Art Lab Workshops

To register for programs call 250.754.1750. Space is limited.      

Open Session 

Wednesdays Monthly, 7 - 9 pm
January 31 | February 28 | March 14

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.

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NUTSUMAAT | Pulling Together
Drumming Circle with Patrick Aleck

Wednesday, January 17, 6:30 - 7:15 pm
Free | Donations gratefully accepted  
Drums available courtesy of Nanaimo Aboriginal Centre or bring your own
Registration required
Join us for an inspiring evening of drumming, singing, storytelling and conversation with Stz’uminus composer Patrick Aleck. We will drum and sing along to encourage peace and unity within our communities. Indigenous Education Coordinator, Arlene Deptuck, will be in the Gallery for 30 minutes prior to the drum circle to explore the current exhibition through an Indigenous lens. 

IMG 6280wpGrapes of Craft: An Evening of Art & Wine!
February 8, 7 - 9:30 pm
Registration required
Supplies and wine included
$30 Members | $35 Non-Members
Raise your glass to another creative night out!  Inspired by the exhibition Landfall and Departure: Epilogue, create your own mixed media artwork using paint, pastels and photo collage on canvas panels. Artist and educator Yvonne Vander Kooi will share techniques & 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.

What Does it Mean to Live on an Island? | Workshop Series
This artist-led workshop series is designed to encourage non-artists and artists alike to discover new ways of making. Experiment with materials, create with confidence and connect with local contemporary artists. Join us for adventures in art and ideas!

$75 Members | $85 Non-Members
For all three Sundays: $215 Members
For all three Sundays: $245 Non-Members

IMG 7389wpDay 1: Create without Borders with Yvonne Vander Kooi
Sunday, February 25, 10 am – 4 pm

Questions about who we are, where we are from, and how might we share our futures, are foregrounded in this creative exploration of image making led by Art Education Coordinator Yvonne Vander Kooi. Pulling images and maps from archives, popular culture, and from personal photos, we will draw, trace, paint and paste on a large transparent surfaces to create colourful graphic imagery. The picture plane extends into space and playfully considers images and ideas that move beyond traditional borders.




Day 2: Transforming Images with Bracken Hanuse Corlett
Sunday, March 4, 10 am – 4 pm

Bracken Hanuse Corlett is an interdisciplinary artist hailing from the Wuikinuxv and Klahoose Nations. Working with Bracken, we will use techniques in drawing, collage and tracing to create work from small to large-scale. Each participant will make a small-scale contour drawing that will then be transformed into a large-scale wall painting using four colours or tones. We will look at our relationships to the land and water that surrounds us. We will also explore memory and roots in other territories and imagined spaces.

Day 3: Salish Sea: A Tidal Zone Rhythm with Roxanne Charles
Sunday, March 11 , 10 am – 4 pm

Roxanne Charles is a mixed media artist of Strait Salish and European descent, and an active member of the Semiahmoo First Nation. Through an exploration of weaving, assemblage, collaboration, and installation, participants will create work informed by our common and diverse experiences of living on the Salish Sea. We will start the day by creating a unique handwoven cedar bark rose. After a short walk to the water we will create collaborative works made from found objects, and upcycled materials. Roxanne will share her creative practice and provide guidance on weaving techniques so that participants come away with a greater understanding of Coast Salish weaving.  

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
Monday 10 am - 1 pm 
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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