From the 17th – 20th of November Vancouver’s eastside will be lit with the annual Eastside Culture Crawl and this year is proudly celebrating 20 years of art, design and crafts; bound by Columbia Street, 1st Avenue, Victoria Drive and the waterfront. For Melk it will be our 10th year being involved in crawl, so naturally we’re making sure that our presence is a big one.

For the past two years we’ve host the Crawling for Kids workshop at our studio — a free hands on creativity session for young artists — we’re excited to be hosting another year with the support of Opus Art Supplies, and hope to see some familiar faces again and new budding artists for this years workshop.

Crawling for Kids is generously sponsored by our friends at Opus Art Supplies, and gives children the opportunity to engage with the visual arts in their community on a tactile level while helping foster a love of the arts; connecting them with the Crawl in a way that they will remember for years to come. Kids are invited to create their own works of art and learn the basic printmaking techniques of screen-printing. The workshop is held at our studio at 936 Clark Drive; an area where the kids can experience their own creativity in a unique studio space with guidance from a working artist. We, alongside the rest of the Eastside Culture Crawl, believe it’s very important to cultivate a strong sense of art and community with children; the future generations of artists.
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Date: Nov 19 & 20th (Saturday & Sunday)
Time: 12 – 3PM
Process: Young artists will have access to watercolour paints, pencil crayons and stencil shapes to create a background or landscape for their work-of-art. Next they choose an image to screen-print (illustrations provided by the artist and already on screens). With guidance from the artist kids will screen-print their chosen illustration on their own.
Result: A custom work of art to bring home, or opportunity to make special cards for the holidays!
Spots: First come first serve
Cost: Free / by donation

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Our studio is wheelchair accessible and walking distance to many other artist studios — plus, Fujiya sushi is next door if you’re hungry! Street parking is available on Clark Drive and the side streets surrounding the studio, easily accessible by transit and within walking distance of Commercial Drive.

Stay updated with our e-Newsletter on what’s happening at our studio and the Eastside Culture Crawl’s site for further information and announcements regarding the art festival. For other events taking place just before, during and after the Crawl’s four day duration, including a guide to creating handmade 16mm films, chainsaw carving demos and some preview shows, keep an eye on the Crawl’s Events page. Great for either giving you a taste of things to come or a tonic for your sadness when the festival has come and gone!

We look forward to seeing you there!