Art Lab Workshops

To register for programs call 250.754.1750. Space is limited.      

Open Session 

Wednesdays, October 25 & November 29, 7 - 9 pm

Registration required
$18 Members | $22 Non-Members

Join the conversation! Open Session is a monthly reading and discussion seminar for practicing artists and community members to explore issues related to contemporary art. Sessions are facilitated by art historian, Marie Leduc, PhD. Each session includes a reading on a pre-selected topic or question. Topics are decided by the group and announced prior to each session.


For Museum 1MAKING A STATEMENT: A workshop for writing artists' statements  

Saturday, October 21
Workshop and Tour, 2 - 4 pm
Registration required
$25 Members | $27 non-Members
Workshop Requirements: writing material and a small piece of your artwork

Included will be a tour of Jin-me Yoon’s solo show at the Nanaimo Art Gallery guided by Yvonne Vander Kooi (Art Education Coordinator). 

Artists often need to produce a statement about their work for a show, for their website, or when applying for a grant. This workshop explores how you can go beyond the obscurity of “artspeak” to present an open, honest statement of your current work or the work you intend to do in the future.
Facilitator Naomi Beth Wakan is a personal essayist, the Inaugural Poet Laureate of Nanaimo and the Inaugural Honorary Ambassador for the Federation of BC Writers.  She has written over fifty books including “On the Arts,” a series of essays on various aspects of creativity based on pieces written for the American Art magazine, Still Point Arts Quarterly. 

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NUTSUMAAT | Pulling Together
Tour and Drumming Circle with Patrick Aleck
Wednesday, November 8, 7 - 9 pm
Join us for an evening tour of Spectral Tides followed by drumming, singing and conversation with Stz’uminus First Nations
composer Patrick Aleck. Patrick will share recent songs he has composed and the stories that connect us. We will have an opportunity
to drum and sing along to encourage peace and unity within our community.
Registration required
Drums available or bring your own.
$10 Members | $15 Non-Members

IMG 6280wpGrapes of Craft: An Evening of Art & Wine!
Thursday, November 16, 7 - 9:30 pm
Raise your glass to a new kind of night out! Inspired by Jin-me Yoon’s exhibition Spectral Tides, create your own mixed media artwork using paint, pastels and photo collage on wooden cradles. Artist and educator Yvonne Vander Kooi will share various techniques and approaches to image making that will surprise and delight! Create an artwork to take home, have fun and catch up with friends—you don't have to be an artist to be creative.
Registration required
Supplies and wine included
$30 Members | $35 Non-Members

Life Drawing

Throughout the course of history, the human body has been an enduring subject for artists. On Mondays between September and April, join an informal, friendly group to participate in life drawing sessions. Practice your drawing technique and develop new skills in the Gallery by observing a live model.

Art Lab
Every Monday 10 am - 1 pm (except holidays)
Resumes September 18
Cost $8

Participants must bring their own sketch materials. Easels supplied.
Interested in joining Life Drawing? Call 250.754.1750 for more information.


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150 Commercial Street
Nanaimo, BC V9R 5G6
Tue - Sat: 10 am - 5 pm, Sun: 12 -5 pm April to 12/10/17


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