Welcome to The Art Studios

…More Than Just An Art Class


Home Sweet Home - The Art Studios

The Art Studios, 44th Ave. & Victoria Drive, Vancouver, BC


The Art Studios, an idea that began in 1992, has been a unique, nationally-recognized therapeutic haven for many living with a mental health diagnosis and/or addictions. The Peer Support model, run and organized by mental health consumers, builds self-esteem and empowers people to acquire a sense of control over their individual health care.  Moving towards self-expression as a form of self-integration, it is more than just a leisure program. It’s a way of healing. 

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“The Art Studios is a safe, respectful and accepting community where people with a major mental illness diagnosis, in co-operation with rehabilitation staff, provide opportunities to grow through participation in art.”


“The Art Studios” by Jay Peachy

“The fact that The Art Studios has become so popular, for so long is a measure of the success of this cooperative model.

Occupational Therapists have made presentations at several conferences and receive praise because of it continued success.” 

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More Than Just An Art Class – Read Our Stories About Recovery


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The Art Studios program continues to evolve as more consumers become aware of its existence and wish to express themselves through art.

For more information about The Art Studios and its programs, please call 604-871-9788


A Brief History of The Art Studios

The Fiddle Faddle Arts Center (now The Art Studios) began in 1992 with the idea that people have many creative talents that survive and grow despite the devastating effects of mental illness. It became clear from feedback from other mental health teams, including The Kettle Friendship Society and West Coast Mental Health Network, that the …

Yaho Hanan

At 56 Yaho has “learned’ to be content doing his art. Since 2007 he has participated in many classes, workshops and open studios at The Art Studios. With fond memories, of art classes of old he had a lot of pleasure working with the various Occupational Therapists and Rehab Therapists of Art Studios in and …

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“I’ve been told that I have a little natural talent which always feels good but something else was going on and it seemed more important.  I began to meet people, talk and socialize: it seemed like my isolation had left me a little terrified of those sort of things but I stuck it out.  At …

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My name is Iris, I have a diagnosis of Clinical Depression, Anxiety and P.T.S.D.  I have been coming to the Art Studio for the last six years. At first I was very reluctant to go, it took me a couple of months just to be able to sign up for it. When I was called …

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I moved to Vancouver from Canmore AB, my home for nearly 30 years. I had friends, an incredible recovery community and good home to live in. My clinical depression had been successfully treated for about 10 years, but my daughter was in Vancouver, and we only saw each other once or twice a year, and …

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