McTavish Academy Of Art

Creativity is experimenting, taking risks, breaking rules,
making mistakes, and having fun.

Create with us!

McTavish Academy of Art (MAOA) resides in a former elementary school building in North Saanich. The 18,000 sq. foot space has been transformed into a vibrant and inclusive creative arts facility.

MAOA is a community focused centre where you can explore your creativity, discover new passions and experience a variety of events and activities. We strive to provide space for our growing community to feel empowered and encouraged to express themselves through art, movement and community engagement.

McTavish Academy Of Art

Choose from Art, Dance, Yoga, Kids & Youth, Gift Packages, Gift Certificates & more. Programs are available from now until June 2020. Space is limited, register early to secure you spot.

Every artist was first an amateur

Join us for a class, workshop or event, register today.

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Classes & Workshops

We are working with local instructors and organizations to develop new classes, workshops and events for you to experience, at any age.

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Here’s what our happy students had to say about maoa:

MAOA is one of my favourite places on the Peninsula to host events. Writing Workshops, Creative Classes, Speaker Series, Fundraisers, Kids Camps and Birthday Parties. They do it all! Looking forward to more in the very near future. Sean is incredibly accommodating and very helpful.

Emily Olsen

A true hidden gem of a place! We love all it has to offer for our family- from Yoga, Arts, and Dance, we have all benefitted from the amazing classes and even MORE amazing instructors and staff. There is always a smiling face to greet you at the door, and give you a high five on your way out. We love MAOA!

Bee Louise

Latest News

Drop in art

Drop in Art - Thursday Mornings There is a robust network of artist on the Saanich Peninsula through the Gulf Islands creating in many incredible mediums. We recognize that many do not have access to studio space to create or connections with others to share in that creative energy

Free Community Kids Art Classes

Free Community Kids Art Classes We are excited to announce that we will be hosting Free Community Kids Art Classes at McTavish Academy Of Art. This has been made possible through collaboration with Art For Everyone Foundation. We share the vision with AFEF that all members of our community

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