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  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!

Mark your calendars! MISSA 2023 Summer Program: July 14 – 28

2023 Summer Program July 14 – 28

Workshop instructors, titles and dates have been posted on social media as a teasing “Sneak Peek” about what is going to be coming to MISSA in 2022. The sneak peeks are meant to whet your appetite for all the creative opportunities available!

The full summer program, with all of the workshop details, including description, cost, supply list, instructor bio and accommodation info will be available on January 17th at 12:00pm (PST). Workshops will be available for viewing purposes only, for one week. This will give you chance to read through the workshops in full detail and help you make an informed (and inspired) choice.

Early-Bird Registration starts on January 24th, 2023 at 12:00pm (PST) for Friends of MISSA.

Registration opens for all on January 31st, 2023 at 12:00pm (PST).



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 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 January/February of the new year.

MISSA is looking forward to hosting an in-person Summer Program in 2023 (July 14 – 28) at 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 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 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 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:

MISSA 2023 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 can expect to learn and experience in this workshop. 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.
    • Please provide references only if you are new to teaching at MISSA.
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    We look forward to hearing from you.