The Metchosin International Summer School of the Arts has a reputation of offering transformative learning experiences through instruction by a local, national and international faculty of practicing artists. Specialized courses are designed for professional artists, teachers and serious adult students. Participants have options to stay on or off campus, see Accommodation page for more details. Course fees include daytime meals (lunch and two snacks) and supply fees are unique to each course. Courses run 9-4 pm each day. You can take one course or back to back courses. Plan your summer and enjoy the many offerings at MISSA!

Thank you for a successful MISSA 2017!

We will be launching the 2018 summer session early in the new year.

MISSA 2018: June 23 – July 6

Extended Printmaking –  June 24th  – June 30th 2017

Weekend One – June 24th – 25th 2017

Week One – June 26th – 30th 2017

Weekend Two – July 1st – 2nd 2017

Week Two – July 3rd – 7th 2017

Special Evening Workshops

The Mentored Studio Residency has been cancelled for 2017 due to low registration. Apply early in 2018 to not be disappointed!

Enjoy 14 days of uninterrupted studio time with the freedom to explore new creative concepts, experiment with new techniques, and take your art project to the next level supported by expert mentorship. Learn more about this ultimate MISSA artist retreat. The mentor for 2017 will be Susan Low-Beer, an accomplished artist and past studio mentor.

The Metchosin International Summer School of the Arts awards a limited number of bursaries each year. We are pleased to offer financial assistance to practicing Canadian artists through the MISSA Bursary Program. We also award a number of Emerging Artist Bursaries to young artists between the ages of 19-29.

Throughout the year there are opportunities to attend workshops hosted by MISSA. These workshops are available to MISSA students (both participating and past) and are often open to the public. Please be on the look out for future offerings.

Social Media for Artists, June 28, 2017, 7:15-9:30, with Juhli Selby

Enjoy an evening of hands on learning on how social media relates to all aspects of being an artist. Please register here

Cost: MISSA students: $15    General Public: $20


MISSA’s summer workshops have been running since 1984. Please see our archives of Past Workshops.

Are you interested in becoming an instructor at MISSA? In early fall the MISSA Board of Directors starts planning the workshop program for the following summer to be able to have the new classes posted to the website in January/February of the new year.  Exact dates are unfortunately not guaranteed from year to year but typically fall between the last weekend in June to the first week in July. MISSA 2018 will run June 23 – July 6.

Teaching contracts are offered on a per workshop basis and are not an assurance of year-to-year employment. Workshop proposals must be submitted each year. We prefer that instructors new to MISSA start with a two-day proposal.  Instructors receive an honorarium and all meals and accommodation are covered. Economy travel and supply expenses are to be discussed with MISSA.

If you are interested in becoming an instructor at MISSA, please submit the following as a single pdf document and email to Marna Lynn Smith, Executive Director at

1. Brief bio with teaching, education and reference details
2. Short course proposal (2-day or 5-day) Class size is limited to 12 students and classes run 9-4 each day.
3. Contact info and website details

We look forward to hearing from you for MISSA 2018 and beyond!