Mentored Residency

July 15 - July 21


Mentored Residency

Mentored Residency

This Mentored Residency runs for 7-days. Class time runs 9 – 4 pm daily, with lunch included.  

The Mentored Residency is a unique opportunity offered during the MISSA Summer Program. The Residency is a chance for artists to sink into their own practice and focus on their own work or project, while being supported by an experienced Mentor. The 2023 Mentored Residency at Shawnigan Lake School, will be in an open studio setting, with each artist at their own work station, but sharing a large space with fellow participants.


My approach to mentoring is to try and help artists to be as clear as possible in their ideas and approaches to their art practice. Most artists are constantly juggling a great number of ideas, influences and expectations as they try to make work that expresses something that is uniquely personal. My goal in mentoring is to help artists move closer towards that distinct expression. There are a number of ways to support artists who want to move forward. This can involve using examples of other artists’ work, suggesting alternate working methods as well as providing technical advice and problem solving exercises. Mentoring also involves helping artists articulate their ideas and providing support and validation for those ideas. Whatever an artist’s chosen subject matter or preferred working methods, I endeavour to help them make the work they feel they are meant to make. – Renee Duval

Prior to the MISSA Mentored Residency week at Shawnigan Lake, the mentor (Renee) will host two 1.5hr online meetings with all of the participants as a group. These meetings are scheduled so that participating artists can arrive for their week at MISSA prepared and ready to work and take full advantage of their residency. Before each meeting, participating artists will be asked to send a few images of their recent work.

At the first online meeting artists will briefly introduce themselves and their work and each artist will receive individual feedback and suggestions about creating a focus for their week at MISSA. The second online meeting will be a check-in with participating artists and their plans for their residency week. At this point, each artist will give an update about how their chosen area of focus is coming along, whether they are having difficulties, considering a change of focus, etc.

In this way, the mentor can provide feedback and further suggestions to help each artist develop a tangible strategy for their week at MISSA. Participating artists can thus hope to arrive at MISSA with a sense of purpose and of community, and to truly benefit from their immersion in a creative residency.

Interested artists are asked to apply for this Mentored Residency. Applications will be shared with the Mentor and successful candidates chosen in consultation with MISSA.

Applicants who are current Friends of MISSA will be considered before other applications between February 7 – 14. Applications will be reviewed as received.

The Mentored Residency has a special 8-night accommodation package (July 14 – 21, arriving Friday July 14 and leaving Saturday morning, July 22). This package includes a single room with a shared Jack and Jill style bathroom. All Residency participants will be housed in the same dormitory wing. Accommodation price, which includes breakfast and dinner, is $1360.

Once accepted and registered for the Mentored Residency, participants will be sent an accommodation link.

Please see Student Supply List.

  • Student Supply List: (Click HERE): Students are responsible for bringing the supplies listed.
  • Materials Fee: $000
  • Course Level: Advanced
  • Course Prerequisites: Application required. Knowledge and experience in your chosen medium.

Price: $1120

This price includes daily lunch, material fees, applicable taxes and is listed in Canadian Dollars


Renée Duval graduated with honours from Emily Carr College of Art and Design in Vancouver (1986) and received her M.F.A. from Concordia University in Montreal (1991) Renee has taught painting and drawing for 30 years and was the Curator/Exhibitions Director of the McClure Gallery in Montreal for 25 years.

Click here to read more about RENÉE DUVAL


If you need to make a cancellation, please complete MISSA's on-line cancellation form. Phone or email correspondence will not be accepted.

Click HERE for the form.

BEFORE May 1: For each course withdrawal, a refund for tuition and any applicable supply fee will be issued, minus a $50 administrative fee.

May 2 – June 29: For each course withdrawal, a tuition credit for MISSA 2024 will be issued, minus a $50 administrative fee. Any applicable supply fee will be fully refunded.

AFTER June 30: Course withdrawals made after this date are not eligible for credits or refunds.

If MISSA must cancel a workshop, students will be offered an alternative workshop. If the 2023 program is completely canceled (due to COVID restrictions for for any other force majeure), a full refund will be given (tuition, material fee and accommodation) or a MISSA credit will be offered.

On-campus accommodations may be cancelled at any time prior to arrival and will be refunded, less a $50 deposit fee, via Paypal within 30 days after receipt of the cancellation request form.

Refunds will be issued within 30 days of confirmed receipt of MISSA's online cancellation form and will be processed through PayPal.

No refunds will be processed during the MISSA Summer Program.


This price includes daily lunch, material fees, applicable taxes and is listed in Canadian Dollars.

Course Registration will open for Friends of MISSA on February 7th at 12:00pm (PST), and Registration will open for all on February 14th at 12:00pm (PST)