Summer breeze

It may feel like September is just around the corner, but there is still plenty of summer left here at NSCAD.

The Anna Leonowens Gallery has been bustling with some very special  exhibitions scheduled. Retiring ceramics technician Doug Bamford’s “exit-bition” kicked off August at the gallery and painting professor Heather Sayeau’s farewell show is on now until August 19th. You’ll want to drop in to drink in the beauty of Heather’s large and luscious peony paintings.

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Heather Sayeau’s flower paintings are on display at the Anna Leonowens Gallery until August 19. (Marilyn Smulders Photo)

The second of two summer sessions at NSCAD wraps up soon, finishing with what we refer to as the “Keji class.” Taught by anna sprague, this intensive, experiential learning class is possible because of a partnership with Parks Canada and involves a few days in the great outdoors at Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site. Some of things students can expect to do while at Keji include canoeing on the Mersey River, gazing at a night sky bursting with stars, cooking dinner for the group over a campfire and hiking to see some of the ancient petroglyphs carved into slate outcrops. A group exhibition inspired by the Keji experience will follow in December at the Anna Leonowens Gallery.

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The most noticeable traces left by the early Mi’kmaw people are the engravings they created on rocky outcrops found at several locations in Kejimkujik National Park. (Erica Flake Photo)

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Our Port Campus is a veritable beehive at this time of the year with summer camps put on by our School of Extended Studies. “They’re all going very well this year,” says Amber Solberg, youth coordinator. Many of the camps involve field trips: students in the upcoming teen animation class will visit studios at DHX Media and Copernicus, for example, while campers in “Stories from the Garden” dropped by The Discovery Centre to learn about worms. (Cool facts: Worms have photo receptors on their skin which make them sensitive to light and secrete yellow goo when they’re stressed.)

In a visit to The Discovery Centre, summer campers with "Stories from the Garden" take a close-up at worms using a flashlight. (Marilyn Smulders Photo)

In a visit to The Discovery Centre, summer campers with “Stories from the Garden” take a close-up at worms using a flashlight. (Marilyn Smulders Photo)

Amber says the Extended Studies’ inbox has been bursting with words of praise from appreciative parents.“The instructors are phenomenal with the young people and that’s what parents notice,” she says. “They love to work with children. They’re enthusiastic and encouraging and the response from the children is amazing.”

One mom wrote to say her normally shy seven-year-old son didn’t feel the need to say goodbye to her after the first day and instructed her not to pick him up early.

There are still a few spots available in summer camps running August 21 to 25. Register by Friday, Aug. 18 by emailing extendedstudies@nscad.ca or calling 902-494-8185. Summer camps on offer include:

  • “Performance, Costumes & Puppetry” with instructor Camila Salcedo for children ages 5 to 8;
  • “Box Town” with instructor Patrick Burgomaster (BFA 2010) for children ages 9 to 11;
  • “Wild Kingdom” with instructor Lisa Davie for children ages 9 to 11;
  • “Board Games” with instructor Kyle Bridgett (BFA 2015) for teens ages 12 to 14;
  • “Animation” with instructor Sam Decoste (MFA 2015) for older teens ages 15 to 18.

Summer camps wrap with the exhibition Artrageous, opening Friday, Aug. 25 from 4 pm to 6 pm at the Port Loggia Gallery, 1107 Marginal Road, and running for one week.

The ever-popular summer camp Box Town is back. Kids work with the encouragement of instructor Patrick Burgomaster to create a community out of cardboard boxes. They may even choose to elect a mayor of Box Town.

The ever-popular summer camp Box Town is back. Children ages 9 to 11 work with the encouragement of instructor Patrick Burgomaster to create a community out of cardboard boxes. They may even choose to elect a mayor of Box Town. Photo courtesy of the School of Extended Studies.

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Another photo of Box Town, a summer camp favorite taught by Patrick Burgomaster. Photo courtesy the School of Extended Studies.

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Speaking of NSCAD’s School of Extended Studies, the fall course calendar is out and ready for dreaming. What will you take? Adults, teens and children can discover or rekindle a passion by taking evening or weekend classes in art, craft or design. Registration begins August 22.

The fall course calendar offers a wealth of opportunities. Bookbinding, ceramics, comics and visual storytelling, quilted projects, sewing techniques, photography and DIY documentary are some of the courses being offered for adults. New classes include Doodling for Adults, Indigo Magic, and Portraits Reinvented.

Or, maybe you’d like to sit in on some of NSCAD’s fascinating art history classes. You can audit classes taught by some of NSCAD’s most gifted lecturers including Dr. David Howard, Dr. Jayne Wark and Dr. Sandra Alfoldy. Classes available to audit include: Survey of 19th Century Art, Survey of 20th Century Art, Craft and Design History 1750-1950, Renaissance and Baroque Art, and Film History and Criticism, 1890-1945.

Since the very beginning of this school 130 years ago, Saturdays have been devoted to children’s art classes. This fall is no exception. There are several classes offered for children ages 5 to 8, 8 to 11 and 12 to 14.

See the full fall calendar online.

P.S. The header image, used on Extended Studies’ fall course calendar, is by NSCAD alumnus Alex Tapia.