Last minute gift ideas for the artsy people in your life

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Exit through the gift shop Trailer, A Banksy Film

Did you leave your shopping to the last minute? Are you in need gift ideas for the artsy people in your life? Here is a list of some great last minute gift ideas. We've told you what they are, where to get them, and how much they cost, the rest is up to you.

1. Arts Umbrella Art Kits
You may have a little Picasso in your family, or know a child that would love to let their imagination run wild through their very own art. Arts Umbrella Art Kits, are not only a great gift for the kids in your life, but proceeds go to support Arts Umbrella, a Vancouver based arts school with a goal of inspiring kids for life through art.
Where to buy: Opus Framing & Art Supplies, multiple locations
How much: $42.19 for the starter kit (ages 2-6) & $72.60 for the intermediate kit (ages 6-12)

2. Exit Through the Gift Shop (DVD), A Banksy Film
Don't know who Banksy is? You should. Banksy is an infamous graffiti artist, whose work you may stumble upon in a back alley in Paris or a corner in Toronto. This film is a look into the lives and culture of street art and the artists who break all the rules. With 97% on Rotten Tomatoes, this is the perfect gift for the rebel without a cause.
Where to buy: Chapters, HMV, amazon.ca
How much: $19.99

3. Photography Classes at Vancouver Photo Workshops
Hey hot shot - do you know someone who's asked for a fancy digital camera, but know they probably won't know how to turn it on? Photography classes are a great idea for photographers of all levels. Vancouver Photo Workshops makes it easy for busy professionals as well those with a lot of time on their hands, offering evening and weekend classes and intensive boot camps.
Where to buy: online - www.vancouverphotoworkshops.com
How much: starting as low as $45  

4. Defiant Spirits: The Modernist Revolution of the Group of Seven, by Ross King
Books are always a safe bet, especially a Canadian art book that has impressed so many in such a short time. "Defiant Spirits" follows the adventures of Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven from their beginnings. This is great book to read about their works, the political controversy that surrounded them and their influence on shaping Canadian cultural identity.
Where to buy: Oscar's Art Books, 1533 West Broadway, Vancouver
How much: $36.95

5. A membership to the Vancouver Art Gallery
Support and enjoy the visual arts all year long. A regular visit to the gallery is $19.50, so going a few times per year  will make this worth it - in addition to all the other great benefits of being a member. With reciprocal memberships to the Glenbow Museum and the Royal Ontario Museum it's 3 for the price of 1! Go online to check out all the great events coming up in 2011.
Where to buy: Vancouver Art Gallery, 750 Hornby Street, Vancouver
How much: $75 for an individual membership or $120 for a household membership (2 adults and up to 3 kids under the age of 19)

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