Art & Nature Programs

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GreenfireART programs
at The HUB at Cowichan Station

2375 Koksilah Road, Duncan, BC V9L 6M5

Start dates of Tuesday, September 12 and Thursday, September 14

Join us creating art, being outdoors, exploring new ideas, discovering new passions and learning new skills!
Amanda Griesbach and Teresa Gustafson, of greenfireART, offer art and nature programs for children, adults and seniors in the Cowichan Valley.

We offer fun art programs for home-schooled children and teens in a supportive, nurturing environment, bringing out the creative potential in each student. We also offer art programs for adults. We believe that children, teens, adults and seniors all have an artistic talent that can blossom into an artistic passion. Both Amanda and Teresa have taught art to people and children of all ages.

We also offer forest play programs – place-based, nature-based, experiential educational programs for home-schooled children and teens. Spending time in nature helps children and teens gain self-confidence and improve their social skills – naturally. We offer nature-based art journaling, nature-awareness, ecological inquiry-based activities and time for children to have fun in the forest. Outdoor learning opportunities foster a deep connection to nature and encourage an appreciation of conservation and sustainability in children as adults.

As educators, we believe in student-centred, individualized learning that allows children to learn at their own pace while gently stretching their minds, hearts and spirits. We offer children with special needs, gifts and challenges time to be themselves, play and create in a caring, supportive program. Children love to create art, play in nature, be active with hands-on projects, make new friends and hang out with old friends – outdoors!

Join us for nature and art play this fall at The Hub at Cowichan Station. Spaces are limited, so register soon for a half or full day of art and nature play for your creative, active, and curious child.
Let’s have fun outdoors and create art together!
Amanda and Teresa, greenfireART

Art and Nature Programs for Children and Teens

A 10% discount is offered if your child participates in both the morning and afternoon programs! Lunchtime is supervised.

Wild in the Forest: Outdoor Adventure!

Join us for a morning of exploring and playing in the forest. Children will keep nature-journals, explore nature through their magical sit-spots in the forest, and have fun in nature. Land art, forest play, nature-awareness, safety and survival skills, and science-in-nature activities are perfect for your active child while learning outdoors.

Class time: Tuesdays 10:00 am – noon
Ages: 6 – 10 years old
Classes: 12 weeks (24 hours) — one class per week
Fee: $300

Fire Up Your Creativity!

Artists Amanda and Teresa will spark children’s creative energy with fun art projects, exploring different art media, including acrylic painting, printing, nature-based art, collaborative nature-art installations, and graphic design. Children will develop their artistic skills while completing a fun art project each week.

Class time: Tuesdays 1:00 – 3:00 pm
Ages: 6 – 10 years old
Classes: 12 weeks (24 hours) – one class per week
Fee: $300

Outdoor Adventures in the Forest

Get your active teens to disconnect and be in nature. Youth will keep nature-journals, explore some survival skills, complete hands-on nature activities to learn about local flora and fauna, and work on a forest restoration project. Active teens will enjoy the challenge of outdoor adventures in the forest.

Class time: Thursdays 10:00 am – noon
Ages: 11+
Classes: 12 weeks (24 hours) – one class per week
Fee: $300

Art for Teen Artists!

Take your art to the next level! Learn about composition, colour, flow and balance while working on fun, weekly art projects. Teens will explore techniques for acrylic painting, create collaborative nature-art installations, keep art journalsn and work on multi-media art projects. Build your teen’s creative confidence with artists Amanda and Teresa.

Class time: Thursdays 1:00 – 3:00 pm
Ages: 11+
Classes: 12 weeks (24 hours) – one class per week
Fee: $300


Adult Programs

Art Play for Adults!

Come play with different art media for an afternoon, while creating an art piece with your new artistic friends. Explore new art techniques and practice new art skills, and take home a new art piece each week. Acrylic painting, printing, art journaling and more fun, creative projects. Treat yourself to a yummy lunch at the café, and then join us to let your artistic spirit soar!

Class: Fridays 1:00 – 3:00
Ages: Adults 18+
Classes: 12 weeks (24 hours) – one class per week
Program Fee: $300


Past Art events


Our first series runs July 12 through Aug. 2 every Wednesday Evening, 6-8 pm at Cassy’s in Youbou. Register here.

• July 12 – Create an oversize collage.  We’ll be working large and having large amounts of fun.

• July 19 – Paint and be inspired by Emily Carr and her love of trees.

July 26 – Pointilism Using markers we will point you in the right direction to create your own masterpiece.

• Aug 2 – Colour!!! Love those hues. Learn why some colours are friends and others not so much as we use multi-media to explore and discover.

Past events

Canada Day Celebrations

greenfireART was happy to participate in Lake Cowichan celebrations at the Canada Trail entrance. greenfireART provided cedar planks, paint, brushes and shade. Participants were delighted to make their own signs using maple leaves as reverse stencils. Our youngest sign maker/artist was around three and our oldest was a happy grandmother.