Visual Arts

  • Introduction to Bookmaking

    This course is designed for beginners interested in learning basic bookbinding and bookmaking skills. Participants will explore different ways to hand make a book including bound, glued, cut and folded. The class will look at nontraditional forms of bookmaking using sound and found materials. The importance of archival materials will also be discussed. All materials are included and each student will receive a kit of specialized tools.
    Instructor: Sandi Hartling
    Wednesdays from March 4-April 8, 6-8 p.m.Cost is $230, pre-registration is required. Students must be 18+. Contact Tamara Steele at or 902-628-6111

    Introduction to Bookmaking.pdf

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  • Saturday Art Classes

    The winter session for Saturday art classes begins January 10 and runs for 8 weeks. These fun-filled classes explore art and crafts to introduce drawing, painting, sculpture and more. With an emphasis on visual literacy, creative thinking and art processes, your child will get a solid foundation into the world of visual arts.

    Spring session begins April 11, 2015

    KinderART for ages 4-5, 9:30-10:30 a.m., $90
    Exploring Visual Arts 1, for ages 6-8, 11:00 a.m.-noon, $110
    Exploring Visual Arts 2, for ages 9-12, 1:00-2:00 p.m., $110
    Instructor: Gail Hodder

    To register contact Tamara Steele at 628-6111 or

    Saturday Art Classes.pdf

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  • PD Day Art Camps

    Keep your kid's boredom at bay by signing them up for our PD Day Art Camps in the Schurman Family Studio and Confederation Centre Art Gallery. Kids will get an in-depth tour of our exhibitions with a gallery guide then work with a professional artist to create a masterpiece that can find a place in your home. For ages 6-12.

    Dates: April 17, 24, and May 1
    Time: 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
    Cost: $30 per day
    Instructor: Gail Hodder Pre-registration is required as space is limited.
    Students must bring a lunch and two snacks to class each day. The Schurman Family Studio is a peanut-free environment.

    PD Day Art Camps.pdf

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  • March Break Camp

    Let your children explore, create and have fun in the inspiring world of visual art at the Confederation Centre's Schurman Family Studio. Our week-long camp will engage students' imaginations with tours of current exhibits in the Art Gallery and hands-on art activities in many mediums. For ages 6-12.
    Dates: March 16-20, 2015
    Time: 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
    Cost: $160
    Instructor: Gail Hodder

    Please note: Students must bring a lunch and two snacks to class each day. The Schurman Family Studio is a peanut-free environment.

    To register contact Tamara Steele at 628-6111, or

    March Break Camp.pdf

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  • Visual Art Summer Camps

    There's no reason for your child not to pursue their dream of becoming a star and an artist this summer! The Confederation Centre Art Gallery is once again offering week-long art camps. The Centre's fully equipped Schurman Family Studio is the ideal place for your child to be immersed in creativity and creation, working with trained visual arts educators in an enriching environment with full access to Gallery exhibitions that feature artists from across the country.

    With an emphasis on visual literacy, creative thinking and art processes, your young art enthusiast will explore, create and have fun!! Each week ends with an hour-long exhibition of your child's artwork.

    Camps run June 29 to August 20, Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

    Full-Day Art Camps for ages 7-12, $160 

    June 29-July 3 (no camp July 1)
    July 6-10
    July 13-17
    July 20-24
    August 3-7
    August 10-14
    Registration is on a weekly basis and designed to accommodate return campers! Cost is $160/week. Register by May 4 and receive the early bird rate of $145.

    Half-Day KinderArt Camp for ages 4-6
    July 27-31, morning camp: 9:00 a.m.-noon
    July 27-31, afternoon camp: 1:00-4:00 p.m.

    Teen Art Camp for ages 13-16
    The course includes sculpture, graphic arts and animation.
    August 17-20

    REGISTRATON: For more information on Visual Art Camps or to register, contact Tamara Steele at 628-6111, or
    Registration begins April 6

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  • Birthday Parties

    If your child is having a birthday party and loves ART, book the Schurman Family Studio to celebrate their special day!!

    The Schurman Family Studio is a large space that is fully equipped to teach groups of children; and is an excellent location for your young art-enthusiast's birthday party!
    Every party includes a 15-minute tour of an art exhibit in the Gallery followed by 45 minutes of instruction of an art activity. Parents and kids can  choose from the following three options:
    - watercolour painting
    - drawing with pastels
    - introduction to collage
    After the hour long art activity, parents have a second hour in the studio to accommodate their own birthday party traditions. Those traditions may include snacks, drinks, birthday cake, a piñata, opening of presents, games, loot bags, etc.
    Birthday parties usually take place on Sundays between 2-4 p.m.


    The birthday child attends for free! A minimum of 6 additional children at $10.00 per child is required. Payment can be made via cheque or cash at the beginning or end of the birthday party. Cheques should be made payable to "Confederation Centre of the Arts."

    We Provide:
    In addition to the art activity, instruction and materials, the Centre will provide a fruit tray; a birthday table with tablecloth; napkins; paper plates; and forks. Assistance with clean-up will be provided. We can also send you a map of the Schurman Family Studio which can be included in your child's birthday invitations.

    You Provide:
    The kids! Parents should also provide the birthday cake, drinks and additional snacks (if desired). Other popular provisions may be decorations such as themed paper plates and napkins, balloons, party favours or loot bags.

    Make it Happen:
    Contact Tamara Steele by email at or by phone at 628-6111 to book your child's party and arrange for special details!!

    Click here to find your way to the Schurman Family Studio

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