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 250.754.1750

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

August 4 - Art Investigation of Earthlings!

We will take our markers and clipboards into the exhibition Earthlings to discover new artworks. We’ll explore our favourite aspects of the sculptures and drawings we see, write and draw our responses and head back to Art Lab to develop colourful mixed media drawings based on our visit. 

August 11 - squlquluthun (dream)

The Tsimshian Nation, along with other indigenous nations, have stories, characters and lessons that are connected to dreams. Inspired by these stories and the artworks in Earthlings Saturday studio artists will create their own fun and colourful creatures using brightly colored modelling clay. We will embellish our weird and wondrous creatures using buttons, beads and googly eyes and consider the stories and lessons they share.

August 18 - Hybrid Puppets

Saturday Studio kids will use popsicle sticks, fabric and other found materials to create fantastical puppets. We will visit the gallery to take inspiration from the hybrid figures in the exhibition Earthlings and use our imaginations to craft our own mythical creatures to communicate and connect.  

August 25 - Animal Portrait

Inspired by Shuvinai Ashoona’s drawings in Earthlings where animal and human forms merge, Saturday Studio kids will design large animal self portraits using drawing and collage. Whether you imagine yourself as octopus, bird or walrus we will creatively combine you and your favourite animal to create absurd outlandish portrayals.

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. 



Saturday Studio is generously sponsored by RBC Royal Bank.




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150 Commercial Street
Nanaimo, British Columbia

+1 (250) 754-1750
Tue - Sat: 10 AM - 5 PM
Sun: 12 PM - 5 PM



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