We’re working on a new format for YVAMP 2021! While we will not be returning to the traditional in-class structure for 2021 in compliance with health guidelines, we will be presenting lessons online for you to learn virtually. Please stay tuned!

Hello Young Artists!

Are you between the ages of 13 and 17?  Do you enjoy being creative?  Do you like to draw or paint, or maybe you want to learn more about photography? If so, you’ve come to the right place!

The FASM Youth Visual Arts Mentoring Project (YVAMP) is for young artists who would like to pursue art as a career or to develop their artistic skills further. The program brings together professional artists and youth in a 5-workshop series using a mentorship format to teach students about art, the creative process and portfolio preparation which calumniates in a 3-week gallery exhibition.

YVAMP is open to 25 young adults. Students are not required to have previous experience or training, simply a passion to explore the arts, a desire to learn new techniques and participate in actively creating art.

For more information, please contact Nadia Ramnarine, Youth Programs Manager at fasmyouth@gmail.com.

Highlights of YVAMP 2020

The Holcim Gallery – FirstOntario Arts Centre

On Thursday, March 12 at 7pm, we celebrated the remarkable accomplishments of 22 young artists and their mentors at the Opening Reception for their special Exhibit at the FirstOntario Arts Centre of Milton.

His Worship Mayor Krantz, and guests were on hand to say a few congratulatory words and celebrate an extraordinary cohort of artists.

Special Presentation


Professor of Animation, Centennial College
Creative Director, AIC Movie Inc.

[click here to go to the photo gallery for this event]


Arctic Dogs, the Movie

Mad Hatter Chronicles


Bubble Guppies


Total Drama Island


Matt provided a special instruction session to our Youth Visual Arts Mentoring Project participants and other  FASM members. All attended with sketchbooks and pencils in hand and enjoyed a very inspirational talk on becoming the artist they wanted to be.

Matt gave a lively and inspiring talk about the creative process based on his many experiences in the field of animation, which could be applied to any and all art forms.  After the presentation, Matt gave individual feedback to the students on their sketches and portfolios.

This presentation was funded in part by the Milton Community Fund.

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