In 2014, we have produced a number of videos that give a strong overview of life at VanArts, highlighting our faculty, graduates and various events around the school. As a "year in review" feature, we've collected them here for your viewing enjoyment all in one place! Enjoy watching and we hope to see you in 2015! read more about Year in Review: Video Features
Students and Staff got into the Christmas spirit this week with a fun gathering to kick off our annual Food Drive. Our Broadcasting Department was there to document the event and interview our students about the community, work and play that goes on here at VanArts!read more about Christmas Gathering & Food Drive 2014
For the 4th time in a row, VanArts was honored to receive another annual visit from legendary Canadian broadcaster George Stroumboulopoulos. Today George dropped in for an informal visit with our Broadcasting Department, answering questions and talking about life in the world of broadcast media. read more about George Stroumboulopoulos Returns to VanArts
In the continuation of VanArts' visit to China, school president Alan Phillips and lead instructor for Game Art & Design Izmeth Siddeek visited the China Academy of Art in Honzhou, one of the country's premier art academies.
Alan and Izmeth will also be present at SIGGRAPH Asia 2014 in Shenzhen this weekend! read more about VanArts visits China Academy of Art
Last week our Digital Photography department held its annual Fall Alumni Night, where past graduates are invited to come in and mingle with our current students. Each grad gave a short visual presentation of their current work, followed by a casual mixer for everyone to connect and re-unite. read more about Digital Photography Alumni Night
2014 has been a great year for VanArts graduates in Character Animation, Game Art & Design and Visual Effects who got to see their names in the credits of top feature films & TV series. Many of these films opened at #1 in the box office and the industry for animation/VFX is still booming with studios hiring like crazy and major houses like Sony Pictures Imageworks and Industrial Light & Magic expanding their operations just blocks away from VanArts. read more about Year in Review: VanArts Grad Credits on Screen
VanArts President Alan Phillips is currently visiting schools and giving presentations in China, in cooperation with the Maple Leaf Educational Systems Student Recruitment Fair. He has just paid a visit to Beijing Film Academy, the largest film academy in Asia which has attracted guest professors such as James Cameron and other prolific names in the film industry. read more about VanArts visits Beijing Film Academy in China
Even with all the technology available for digital imaging today, the basic principles of nature and science can still amaze and delight.
Today in the VanArts photography studio, an interesting phenomenon was discovered during a Painting with Light course with instructor Patrick Koslo. On this particular day with the dark studio, position of the curtain and beautiful sunny day outdoors, a camera obscura effect was created when an inverted image of the Vancouver skyline just outside was actually being projected onto the wall. Staff and students were amazed, spread the word and marveled at this unique occurrence before returning to their studies. As Koslo put it, "I call it magic."
In this video, Head of Photography Ian McGuffie explains that this optical trick is exactly what the practice of photography and all visual image-making taught at VanArts is based on.
CONTACT US TODAY to inquire about auditing a photography class at VanArts.read more about "Camera Obscura" Phenomenon Discovered in Studio
VanArts is pleased to give a shout-out to our own Jodi Schulz, who was a winner in Applied Arts Magazine's Student Awards and has her work featured on the cover of their November/December issue, on newsstands now! As of this Fall, Jodi is now an honours graduate in Digital Photography and we look forward to seeing more bright things in her future career.
read more about Photography Student Lands Cover of Applied Arts Magazine
VanArts is proud to highlight one of our grad/faculty duos known as Martina + Reem, who are a force to be reckoned with in the photography world. Martina Kopp and Reem Abdel-Jabbar, both graduates of our Digital Photography program, have had a great deal of success in a constant stream of high-profile shoots, features and awards in the fashion world. Reem also manages the studio and teaches classes to our current students with the same level of excellence she brings to her professional work.
Most recently, Martina + Reem completed the creative fashion concept Royals for The Storm Magazine, were awarded 2 Honorable Mentions in the 2014 International Photography Awards (IPA), and had features in Bon Bon Magazine, WOVE Magazine, Magpie Darling, and many more!