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

$14 per child | $25 for 2 siblings

SPECIAL OFFER! Register in advance for four consecutive classes for a discounted rate of $50 and receive a complimentary coffee at Mon Petit Choux. To register call 250.754.1750Location: Art Lab at Nanaimo Art Gallery, 150 Commercial Street. 

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 January 25 ~ x̌pey sx̌wi'ém̓ (cedar stories)

Winter is a time for storytelling in many indigenous traditions. Saturday studio artists will watch a video which tells the story behind the making of Supernatural Eagle Bringing the Sun Back to the World by Snuneymuxw father and son team William and Joel Good. This public artwork, carved in cedar, was commissioned by the gallery and is installed above the Gallery's entranceway. Using cedar as a starting point, we will create tissue paper contours as a base for collage and share and create visual stories about our own connections with xpey (hul'q'umi'num word meaning cedar).

February 15 ~ Special Saturday Studio event! Family Day Portrait Studio | 10 AM - 12 PM

Join us for a special family day event in Art Lab! We will begin the day with an inquiry based tour of A Generational Retrospective featuring work by Governor General Award-winning artist and photographer Sandra Semchuk in the gallery. Inspired by her photo-based collaborations with her family we will set up a photo portrait studio complete with lighting, backdrop and props for families to come and create their own family portraits to take home!

Free | Registration required 

Supplies included | Advance registration required  registration form button 

We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia.

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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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