Upcoming Workshops

Upcoming Workshops

To sign up for any of these workshops, either:

  • follow the Eventbrite link
  • email us at education@vivomediaarts.com
  • call 604-872-8337

Want access to discounts? Sign up to for a Basic or Extended Producer Membership, or redeem the Video Bucks you earned by volunteering.

Limited number of Extended Subsidies are available for select workshops. Read below for details.

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Refunds: Class sizes are small, and our instructors need to be paid–if you can’t make a class that you’ve signed up for, we need time to alert wait-listed participants. VIVO presently asks that withdrawals from workshops be requested by emailing education@vivomediaarts.com at least 12 days prior to the workshop date, if you would like to receive a refund minus a $5 administration fee. Thanks!



Assistant Editing using FCPX

Allow the best version of your story to come through by prepping your project files and workflow with assistant editor Clark Henderson!

1 session, 4 hours total // $49, or $36 with any VIVO Producer Membership (+GST) 

Wednesday May 9, 6pm – 10pm

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One extended subsidy is available for this workshop:

Prerequisite: Participants must have beginner experience with Final Cut Pro X. Don’t know how to use FCPX? Consider taking VIVO’s workshop, Intro to FCPX.

Please note, this workshop does not focus on editing techniques.

This FCPX focused workshop is designed for video artists, editors, and producers who want to better organize workflow and footage for their own editing process or in support of a project’s principal editor. The art of Assistant Editing is indispensible for managing large projects, and being able to combine the efforts of collaborators during post-production of any video production.


Topics covered include:

  • working with dual-system sound, and synchronizing sound with picture
  • creating Multicam Clips to efficiently manage events shot simultaneously with more than one camera
  • organizing footage into Events, Folders, Smart Folders to organize different types of content
  • understanding and using Roles so you can dynamically filter content in the Timeline and Browser
  • preparing files for a Colourist


Through group analysis of examples, you’ll discuss different issues related to preparing a session for editing, further explored through hands-on practice.

Learn how to keep your project organized early on, avoid the mess, and let your creative process run free!


Clark Henderson is a founding member of PAVED artist run centre in Saskatoon and has many years of experience in both commercial and independent productions. He works as an assistant editor in the film and television industry, including Bella Ciao!, Paramedics: Emergency Response, Two Men in Boat Chasing Spring, The Shopping Bags, Storm Warning, The Devil You Know, Very Bad Men, and Mythos. Clark is also VIVO’s Technician & Distribution Assistant, operating the dubbing room to capture old videotapes for the archives, sending out works to festivals, and all sorts of other things. He likes cats and the colour turquoise.




Camera, Lights, Sound!

Learn the basics needed to shoot your first videos with the help of artist Alysha Seriani!

Two sessions, 9 hours total // $92, or $65 with any VIVO Producer Membership (+GST)

Session 1: Saturday May 12, 12:30pm-5pm
Session 2: Sunday May 13, 12:30pm-5pm

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Two extended subsidies available for this workshop:

Basic technical aspects of camera operation, sound recording, and lighting principles are taught through demonstration and hands-on practical exercises using the Canon Rebel T4i high definition camera and its interchangeable lenses. Learn how to use manual settings to help you get the best shot. Understand exposure, gain, shutter speed, and white balance. Using the Zoom H4n, audio recording procedure and considerations will be introduced. The principals of three-point lighting will also be covered and practiced.

This workshop uses equipment you can rent from VIVO, so it’s a great primer to get you started on your videos! It also benefits participants interested in VIVO’s more intermediary video-making workshops.


Alysha Seriani is a filmmaker and producer living and working in Vancouver, BC. A recent graduate of Simon Fraser University’s School for the Contemporary Arts’ film program, she has directed and produced independent films and artist projects that have exhibited at film festivals and galleries such as the Vancouver International Film Festival, Festival du Nouveau Cinéma, IMAGES, Inside Out LGBT Film Festival, SFU Galleries and others around the world. Alysha is focusing her own practice on soundscape composition and field recording, while completing post-production for two film projects.



Intro to Music Production & Ableton Live


Expand your music performance and composition methods with this in-depth introduction to the multifaceted software, Ableton Live, taught by composer-producer Alexandre Klinke!

3 sessions, 9 hours total // $110, or $70 with any VIVO Producer Membership (+GST)

Session 1: Sat, May 19, 1pm – 4pm
Session 2: Sat, May 26, 1pm – 4pm
Session 3: Sat, Jun 2, 1pm – 4pm

Prerequisite: General computer literacy (e.g., saving files, facility with a mouse and keyboard).  No prior experience with Ableton necessary!

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One extended subsidy is available for this workshop:

Ableton Live is one of the top music creation and performance platforms available. In this workshop students will be introduced to the fundamentals of audio recording, MIDI sequencing, mixing, and sound synthesis. They will learn how to use the tools in Ableton Live to produce music, experimental sound pieces and create their own synth patches.

Participants are asked to bring their own headphones; or may otherwise contact education@vivomediaarts.com beforehand to reserve a pair.

Participants may bring their own MIDI controllers, but are not required to do so.


Alexandre Klinke (alexandreklinke.com) is a Brazilian music composer, producer and sound designer for TV & film, based in Vancouver, Canada. With background as a jazz and classical guitarist, his work as a composer reflects an eclectic style that ranges from orchestral to electronic, jazz and rock. As a solo artist, he is heavily inspired by the harmonies and intricate rhythms from Brazilian music. He is also an Instructor at the Digital Music Production Program at Langara College, in Vancouver.





Make a Mozzi Theremin

Create your own Arduino-based electronic synthesizer with artist Chris Jung!

2 session, 6 hours total, materials included// $100, or $75 with any VIVO Producer Membership (+GST) – **Arduino Uno sold separately**

Session 1: Wed, June 13, 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Session 2: Wed, June 20, 6:30pm – 9:30pm

Don’t delay: Registration closes Monday June 5

One extended subsidy is available for this workshop: https://goo.gl/forms/hdlddtPHu7ixwGHG2 

Prerequisite: Prior knowledge of Arduino is not necessary. However, before attending Session 1, participants must download the latest Arduino software and are encouraged to explore the provided tutorials, so that more time can be spent on sound experimentation during the workshop. The software is called the Arduino 1.8.5. To download it, follow this link and select the operating system you’re using (Mac, Windows, Linux): https://www.arduino.cc/en/Main/Software

Learn how to use Arduino to make a Theremin — a fun and weird musical instrument played without even touching it. Make haunting electronic sounds and control them with the wave of your hand…or any body part for that matter!

The Theremin is one of the most unique instruments created in the last 100 years. Usually, assembling a Theremin requires a long and intricate process, but we will circumvent this using an Arduino, a sensor, and a speaker.

This is a great workshop if you want a simple intro to using Arduino for creating interactive sound art. Furthermore, through group analysis of examples, you’ll discuss the cultural implications of sound art and interactive sound artists like Jean-Pierre Gauthier, Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller.

This workshop will utilize the Mozzi library that allows users to create complex and highly customizable sounds using fairly simple code. Please visit the Mozzi sound library to get a good idea of the possible sounds we will create: http://sensorium.github.io/Mozzi/

All electronic components included.

Arduino Uno unit available separately. Don’t have one, and prefer not to buy one? There are a limited number Arduino units available that can be borrowed for the workshop. Email education@vivomediaarts.com to arrange to borrow one.


Chris Jung (chrishjung.com) is a painter, musician, draftsman and writer, holding a Masters of Applied Arts from Emily Carr University, a Bachelor of Fine Arts from UBC, and a diploma in Design and Drafting Technology from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology. His art practice researches ways of representing subjectivity and chaotic systems. He has participated in group exhibitions at the Gam Gallery and Charles H Scott Gallery in Vancouver, British Columbia.






Sound Art using Max/MSP

Sound Art using Max/MSP

Explore new ways of working with sound in this introductory visual programming workshop with composer and artist Nathan Marsh!

Don’t delay: Registration closes July 11

3 sessions, 10.5 hours total //| $130,or $95 with any VIVO Producer Membership (+GST)

Session 1: Sat July 14, 1pm – 4:30pm
Session 2: Sat July 21, 1pm – 4:30pm
Session 3: Sat July 28, 1pm – 4:30pm

Prerequisite: Participants must have basic computer literacy (e.g., saving files, facility with a mouse and keyboard).

One extended subsidy is available for this workshop:

This multi-day workshop will enable you to conceive and realize creative sound ideas using Max/MSP, a visual programming language for creating interactive sound art and other sonic experiments. MSP gives you over 200 Max objects with which to build your own synthesizers, samplers, and effects processors as software instruments that perform audio signal processing.

Who should take this workshop?

          VISUAL ARTISTS – Add interactive sonic dimensions to your sculptures and installations!

          COMPOSERS – Build your own virtual synths!

          DJs – Expand your sonic pallet by making custom effects!

          DANCERS & PERFORMERS – Design algorithms that prompt new improvisations!

          …or anyone needing help to incorporate coding into their creative practices!

This workshop combines study of examples with hands-on experience, to create custom software patches in Max.

Learn basic history of coding and algorithms, and how Max is used by contemporary artists today from a conceptual standpoint.

Through group discussion, you’ll analyse examples of coding for artistic creation (with a focus on Max/MSP)—exploring the practicalities of the medium, as well as what constitutes “digital art” and how the idea of originality figures in this realm.

After becoming familiar with Max/MSP’s basic concepts and workflow, you’ll modify basic examples to create your own custom patch, based on your own artistic interests. Working alone or in pairs, you will come up with a project concept that uses Max as a creative tool. Using your concept as a guide, you will create a rough but workable Max patch by the end of the workshop! You can take this patch home with you to fully realize and implement in your future projects. By the end of the workshop, you’ll also have the conceptual toolkit to draw inspiration from other artists working in interactive sound art.

Nathan Marsh is a sound artist, educator and performer based in Vancouver primarily concerned with the concept of experience and “objecthood” in music. He emphasizes collaboration and physical involvement in the creation of his works, intending to draw people into the physicality of music as a lived experience rather than as a predominantly auditory phenomenon.

Nathan holds a BFA in Music from Simon Fraser University’s School for the Contemporary Arts. Nathan is currently an Artist Mentor in Burnaby North Secondary School’s Music and Technology Program in an initiative co-founded by the Western Front Society. Creation, performance, and education are key to structuring Nathan’s artistic work.