Around Campus at Metchosin International Summer School of the Arts

MISSA was an inspirational place to produce lots of work.  My float house studio in the Marine Centre, across the gangway, second level.


The gangway led to the studio with a wall of windows facing Pedder Bay.


The entrance to Pedder Bay harbour, and beyond, the Pacific Ocean.  I saw sea otters, raccoons, seals, and bald eagles on my way to work every day.

MISSA Laurie

Taking a break from the studio, minus the painters apron.


From the ocean, a recovered 42′ Gray Whale skeleton is a sentinel for the campus. This powerful icon inspired many of the visiting artists.


Inspiration at MISSA came in all forms.  Here’s a still life created by the Residency Facilitator, Suzanne Northcott.  She provided guidance to our group with unfailing humour and warmth.

MISSA is a creative hotbed offering workshops that cover many arts practices: painting, drawing, ceramics, sculpture, writing, music, bookbinding, printmaking, and many more. The school attracts a wide variety of participants from many parts of the world.  Being at MISSA means that artists, who often work in isolation, find community that speaks the same language.

Lester B. Pearson College acts as host to MISSA when the international student body is away for the summer.  It’s the perfect place for an arts based summer school.




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