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McTavish Academy Of Art

McTavish Academy Of Art (MAOA) transformed an 18,000 sq. ft. unused school in North Saanich into a vibrant and creative arts facility. MAOA is a center where the community can connect and explore their creativity, expand on talents, explore new ones and host amazing events. This bring cross generational collaboration, family and learning to life through the arts.

A community united by the ideas of compassion and creativity has incredible power. Art of all kinds, music, dance, literature, yoga, traditional arts, visual arts can lift a community, we look forward to exploring them with you.

Get creative in our multi-media art studio. Explore various classes & workshops.


Center yourself in the yoga studio. Open 7 days a week with classes for all levels.


Find your groove in the dance studio, with a range of dance styles to choose from.


Learn more about this unique facility and start planning your next event with us.


Looking for a special getaway? We can facilitate a creative retreat for your group.


Stay up to date with us. Don’t miss any of our upcoming, creative community events.



News & Events

Photos with Santa for the Hospice

Come get photos taken with Santa! Nuttycake Photography will be taking holiday photos with Santa Al on November 25th & 26th at McTavish Academy of Art. Book your shoot by calling 250.857.2799 or emailing nuttycake@gmail.com Suggested donation of $25/15 minute [...]

Metamorphosis: Paint Night

Metamorphosis: Paint Night Friday Evening, Dec 8th at McTavish Academy Of Art An exciting evening, painting with purpose (Doors at 6:30pm) Event 7–9 pm Participants will be lead through the creation of their very own painting. All supplies will [...]

Our Newest Arrival

The Newest Addition to the Academy! Through a gracious donation by Lori Waters and Chris Paynter, MAOA just received a 1905 Chandler and Price printing press. We are so excited to have this amazing press under our roof! Thanks [...]

Free Yoga Class and Retreat Info Night

Free Yoga Class and Info Night: Surf and Yoga Retreat in Nicaragua Friday, November 24th at 7:00pm Join Adrian for a free and fun sand and surf inspired yoga class at McTavish Academy Of Art. The class will feature [...]

A Celebration of Light

Come join us in a “Candle Light Celebration” Chanting, Christmas Carols, Meditation at McTavish Academy of Art Celebration Sunday, December 17, 2017 from 1-3pm (followed by tea) Cost: By donation For the past 17 years, Jeannie Stevens and Paul Foster [...]

Looking to run Creative & Educational Workshops or Events?

Send us an email with your idea and we would be happy to explore the possibilities. If you have not had a chance to see the space, stop by and explore the creativity!


Stay Up To Date on upcoming Classes, Workshops & Events

Leave us your name & email, we would be happy to update you with the monthly calendar. We will also let you know about fun events that pop up, fun for the whole family!