Teen Art Group

Explore the dynamic world of visual culture with Teen Art Group!

Teen Art Group (TAG) members work with practicing artists in studio at Emily Carr University of Art + Design and gain an expanded understanding of visual culture at the Vancouver Art Gallery.

TAG Members:

  • Get behind-the-scenes access to artists and exhibitions at Emily Carr University of Art + Design and the Vancouver Art Gallery.
  • Participate in hands-on art-making workshops every month and explore a wide range of issues and media with artists and educators.
  • Generate new ideas and skills for your portfolio and deepen your understanding of design and culture alongside your creative peers.

Program Details

TAG brings together students between ages 15-18 twice a month from October to May. These after school sessions run from 4:00pm to 7:00pm and alternate between the Vancouver Art Gallery and Emily Carr University on the first and third Thursday of each month. Please note: Program activities for 2020-2021 will take place primarily online, but may move to in-person delivery at ECU and Vancouver Art Gallery , pending appropriate approvals and only given availability of adequate space at the time.Due to the online nature of the program this year, students participating in TAG will be required to source their own supplies. Students will need access to a computer to join the virtual classroom on BlueJeans and/or Zoom. It is recommended students also have access to a smartphone or tablet to document progress of their work and share with the class.

Dates: Complete schedule coming soon

Course Code: CETP 300 F001

Ages: 15-18 years

Tuition fee: $445

What TAG members say about the program:

"TAG has been a wonderful experience that has broadened my perspective about the art world. I have learned so much from so many artists such as Takashi Murakami, Guo Pei, Emily Carr, and Cindy Sherman. Learning about these artists has helped me expand my art style, and given me inspiration for both my portfolio and my own exhibition. Getting to meet and work with artists and curators is also an amazing experience that I could have not gotten elsewhere.”

“...this program was really valuable because it provided local art connections I could use later on in life as an emerging artist. I learned about Vancouver based artists, local art exhibitions, and even about the VAG itself. I feel more connected to my city as a result, and have created pieces in class I can use or experiment with for my personal portfolio.”

TAG 2020-2021 Online Delivery & COVID-19 Response

Emily Carr University’s top priority is the health and safety of our students, instructors and staff. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, ECU has implemented a variety of measures in alignment with advice from federal and provincial public health authorities, including extending online program delivery into the Fall term. In keeping with this, the Teen Art Group 2020-2021 will be delivered primarily through online learning platforms.

Emily Carr University and the Vancouver Art Gallery remain committed to offering meaningful art education to youth and teens, and invite students to deepen their understanding of art, grow their skill-sets and develop their portfolio through TAG. As always, this dynamic and engaging program will be delivered to the highest educational standard, and instructed by award-winning artists and designers.

For up-to-date information on ECU’s response to COVID-19, visit the website: http://www.spicyh.com/about/news-and-media/covid-19


Registration for Teen Art Group 2020-2021 is now closed. We invite you to subscribe to our Teens Newsletter to be notified when registration opens for TAG 2021-2022!

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Program Sponsors

Generously supported by: The Wesik Family

Our thanks to our partner:

Vancouver Art Gallery