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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.

566 David Street
Victoria,
BC
CA

Standing at the Horticulture Centre of the Pacific?s birds, bees, and butterflies attraction, you?re liable to see all sorts of winged creatures descend upon the exhibit?s thriving canvas of blues, pinks, purples, oranges, and yellows. This is just one of more than 30 distinct areas designed and planted to showcase a wide range of gardening techniques, specifically those suitable for the Pacific Northwest.

The Centre?s nine acres of gardens feature more than 10,000 varieties of plants, most of which are labeled so they don't have to introduce themselves. You can explore the lily garden, the herb garden, and even internationally inspired Japanese and Mediterranean gardens. But because it has a total of 103 acres at its disposal, the Horticulture Centre offers more than just plants. It also boasts a bistro, a college for aspiring horticulturists, and even a library filled with more than 2,500 landscaping- and garden-related books and magazines.

505 Quayle Rd
Victoria,
BC
CA

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.

2207 Millstream Road
Victoria,
BC
CA

The creators of Paint Nite started their on-location art parties as a creative alternative to a night out with friends. Inspiring people to drink creatively at bars in more than 80 worldwide cities, their events have been touted by New York Magazine as the Best Friend Date and profiled by The Daily Beast. During each two-hour session, participants create a 16x20? reproduction of the night's chosen artwork while sipping a beer, mixed drink, or glass of wine purchased from the bar. Paint Nite provides all other materials, including paint, brushes, canvases, easels, and aprons. Local artists guide participants through each step of the painting process from mixing colors to brush stroke and encouraging creative expression in a supportive, positive atmosphere.

3800 Finnerty Road
Victoria,
BC
CA

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.

777 Royal Oak Drive
Victoria,
BC
CA

Michelle Frost, a furnishing designer, has a way of making objects appear unrecognizable. At Frosty by Design, she does this with her line of Candian-made furniture paints, which are a water-based, low- to no-VOC formula with a vintage look that's easy to distress or leave clean and modern. The paint requires little to no prep, making it ideal for refinishing furniture, updating cabinets, or transforming old Barbies into miniature recreations of Renaissance sculptures. In addition to rehabbing old tables, bureaus, and chairs?which she sells at her shop?Frost leads workshops to teach visitors methods for mixing and applying colours, as well as tricks of the trade.

566 David Steet
Victoria,
BC
CA