MISSA has a reputation of offering transformational 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. 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 @ Shawnigan Lake!

2022 Summer Program: July 29 - August 12

WEEKEND ONE: July 30 – 31

WEEK ONE: August 1 – 5

WEEKEND TWO: August 6 -7

WEEK TWO: August 8 – 12



The following on-line workshops 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!



July 30: LISA ORR “Glazing and Tumble Stacking in Electric Kilns”  – more info coming soon

September 17: CATHI JEFFERSON “Exploration in Design”. (10 – 1 pm PST), $50 CND

  • This is a ceramic workshop fundraiser for the MISSA ceramics program.





Past Summer Program Workshops

MISSA’s summer workshops have been running since 1984.

Please see our archives of workshops since 2017: Past Workshops.

Teach With Us

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 February/March of the new year.

MISSA is looking forward to hosting an in-person Summer Program in 2022 (July 29 – August 12)

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 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 8-10 students* (adjusted for COVID protocols) 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.)

4. Please note that due to the health and safety concerns surrounding COVID-19, MISSA requires that all instructors teaching at MISSA have proof of vaccinations. All MISSA staff, volunteers and students will also be required.

Applications for teaching in-person workshops are now being accepted!

Please note that although we accept proposals throughout the year, our busiest times are December/January and June/July. It is preferable to submit your proposal outside of those times.

Apply using the following form:     Click

MISSA 2022 Workshop Proposal

  • Please make the title as brief as possible, yet clear about what the workshop is about. This is the hook that will get people to read more about your workshop.
  • Describe what the students will be learning and what you plan to cover. Use description as much as possible as this is what will entice artists to attend your workshop.
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    • Workshops are offered in 2-day and 5-day blocks divided into Weekend One, Week One, Weekend Two and Week Two. Sometimes an exception can be made for a 7-day workshop. Please note that for first time MISSA instructors, it is suggested to submit a 2-day proposal to start.
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    We look forward to hearing from you.