The Art Machine is a community arts program that offers weekly art classes at minimal cost.  We encourage all to attend, regardless of experience or ability!  Classes include drawing, collage, painting, pottery, crafts and more!

The Arts Machine is currently closed but we are working on re-opening the facility and resuming programming as soon as we put in place all necessary safety protocols to insure the health and safety of all of our participants and instructors. We will keep you posted !!!



The children's hand building pottery class is generally for children 6 - 12 years old. Children under 6 must be accompanied by an adult.

Class Times:

Tuesday: 3:30 - 4:30 pm

Instructor: Ernie Eaves

Cost: $3.00 per class or $25.00/10 classes

All materials are provided.









Studio A

Youth classes focus more on developing and exploring new skills using specific artistic mediums such as drawing and acrylic painting.

Ages 12 -18


Class Times:
Wednesday: 3:30-5:00 pm


Instructor: Cathy Davis


Cost: $5.00 per class or $40.00/10 classes

All class materials are provided.



Adults are encouraged to try new mediums, techniques and to share their art experiences with others. See schedules for class times.


Studio B


1:00 - 3:00 Beginners wheel throwing 

7:00 - 9:30 Wheel practice session


Tuesday 12:30 - 3:00  Hand building 

Wednesday 9:00 - 11:30  Wheel throwing

Wednesday 7:00 - 9:30 Throwing on the wheel for beginners

Thursdays  12:30 - 3:00  and  7:00 - 9:30

                    Hand building with clay

Clay -  $25 per bag (for wheel throwing classes, includes glaze and firing)


Studio A - see schedule for classes


2020 Safety Plan for Studio A of the Art Machine

Step 1

Instructors and students have determined where people gather and sit

Tools, machinery and equipment which are shared and frequently touched items have been identified.

Step 2

Information and guidelines have been sought from WorkSafe and bccdc sites, instructors and students, Executive Director and Hope District Arts Council members through Zoom meetings and direct communication.

  1. 1st  Level- Elimination- tables and chairs arranged to determine # of students the room can accommodate with one instructor, maintaining 2 m distance. Extra chairs have been placed between tables and tape on the floor and tables to maintain the proper positions.

  2. 2nd Level - administration- coffee machine, coffee, tea, sugar, dish rack, towels removed, counter tops cleared to make easier cleaning. Student attendance and payment method adapted to reduce handling, cash box with float eliminated. Each instructor will assist in the development of guidelines specific to their class. Occupancy numbers for each class determined. Students will be pre-registered, no drop-ins at this time.

  3. 3rd Level- hall way connecting to other studio cordoned off  to slow movement between 2 areas. Studio A students will use only the adjacent bathroom. Disinfecting routines reviewed with each instructor before classes. They will then instruct their students. HDAC members will be available for review of guidelines as they are put into practice.

  4. Signage on the front door includes Covid 19  warning signs, limits of people allowed, cough. The bathroom has hand cleansing posters.

  5. Disinfectant (Spray 9) will be available at the entry, at each table and in the BR. hand sanitizer at each table.

  6. Masks to be used if students are leaving the work station (eg. For BR break)

  7. Students will build their own “kit” for class- eg., brushes, plate, water container, newspaper and bring their own refreshments. Studio equipment is available for these kits and will remain in the student’s possession for the foreseeable future. Hand san is to be used before handling communal items.

Step 3

  1. Workplace policies addressing illness symptoms of Covid 19 posted on the door; the instructor will review them with students on their first visit.

  2. WorkSafe policies for Work Alone available for Instructors as they set up and clean up.

  3. Details of the guidelines will be available from the Executive Director

for WorkSafe if requested.

  1. 2020 Instructor /Student Guidelines for Studio A

  2. Illness Guidelines

  3. Work Alone Guidelines.

Step 4

Communicating and training policies and procedures are addressed in identified documents listed above. WorkSafe recommended signage is in place. HDAC members who are also students will undertake the training of the instructors and be available to ensure policies and procedures are being implemented and revised.

Step 5

All instructors and students will be encouraged to monitor and offer suggestions for improvement to the Executive Director or HDAC members.

Step 6

The training plan has been developed for the instructors, including the use of products for hand cleansing and disinfectants as outlined in the 2020 Instructor/student Guidelines adapted for Studio A for WorkSafe, listed above.

July 9/2020

Hope & District Arts Council  PO Box 546     349 Fort St., Hope BC  V0X 1L0    

email:   ph: 604-869-3400