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

Supplies included
$12 per child | $20 for 2 siblings
To register call 250.754.1750

Location: Art Lab at Nanaimo Art Gallery, 150 Commercial Street  

April 1 - Buttons, Beads and More!

Arlene Deptuck, our Indigenous Art Educator, will bring her family Tsimsian button blankets and share stories connected to the design and making of these blankets. We will look at images of Coast Salish Button Blankets and explore similarities and differences. Then we will create family pendants using images, hemp, felt, buttons and beads as a way of honouring our own family stories.

 April 8 - Downtown Jean Burns Building Art Project

This painting project will contribute to the needed beautification that will surround the site of the old Jean Burns Building. This project involves many artists and collaborators in the downtown in an effort to revitalize this space with various murals and photographic images of our downtown. Saturday Studio participants will paint square wooden panels with colourful and playful images of our downtown and harbour front. These panels will then be clear coated and attached to the fencing surrounding the demolition site. Reception and Ribbon cutting TBA!

April 15 - Spring Macro Flowers

Spring is here and what better way to celebrate than to be inspired by Georgia O’Keefe’s large format flower paintings. Using flowers from our garden and images of Georgia’s paintings as our point of reference, we will draw and blend with pastels on large black paper to make large the colours of spring!

April 22 - Pictograph Play

In anticipation of the upcoming solo exhibition in the gallery of Marianne Nicolson’s work, we will learn about one of her early large scale works. In 1998, she scaled a cliff face near her ancestral village Gwa’yi to paint a huge pictographic crest symbol that shows the origin story of her people. We will learn about the historical and modern uses of pictographs and then, inspired by Marianne’s work, paint our own pictorial symbols on various surfaces to represent our own stories and contemporary culture.

April 29 - Awi'nagwiskasu: Real Land 

We will tour the new solo exhibition in the gallery Awi'nagwiskasu: Real Land by Marianne Nicolson, a Victoria BC based artist of Scottish and Dzawada̱'enux̱w First Nations descent. Inspired by her concerns for our waters and marine life, we will illustrate a series of colourful marine life caricatures from starfish to sea crabs on Artist Trading Cards to share and take home!

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 10:15am Saturday, if space allows. 




Saturday Studio is generously sponsored by RBC Royal Bank.




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