Summer School of the Arts

It’s time for fun, creativity and friendship! Join us at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia for a vibrant summer full of art. Get your imagination going with hands-on studio activities and explorations of the Gallery. Well-qualified and experienced artists & art educators will lead the classes. Experiment with a wide range of art materials, discover new art techniques and enjoy playing around with ideas and images!

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.  
  • 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


Week 1: July 4-8

Block Prints Fabric Fun & Block Printing

Join artist Bess Forrestall to learn about the ancient craft of block printing. Students will design patterns and make rubber carvings for blocks to create a two-colour print. They will try their hand at smaller daily craft projects for extra fun and learning. Bess is eager to share the ideas and printmaking techniques she learned this past winter while working in Jaipur, India.

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

Underwater Landscape in Clay ImageUnderwater Landscape in Clay

Get ready for a journey into the deep with ceramic artist Bethany Riordan-Butterworth. Students will explore the underwater world (including animals and plant forms) and learn how to make its inhabitants out of clay. Using inspiration from books, the outdoors and art on display at the Gallery, students will be inspired to make and invent masterpieces while investigating sculptural forms and surface decoration. This class will include small scale and large-scale projects, as well as collaborative work. As always, there will be lots of time for diving into the unexpected!

Please note we will not use the pottery wheel in this class.
 

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

Beastly Art ImageBeastly Art: Inspiration from Animals

From fish to foxes and birds to bison, Rosemary Clarke Young and her students will use an animal theme to explore a variety of art projects over the course of the week. There will be lots of painting and drawing, as well as opportunities to experiment with collage and printmaking techniques. Play around with lots of ideas, art techniques and materials!

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

Out Of This World

Create fantastic worlds and imaginary cityscapes with artist Jenny Shi using various drawing and painting techniques inspired by artists old and new! People, houses, animals, colours, patterns, and textures--you name it, we’ll explore it. There will be lots of in-gallery sketching and tours to see the exhibitions to gather ideas and techniques for our own creations! 

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

Week 2: July 11-15

Mythical Creatures ImageImagine: The World of Mythical Creatures and Magical Monsters

With artist Melinda Spooner, students will imagine their own mythical creatures and magical monsters while working in clay, mixed media cloth painting and bookmaking. They will create spray-painted and stenciled cloth banners, imaginary clay animals, shadow puppet theatre and collage books. Learn about stories and myths from cultures around the world to create magical creatures from serpents, lake monsters, dragons, unicorns, to winged creatures.

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

Capture the light imageCapture the Light!

With photographer Brittany Warren, students will learn about two alternative methods of photography as they make their very own pinhole camera out of household objects and create cyanotypes – a blueprint photograph developed in the sun! Students will be able to experience firsthand, a photographic darkroom all the while learning about the roots of photography. It will be a fun-filled week of sunshine chasing and image making magic!

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

Design imageDesign: Wonderful Wearable Art

Explore colour, texture and design with artist Sherry Lynn Jollymore. All the projects will be wearable! Students will learn basic sewing skills and use various printmaking techniques to create fantastic one of a kind wearable artworks. Let your individuality shine through in pieces made by and for YOU. We’ll end the week with a fashion exhibition of our creations!

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

Great Art Doors ImageThe Great Art-Doors

Taking inspiration from the great outdoors, artist Tara Grude will create with her students: sculpture with an assortment of materials such as concrete and plastic; trick photography with mirrors; and an art garden in the Gallery courtyard. There will be lots of artmaking outdoors if the weather permits, so make sure to pack a hat and sunscreen!

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

Week 3: July 18-22

Pinball Wizards ImagePinball Wizards!

Join artist Heather Wilkinson to explore the world of springs and levers, rails and ruts. Students will set energy in motion as they create their own “old school” wooden pinball machine. Along the way they’ll explore the exuberant painted surfaces and game boards of Folk Art and vintage games to inspire their designs. Students will construct simple mechanisms, add 3D obstacles, and paint boldly to excite players and literally keep the ball rolling. This exploration of games brings storytelling, construction, reclaimed materials, and surface design together into one wildly creative experience for everyone!

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

Artful Journals ImgArtful Journals and Notebooks

With artist Lux Habrich, learn book-binding techniques and explore a large variety of creative mark-making exercises as you create a personal handmade, tactile notebook journal. Activities will include lots of experimental drawing, collage and playing around with colour, texture, and line!

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

Lets Build Characters ImageLet's Build Characters!

From making plushy animals, creating matchbox monsters, sculpting wire self-portraits, designing exquisite creatures, to designing 3D caricatures of ourselves, this course is all about building characters! A little bit of something for everyone; drawing, painting, sculpture techniques, and textiles with artist Tara Grude.

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

Drawing with Imagination ImgDrawing with Imagination

This week will be full of drawings and imagination with artist Jenny Shi. Students will learn to draw mythical plants and animals from different cultures and create pop-up cards from the drawings at the end of the course. Everyone will be encouraged to draw large and explore textures and a wide range of drawing techniques while extending their imagination into a magical land.

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

Week 4: July 25-29

PuppetryPuppetry

Artist Bess Forrestall will explore the ancient performance and craft of puppetry. Students will make their own puppets using papier mâché, paint and cloth; work together to create a backdrop for a performance; and try their hand at various other crafts such as coil baskets and wood block printing.

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

Rainbows Wild About Rainbows

Red, yellow, blue! With artist Gabriella Rizkallah students will immerse themselves in lots of colourful art-making this week. Learn more about the science and magic of colour by using paint and lots of other fun stuff to create a potpourri of art. Gallery visits will inspire students to see how different artists have used colour expressively.

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

Mask Making ManioMask-Making Mania

Create fabulous masks using a wide variety of art supplies and natural materials with artist Faith Wiley. Come and make your own special artworks that you can wear home. Be sure to bring your imagination along!

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

Wire Works ImagesWire Works

Wire Works is sure to be fun as you explore the endless possibilities of wire in art. Draw with wire, create jewelry, and combine wire with other fantastic materials to create sculptures including small figures.

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


Week 5: August 8-12

Abstraction in Action ImageAbstraction in Action

Join artist Tara Grude for a busy class for the creative and curious, full of all sorts of art-making activities! From drawing with our whole bodies, exploring abstract art through fun games, painting and collage, to whimsical sculpture and colourful weaving, you’ll be sure to leave this class with lots of vibrant creations!

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

Everything Painting ImageEverything Painting!

Paint a face – paint a still life - paint a landscape - paint an abstract with your eyes closed! Learn all about colour, composition and basic drawing techniques while using the art works in the Gallery for inspiration.

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

Claying Around

Join artist Therese Bombardier for a week filled with clay fun. Students will be guided through a wide variety of exercises and techniques with clay that lead them into their own exploration of materials and tools. The focus in this class is on hand-building to create both functional and non-functional art works. As a feature project the students will create musical clay animal maracas. The class will find inspiration through gallery tours, books and other fun exercises. Come clay-around and join the ceramic fun! ocation through June 19, 2016. ‬

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

Making the Ordinary Extraordinary!

With artist Odessa Spore, students will explore the art of still life experimenting with a variety of drawing, painting, collage and printmaking techniques. Have fun creating unique arrangements of all kinds of different found objects. Observe closely, and then use lots of colour, shapes, lines, and textures to create artworks that transform ordinary objects into the extraordinary!

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

Week 6: August 15-19

Tiny Town ImageThe Tiny Town

With artist Bess Forrestall, students will work together to imagine, build and create a collaborative tiny town. They will decide what their tiny town needs to be; a wonderful place to live – a harbour? A clock tower? A park? Sketching excursions to observe buildings that make Halifax such a great place to live will be part of the class. Students will also develop their own characters to live in the tiny town.

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

Mixed Media ImageMarvelous Mixed Media

Combine paint, charcoal, pastels, and found objects into a mixed media piece of art to create a marvelous artwork! Working with Laurel Rath, students will have fun exploring various material combinations while learning skills in art fundamentals. Students will explore basics of art and design (line, colour, shape, space, texture, scale, size, value, form) as they discover more about drawing, collage, and painting.

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

Week 7: August 22-26

Fashion ShowcaseFun Fashion Showcase: Design, Create & Walk the Runway

Be a designer of fashions for the runway! Join Anna Isabelle Scarth to create fun and unique upcycled clothes. Through sketching, sewing and finding inspiration for fashion in the world around them, participants will make one-of-a-kind personalized pieces. Learn basic design, re-design and embellishment to make a personalized style or fashion accessory.

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

Collage PartyCollage Party

Join in on the collage party! This class will encourage students to experiment as they explore the wild world of collage. Students will work with a variety of materials to learn about the foundations of art and spontaneity in the creative process. Students will draw, paint, sculpt, tear, cut and paste materials together – the possibilities are endless!

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

 

 Teen Studio (Ages 12 +)

These week-long afternoon classes are both fun and challenging for teens. All classes are from 1 - 4 pm.


Week 2: July 11-15

Making Mud Magic: Exploring with Clay

Join ceramic artist Therese Bombardier for a clay-filled week making containers, vessels and adornments. This class will interest and welcome all genders. The artist will teach hand-building techniques for making a variety of items such as shoelace tags, keychains, jewellery, pins, buttons and other wearable art. Students will find inspiration in pop-culture, books, gallery tours and from their own interests. By the end of the week, students will acquire new skills in ceramic arts.

Week 3: July 18-22

Capture the Light

Learn about two alternative methods of photography with artist Brittany Warren. Students will make a pinhole camera from household objects and create cyanotypes, a blueprint photograph developed in the sun. Students will experience working in a photographic darkroom while learning the foundations of film photography. This is a fun-filled week of image making magic!

Week 6: August 15-19

Fashion Revamp

See possibilities in used and vintage clothing by transforming garments from fine to fantastic! Designer Sherry Lynn Jollymore will lead this exploration into creative ways to reinvent your wardrobe. Printmaking and embellishment will be incorporated into design work. Includes field trip to a local secondhand shop. Basic sewing skills recommended.

Week 7: August 22-26

Storytelling & Art

The relationship between art and words is vast, each one sparking inspiration for the other. With artist and writer Evie Dunville, students will spend the week making journals and exploring artmaking, storytelling, and creative writing through painting, collage, and drawing. Previous writing and artistic skill not required. A willingness to share stories is encouraged.


 

 ART TREK for little ones (Ages 3-4)

Welcome Aboard! Class limit of eight children. Register for a morning or afternoon session, either 9:00 am – 12:00 noon or 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm.


Week 5: August 8-12

ArtMaking_Music_imageArt Making and Music

Join fiddler and artist Faith Wiley for a creative class of music and art!  Using music and songs to inspire artmaking, children will sing and dance to a new song each day. Create a big cardboard bus filled with portraits of each child looking out the window of the bus, build percussion instruments to play, and plenty more! A great class to integrate dance, music, visual arts, and play!

Age Time
3 – 4 9am – noon
3 – 4 1 – 4pm

Week 6: August 15-19

Art with Heart

Come and make cool art with Priya Andrade using boxes, paper, paint, stones, sticks, and more! Experience how ordinary things can be transformed into works of art with a little bit of love and creativity. Special walks throughout the Gallery to discover more about different art materials, ideas, and stories will inspire imagination and the endless possibilities of art!

Age Time
3 – 4 9am – noon
3 – 4 1 – 4pm

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