East Shore Summer School Starts July 21

Line-Up Offers Art, Dance, Music and Languages in an Amazing Setting


The East Shore of Kootenay Lake will be alive with educational opportunities to stimulate the senses this summer with three amazing weeks of classes for the whole family.

In partnership with Selkirk College, the East Shore Summer School will be running four camps out of the beautiful Crawford Bay School starting July 21 where participants can learn, play, paint and share with a variety of great teachers and artists.

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Kaslo artist Rielle Oswald will be one of the featured instructors at the East Shore Summer School, instructing both the Kids SMART Camp and at the Medley Arts Camp. Oswald’s art work has been featured all over the province including this portrait of her brother which was included in a recent show at the Vancouver Art Institute. Her work will be on display locally in this summer’s ArtWalk in both Nelson and Kaslo.

“The East Shore of Kootenay Lake is a spectacular setting and in the summertime we have many part-time residents and visitors,” says Laverne Booth, the Selkirk College Community Education & Workplace Training (CEWT) Program coordinator based out of Crawford Bay. “Grandparents, children, families and individuals will find a place to get inspired in the three-week art and language programs we are offering this summer.”

Ultra-Talented Instructors Close to Home

The camps get underway on July 21 with the four-day Shokunin camp. These master classes for adults provide the opportunity to be mentored by the best instructors the Kootenays have to offer. Included in the choices are creative writing with Luanne Armstrong, spontaneous art with Zora Doval, historical writing with Sean Arthur Joyce, popular theatre with Lucas Myers and Krista Lynch, wildlife and nature photography with Jim Lawrence, music and sound with Greg Lostracco, and visionary painting with Danielle Tonossi.

“There are few rural areas in Canada where there is such a wealth of experienced and accomplished instructors,” says Booth. “We are thrilled to have such an amazing line-up of mentors in what is an eclectic offering of classes. Spending four days with these instructors is a terrific opportunity.”

Bringing a family feel to the week will be the chance for parents to sign their children up for the Kids SMART Camp (Science Movement and Art) which runs simultaneously. Kids between the ages of six and 12 will have the chance to take part in a variety of activities with art educator Rielle Oswald.

The week of July 27 to 31 switches gears to the Medley Arts Camp which is an opportunity for families to explore a number of options together or select individual pursuits. The courses in the Medley Arts Camp include: harmonic voice, children’s choir and theatricks with Bessie Wapp; dance fusion, hip hop jazz, party dance with Slava Doval; samba band and ukulele with Ben Johnson; guitar basic and adult basics with Rita Deane; landscape painting with Shirley Wyngaard; art stations and youth art with Rielle Oswald; marimbas and ukulele intro with Jacqueline Wedge; visionary art with Zora Doval; and Kindermusik with Ellie Reynolds.

“We believe that great holidays can happen close to home and we invite families from the region to join us to camp, stay at one of our guest accommodations or visit friends,” says organizer Lorna Robin. “A boy from Nelson who attended Medley Arts Camp last year said was the best week of his life!”

East Shore of Kootenay Lake Offers Bounty of Summer Fun

For family members not participating in Medley there are many options on the East Shore to keep you busy like golfing at Kokanee Springs Golf Resort, great biking and hiking trails, canoeing and kayaking, visiting the artisan shops and galleries, or simply hanging out on the beach.

The final offering on the East Shore takes place between August 3 and 7 when the Global Gesture Language Camp takes over the Crawford Bay School and community. Open to all ages, small family groupings will take part in language immersion in French, German or Spanish with a range of activities such as cooking, community explorations and signing in world sign language. The Worldsign Communication Society will teach each language group to sign songs in their language which will then allow them to lead songs and activities at a campfire wind-up celebration on the Friday night.

“This camp will bring people together in wonderful ways,” says Booth. “It offers something truly unique and special for a summer camp. Many young children are being raised in French, German and Spanish these days. This camp is an opportunity to bring the whole family and friends to speak together for four days.”

The East Shore Summer School is grateful for funding and support through a wide variety of individuals, organizations, local governments and Selkirk College.

Find out more information on all the camps at and learn more about the Medley Arts Camp at To register for the camps go to


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