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 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!

May 6 - Metallic Shadow Play

After viewing Marianne Nicholson's exhibition Awi'nagwiskasu: Real Land in the gallery, we take inspiration from her light and shadow installations and will play with light projections of ourselves. We will draw our shadows with pastels and fill in shapes and forms within the figures with metallic paints.

May 13 & 20 - RBC project: The Salish Sea

These special "Blue Water" classes are linked to RBC's 10-year Blue Water Project, their commitment to help protect our waters. Students will learn about water conservation and help create a collaborative art work that will be installed in the downtown RBC branch. Over the two Saturdays, with the question in mind What Does it Mean to Live on an Island? we will insert painted cutouts of sea life and photos of ourselves onto a large painted map of Vancouver Island. This collaborative art installation will express our place within the land, ideas of stewardship and the rich diversity and life in our waters.

May 27 - Uy'skweyul (Good Day) in Art Lab!

Join Indigenous Educator Arlene Deptuck as we view Marianne Nicolson's video work in the exhibition which takes the viewer to Kingcome Inlet by boat to see the large pictographic crest symbol she painted on a cliff. We will explore ways First Peoples have marked the land and compare ways we identify with place. Then we will create colourful and playful maps that include acknowledgment of Vancouver Island's Indigenous Nations and language.

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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Nanaimo, BC V9R 5G6
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