Vancouver Island Sculpting Studio

the VIS Studio is located at 294 Harewood Road,  Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada

Our Mission

The mission of this art studio is to specialize in the creation of clay sculpture and to support the apprentice sculptor by providing technical and practical knowledge to deepen the study of the medium and the subject.

V.I.S. Studio is a unique controlled environment which encourages the reflection and introspection needed to establish the creative process to develop your own personal style. The intention is to nurture the imagination so that individuals can conceptualize their projects and awaken their senses.

Joel A Prévost


Born in Lac Saint-Jean, Quebec, Canada in 1963, Joël A. Prévost spent his a few years on Vancouver Island before moving to Nova Scotia to study Community Development. He then continued  his education and worked for a few years in Ottawa before returning to western Canada in the mid-80s.

Joël spent the next twenty years back in British Columbia, where he worked as a facilitator with non-profit organizations in planning and fund raising. This experience led him to become a promoter in music, the theatre and visual arts, as well as taking on the role as a producer for concerts, music series and cultural events. During this time he also studied and taught himself sculpting.  

In 2006 Joël settled in Montréal where he established L’Atelier de Sculpture du Village. There he taught sculpture to students whose backgrounds encompassed related art fields such as cinema, the circus, 3D animation and video games. He also instructed visual artists seeking to perfect their skills in rendering the human form. Joël has recently relocated from Montréal and established the Vancouver Island Sculpting Studio, in British Columbia, a professionally set up clay and plasticine sculpting studio. With over 20 years’ experience as a sculptor, he currently teaches sculpting using life models, to students at all levels.

His works can be found in numerous private and corporate collections in Canada, the United States, France, Italy, Switzerland, New Zealand, Australia and China.

Marie P. Harel

Public Relations Assistant

After a fulfilling 32 year career as a teacher and principal specializing in French Immersion and English elementary programs, Marie began her new career as a painter and sculptor. 

Marie has had sculpting training from a variety of teachers. She has participated in numerous workshops and classes in Italy, Montréal, Victoria and Nanaimo. 

Currently, Marie is enrolled in the AIR (Artist In Residence) program for the next two years at the Vancouver Island Sculpting Studio. This intense individualized program will be developed and supervised by Joël.

Marie’s combined experience as an administrator and a serious sculptor has led her to a new additional position at the VIS Studio, that of Public Relations Assistant.



Gerda Hofman

Life Drawing facilitator

Gerda began her art education in The Netherlands where she completed a four year Fine Arts Teaching Degree. Her extensive studies included anatomy, drawing, composition and art history.

After emigrating to Canada, Gerda continued her art studies at the Alberta College of Art and Design in Calgary, Alberta, where she majored in painting and was the recipient of two art scholarships. 

Residing in Nanaimo, British Columbia, since the 1990s ,Gerda continues to be active in the painting community. She  was a member of the Federation of Canadian Artists and was a founding member of the CVI Centre for the Arts Nanaimo and the Nanaimo Art Walk.  Her many contributions to the Nanaimo arts community were recognized in April 2017 when she was the recipient of the city’s Honour in Culture Award.

Gerda paints from life in acrylics and oil paints on both wood panels and canvas.  She has also exhibited in Western Canada, Europe and Asia and her art work is in several collections around the world.