Winter Art Courses with NSCAD Extended Studies

Looking Ahead to 2020!

NSCAD Extended Studies is already looking forward to the new year, and new possibilities. To us, 2020 can’t come soon enough! With a robust roster of art courses for the dabbler and the dedicated, we have lots of new classes as well as our classic art courses coming up. Whether you’re looking to expand your understanding of animals in Animal Drawing (Intermediate), or to learn about the world of film with DIY Documentary and Screenwriting, there’s lots to see in our expansive winter term.

NSCAD Extended Studies offers quality artistic classes to the community. Regardless of your current experience or abilities in starting Extended Studies classes, we’re here to help you grow, learn, and to have fun! Whether you’re interested in career or personal enrichment, taking courses as a stepping-stone to full-time studies, or just for the fun of it, we offer a wide range of short and long-term courses, workshops, open studios and online courses. For NSCAD alumni and seniors (65+), we offer 20% off all adult courses, so take a look and see what’s new:

Wide-Scale Watercolour Painting

With the little marvels of the medium in blooms and bleeds, watercolour painting has traditionally been a smaller-scale subject. Ideally suited for quick studies, landscape sketches, or sitting portraits, watercolours have naturally veered towards small and mid-size paintings. But what if you could learn to manipulate that medium on a human-sized scale? Artist Alice MacLean (BFA 2012) is leading her first class with NSCAD Extended Studies in teaching folks how to make watercolour work for them on a large-scale.

Say Hello to Sculpture

After a long hiatus of the subject, we’re pleased to welcome an encompassing introduction to sculpture with NSCAD all-star, Brea McAllister. Designed to help any beginner on the topic of sculpting, Brea will guide the class along, covering topics like building an armature, exploring exterior materials, looking at different ways of construction, mouldmaking in plaster and silicone, casting and soft sculpture. Lectures, demonstrations, critiques, as well as time to work are built into the course, so you’re not going to find a better way to get your feet wet!

The Craft of Self-Publishing

Have you ever had a book you wanted to put out into the world? Be it a zine, an artist book, or other piece of printed matter, what defines a book is an ever-changing topic. Under the instruction of NSCAD MFA grad and book-maker Emma Allain, you will learn the first steps in how to make your own self-published printed matter. By going over the key components of any book (basic bookbinding, layout design, digital printing) while you work by hand and by computer program, Emma will supplement your knowledge with contemporary examples to help inspire and guide you.

Sew Green with Linnet Finley

One of the cities’ most popular textile artists is back, with a brand new course! Anyone who knows the work or instruction of Linnet Finley knows her projects to be thoughtful, well-designed, and resourceful. In Sew Green, Linnet will teach you a series of projects designed to reduce your waste while producing art at the same time. Students can expect instruction in beginner hand-sewing and machine sewing techniques in a relaxed, comfortable setting. We don’t expect spots to stay open for long though, so sign up soon to save your seat.

March Break

For the upcoming youth break, we’ve planned a truly exciting week of creativity for ages 5-18. Taking place at the NSCAD Port Campus, students will craft their own stories, learn to sculpt, draw and print, and experience the breadth of NSCAD University studios in Art 101. There’s an additional camp this week for ages 11-13 in collaboration with the Writer’s Federation of Nova Scotia for all the writers out there, and we look forward to a week of exciting art ahead. All camps are 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. with early pick-up and drop-off available, free of charge. Campers can expect to get their hands messy as they tackle a plethora of artistic mediums, challenging their boundaries and seeing how art connects to their world.

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