Summer Art Camps 2014

WEEK 1 (July 21-25):

FASHION CAMP with Natalie Purschwitz

July 21-25, 2014

9am – noon Ages 9-12 – CAMP IS FULL!

2pm-5pm Ages 13-16 – CAMP IS FULL!

To be added to the wait list please email

Cost $150 (Scholarships available for ages 12+)



Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a fashion designer?  Join us for a 5-day camp where you will explore the basic principles of fashion design.  Learn about colour and texture, silhouette, illustration, the parts of a garment, surface design and styling.  Through a series of demonstrations, projects and exercises you will unlock your imagination to produce fashion drawings, artwork and wearable pieces.  Please note that there is no sewing in this workshop.













WEEK 2 (July 28-August 1):

ANIMAL TOTEM ART CAMP with Charlotte Erlandsson and Toni (Lupa) Appleby

July 28- August1, 2014

9am – noon Ages 9-13 NOT AVAILABLE AT THIS TIME

Cost $130 (Scholarships available for ages 12+)



Animal totem series-a week of traditional knowledge and biology weaved with art. Toni Appleby, aboriginal wildlife technician, will offer a  close look at local carnivores, Bear, Wolf, Cougar and a real live Hawk and Owl. Charlotte Erlandsson will guide the creative work, where the students connect with these animals through drawing, painting and book making.













Scholarships available for Stop Motion Animation Camp at Oxygen for Ages 12+

Scholarships are available for students ages 12 to 19, though the Community Directed Youth Activity Grant Fund administered by Kootenay Kids! Please contact Jordan Dupuis, Youth Grants Program Coordinator for more information about how to apply for a scholarship: P: (250)352-6678 x 235 E:



natalie self Natalie Purschwitz

Natalie Purschwitz is an award winning fashion and costume designer based in Vancouver, BC.  Her visual arts background and conceptual approach to clothing give her a unique fashion sensibility that is quirky, lighthearted and sometimes mildly humorous. In 2010 she completed a project called Makeshift, a yearlong endeavor to wear only things she made herself including shoes, clothing, underwear, accessories, etc.  The project received worldwide attention and led to exhibitions nationwide that showcased the clothing.  She aspires to an unconventional approach to wearing, making and thinking about clothes.


CharlotteCharlotte Erlandsson

Charlotte Erlandsson is a visual artist from Sweden. She has a BFA with a major in visual art from Emily Carr Institute of Art & Design. Her mediums are painting, photography, creative writing and book media. These are the mediums she likes to work with in her art classes. She likes to work with the creative flow and use art as a way of storytelling. Charlotte recently finished a mixed media project with the Winlaw elementary school, where the students made their own books filled with their art in different mediums, including photos taken with a 35 mm camera. She has taught classes through the eco society at Kokanee creek park.  As well as photography and creative writing in Sweden. Charlotte is really excited to teach again with Oxygen this upcoming art camp.


Toni Appleby (Lupa)

Toni Appleby (Lupa) is an aboriginal teacher through the school district. She teaches about native plants/biology, animal tracking, totem animals, medicine wheel, crafts like cedar basketry.


Oxygen Art Centre gratefully acknowledges support for its Children and Youth Programming from the Province of British Columbia, British Columbia Arts Council, Nelson and District Credit Union and Business for the Arts sponsors; Hall Printing, Nelson Star, Bridge FM and


A note from Art Camp founder
Art is essential. It connects us and brings great joy to our lives. By making and creating, we become problem solvers, exercising both sides of our brains. It is a celebration of beauty, a mode to express what is deep within, and a tool to better understand our place in the world.

That which is most essential is often overlooked and taken for granted. The arts are under represented in our schools and communities today. Understanding the importance of art education for our children and youth has been the core inspiration behind our children’s art programming over the past three years. It is with great joy that we see this program growing and becoming a consistent and reliable way for parents to enrich their child’s lives through art.

Thank you to all of you that have been a part of this journey, so far. We look forward to seeing even more smiles and excitement on children’s and parent’s faces as our program develops.

Anita Levesque, on behalf of Oxygen Art Centre


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