Summer School of the Arts

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! HALIFAX LOCATION ONLY.

Week 1: July 3 to July 6, 2018  | Week 2: July 9 to 13, 2018 | Week 3: July 16 to 20, 2018 | Week 4: July 23 to 27, 2018
Week 5: July 30 - August 3, 2018 | Week 6: August 13 to 17, 2018 | Week 7: August 20 to 24, 2018 | Week 8: August 27 to 31, 2018
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Week 1: Tuesday, July 3 - Friday, July 6, 2018

Pottery Play

Pottery Play

Learn different hand-building techniques such as pinch pots, coils, slabs and sculpting to create your own pottery pieces and use professional-quality underglazes to embellish it with your own style!

Ages 5 – 7 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon Ages 8 – 12 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Just Bead It! with Artist Sherry Lynn Jollymore

Mix up your wardrobe this summer by making funky fresh beads, bangles and more! Get inspired by what you’re wearing and learn some new techniques along the way.

Ages 5 – 7 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon Ages 8 – 12 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Mix-O-Ramma with Artist Jenny Shi

Mix up your artistic materials! Combine painting, collage, drawing and print techniques in this week of mixed media art making. 

Ages 5 – 7 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. Ages 8 – 12 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon

Drawing it all! with artist Carrie Allison-Goodfellow

How do you draw a picture without your hands? Join us as we play with ideas of mark making without our hands and experiment with drawing materials like conté, charcoal, wax pastels and more!

Ages 5 – 7 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. Ages 8 – 12 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon

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Week 2: Monday, July 9 - Friday, July 13, 2018

Lost and Found with artist Agne Kubiliute 

Take inspiration from found materials in this week of sculpture making fun! Learn about the history of found art and scavenge for your own artistic materials.

Ages 5 – 7 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon Ages 8 – 12 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Theatre and Art with artist Sherry Lynn Jollymore  

Take inspiration from art work on exhibit to stage your own theatre performance! Work collaboratively to create props and costumes to be used in your artistic endeavour. 

Ages 5 – 7 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon Ages 8 – 12 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
 
SCULPTACULAR with artist Jessica Weibe

Bring your imagination into the 3rd dimension. Build your own sculptural art works as you explore a variety of fun materials including plaster, wire, wood and clay! 

Ages 5 – 7 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. Ages 8 – 12 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon

Nature-Explorers with artist Olivia McNair  

Explore and observe the natural world around you using various types of art materials and processes such as relief printing, screen-printing, painting and drawing!

Ages 5 – 7 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. Ages 8 – 12 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon

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Week 3: Monday, July 16 - Friday, July 20, 2018

Stitching and Quilting with artist Lux Habrich 

Work with an accomplished seamstress to stitch a quilt that is as unique as you are! Take inspiration from the work of artist Laurie Swim to create a quilt that is also a work of art. 

Ages 5 – 7 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon Ages 8 – 12 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Layer Up! with artist Agne Kubiliute

Learn about the art of layering in this Mixed-Media art class! Work with acrylic paint, collage, stamping and printing to create unique and interesting works of art! 

Ages 5 – 7 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon Ages 8 – 12 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Celebrate Nova Scotia! with artist Rosemary Young 

Take an artistic tour around our province.  We will use drawing, painting, sculpture, collage and more to create wonderful projects inspired by beautiful Nova Scotia. 

Ages 5 – 7 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. Ages 8 – 12 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon

Splash, Drip and Sponge with artist Jenny Shi

Explore the world of abstract painting! Learn how artists use techniques such as masking, layering, and dripping to create dynamic works of abstract art.

Ages 5 – 7 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. Ages 8 – 12 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon

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Week 4: Monday, July 23 - Friday, July 27, 2018

Fashion Forward with artist Lux Habrich

Unleash your inner fashionista in this week of costume-making madness! Work with an experienced textile artist to make your dreams of wearable art a reality.

Ages 5 – 7 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon Ages 8 – 12 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Surrealist Dreams with artist Katherine Vingoe-Cram

Are you a vivid dreamer? Piece together your wildest dream worlds through the art of drawing, painting, creative games, and more.

Ages 5 – 7 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon Ages 8 – 12 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Art and Land with artist Aiden Gillis

Learn about Maritime Indigenous perspectives on land as you take inspiration from established artists living on the East Coast! Explore drawing, painting, and sculpture!

Ages 5 – 7 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. Ages 8 – 12 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon

Photo Fun with Lydia Hunsberger

Who knew light could be magic? Learn how to reproduce images by using homemade dyes and photo materials. Create unique one-of-a-kind images by using light to transform your paper. Discover how photographs can be so much more than what we capture with a camera!

Ages 5 – 7 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. Ages 8 – 12 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon

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Week 5: Monday, July 30 - Friday, August 3, 2018

Foodies: Art on the Menu with artist Patti Nicholson

Have fun creating a whole range of “art food” using a variety of materials including plasticine and paper maché. Students will use their sense of humour and keen observation skills to create food sculptures that look good enough to eat!

Ages 5 – 7 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon Ages 8 – 12 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Dip, Dot, Dab: Design your own fabrics! with artist Kate Ward

Learn how to use techniques such as stamp making, screen-printing, dyeing and other methods to create fabulous fabrics.

Ages 5 – 7 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon Ages 8 – 12 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Printastic!

Explore the world of relief and screen prints in this week of making many multiples! Take a field trip to the Dawson Print Shop to see how professionals make prints!

Ages 5 – 7 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. Ages 8 – 12 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon

Aqua Media with artist Krystle Retieffe

Explore the realm of water-based media through acrylic pouring, alcohol inks, acrylic paint, mixed media and texture techniques!

Ages 5 – 7 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. Ages 8 – 12 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon

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Week 6: Monday, August 13 - Friday, August 17, 2018

Pint-Sized Parade with artist Emily Laurence

Learn how to use a variety of sculptural materials and techniques as you contribute to a collaborative parade! Bring your imagination to life as you play with bright colours and wearable art!

Ages 5 – 7 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon Ages 8 – 12 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Light Bright with artist Margarita Fainshtein

Play with light as you explore making lanterns, projections and light-based art works!

Ages 5 – 7 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon Ages 8 – 12 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Something Special with artist Bess Forrestall

Learn sculpture, fine craft and printing techniques to make gifts for the special people in your life! Students will decide who they want to make a gifts for, and we will work together to create unique works of art!

Ages 5 – 7 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. Ages 8 – 12 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon

Design Club

Learn how to use texture, line, shape and more as you explore the elements of 2D & 3D Graphic Design. Design and create a colourful poster, banners, stickers and more!

Ages 5 – 7 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. Ages 8 – 12 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon

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Week 7: Monday, August 20 - Friday, August 24, 2018

Pick of the Day with artist Patti Nicholson

Learn more about the Gallery! Each day, students will take inspiration from a work of art on display. They will then head back to the studio for a hands-on art making project inspired by what they saw!

Ages 5 – 7 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon Ages 8 – 12 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Clay Class! with artist Bess Forrestall

Explore the wide world of clay. You will get to make a different clay project everyday. We will take inspiration from the Halifax harbour, plant life, and some of our favourite books to create a series of unique creations!

Ages 5 – 7 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon Ages 8 – 12 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Stroke by Stroke with artist Melinda Spooner

Mix, swirl and blend as you explore the world of acrylic and watercolor painting. Learn how to prepare different surfaces, mix paints and create your own masterpieces along the way!

Ages 5 – 7 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. Ages 8 – 12 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon

Fiber Art Fun with artist Camila Salcedo

Learn about fiber art techniques including various weaving techniques, braiding, rug hooking and embroidery in this week of fiber fueled fun!

Ages 5 – 7 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. Ages 8 – 12 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon

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Week 8: Monday, August 27 - Friday, August 31, 2018

Claytopia with artist Lux Habrich

Learn how to use natural clay as you depict the city surrounding us!

Ages 5 – 7 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon Ages 8 – 12 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Honey, I shrunk the kids’ sculpture! With artist Emily Laurence

Explore the itty bitty by using new materials and learning new techniques to make a variety of tiny sculptures! Participants will take home their own tiny gallery, that features all of their sculptures on display.

Ages 5 – 7 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon Ages 8 – 12 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Brilliant Colour! with artist Laurel Rath

From vibrant orange to subdued red ochre and charcoal black – let’s get inspired by colour! Each day we will explore a new colour, learn its history and create art inspired by it.

Ages 5 – 7 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. Ages 8 – 12 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon

Legends and Illustrations with artist Jason Skinner

Learn how artists use illustration techniques to bring stories and legends to life! Experiment with collage and drawing as you write your own story.

Ages 5 – 7 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. Ages 8 – 12 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon

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Important details:

  • Class size is limited to 13 participants.
  • Morning supervision begins at 8:30 am.
  • Extended pickup is available for afternoon classes until 5:00 pm. 
  • Lunchtime supervision is available for students attending full day classes. 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 + Tax

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 

NEW THIS YEAR - Our lunch and extended pick-up options are free. Lunch supervision is offered to students attending full day classes and extended pickup is offered for those attending full-day and/or afternoon classes until 5 pm. 

About our Instructors

Carrie Allison-Goodfellow is an interdisciplinary artist living and working in Halifax, NS. Allison holds a Bachelor in Fine Art and Art History, as well as a Master in Fine Art.
Katharine Vingoe-Cram is a painter, freelance art educator, and collaborative/intermedia artist from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. Her work addresses ordinary, personal subjects, such as dreams, grief, illness, and friendship. Lately, she has for the first time been very much interested in writing (and drawing!) fiction.
Margarita Fainshtein is a multidisciplinary artist, living and working in Halifax, NS. Margarita has finished the art academy school in Ukraine, obtained her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Israel and now Margarita is an MFA candidate at the School of Art Institute of Chicago. Margarita’s works have been displayed in Ukraine, England, Israel, USA, Canada.

Bess Forrestall is an artist and educator from Fredericton, NB. She holds a BFA in painting and printmaking and an MA in art education. Bess is interested in working with diverse communities and using the arts as a way to connect and bring people together.

Aiden Gillis is a multi-disciplinary visual artist based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Aiden takes great inspiration from his Mi’kmaw and French ancestry rooted in Port Au Port, Newfoundland, working primarily through drawing and painting; a combination of representation and abstraction to describe form. Aiden recently completed a BFA majoring in Fine Art with a minor in Art History at NSCAD University in Halifax, NS.
Lux Habrich has been drawn to texture, pattern and colour from a very young age. Having learned to stitch, embellish and repair clothing from her mother, who learned from her mother before her – Lux repurposes textiles infused with history and meaning and creates wearable works of art to reflect the complexities of her mixed race identity and immigrant heritage.
Lydia Hunsberger is a photo-based interdisciplinary artist from Elmira, Ontario. She recently graduated from NSCAD University with a BFA majoring in Photography and minoring in Art History. Working predominately in analogue and alternative processes, her work investigates themes of identity, narrative, truth and fiction.

Sherry Lynn Jollymore has been an entrepreneur, artist and art facilitator in Halifax for 20 years. She likes to create art from inexpensive, recycled and found materials and loves sharing that experience with children.

Agne Kubiliute is a multi-disciplinary artist who is currently working with the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia to design and facilitate art workshops for children and youth with autism. She has also worked with community groups like ISANS, George Dixon Centre, and Bloomfield Centre.

Emily Lawrence is a NSCAD graduate and interdisciplinary artist and facilitator based in Halifax NS. Emily’s experiential approach to creating immersive environments often employs humour, food and the five senses as conduits to the underlying curiosities that fuel her work. Emily is currently one of the artists in residence at the MacPhee Centre for Creative Learning in Dartmouth NS.
Olivia McNair is a Halifax-based multimedia artist with a BFA in painting and printmaking. Her work focuses and draws inspiration from human interactions with the natural and altered world. She is currently completing her Bachelor of Education at MSVU and hopes to incorporate art making into her future classroom.

Patti Nicholson is from the Halifax area and has been an art education specialist with the public school system for ten years, and with the AGNS for two years. Her own art practice encompasses a variety of materials, including printmaking, drawing, painting, stained glass, and sculpture.

Laurel Rath’s practice is an interdisciplinary one, with a focus on photography. She is an experienced educator and currently works with children in programs for the city and the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. As an Art Gallery of Nova Scotia guide, she is well versed in the art and will use it in her teaching to inspire and demonstrate concepts.
Krystle Retieffe is a visual and performance artist based in Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia. Her visual art is predominately acrylic on canvas and also includes clay, fabric and other fibers. Krystle draws inspiration from the natural world, her aboriginal ancestry and cultural activity while referencing contemporary issues with an uncommon point of view.
Camila Salcedo is a Venezuelan-Canadian artist based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She is an interdisciplinary artist with a focus on performance, video, textiles, and curation.  She is also involved in local activism and community-organizing. She has experience teaching through working for the past three years at NSCAD Extended Studies Summer Camps, and through the Art In Schools Program in Cape Town, South Africa.
Jenny Yujia Shi is an artist and art educator originally from Beijing, China. She graduated from NSCAD University with a BFA in painting, printmaking and a BA in Art History. Determined to deepen her roots in Nova Scotia, she has devoted herself in teaching art to children, youth and young adults with diverse needs and backgrounds.
Jason Skinner is multidisciplinary artist and award winning illustrator who uses humour and play to create fun, community friendly works. He has worked on projects for Nocturne: Art at Night Festival, THIS magazine and YTV. He currently lives in Halifax with his partner and dog.
  Melinda Spooner is a Halifax-Based Artist
Kate Ward is an interdisciplinary artist and educator whose research driven practice investigates the relationship between art, ritual spaces and cultural meaning. Kate is the recipient of numerous international scholarships, residencies and exchange programs. Her work has been selected for national and international exhibitions and awards and she is represented in national and international collections.
Jesica Lynn Wiebe graduated with a BFA from NSCAD University and a BEd from Acadia University. Jessica’s work responds to her service in the Canadian military as a soldier, and educator. She employs storytelling and performance in a multi-disciplinary practice. Her work questions how identity is shaped by experience and how this connects her in a local and global context.

Rosemary Clarke Young is a Bedford artist who works primarily in watercolour wax resist or oil, usually featuring interior scenes.  She exhibits her work in galleries and shows, including the Teichert Gallery. Since 2008, she has taught children’s art classes, both privately and in local schools.

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