Summer School of the Arts

Have fun and get inspired at the Summer School of the Arts by participating in hands-on studio activities and explorations in the Gallery. Well-qualified and experienced artists/art educators facilitate the art classes designed for children and youth ages 3 - teens. Experiment with a wide range of art materials, discover new art techniques and play around with ideas and images!

Important details:

  • Children and youth can attend week-long sessions of full or half-day classes
  • Organized lunch time supervision at a nominal fee is provided for students attending full days
  • Students must bring their own lunch and water bottle
  • There is no microwave or fridge access
  • No nut products please
  • Space is limited
  • Registration is required

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 your “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.

Fees

Gallery Members    $117/half day (full week)
Non-Members       $130/half day (full week)
We offer a lunch hour option at $15 for non-members ($10 for members).

After class care is available until 4:45pm for an additional fee of $10. Registration is required.

Register in person or by calling our Information Desk at (902) 424-5280.
 

Ages 3 – 5

Each week is available as a morning (9am – noon) OR afternoon session (1 – 4pm). Class limit of 8 children.

Week 1: July 6 - 10


Boogie Woogie Jungle with artist Priya Andrade

There will be lots of singing, music, and art making in this class. Create masks, funky animal art and costumes related to the jungle theme. Expect wild animals to pop up from the strangest places. A musical performance extravaganza will conclude this wild week of jungle fever!

Week 2: July 13 – 17


I'm All Art with early childhood educator Shelley Howes

Sing, dance, paint, sculpt and act our way through each day finishing with a Friday musical performed by the class. Props and costumes will be hand-made using a variety of colourful and decorative art materials sprinkled with imagination! Visits into the gallery to view special exhibitions will add to the excitement and creativity.

Week 5: August 10 – 14


123 ART with early childhood educator Shelley Howes

Discover more about the magic and science of colour, lines and shapes in this lively art class. Using their imaginations and observational skills, students will explore artworks in the Gallery to inspire them in a variety of mixed-media art activities.

Week 6: August 17 – 21


Mixed Media Fun with artist Margarita Fainshtein

This art class focuses on the joyful process of art making and the incredible experience of having created something new. Students will express themselves using a wide range of art techniques in drawing, printmaking, collage, and painting. Explorations into the Gallery will add richness to this fun learning experience!

Ages 5 – 12

Week 1: July 6 - 10


Clay Animal Extravaganza! with artist Bethany Riordan-Butterworth

Get ready for an animal extravaganza! We will explore different kinds of animals and learn how to make them out of clay. Using artwork on display at the Gallery, students will be inspired to make and invent their own animal masterpieces!

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

Fingerboard Skate Park! with artist Andrew Maize

Create your own Fingerboard Skate Park! Working with a variety of materials, students will design and build skate parks of their wildest imaginations. Learning how to build epic half pipes, crazy rails and big kickers, students will practice model making skills such as cutting, gluing and painting. Students will then ride the parks and learn some tricks for using a fingerboard!

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

Out of the City and Into the Woods with artist D’Arcy Wilson

This is a workshop all about dreams of summer paradises outside of the city: lakesides, campsites, the forests, and also, the animals who live there. Using mixed media ranging from collage to paint to papier-maché, students will create their own fantastical woodland. Meanwhile, they will also have a chance to consider the natural world at their doorstep while gaining practical instruction in drawing and painting.

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

Week 2: July 13 - 17


Thread & Fibre & Fabric, oh my! with artist Tara Grude

Creating art with an amazing variety of colours, patterns, and textures of fabric and fibers is so much fun! During this week, we will explore many different textile techniques including felting, weaving, sculpting, printing and dying, and students will bring home many works of art. Dig your hands into something new and discover the many ways you can weave your creativity into textile art!

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

Create with Clay with artist Bethany Riordan-Butterworth

Using a variety of processes, students will use clay to create their own masterpieces! Through techniques including building by hand and using the wheel, students will produce both functional and non-functional sculptural pieces. By viewing artworks in the Gallery, students will make work inspired by what they see. There will also be time to explore surface decoration, pattern and colour.

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

Our City Puzzle with artist Miro Davis

Students will begin a collaboration with sketches inspired by the surrounding city streets. They will then magically sculpt their ideas into a 3-D City Block full of colour, texture, shape and stories. Each piece of this city puzzle will fit together as they watch their new city grow! Create with clay, found objects, wood, glass and much more.

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

*Please note: This class includes well-supervised excursions to neighbouring streets around the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia.

Inside Outside Backwards Forwards with artist Susan Wolf

Prepare to be amazed! Draw a black line to make a white space. Form a bump and you’ve made a hole. In this class, students will explore 2D and 3D techniques where you start out with one thing and end up with another. We’ll make simple molds and prints using materials such as plasticine, plaster, jelly, ink and rollers.

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

Week 3: July 20 - 24


A World of their Own with artist Brittany Warren

This class will take photography out of the frame and into the three dimensional world. Students will be testing their imaginations and exploring the many possibilities of photography as they create sculptures, collages and books to fabricate beautiful worlds and stories!

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

Animalia with artist Susan Wolf

Animals have been the subjects of art making for centuries. Using sound, texture, movement and colour inspired by our furry, scaly, and feathered friends, students will create 2D and 3D projects that they’ll love.

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

Week 4: July 27 - 31


The Great Seven Sea Adventure with artist Brittany Warren

Students will swash-buckle, swim and sing their way through this oceanic adventure! A week spent travelling the world learning about the exciting life of sea creatures – both real and mythical – by painting, sculpting, and collaging.

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

Terra-gotcha Clay Figures with artist Fenn Martin

Welcome to the fiery world of clay hand building. The week’s activities will include the exploration of clay friezes, relief-figurative works and the fabrication of our very own terra-cotta figures! Students will enjoy both independent and collaborative projects during this week of discovery.

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

Week 5: August 10 - 14


Magical Luminares: Painting, Printmaking and Collage with artist Melinda Spooner

Shadow puppetry, mask-making and handmade lanterns will be created through traditional and non-traditional methods of printmaking, painting and collage and will culminate in a magical parade of glowing artwork.

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

Colourful Adventure Into the World of Glass with artist Margarita Fainshtein

Have you ever noticed how light shines so beautifully through stained glass windows? Come learn more about the ancient world of “vitrage” (stained glass) and explore the world of colour, light and reflection.

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

*Please note: Plexiglass will be used in this workshop.

Week 6: August 17 - 21


Dynamic! Ceramic! with artist Therese Bombardier

Join us for a week filled with clay fun! In this workshop, Therese will guide students through a dynamic variety of exercises and techniques that lead them to creating exciting new projects. Through both hand building and use of the wheel, students will create functional and non-functional pieces of art. Students will take gallery tours, tell stories, play games and look at books to tweak their imagination and find inspiration!

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

Print! Print! Print! with artist Odessa Spore

Have fun multiplying your own original images in this week of printmaking. Put your mark on the world by exploring different hand printing techniques such as relief, stencil printing, sun printing and image transfer. After branding your images you will create a number of products which highlight your unique style!

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

Week 7: August 24 - 28


I Dream of the Marine! with artist Bess Forrestall

Students will take inspiration from Halifax’s lively harbour to create their own ferryboat, dinghy or pirate ship during this week-long marine exploration. Students will have the opportunity to create their own mixed media sculptures, as well as trying their hand at acrylic and watercolor painting.

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

Sun Printing Magic with artist Brittany Warren

Cyanotypes and photograms are two of the first methods used in photography and are widely accessible for students of all ages. With a scavenger hunt appeal -- students will make photographic collages using found objects then magically use the sun to leave an impression of the objects on the surface. This class will bring the magic of science and art together!

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