Art classes return to village


One of Derksen's classes shows off their completed projects. Photo Liz Derksen.
One of Derksen’s classes shows off their completed projects. Photo Liz Derksen.

After a successful first year, local artist Liz Derksen is bringing her art classes back to Sun Peaks this November.

Last year was the first time Derksen forayed into teaching art to others, and with the newness came obstacles.

“It is a learning curve to teach,” said Derksen. “Putting it into words was the biggest challenge.”

But feedback for the classes was overwhelmingly positive and according to Derksen, the impact on her students’ confidence and comfort made it worthwhile.

“Some people were nervous at first, but then impressed with their work and it is rewarding for me,” said Derksen. “For me that is success.”

Derksen said she wants her classes to be a relaxing experience that makes art more accessible and less intimidating.

“It is stress-free and just a great chance to have a social evening and to unlock your inner creativity,” she said.

This year’s schedule includes separate groups for children and adults that will cover a wide array of styles and techniques including drawing, sketching, and different types of painting.

The children’s group is made up mostly of students from Sun Peaks’ school between the ages of nine to twelve and provides a place for them to explore with art in a new environment.

Her adult classes work on building the confidence of students who are unsure of their artistic ability. Derksen wants to show them what they can do and re-introduce them to art with less anxiety.

Derksen has been passionate about bringing art to Sun Peaks through her private classes, through her involvement in ArtZone Sun Peaks, and by offering classes in local schools and private parties.

The kids’ classes run Fridays from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. for six weeks starting on Nov. 4. Adult classes take place Monday or Wednesday nights from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. for six weeks
starting Nov. 7.

For more information contact Derksen at 250-303-0593 or email