Dennis Brady and his glass-blowing brood do more than supply Victoria with a steady stream of colourful crystalline pieces. They also impart the tricks of their trade in easy-to-understand classes, lectures, and workshops. Artists and curious common folk can take advantage of Victorian Art Glass's expansive art experience, which allows visitors to experience several different types and textures. The studio's many kilns for rent or other tools such as the sandblaster help produce intricate designs into smooth surfaces to practice for a new gig as Jack Frost. The glassomancers' educational programs emphasize the business end of artistry, with numerous classes aimed specifically at improving one's marketability.
Since 1974, the Victoria College of Art has minted more than 5,000 fine-arts diplomas for its alumni, making it the largest independent art school on Vancouver Island. The faculty's expertise extends into a panoramic array of artistic disciplines, including painting, design and installation, photography, and art history. The college offers a number of certificates in addition to its fine-arts diploma, including fine-arts-related-occupation certificates in textiles, mould-making, and certificate-painting. Pint-sized Picassos take their first brushstrokes in summer camp classes, which draw on kid-friendly themes such as fairy tales, time travel, and mask-making.
Sassafras Art Studio teaches would-be jewellery artisans how to mould, fire, and finish their one-of-a-kind pieces of wearable art using copper-flecked metal clay. Composed of tiny particles of copper, an organic binding agent, and water, art clay in its pre-kiln form exhibits all the mouldable, stampable, rollable qualities of clay, but when dried and fired, it transforms into hard metal, thus facilitating the creation of unique jewellery pieces or counterfeit coinage. At Sassafras Art Studio's six-hour workshops for beginners, certified metal clay artists walk students through the constructing, shaping, and texturing of their clay before showing them how to fire it with torches and in the kiln.
1961 was the year Ham the Chimp rocketed into space aboard the Mercury-Redstone 2. Down on the track at Western Speedway, Eldon Rasmussen blew past the competition at the Western Canada stock-car championship, cementing a trajectory that led him to the Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame. The 4/10-mile oval has now seen more than a half-century of motorcars screech across its pavement, which currently hosts races for approximately 12 classes, including hornets, mini figure-eight tough trucks, stock cars, and rebellious shopping carts.
The eight-month season opens in April and hosts traditional races on Saturday nights that are occasionally bookended on Friday or Sunday by drag racing. Under an open sky filled with drivers ejected from their seats, up to 3,000 fans can watch themed races, demolition derbies, and other special events from the bleachers or head underneath for a slice of Ali Baba Pizza from the concessions counter.
Named one of Parents magazine's Top 10 Birthday Chains, Color Me Mine's international franchise of DIY ceramics studios cater to an older crowd as well. Hundreds of unadorned ceramic pieces—including vases, flatware, and whimsical characters—await the attentions of muses of kids and their keepers alike, as do glazes in earthy tones and bright crimsons to frighten bulls away from china cabinets. Guests follow simple step-by-step instructions that leave plenty of room for creative expression. When painters are satisfied with their work, the professional kiln workers help glaze, fire, and de-genie it for them, and they may retrieve the finished piece 4-6 days later.
Fired Up! Paint Your Own Ceramics Studio invites kids, teens, and adults to come in and create their own personalized art pieces. They can pick out unfinished ceramic pieces, choosing from bowls, cups, pots, figurines, and ornaments. Customers then paint and decorate their pieces before they apply a clear glaze that renders ceramics food-safe and nontoxic for home use and cleaning. The studio also goes beyond ceramics with glass fusion. To create a unique and translucent serving dish, candle holder, pendant, or other masterpiece, customers simply layer pieces of colored glass over a base and hand their work to a staff member to be fused in a kiln.