an Upcoming 1 Day Workshop

The Joy of Painting

John Blackmore wet on wet, step by step workshops

9 am to 4:30 pm

This one-day, weekend workshop currently has four paid registrations and unless we have a minimum of ten by October 22, the class will be cancelled.

John’s workshop promises to spread the joy of painting in a relaxed, easy atmosphere. If you want to have a lot of fun creating a 16 x 20 inch oil painting of a colourful winter scene featuring the Northern Lights, this is the workshop for you. No experience in painting is required. The workshop is aimed at all levels of experience and relies on simple, easy to apply techniques.

Take the challenge to find the artist hidden in you. And if you are already a painter, perhaps you will find this workshop will refresh your approach to what you already do.

For more information, see Workshops Page – 1 & 2 Days.

SPAC Annual General Meeting

Monday, October 2 @ 7:00 pm
Mary Winspear Centre, Sidney

Don’t forget your name tag. You must have it to win one of the door prizes!

There will be a change in times for some of our monthly meetings.

• October, April, May, June
     EVENING   7-9 pm
November, December, February, March
     DAYTIME  2-4 pm

All meetings will continue to be on the first Monday of the month.

SPAC celebrating in the new year!

New and exciting things are coming up in the new 2017-2018 SPAC year. See below for updates on our 65th Anniversary celebration! The guest artist workshops for the next year have just been announced (see workshops page) and there are some very talented & well known artists who will be sharing their expertise with us.

SPAC has now moved deeper into the social media world and has launched its own Facebook page which can be found at Our Social Media Chair, Susan Siemens, has also set up Instagram! You can contact her at, subject line ‘Social Media’  or on the facebook page.

This is really exciting as we can all show samples of our artwork on it – a perfect and easy way to show our talent to the world. There will be lots of links to art magazine articles, seminars & videos and tips on art making. Everyone is invited to contribute. FYI – Susan will help with ‘technical issues’!

SPAC turned 65 in 2017!

The Board has struck a 65th Anniversary Committee to plan the celebration, & we  are looking for volunteers to join in. The official event will take place in the fall of 2017 (unofficial until the committee lets us know the actual date). Help is available with ideas & access to the archives. This is your chance to help plan a special celebration for our group!

John Moloney, our Archives Chair, has found the following information about SPAC’s inception:
Originally formed as the ‘Saanich Peninsula Arts Centre’ it later became known as ‘Saanich Peninsula Arts & Crafts’, and on March 25,1977 was incorporated as the ‘Saanich Peninsula Arts & Crafts Society.’