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. 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 at MISSA!

  • MISSA 2019 is complete, thank you for a successful summer session!

MISSA 2020 will run June 27 – July 10. Stay tuned for new program updates!


MISSA 2020: June 27 – July 10


Mentored Residency (9-day): June 27 – July 5

Week One (5-day): June 29 – July 3

Week Two (5-day): July 6 – 10

Weekend One (2-day): June 27 - 28

Weekend Two (2-day): July 4-5

Enjoy 9 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. Participants will share a studio space with another artist over the 9 days.

The Mentor for 2020 will be announced shortly.

Past Mentors have included: Don Farrell (2019), Harold Klunder (2018), Susan Low-Beer (2016)

To apply, please submit an application including information about your artistic experience and what you hope to accomplish working with a mentor. Please include a few low resolution images of your current artwork.

To register for this Residency, you must first submit an application.

  • Applications will be available shortly



Do you want to stay at MISSA a little longer and settle into your own art process? Do you want to extend your time to share in some of that “MISSA magic”?

This is an opportunity for you!

Enjoy some unstructured studio time for 5 days between July 6 – 10. Studio spaces (private or shared) will be available on a first come, first serve basis, depending on availability. Preference is given to people who have attended MISSA in the past.

Please contact the MISSA office for further details.

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

Application forms will be available in the fall.

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.



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.

MISSA 2020: June 27 – July 10 (Celebrating 36 years!)

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 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.)

We are actively seeking applications for 2020.

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 here to apply

We look forward to hearing from you for MISSA 2020 and beyond!