Summer School of the Arts

 

Imagine… engage… collaborate… inspire… play… create… share…  express

Have fun and get inspired by participating in hands-on studio activities and explorations of the Gallery. Local practicing artists and art educators bring their wealth of talent and experience to lead our classes. Experiment with a wide range of art materials, discover new art techniques and enjoy playing around with ideas and images! Week-long sessions of full or half-day classes are available. Organized lunch time supervision at a nominal fee is provided for students attending full days as well as after care.

Week-long sessions of full or half-day classes are available. Organized lunch time supervision at a nominal fee is provided for students attending full days as well as after care.

Important details:

  • Class size is limited to 13 participants unless otherwise noted and unless there is more than one instructor.
  • Extended pickup is available for afternoon classes until 4:45pm for an additional fee.
  • Lunchtime supervision is available for an additional fee for full-day students only, as space is limited. Students are required to bring their lunch. 
  • Students should bring a snack for mid-morning/mid-afternoon. No NUT products please!
  • Some programs will take advantage of the fine weather so a hat and sunscreen are recommended.
  • Art making can be messy so students remember to wear “work” clothes.

Students are to be dropped off and picked up at the studios (accessible via the First Floor Lobby). There is no supervision before 8:30am. It is suggested that students pack a snack for mid-morning and/or mid-afternoon.

Registration & Fees

Purchase camps online or in person at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia’s Information Desk, or by phone with credit card payment (Visa, Mastercard, Amex, Discover) at (902) 424-5280 during regular Gallery hours.  

Our program continues to grow in popularity, so please register early to avoid disappointment. A limited number of sponsorships are available on a needs basis. If there is insufficient registration, a workshop will be cancelled with fees refunded two weeks prior to the start of the workshop. There is a 10% non-refundable registration fee. There are no refunds two weeks prior to the class. 

Cost: $130 per a.m. or p.m. class/week. 

Gallery members are eligible to receive a 10% discount on class fees. If you have any questions about this discount or require a discount code please contact our Information Desk (902) 424-5280.

Lunch Hour and Extended Pick-up options

We offer a lunch hour option at a cost of $15/week. Extended pick-up is offered for those attending afternoon classes until 4:45 pm for a fee of $10/week. Registration is required.
 

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Ages 5-12 

Jump to Teen Classes or classes for ages 3-4


Session 1: Tuesday, July 4 – Friday, July 7 (4 days only)

Working with Wood with artist Fenn Martin

Make animals, houses, vehicles, and abstract wooden sculptures! Use a wide selection of wood such as branches, pre-cut wood, dowels, and scraps, as you investigate texture, colour, shape and line through this incredible natural material. Discover artworks in the Gallery that include all things wooden!

Age Time
5 – 7 9am– noon
8 – 12 1 – 4pm

Raving about Clay! with artist Therese Bombardier

Come explore the world of clay! Explore the tactile qualities of clay as you experiment with a variety of techniques to create innovative pottery projects that explore structure, shape and form. Discover the many possibilities of working in this medium through visits to the Gallery too!

Age Time
5 – 7 9am– noon
8 – 12 1 – 4pm

Painting and Mixed Media Collage with artist Jenny Shi

Discover all the endless possibilities creating with various painting and collage techniques. Learn new skills in composition and design as you explore texture, patterns and colour in your artwork.

Age Time
5 – 7 1 – 4pm
8 – 12 9am– noon

Sketch City: Drawing with artist Caitlin McGuire

Have fun sketching Halifax and your own imaginary city too! There will be lots of in-gallery sketching to gather ideas and learn different techniques for your own creations, as well as outdoor sketching excursions. Learn more about line, shape, composition, and perspective as you develop skills in drawing.

Age Time
5 – 7 1 – 4pm
8 – 12 9am– noon


Session 2: July 4 – Monday, July 10 – Friday, July 14

Making Art in Multiples: Printmaking with artist Melissa Marr

Stamping, mono-printing, silk screening and block printing - this class will introduce students to a variety of printmaking techniques through both collaborative and individual projects. Explore the world of printmaking, and all the wonderfully unexpected surprises of creating prints!

Age Time
5 – 7 9am– noon
8 – 12 1 – 4pm

All things Paint with artist Rosemary Young

PAINT! PAINT! PAINT! Using the rich collection of paintings in the Gallery as a starting point, students will create their own panoramas, abstract designs, and portraits using paint on paper, canvas, wood and other interesting surfaces. Learn more about colour mixing, different mark making tools, and composition.

Age Time
5 – 7 1 – 4pm
8 – 12 9am– noon

Design: Wear your Art with artist Sherry Jollymore

Sparkle, shine, and design!  Students will explore the world of embellishment as they play around with lots of colourful materials such as fabrics, sequins, buttons, wire, leather, found and natural objects. Using their imagination and innovative skills, students will create a personalized bracelet or wrist band, design a funky hat, and upcycle a T-shirt.

Age Time
5 – 7 1 – 4pm
8 – 12 9am– noon

Outdoor Art with artist Agne Kubiliute

Explore art for the outdoors, and things that are at home in the natural world.  Students will make bird houses, bug and butterfly art, and garden-related art using an assortment of materials. A great class for learning more about nature and keeping the environment healthy.

Age Time
5 – 7 9am– noon
8 – 12 1 – 4pm


Session 3: Monday, July 17 – Friday, July 21

Art Detectives with artist Justin West

There is a mystery to solve at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia and we need clever art detectives to help us out! Develop observational skills while learning new art techniques. Reveal secret messages in paint, record and sketch clues in the Gallery, unscramble codes, and use invisible ink. There will be lots of fun and action in this class!

Age Time
5 – 7 9am– noon
8 – 12 1 – 4pm

Paper World with artist Agne Kubiliute

Layer and weave, fold and crease, bend and sculpt, tear and cut to build new and fantastic spaces, characters, and objects using different kinds of paper. Students will surprise themselves as they find new and exciting ways to use paper to create artworks in 2 and 3D.

Age Time
5 – 7 1 – 4pm
8 – 12 9am– noon

The 3rd Dimension with artist Heather Wilkinson

Come along for a mixed media sculpture adventure! Experiment with a variety of materials including plaster strips, found objects, papier mache and wire, to make unique 3-D objects. In the Gallery, students will discover and discuss a range of sculpture from folk art to contemporary works of art.

Age Time
5 – 7 1 – 4pm
8 – 12 9am– noon

Pop up and Flip: Bookmaking at its Best with Stephanie Dean-Moore

Bring your stories to life! Students will flip, fold and bind their stories and tales into books of all shapes and sizes. From pop-ups to flip books, and accordion folds to traditional page turners, students will have fun making artful books!

Age Time
5 – 7 9am– noon
8 – 12 1 – 4pm


Session 4: Monday, July 24 – Friday, July 28

Make it like Maud with artist Justin West

Inspired by the well-known Nova Scotian folk artist, Maud Lewis, create folk art treasures using paint, wood, and found objects. Be inspired by what you see and what you can imagine, just like Maud. Paint on wooden boards, construct a funky folk art animal, and design your own tiny house too.

Age Time
5 – 7 1 – 4pm
8 – 12 9am– noon

Fun with Fibre with artist Lux Habrich

Explore pattern, texture and design with textile-based techniques. Students will felt, weave, collage, and sculpt using a variety of textured materials. Lots of fun, lots to touch!

Age Time
5 – 7 9am– noon
8 – 12 1 – 4pm

Beading and Decorative Art with artist designer Sherry Jollymore

More than just for jewelry, beads are the focus of this class! Working with wood, plastic, paper and clay beads, students will explore the colourful possibilities of beads and pattern to create decorative and functional artworks. Windchimes, keychains and personal adornments are only some of the fun things students will create while learning new skills.

Age Time
5 – 7 9am– noon
8 – 12 1 – 4pm

Tiny Town with artist Bess Forrestall

Imagine, build and create a collaborative tiny town. Together, the class will decide what a tiny town needs to be a wonderful place to live. Does it need a harbour? A clock tower? A park? Students will go on sketching excursions to observe buildings and landmarks in Halifax. Develop characters to live in the tiny town too!

Age Time
5 – 7 9am– noon
8 – 12 1 – 4pm


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