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.

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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