Art Workshop

This October is the 80th anniversary of the St. Roch completing its historic west-east traverse of the Northwest Passage. We are marking the occasion with an art installation that you can take part in.

Visual artist Sylvan Hamburger will teach the art of frottage and silk screening at a 2-day workshop with sessions May 15 & May 22.  Works produced at the workshop will be included in a display at the VMM in October.

Frottage is an art technique in which you place a sheet of paper on top of a textured surface. Then you rub the paper with pencil or crayon to capture the texture. Silk screening is the art of using a tightly stretched mesh to print an image on paper or textiles. At the May 15 session, the focus will be on frottage, and the May 22 session will focus on silk screening.


May 15 | 1:00 p.m to 4:00 p.m.

The May 15 frottage session is a drop-in event. You can arrive any time between 1:00 and 4:00 PM. Artist Sylvan Hamburger and VMM staff will help you create a frottage texture using elements from the St. Roch. This session will also feature a special display of artifacts from the St. Roch. These are items not usually available for viewing. Some of the frottage created on May 15 will be used for the screen printing workshop.

Silk screening

May 22 1:00 to 3:00 PM

Sylvan will guide you through the process of printing the frottage patterns onto textiles. The May 22 session will also include a tour of the St. Roch.

Participatory Art

Some of the printed textiles created at this session will be sewn into a large installation called Flotsam: Textures of the St. Roch. The art installation will be displayed at the Vancouver Maritime Museum and the False Creek Community Centre.

Flotsam is a reimagining of the colonial maritime history of Vancouver and Canada. While you engage with the surface textures of the St. Roch, you’ll learn about its accomplishments. You’ll also get a chance to explore the St. Roch’s colonial legacy and how that history might be decolonized.

Man and child silk screening

Sylvan Hamburger is a visual artist working in printmaking, installation and community-engaged practice. He often works with the surface texture of salvaged objects and architecture to consider the historic and social implications of changing built environments. Sylvan grew up in East Vancouver on the unceded homelands of the Xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Selílwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

Tickets for Flotsam: Textures of the St. Roch include free museum admission.



Sunday, May 15 | 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (drop in)

Sunday, May 17 | 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.


Vancouver Maritime Museum


Adults: $27.00 $13.50
Youth: $20.00 $10.00

Ticket prices reduced now that only one session is available.

*Children aged 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult.