Art Camps for spring break will inspire

Children’s art workshops at Nanaimo Art Gallery encourage creativity

During Spring Break, which runs from March 12 to 28 this year, the Nanaimo Art Gallery will be offering a series of arts related workshops and activities.

The Art Lab camp runs in week one from March 14 to 18 with sessions from 9:30 a.m. to noon for children aged 8 to 12; from 1 to 4 p.m. for 13 to 16 year-olds.

“Explore ideas about art, learn and create using traditional and contemporary approaches to sculpture, painting, video, and photography,” says a NAG release.

Instructor Yvonne Vander Kooi will “find innovative ways to engage our community in random surprise art experiences downtown” during this five class session, which costs $125.

Week two offerings include Inside Out / Outside In for children aged 5 to 7, and Places and Traces for 8 to 12 year-olds, both with art instructor Carole Brooke.

These four session classes cost $100 and will engage participants creating “slotted sculpture, unique artist trading cards, spin painting, drawing by touch, a treasure hunt, and much more.”

All the classes will be inspired by the work of Ron Tran, whose art “explores chance, coincidence, the mundane and the ordinary in daily life.”

For information or to register call 250-754-1750 or visit