Summer Art Camps 2020

Cancelation Notice:

The health and safety of our campers, visitors, and staff is our number one priority. We are disappointed to inform you that after careful consideration of our physical space and current Public Health guidelines, the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia will not be able to offer in-person summer art camps this year.

We will continue to provide you with access to art making activities through virtual programming. As we work towards reopening the Gallery, our programming team is busy developing exciting activities that are safe for you and your family. We look forward to welcoming you back.


July 6 – 10: Mold It! Build It! Print It!

Prepare to get messy as you dive into the worlds of clay and print! In this class, let’s bend the rules while tackling hand-building clay techniques to create one-of-a-kind pottery. Stamping, mono-printing, silk screening and block printing are all up for grabs in the print studio. Mold it, build it, and print it with clay and printmaking!


July 13 – 17: Colour Carousel

Take red, yellow and blue for a spin around the world! In this class, let’s discover the magic of colour and learn the science behind it as we explore how to use colour to create spectacular visual effects. From there, we’ll flex our funny bone to create whimsical 2D and 3D folk art using easily accessible materials – all with a Maritime flair!


July 20 – 24: Figures + Faces

Our bodies are incredible works of art with their very own language! In this class, let’s learn about body language and self-expression through movement like dance, sport, and play. Build moveable 3D figures and make your own diorama with different characters and backdrops. Have fun with faces by creating self-portraits and masks that express who we are.


July 27 – 31: Art that Moves

Swirls, twists, and turns. Make art that moves! This week, let’s learn about the strange illusions and wonderful movements that exist in art and then let’s create our own! Move from 3D to 2D and back as you explore lines and colours using paint and drawing materials. Use shape, colour, and form to make abstract artworks that will knock your socks off!


August 4 – 7*: Recycle! Reinvent! Reimagine!

Art is everywhere, especially in nature! In this class, let’s learn about art in nature as we make bird houses, bug art, and miniature gardens using all kinds of fun and creative materials. We’ll also create wearable art to show off everywhere you go. Redesign an old T-shirt, reinvent a funky hat, or refashion some fun new accessories. Be the art you want to see in the world!

* This week's camp is 4 days.


August 10 – 14: Mixed Media in 2D & 3D

Ride the rollercoaster of art in 2D and 3D! In this class, let’s mix it up in 2D by combining digital photography with drawing, and collage with painting. Then, we’ll have a blast in 3D by creating the most unique sculptural pieces possible using a mix of materials including plaster strips, papier mache, wire and more. The possibilities are endless!


August 17 – 21: Bright Ideas

Let’s flick a switch, ignite a spark, and shine a light on the subject of… light! In this class, let’s explore illuminating ways light can be used to make art stimulating and electrifying. There will be experiments with projections, shadows, silhouettes, and colour to create beautiful and mysterious artworks. Then, let’s paint it bright by creating posters that pop, designs that mystify, and works of art that will blow your mind!


August 24 – 28: Drawing + Painting Dynamics

You don’t have to look too hard to see that art is all around you! In this class, let’s use paint on paper, canvas, wood, and other fun surfaces to create our own panoramas, abstract designs, and portraits inspired by anything and everything we can find in the Gallery. We’ll learn the basics of drawing, illustration and cartooning using graphite, ink, and oil pastels. Pretty soon, you’ll realize: the sky’s the limit!


Camp Information:

  • Supervision begins at 8:30 a.m. and classes begin at 9 a.m..
  • After class care is available until 4:45 p.m. for no extra fee, but registration is required.
  • Don’t forget to pack lunch and snacks! (no nut products)
  • Artmaking is messy work. Please remember to wear work clothes.

Registration and Fees:

  • Fees are $230 per week and include all art materials. With a Family Membership receive a 10% discount.
  • If there is insufficient registration, classes are cancelled with fees refunded two weeks prior to the start. A full refund can also be issued two weeks prior with written notice. No refunds will be given with less than two weeks’ notice.