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Get creative with free summer art workshops at historic Branscombe House

08 June 2017

bookscuplturesRichmond’s 2017 artist-in-residence, Barbara Meneley, invites community members to experiment with sculpture, printing, paper folding and felting techniques at free community art workshops at Branscombe House all summer long.

These drop-in workshops include:

  • Book Sculptures, Sunday, June 11, 1 to 3 p.m.: Learn how to creatively upcycle old books to make unique book sculptures. Participants will practice paper-folding techniques, explore ways of working with materials and develop skills in three-dimensional design.
  • Textural Landscapes, Sunday, July 9, 1 to 3 p.m.: Create monoprints of various surface textures and take a stroll around Branscombe House’s outdoor area to look at everyday places and objects in a new light. Participants will practice colour composition and explore methods of working with fabric and paint.
  • Salmon Landscapes, Sunday, August 13, 1 to 3 p.m.: Practice the art of paper-folding by combining salmon can labels with fish posters. Participants will also develop skills in colour composition and learn approaches to three-dimensional design.

Barbara will also be partnering with local Richmond-based artist, Andrea Paterson, to present a two-part introductory needle felting workshop on Wednesday, June 28 and Wednesday, July 5, between 7 and 9 p.m. Participants will create simple felted shapes such as spheres, hearts or eggs. The project will involve colour blending, as well as decorating the felted shapes. Like the other workshops, the needle-felting workshops are free, but advanced registration is required online at or by phone at 604-276-4300.

Participants will leave these workshops with their own handmade artworks and the skills to create more. No experience is necessary and all materials will be supplied. All workshops are free and take place at Branscombe House, located at 4900 Steveston Highway.

Branscombe House is one of the earliest homes built in the area. It is significant for its historical association to Steveston and for reflecting the pattern of commercial and related residential development that occurred early in Steveston’s history.

For updated information about the Branscombe House Artist-in-Residence program, including upcoming free events and activities, visit