washing will happen continuously throughout the day
  • Physical distancing (activities will all have the central idea of being socially distant) and for younger children, reducing physical contact through activities
  • Each child will have a bin that contains their art supplies to reduce cross contamination
  • Kids will have their own designated area to put their belongings and will access in an orderly fashion
  • No food sharing
  • Designated sign-in and sign-out area for parents
  • A parent or guardian must accompany their children (regardless of age), at daily check-in to complete health screening

What to Bring to Camp

  • Water (all water fountains will remain closed)
  • Healthy “nut-free” lunch and snacks
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Appropriate footwear (no flip-flops)
  • Swimsuit and towel (if applicable)
  • Change of clothes