Painting Dramatic Landscapes Workshop with Brian Buckrell
to Nov 25

Painting Dramatic Landscapes Workshop with Brian Buckrell

Workshop & Demonstration
With Canadian Landscape Artist Brian Buckrell
Working in Oil or Acrylic

Evening demonstration & weekend workshop with acclaimed professional artist exploring oil or acrylic landscape painting techniques. His work focuses on contemporary impressionistic interpretations of the Canadian landscape with the event being run by TAC, for up to 14 participants, with bursaries available for youth artists wishing to attend.

Brian paints full time - in acrylic and oil. Brian`s paintings are reflective of his love of the outdoors, travel, agriculture and rural communities. The more he paints the more his work moves towards abstracted impressions of his subjects. Brian has won numerous competitions and awards for both his studio and plein air paintings in BC. He was an invited participant in the 2016 50th Anniversary Plein Air Competion at the McMichael Gallery in Kleinburg, Ontario: his 16x20 acrylic painting won first place. His work has been sited in Arabella Magazine, in South West Art and in the North Light Books: The Best of Acrylics 2014 , 2015 , 2016 and Plein Air Magazines- Plein Air Today. His paintings have sold across Canada, and internationally.

FRI 23 NOV 7-9 PM DEMONSTRATION (Free to Attend)


Bursaries are available for youth artists wishing to attend.

REGISTRATION: Registration for this workshop is now FULL. Please contact for more information or to sign up for a reserve spot


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Poetry Workshop and Performance: "Release Your Inner Story" with Sheri-D Wilson
10:00 AM10:00

Poetry Workshop and Performance: "Release Your Inner Story" with Sheri-D Wilson

Join award wining author and poet Sheri-D Wilson for a one day poetry workshop where Sheri will examine your texts and see where the possibilities of the performance are within them. Sheri will also help you to develop your written text and using word and idea games to expand them. The day will culminate with an opportunity to participate in an evening performance (optional) at Tofino Botanical Gardens

Participants will also meet for coffee/brunch the following morning to debrief their performances from the night before. This workshop is a project of the Tofino Arts Council in conjunction with the Tofino Poet Laureate.

WORKSHOP will take place at 10am-4pm on Saturday 27th October
PERFORMANCE at 7pm on Saturday 27th October
DEBRIEF at 10am on Sunday 28th October

Darwin’s Café at the Tofino Botanical Gardens, 1084 Pacific Rim Highway, Tofino


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About Sheri-D Wilson: Sheri-D Wilson is the award-winning author of 11 books, the creator of four short films, and has released three albums which combine music and poetry. She is known for her electric performance-style, making her a favourite with local and international audiences. She has read, performed and taught at festivals across Canada, USA, UK, France, Spain, Belgium, Mexico, and South Africa.

In 2017, she launched a new collection of poetry entitled, The Book of Sensations (U of C Press), and a full-length CD with poetry and music called Dragon Rouge. Her 10th collection of poetry, Open Letter: Woman against Violence against Women, was shortlisted for the Robert Kroetsch Poetry Book Award & CanLit. Her collection, Re:Zoom (2005), won the Stephan G. Stephansson Award for Poetry. She was editor of the celebrated, The Spoken Word Workbook: inspiration from poets who teach.

Her work has received national and international acclaim with such honours as a 2013 feature interview with Canadian icon Shelagh Rogers, a 2012 article in Chatelaine Magazine, a 2012 TED Talk, and the subject of a half-hour documentary called Heart of a Poet. In 2009 she was named one of the top ten poets in Canada by CBC.

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Dance Improvisation Workshop: "The Presence of Mind in Motion"
to Oct 7

Dance Improvisation Workshop: "The Presence of Mind in Motion"

Join Helen Walkley for an opportunity to dive deep into your dancing. Mine your dynamic range and create moving maps in space as you compose in the moment. We will witness and embrace the moment with our breath and the presence of our minds.

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The workshop includes:
- hands-on guidance
- facilitated exploration of principles of moving in your body
- a consideration of relationship in solo, duet and larger group forms
- the cultivation of attention and intention

The Bartenieff Movement Fundamentals and the Developmental Movement Patterns are the basis of this work. Helen Walkley is a contemporary dance artist, certified Laban Movement Analyst and somatic movement educator who has taught, created and performed for over 30 years in the United States, Germany, Netherlands and Canada.

October 6th & 7th 2018 // 10am to 2pm
Tofino Community Hall
Cost: $125.00
Participants under 18 years of age need the permission of the instructor
(This event is a Tofino Arts Council Workshop supported by Parks and Rec.)

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Tofino Arts Council AGM
6:30 PM18:30

Tofino Arts Council AGM

Tofino Arts Council AGM

June 7th at 7pm, Darwin's Café

Calling all Artists, Musicians, Writers, Actors, Carvers, Sculptors and essentially ALL creatives of Tofino of all ages! We need your feedback! Arts in Tofino is growing rapidly and we want to be there for you, so we have a question… WHAT DO YOU WANT THE TOFINO ARTS COUNCIL TO BE FOR YOU? Give this some thought and come down to the AGM and lets discuss. Darwins Cafe at 7 on the 7th with refreshments!

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Tofino Boardwalk Gala
6:00 PM18:00

Tofino Boardwalk Gala

The Tofino Boardwalk is a collection of 20 unique surfboards created by some of Tofino’s finest artists. At the Gala, TAC will auction off 17 of these pieces to raise funds for furthering the arts in Tofino. 

Along with the live art auction there will be live music, hors d'oeuvres, drinks, and a dance party!

Hors d'oeuvres generously provided by:

Long Beach Lodge
Common Loaf Bake Shop

Tickets available on Brown Paper Tickets at this link:

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Carving On The Edge
10:00 PM22:00

Carving On The Edge

A Celebration of the West Coast Carver

September 10th-21st, 2016

Shore Pier on the Water, 368 Main Street, Tofino, BC, Canada

Join the 2016 Carving on the Edge Festival in honouring the people and traditional territory of the Tla-o-qui-aht.

From September 10 through 21, 2016, the Carving on the Edge Festival in Tofino, BC will showcase traditional and contemporary west coast wood carving with exhibits, forums, feasts, workshops and demonstrations. This year’s festival theme, Grounded: People to the Land, invites carvers of all skill levels and lovers of art and culture to explore the relationship between Tla-o-qui-aht artists to their traditional territorial land.

On the Edge fine art show will kick-off on September 14 with an opening celebration featuring a traditional welcoming to the Tla-o-qui-aht territory with drumming and singing and an opportunity to meet the carving artists. The show will run until September 21 and will feature the Virtual Museum Project, a multi-media installation on a curated collection of carved Nuu-chah-nulth items being held in museums across the world. There will also be a display honouring the carving career of the late George David.

Since 2010, traditional carvers have gathered at the Carving on the Edge Festival to share ideas and skills with other carvers, communities and youth. The festival is growing, gaining momentum and recognition. Now in it’s seventh year, the festival continues to expand its program to give a glimpse of how diverse and rich the carving culture is on Vancouver Island alone. Continue to explore the many events of this year’s celebration!

Visit for details about the festival, workshops & events.  

Tofino Arts Council is a proud sponsor of the Carving On The Edge Festival.

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to Oct 31


The Tofino Boardwalk, a Tofino Arts Council project, aims to bring arts, surf and business together in a savvy partnership that expresses our community's abiding love of the ocean and the extraordinary creative energy it generates. 

The Tofino Boardwalk will evolve into a collection of 20 unique surfboards this Fall.  It will include art installations at the Bruhwiler Kids Classic, Queen of the Peak and Tofino Paddle Surf SUP Invitational and coincide with the beginning of surf season here in Tofino.

At the conclusion of the project, Tofino Arts Council will auction off these unique pieces to raise funds for furthering the arts inTofino.

Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to stay up to date on the project and for details of the Tofino Boardwalk Gala set for early Spring 2017.


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Dancing in the Tree Canopy – 3 days
to May 26

Dancing in the Tree Canopy – 3 days

May 24-26 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm each day

Climb into the giant spruce canopy and experience dancing while suspended by a rope and harness safety system. Workshop participation is limited to 6 people to maintain a safe learning environment and ensure proper care for the trees.

Fee is $189 (includes GST)

Contact Julia Taffe to apply in advance for the Tree Canopy Workshop.

Email: Phone: 604.803.2967

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to May 27

Dancing In Nature – Open Level Classes

May 23-27 10:30 am to 12:00 pm each day

Fun, follow-along dance exercises that will make you feel great! No dance experience required, suitable for all ages.
Children under 8 must attend with a designated guardian. Bring a small pack with a beach towel and water.

Wear sunscreen and running shoes.
We will meet at the North Chesterman Beach Parking Lot. Drop in fee $10 (includes GST)

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3:00 PM15:00

Art Migration

Art Migration Art Show - Tofino Painters in Mexico

Artists: Norma Dryden, Kim Hoag, Peggy Jameson & Maureen Fraser

Where: Main Street Espresso & Gallery @ Tofino Sea Kayaking

When: March 16 - March 22,

Hours: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm daily

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Alison Watt Painting the Large Canvas Workshop
to Dec 1

Alison Watt Painting the Large Canvas Workshop

Painting the Large Canvas Workshop with Alison Watt in Tofino 

When: Saturday, November 29th, Sunday November 30th and Monday December 1st

Time: All day workshop

Where: Tofino, British Columbia (painting location to be announced at a later date)

Cost: $275.00

To register for this course please email Maureen Fraser

For more info on Alison Watt check out her website:


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8:00 PM20:00

Alison Watt Painting the Large Canvas Workshop

Our next Tofino Arts Council Workshop will be taught by Vancouver Island artist, Alison Watt in Tofino. 

Painting the Large Canvas with Alison Watt

Course description:

It is challenging to begin, let alone complete a large canvas! This three-day acrylic workshop is designed to help you get past the "I hate this painting" stage (which usually kicks in after about a day) when you might be tempted to start over or shove the painting in a closet. You will learn how to bring the canvas through several layers, working with colour, composition, and surface and surprise yourself by what you can achieve after three consecutive days on the same painting!

You may bring your own image as a starting point for the painting or work from ideas provided by workshop material. The aim is to stray from strict realism into the semi-abstract or abstract.

Students provide their own canvas (choose any dimension between 20x30 to 36x36).

Students may bring their own paint and mediums or have them provided for a materials fee of $60.

Cost: $250

It's a great time to be in Tofino. Think storm watching and fresh oysters!

Register with the Tofino Arts Council For ideas about accommodation contact Tourism Tofino

For more information on Alison please visit her website:

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1:00 PM13:00

Print Making with Marika Swan Sponsored by TAC


Artist in Action/ Print Making from Original Piece

Wednesday March 20, 2013: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

106 - 368 Main Street, Tofino

Admission: $10.00

With 2013 Poster Artist, Marika Swan

This year’s poster artist, Marika Swan, has reserved an original piece just for us! She will demonstrate how she pulls prints from woodblocks. - A free demonstration!

You will have the opportunity to then produce your own! A woodblock printing demonstration followed by a lino print making workshop. Walk away with a mini set of your very own original prints and the knowledge to produce more!

Space & Supplies are limited. Come early to make sure you are one of the 35 people able to participate in the workshop. $10 fee to cover material costs.

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