call for artists: Bursary opportunities for Metchosin International Summer School of the Arts

Each year, the Metchosin International Summer School of the Arts is proud to be able to offer a number of full and partial bursaries to practicing Canadian artists. Financial assistance is available through the MISSA Bursary Program, for artists working in any medium, and the Betty Burroughs Memorial Fund for ceramic artists. MISSA also awards a number of Emerging Artist Bursaries to emerging artists 19-29 years old. Bursaries are available on a one-time basis and are applicable to any course offered at MISSA.

Bursary Application Process

Please email the scanned completed application form, 4-5 images and a brief bio combined as one PDF document which is under 4MB in size (please use low res images in your file) , to the Executive Director : Applications due April 15, 2017. Only those applications which comply with the single PDF file format will be considered. Thank you.

MISSA BURSARY application 2017 [pdf]
MISSA BURSARY application 2017 [Word document]

Selection is undertaken by the Board of Directors and is based on artistic merit, financial need and commitment to art. Partial bursaries typically cover the workshop tuition. Full bursaries cover both tuition and accommodation & meals. Bursaries do not include required course supplies or travel expenses. Recipients are required to contribute a minimum of four hours volunteer time per week and to write a brief report outlining their MISSA experience.

The Vancouver Island Potters Guild offers a Betty Burroughs Memorial Bursary to members of their guild.  APPLICATION DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENDED UNTIL THE END OF APRIL. Please contact the Guild directly for further details.

upcoming workshops at MISSA

Mariko Paterson –

SHAKE & BAKE: Handbuilding Meets Surface Design

Monday to Friday, June 29 to July 3

Come spend a week making some hand-built wonders with Mariko
Paterson. You’ll explore both functional wares and sculptural wares.
Why, you might even merge the two if you so choose! Mid-week we’ll flip
to a focus on surface design using a plethora of techniques and
possibilities. Cone 6 will be our target temperature and Mariko’s got
just the right combo of underglazes, glazes, decals and china paints to
make your pieces sing. A sense of humour and willingness to tip toe to
the edge of ceramic sanity will be most welcome. 

Don Ellis


Don Ellis will lead five intensive days of alternative firing sessions
where participants learn to take their pots to the next level. Over 34
years of firing experience have enabled Don to achieve a magic touch
with raku that is beyond the ordinary. Don will demonstrate a variety of
surface decorations and will share firing and post-firing techniques
for getting spectacular results. Students will enjoy a fiery week of
demonstrations, glazing, and of course … firing! The focus of the
sessions will be on copper mats, post-firing fuming and more. 

Sandra Dolph


This workshop is devoted to exploring slabs as 2-dimensional wall pieces
as well as 3-dimensional pots. Participants will take lunch to the
beach and walk in the forest to find nature-based decorative elements,
and then bring them back to the studio to explore how they can be
incorporated into organically made 3D slab pots. As well, students will
investigate how to design and execute 2D land/seascape wall tiles, using
those found natural elements from the beach and forest, integrating
them into colorful, textural wall pieces. All recipes used will be made

For a full list of workshops that MISSA offers please visit:

In 1984 a group of dedicated artists formed and incorporated the
Metchosin International Summer School of the Arts (MISSA). That year,
five two-week courses were offered. Over the years we have expanded our
course selection. The school has developed an excellent reputation for
bringing in acclaimed practicing artists and our workshops have expanded
from five courses and 53 participants the first summer to over 40
workshops with more than 400 students each year from around North
America and as far away as Israel, Brazil and Mexico.

Upcoming Worshops @ MISSA

Lana Wilson

With an international faculty of practicing artists, MISSA provides
instruction and professional development through specialized courses for
professional artists, teachers and serious adult students.

Find the extensive list of amazing clay workshops here.

Metchosin International Summer School of the Arts
650 Pearson College Drive
Victoria, BC, Canada  V9C 4H7