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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December 7 ~ Teens and Kids Investigate Artwalk!

Teens from our our Code Switching program will join Saturday Studio kids to investigate their collaborative installation Generate in Art Lab. Together the artworks tell stories about generations in family, our environment and imagining our futures. Teens and kids will respond to the work together discussing, writing and drawing their findings. Afterward with family and friends be sure to visit the many Artwalk venues in the downtown!

December 14 ~ Let's Investigate Stone Witness

With pencil and clipboard in hand we will head into the gallery to investigate the new exhibition in the gallery Stone Witness. We will observe, draw, ask questions and bring our own stories and understandings of our landscape. Back in Art Lab we will use stones as a base for our illustrations using paint markers to draw exhibition inspired artworks.

December 21 ~ Nature's Ornaments

Inspired by Liljana Mead Martin's sculptural works in the exhibition Stone Witness, Saturday Studio kids will create nature patterned clay ornaments. We will use shells, ferns and other natural found objects to make low relief impressions on small circular clay slabs and add further ornamentation using clay tools to carve lines and patterns. These handmade ornaments will add joy to your home over the holidays!

Saturday Studio will be closed December 28 & January 4. We will see you in the New Year on January 11!

January 11 ~ Mapping the Land

The first Saturday Studio in the New Year brings discovery and creativity. Geological cross sections map the history of land formation and gives us clues to the past. Saturday Studio kids will create graphic coloured maps that tell stories about the rock; layers of sediment, shale, sandstone and limestone create interesting patterns that will be drawn out and coloured with graphic markers. What story does your map tell?


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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