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Upcoming Programs to Entertain and Educate Children and Families

Nova Scotia children will have opportunities to see the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia from their own perspective over the coming weeks. Two events tailored to children and families will provide fun and learning opportunities at times that make sense for families. As well, the gallery is introducing in-service day camps for children in grades primary to six.

The AGNS Children's Festival takes place on Sunday,  Nov. 17, noon to 4 p.m. The theme this year is Fall into Winter! Children will have materials and guidance to create snow globes inspired by folk artist Maud Lewis’ playful winter scenes, add to a 3-D winter cityscape based on the stop motion animation of artists Chris Hanson and Hendrika Sonnenberg, and paint their own moonlight scene. They can make abstract leaf paintings and elegant tree sculptures.

The festival plays to children’s love of music as well as their love of art. Symphony Nova Scotia’s string duo, Kerry Kavalo and Anne Simons, will be in the gallery for an interactive musical performance. After enjoying the performance, they can visit the Instrument Petting Zoo with staff from Long and MacQuade to make their own music.

The Children's Festival has become a key event in the regional arts calendar, especially for families. Visitors can simply join in the fun; they don’t need to pre-register.

The gallery’s Gingerbread Sunday event has become a tradition for many families. This year, on Dec. 8, from noon to 4 p.m., families can construct and decorate their houses using materials provided by the gallery.

Regular admission rates apply for non-members. Art Gallery of Nova Scotia members can attend these events free of charge. 

In-service day camps begin Nov. 19. These full-day workshops, led by experienced art educators, explore various materials and techniques –painting, drawing, building and gallery touring – these day camps have it all!

Supervision begins at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 4:45 p.m., with the sessions taking place 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Students must bring their own lunch and labeled water bottle. A nut-free snack for mid-morning and mid-afternoon is recommended. Art-making can be messy, so students should wear clothes that might not get clean again. Dates are Halifax Regional School Board in-service days, and can be found here. Pre-registration is required for all camps either at the AGNS Gallery South Information Desk or by calling with credit card payment (Visa, MasterCard or American Express) during regular gallery hours. The fee for members is $36 plus HST per child; for non-members, $40. Fees include all art materials.

More information is available by calling the AGNS information desk at 902-424-5280.

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Media contact: Nicole Watkins Campbell | Communications Advisor
Art Gallery of Nova Scotia | 902-424-2903 | watkinni@gov.ns.ca 

Information, resources, and registration details:

Laura Carmichael

902-424-6314