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.



Wednesday, May 22, 6 - 9 PM Picture Your Family: Portrait Workshop

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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 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, Literacy Central and Mid Island Metis Nation 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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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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