Atelier Sketch Club

1939 - 1949 - ?


The Atelier Sketch Club was a group formed by students of the Vancouver School of Art Evening classes. They met weekly at the Holden Building at 16 East Hastings Street. The building served as Vancouver's City Hall from 1929 to 1936, and the club would have moved in after City Hall moved to its current location at 12th and Cambie.

In 1940 the club held their first annual exhibition of work, including watercolours and oil paintings. The exhibition was at the Vancouver Art Gallery. Group members exhibiting in the show were: Dorothy Stevens, Jack Hambleton, Sam Yamada, L. Duff, B. Streatfield, T. Fletcher, Irene Porter, H. Hunt, D. Duncalfe, Platon von Ustinov, L. Helps, M. McLean, Cliff Fowler, Marjorie Harferd, D. Kennedy, Beulah Jaenicke, T. Grace, and A. Bell.

The Group held Annual Exhibitions until at least 1949 at the Vancouver Art Gallery.


1940 April 2 - 14 VAG    Group Show In-house
1941 March 2 - 16 VAG    Group Show In-house
1942 May 19 - 31 VAG    Group Show In-house
1943 April 16 - 29 VAG    Group Show In-house
1944 August 8 - 27 VAG    Group Show In-house
1945 July 31 - Aug. 19 VAG    Group Show In-house
1946 June 11 - 30 VAG    7th Annual Exhibition
1947 March 18 - April 16 VAG    Group Show In-house
1948 March 23 - April 1 VAG    9th Annual Exhibition
1949 June 14 - July 3 VAG    Group Show In-house


"Congratulations are due to the Atelier Sketch Club for their ambitious exhibition. This self-organized group of evening school students are meeting every Friday in the Holden building and an invitation is extended to all students to join."
      "Evening School", by Fred Amess
      From Behind The Palette, Vancouver School of Art Annual 1939-40

"Students Hold Art Exhibition"
      Vancouver Sun April 3 1940

"Art Group, Youth Share City Gallery"
      Daily Province April 4 1940

"Atelier Sketch Club Takes A Bow"
      News Herald April 3 1940

"Formed just under a year ago, the Atelier Sketch Club is a co-operative enterprise conducted by members of the Night Classes of the Vancouver School of Art."
      Art Gallery Bulletin Vol. 7, No. 7

"After a long day's work - in office, shipyard or war industry, leaving a pleasant fireside to spend the evening at work with pencil and paint does not seem to suggest rest and relaxation. (continues)"
      From "Office, Shipyard Workers Find Relaxation In Drawing"
      Vancouver News Herald April 17 1943

Additional information provided courtesy Vancouver Art Gallery Library