Free virtual workshops

In January and February kids can learn the art of printmaking at this free virtual workshop series. The workshops are inspired by the  exhibition Speed and Splendour: By Sea to Asia, a display of travel posters.

Each workshop begins with a demonstration of the printmaking process followed by time for everyone to work on their own prints. While kids are creating prints, museum staff will share stories related to the workshop theme. Each workshop ends with a story and a discussion.

You will need to have these supplies on hand:

  • markers
  • 3 styrofoam plates
  • sponges
  • 3 sheets of paper
  • pen
  • scissors
  • stencils

Workshop dates:

  • Saturday, January 22 – From the Deck 
  • Sunday, February 6 – At the Bottom of the Sea
  • Saturday, February 19 –  So Many Ships

Workshop times:

All workshops are 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.


FREE – Registration is required. Please book each workshop seperately.

Individual Workshop Details

From the Deck – Burrard Inlet

January 22, 2022 | 11:00 a.m.

In this workshop, kids are invited to imagine they have just arrived in British Columbia by ship. As the ship enters Burrard Inlet what do they see from the deck?

They’ll make paper prints of some of the Vancouver landmarks that can be seen from Burrard Inlet. These include:

  • Vancouver Maritime Museum
  • Burrard Bridge
  • Harbour Centre
  • Stanley Park
  • Grouse Mountain

During the printmaking, we’ll talk about steamship travel and the landmarks in Burrard Inlet. The printmaking session will be followed by a story about Kojima Hidemia, a sixteen-year-old boy who travelled to Vancouver aboard the SS Indiana in 1907.

At the Bottom of the Sea

February 6, 2022 | 11:00 a.m.

Kids will learn about Lunar New Year traditions related the legend of Nian, a ferocious beast that lived at the bottom of the sea. And they’ll make prints of:

  • Nian
  • sea monsters
  • dragons
  • Ogopogo

This workshop will include a telling of the story of Chong Dang Do who sailed to Vancouver on the Empress of Vancouver at the age of 10.

So Many Ships

 February 19, 2022 | 11:00 a.m.

At this printmaking workshop kids will learn about different kinds of ships and some of the parts of a ship. They can use their new knowledge to print:

  • schooners
  • sloops
  • steamship
  • ketches

The workshop will close with the story of the Lester family who immigrated from San Francisco to Victoria BC in 1858. The Lesters were among the first Black settlers to move to British Columbia.