Saturday Studio

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Saturday Studio - Art classes for kids!

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

December 8 ~ lelum (home) 

We will visit The Poetics of Space in the gallery and view Alex Morrison’s work Every House I’ve Ever Lived In Drawn from Memory. Back in Art Lab we will use fine tip black markers to draw images of our homes from memory on archival architectural blueprints. We will fill these outlined spaces with colour creating new and abstract works to brighten our homes!

December 15 ~ Dancing Loop Mobiles

We will visit The Poetics of Space to see Alexander Calder’s print Loops from our collection and learn about the colourful mobile sculptures he constructed. Back in Art Lab, we’ll bend wire and cut paper to create our own fun and whimsical hanging mobiles to take home. 

January 5 ~ Watercolour Play!

Inspired by Canadian artist Maxwell Bates in The Poetics of Space in the gallery, we will experiment with watercolours to create beautiful paintings on paper. We will play with patterns, shape and layers with watercolours to create unique and beautiful outdoor landscapes.

January 12 ~ Flora & Fauna Pop Art

Let’s start the year with some funky pop style tiles! Using paint markers on ceramic tile we will illustrate our favourite flora and fauna to create bright graphic images. Take home and use for coasters, hot plates and fun table settings!

January 19 ~ Story Stones Rock!

We will start by listening closely to the story behind the Supernatural Eagle Bringing the Sun Back to the World told by Snuneymuxw elder William and Joel Good.  In the story, we gain better understandings of how the eagle brought the sun back to Snuneymuxw in a time of great darkness. Using colorful paint markers, we will draw images and create story stones that share tales of our own memorable connections to sunny days in the dark of winter!

January 26 ~ Art Investigators: athut Words Bounce

We will visit athutWords Bounce, the new exhibition in the gallery, to think about the connection between art and words. Back in Art Lab, we’ll make mini storybooks with our own made up language! We’ll invent shapes that look like letters and we’ll draw pictures to illustrate our unusual stories. 

shxwuweli (hul’q’umi’num word meaning relatives) 
Saturday, February 16
10:00AM - 12:00PM
Family Event! Children must be accompanied by an adult. 1 adult per 3 children recommended 
Registration Required | Space is limited 
Join us for a special family day celebration at Saturday Studio! Did you know 2019 is the year of International Indigenous Languages? Families are invited to bring in translations for “family” as we celebrate belonging and language. We will tour athut / Words Bounce and work together to create meaningful and fun collages on wooden panels. Families will add messages and memories to our exhibition wall in Art Lab.

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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150 Commercial Street
Nanaimo, British Columbia

+1 (250) 754-1750
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Sun: 12 PM - 5 PM



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