Studio 101
Eastside Arts Society

Studio 101 is an Eastside Arts Society program dedicated to supporting diverse and engaging artistic experiences for Vancouver’s Eastside youth.

Many Eastside schools have limited exposure to professional artists and arts experiences beyond the classroom. Studio 101 brings school children into participating Eastside Culture Crawl artist studio spaces for free, hands-on workshops. For many participants, it is their first time connecting with professional artists. The program provides students insights into the various phases of the creative process, while promoting creative confidence and fostering an appreciation of the visual arts.

This year, the program offers classroom activities and small group visits to artists’ studios for immersive hands-on workshops. Students from grades 4-7 from Britannia, Seymour, Strathcona and Xpey’ Elementary schools will take part in workshops to create ceramics, painting, sculpture, and mixed media works.


Seymour Elementary: 

Teachers – Jessie Janzen, Natasha Burditt

Students – Kyron, Mya, Marah

Brittania Elementary: 

Teachers – Kevin Dwyer, Shannon Lovelle

Students – Lia, Jade, Elderkin, Breeze, Oliver, Dwayne, Bjorn


Mat Holmstrom is an artist based in Vancouver, British Columbia. Born in Banff, Alberta,

Holmstrom’s passion for art and culture grew throughout his childhood while having the opportunity to travel to major art hubs such as New York, London, Paris, and San Francisco. The artist’s work explores a diverse range of subject matter including history, nature, popular culture, symbolism, the human condition, and abstract thought. Rich color palettes and expressive layering of shape and texture lend to the dynamic nature of his work.

The Lantern City is grateful to be held on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territories of the Coast Salish peoples of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam Indian Band), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish Nation), and Səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh Nation). We acknowledge our privilege to be gathered on this land, and commit to work with and be respectful to the Indigenous peoples whose arts and stories inspire us to bring communities together.