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Let’s make magic together!


Photo: Janet Dwillies

It’s that time of the summer! Drop by the studio to help create this year’s lantern installation. Be part of dreaming up our theme, designing and/or building the lanterns, or simply come and help out. We can always use an extra pair of hands!

Here are the upcoming workshop dates and times. All are drop-in, so come for an hour or join in multiple days. Feel free to bring friends and family members (note: children need to bring an adult along to help with the tricky bits).

All workshops are at the Artist-in-Residence studio at 23740 Fern Crescent (map). If the weather is clear, we’ll work outside on the lawn; if raining, we’ll move inside.


  • Tues Aug 29: 1 pm – 4 pm
  • Wed Aug 30: 1 pm – 4 pm
  • Thurs Aug 31: 1 pm – 4 pm


  • Fri Sept 1: 1 pm – 4 pm
  • Wed Sept 6: 6 pm – 8 pm
  • Fri Sept 8: 3 pm – 5 pm
  • Fri Sept 15: 3 pm – 5 pm
  • Sun Sept 17: 1 pm – 4 pm
  • Tues Sept 19: 4 pm – 6 pm
  • Wed Sept 20: 4 pm – 6 pm

This year, we’ll install the lanterns for public viewing on two Fridays, September 22 and 29 from 6 – 9 pm. If raining, we’ll shift to Saturday, Sept 30.

If you have any questions, please send me a note or call (604) 928-4284. Look forward to seeing you soon!




March workshops: Nature printing


Note: This workshop is now full. Thank you to everyone who registered by sending an email to let me know you’re coming!

The advent of spring brings new growth to the park—buds, new leaves, blossoms. Join me for a series of free workshops exploring the use of nature’s materials as the basis for printmaking.

Workshops run Sundays March 8, 15 and 22 from 2 – 4 pm. Meet at my studio: 23740 Fern Crescent. All supplies provided, though you may wish to bring a camera or smartphone to take photos.

What to expect

On March 8, we’ll walk through Maple Ridge Park trails to gently collect materials, which we’ll prepare in the studio for pressing. During the walk, if you have a camera or smartphone, take photos of your observations of spring and spend time reflecting on what you see.


On March 15, we’ll be in the studio taking the pressed materials and learning how to make prints using stamp pads and printmaking inks. We’ll talk about and look at samples of nature journals for inspiration. I’ll encourage you to create some journal pages which combine your reflections and nature prints.

March 22 will be an optional drop in session for those who wish to continue reflections and journalling.

If you have any questions about the workshop, or to RSVP, please send me an email (robi [at] robismith.com).