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Course Elements 

Paint a mural panel

Each student will paint a 4 foot by 4 foot ply wood mural panel with their own unique pattern design. We will workshop painting and pattern making  techniques. The youth will have the option of keeping their painting after it is showcased in the gallery show and photoshoot. 

Create a wearable art piece

One of the ways we explore the imagination is by creating a wearable art/ fashion piece with the youth. They will be taught how to paint, upcycle and reinvent garments to create their own unique sustainable look. The students will complete a photoshoot and runway show in the look they create.

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GAllery Show

Gallery Show


All of the students will participate in a photoshoot showcasing their wearable art piece in front of their mural panel. We will work with professional photographer Maggie Macpherson to create the highest quality images that will be showcased during the gallery alongside the student’s mural panels. The Youth will take home the high-quality print from this shoot after the show closes.

Runway show

During the Gallery show imagination exploration students will walk or dance their wearable art piece down the runway for their friends and family to see. We will be working with professional dancer and runway coach Kevin Fraser to give the kids the confidence and direction they will need to showcase their new designs with style.

PatternNation Blobs

PatternNation interactive play sculptures aka blobs will be installed for the youth and their communities to enjoy during the gallery show. Blobs are made from upcycled fabric, filled with balloon and fun for people of all ages to play in.

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Teachers / About

PatternNation is a visual art, fashion and culture platform founded in 2015 by artist Cydney Eva Pattern. The platform is based between Vancouver Canada and Durban South Africa and is run by Cydney (Vancouver) and her partner CostaBesta (Durban). PatternNation has previously painted murals on Pegasus Children’s Theatre in Oxford UK, Pondo Bridge in Port Saint Johns South Africa and Vidyadaan Primary School in Bangalore. We have worked with youth through our interactive blob installations at North Vancouver’s Art in the Park and I Hear Market in Durban. This will be PatternNation’s first 6 week art course working with youth in Vancouver and a wonderful opportunity for creative kids in the lower mainland to strengthen their skills in painting, textile art, fashion and performance. The course will be facilitated by Cydney Eva Pattern a graduate of the SFU visual arts program who has previously been involved with youth programs at The Vancouver Children’s Festival, Ignite youth panel at The Cultch, The Push Festival and more. For more information, examples of our past work or any questions please contact us or visit our website.

Guest teachers

PatternNation Imagination Exploration will be instructed primarily by PatternNation founder Cydney Eva Pattern. During each class a different guest teacher will come in to share their expertise with the youth.

Katy Slany

Katy is a textile artist and painter. She uses fabric as a medium to create play sculptures, costumes and more. She works part of the year in Kingston Jamaica with youth through her initiative ‘The Imagination Project’  

Brotha Jason

Jason is a clothing designers and upcycles vintage/ paints clothing through his platform of Sleepless Mindz and dances with Vancouver dance company Immigrant Lessons. He paints his unique style of clouds on canvas, denim, sneakers, murals and more.

Kevin Fraser

Professional Dancer and choreographer, Kevin Fraser is the founder and choreographer for dance company Immigrant Lessons. He dances House, Vogue, Dance Hall, Hip Hop Contemporary and more.

Maggie MacPherson

Photographer Maggie Macpherson has an unique and inventive style of shooting. She has worked professionally in film, headshot, hair, fashion, family photography and more.