Saturday Studio


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Art Lab offers two Saturday Studio sessions tailored to kids ages 5-7 and 8-12. Participants will connect with artists, experiment with materials, learn new techniques, and have fun with art making.

Every Saturday 
Ages 5-7: 9:30 am - 10:30 am
Ages 8-12: 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

If your child has not attended ArtLab before, submit the registration form first, then pay.

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PAY ONLINE HERE - if your child is returning to Art Lab or you have submitted the registration form:

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Supplies included
$12 per child | $20 for 2 siblings
To register call 250.754.1750Location: Art Lab at Nanaimo Art Gallery, 150 Commercial Street.

April 27 ~ Exhibition Tour, Art Investigation & Stories ~ Across the Table

We all play, imagine, dance and share stories in our families. Let's go to the gallery and discover how artists work together across the table and across the generations - what stories do they tell? Back in Art Lab we will interpret and illustrate these stories with graphic markers in mini booklets to take home. 

familyMay 4 ~ Made-up Movies

Saturday Studio kids will visit the gallery to view Moby Dick, a video artwork by artist Guy Ben-Ner. In his work, Ben-Ner recreates movies and stories in his home with his family. Inspired by this idea, we will work together to build a set in Art Lab. We will also have a wardrobe of costumes and objects on hand to make up interesting characters. We'll pose as the characters we created in the world we built together and each child will take home a printed image of their made-up movie experience.  

Picture Your Family: Portrait Workshops

Saturday, May 11, 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM  & Wednesday, May 22, 6 - 9 PM

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$40 per family, members | $45 per family, non-members
Registration required | Space is limited
Supplies included

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When you think of your family, who comes to mind? Who belongs in your family portrait? Bring your family and create a fun, experimental family portrait inspired by the Gallery‚Äôs inquiry what are generations? After touring the exhibition Across the Table, participants will be guided through a series of blind portrait and contour drawing exercises which will then be cut, collaged and painted onto one surface to create large collaborative, quirky images. Each portrait will fit into gilded kitsch frames ready to hang at home! No art-making experience required. 

May 18 ~ Records of Movement

Inspired by the dance workshops by performance artist Justine A. Chambers, we'll create large movement-based collages! We will listen to music (on vinyl!) from past decades to connect to what our parents and grandparents might have listened to, and we will move our bodies to dance and draw in unexpected ways. We will then cut and paste our mixed media drawings into shapes and collage on to a large poster to bring home.

May 25 ~ Collaboration Celebration: Weaving Across the Table!

Across the Table is an exhibition inspired by the working methods of father and son Snuneymuxw artists Joel Good and William Good, who carve across from each other at the kitchen table almost every day. We will view an artwork by this family team, and then we will learn the technique of weaving with fabric, string, paper, and other interesting materials. By taking turns and sharing across the table like William and Joel, we can help each other to craft a beautiful woven artwork which we will hang on our feature wall in Art Lab!   

Stories with Michael & Gerry Kusugak at Saturday Studio 

Saturday, June 1, 10 am - 12 pm
Ages 5-12
$12 per child | $20 for two siblings
Supplies included  | Registration required
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Saturday Studio partners with Vancouver Island Children's Book Festival to host storyteller Michael Kusugak and his wife Gerry. In Inuit culture, storytellers learn their craft by listening to stories told to them as children. These stories are ancient and compelling, told over and over again changing slightly with each teller's telling. Michael was introduced to the stories by his grandmother while he was traveling by dog team living in igloos and sod huts in the arctic circle. Gerry will help bring these stories to life with items from a traditional Inuit culture that can be seen and touched. 

Do you have a LEAP card? Your child may be eligible for a bursary. Two LEAP spots are available each week; one per family. Each family is welcome to use up to 2 LEAP spots per month. 

Maximum program enrollment is 12 students. All phone reservations must be paid prior to 5 pm the Friday before Saturday Studio. Walk-in payments are accepted until 9:15 am Saturday if space allows.  



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Nanaimo, British Columbia

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Sun: 12 PM - 5 PM



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