šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énk Square

North of the Vancouver Art Gallery


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.


Strathcona Elementary: 

Teachers – Judah Kong, Rachel Vanstone

Students – Eve, Morogh, Jarin, Jumana, June, Mattias, RayLin

Xpey’ Elementary: 

Teachers – Kayli McKay

Students – Anha, Joseph, Romeo


Jerry Whitehead is a Cree artist from the James Smith First Nation, Saskatchewan. He has been painting for 40 years and received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Regina and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Nova Scotia College of Arts and Design. He has been the Artist in Residence with the Vancouver School Board for the past seven years. In 2010 Jerry co-coordinated the largest aboriginal mural in western Canada, the 7600 square foot Through the Eye of the Raven.

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.