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Summer School of the Arts: Week 5

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Monday, 30 July 2018 - 8:30am to Friday, 3 August 2018 - 5:00pm


Foodies: Art on the Menu with artist Patti Nicholson

Have fun creating a whole range of “art food” using a variety of materials including plasticine and paper maché. Students will use their sense of humour and keen observation skills to create food sculptures that look good enough to eat!

Ages 5 – 7 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
Ages 8 – 12 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Dip, Dot, Dab: Design your own fabrics! with artist Kate Ward

Learn how to use techniques such as stamp making, screen-printing, dyeing and other methods to create fabulous fabrics.

Ages 5 – 7 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
Ages 8 – 12 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.


Explore the world of relief and screen prints in this week of making many multiples! Take a field trip to the Dawson Print Shop to see how professionals make prints!

Ages 5 – 7 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Ages 8 – 12 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon

Aqua Media with artist Krystle Retieffe

Explore the realm of water-based media through acrylic pouring, alcohol inks, acrylic paint, mixed media and texture techniques!

Ages 5 – 7 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Ages 8 – 12 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon

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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

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.
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.
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.

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