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Turtle Legend Painting Workshop

  • Thursday, June 01, 2023
  • 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
  • Music Box, 1564 Argyle Ave
  • 9


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All Ages & Levels 

Join artist James Groening for an fun, inspiring & immersive workshop where you'll learn the story of Turtle Island & paint your own masterpiece.

Turtle Island is the creation story for the lands now known as North & Central America, told by numerous Indigenous First NationsJames will share the story of how Turtle Island came into being & how sharing stories & teachings have inspired his artistic & healing journey.

James will have canvas prepared with a turtle designed in the Woodland Art style which you'll paint & bring to life using the signature bright & bold colours of the style. Woodland Art is a distinct style of Indigenous art that blends traditional legends & myths with contemporary mediums using expressive line work & bright colours. It explores the relationships between people, animals & plants & is rich with spiritual imagery & symbolism.

Through knowledge sharing & creation, discover the power of story & connection, while painting your own turtle.

All supplies are included.

Artist/Instructor Bio

James Groening, aka Blue Sky, is a Burnaby-based Cree artist from the Kahkewistahaw First Nation. Adopted by his white grandparents during the Sixties Scoop, Groening was raised disconnected from his Kahkewistahaw roots. After meeting his biological mother & learning of his heritage, James was inspired to pursue a journey of reclaiming his Indigeneity. 

Groening paints in the Woodland Art style with expressive designs & vibrant colours, depicting stories & legends from his rich cultural heritage. Led by artistic intuition & meaningful legends, Groening's artwork documents his journey of healing & growth, as he attempts to revitalize his cultural identity through art making & knowledge sharing.

West Vancouver Community Arts Council
Located at
The Silk Purse Arts Centre
1570 Argyle Avenue
West Vancouver, BC  V7V 1A1

Phone: 604-925-7292


Gallery/Art Box Gift Shop Hours:

Spring Hours: Wednesday  Friday 12 – 5 pm, Saturday  Sunday 12 – 4 pm


The West Vancouver Community Arts Council acknowledges that the lands on which we gather for cultural activities are part of the traditional ancestral territories of the Coast Salish Peoples, the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish),
xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) & səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

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