MISSA’s annual Summer Arts Program offers transformational learning experiences through instruction by a local, national and international faculty of practicing artists in a beautiful retreat-like setting. Workshops are available in a wide range of creative arts including painting, ceramics, textiles, creative writing, improv and more. Adult artists of all backgrounds are welcome!  Participants have options to stay on or off campus, see Accommodation page for more details. Course fees include daily lunch with beverages and material fees are unique to each course. Breakfast and dinner are included in the accommodation cost. Courses run 9 am – 4 pm each day. You can take one course or back to back courses. Plan your summer and enjoy the many offerings of MISSA on the beautiful Shawnigan Lake School campus.

Many workshops are selling out and you are encouraged to book your spot today to avoid disappointment! The following workshops only have a one spot left!

NOTE for 2024: There will not be a Mentored Residency this summer, but we have put together a Self-Directed Residency. Click HERE for those details.

2024 Summer Arts Program: July 12 – 26

WEEKEND ONE (2-day): July 13 - 14

WEEK ONE (5-day): July 15 - 19

WEEKEND TWO (2-day): July 20 - 21

WEEK TWO (5-day): July 22 - 26

SAORI WEAVING (7-day): July 13 - 19


SPECIAL OFFER for past Residency Participants:


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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.



MISSA 2024 Summer Arts Program will take place July 12 – 26 on the campus of Shawnigan Lake School. 

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 hourly teaching rate 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 consider the following:

1. You will need to include a brief bio with teaching, education and reference details
2. Short course proposal (2-day or 5-day) Class size is limited to 10-12 students and classes run 9-4 each day.
3. Contact info and website details (Please note that a website or equivalent web presence is a must.)

Applications for 2025 will be open soon.

We are always looking for instructors both new and returning. Please apply if interested.


UPCOMING VIRTUAL WORKSHOPS: Stay tuned for updates!


2022 (Sept 17): CATHI JEFFERSON  “Exploration in Design”

The workshops listed below are part of a developing educational partnership connecting geographically from the west coast to the east coast and Canadian artists to American artists. MISSA is proud to partner with  WOOTEN CLAYWORKS based in New Jersey, USA, for these on-going educational opportunities. Stay tuned for more!

2022: TAYLOR SIJAN: “Thrown, Darted & Hand-built: Mugs” (July 1)

2021: DALLAS WOOTEN: “Water Etching and Alternative Methods” (Nov 20)

2021: JULIE WOODROW: “Gestural Figures: Chicken Scratch” (July 31)

2021: BILL WILKEY: “Pouring Vessels” (June 26)

2021: JUSTIN PAIK REESE  &  HAYAN SURL & DALLAS WOOTEN: “Three ways to Throw Mid-Sized Vessels”  (May 8)

2021: BRAD SCHWIEGER:  “Gestural Forms & Faceting” (March 13)

Past Summer Program Workshops

MISSA’s summer workshops have been running since 1984.

Please see our archives of workshops listed since 2017. Please note that the workshops listed for 2020 were booked but did not take place as the the whole summer program had to be cancelled due to the pandemic.

BROWSE HERE: Past Workshops.