Artist for a Day - May 7
May 3, 2016

If you've ever wondered what it's like to be an artist, this is your chance to find out. NSCAD University and the NSCAD Alumni Association present Artist for a Day on Saturday, May 7, 10 am to 4 pm.

Artist for a Day will take place at NSCAD's Port Campus, 1107 Marginal Road, and also at neighbouing sites: the Seaport Farrmers' Market, 1209 Marginal Road; Nova Scotia Centre for Craft and Design, 1061 Marginal Road; the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, 1055 Marginal Road; and the Artists Annex, across the road from NSCAD's Port Campus.

For the past five years, NSCAD has been also proud to be a partner with I LOVE LOCAL Halifax's Open City -- a concerted effort to bring people out of hibernation and on to the streets of Halifax to shop, eat, live and create.

"Spring is back and it means a great time for everyone to get out with their friends and family and experience Artist for a Day," says Peter Wünsch, President of the NSCAD Alumni Association. "I encourage everyone to come down and spend a few hours channeling your inner creativity."

Here's a look at what you can do for Artist for a Day: 

  • Sculpt a mould out of quick-dry plaster with NSCAD alumna Susan Fitzgerald;
  • Create a personal wind turbine with recent NSCAD grad Darlene Morrison;
  • Become a part of a Living Mural with NSCAD alumnus Ivan Murphy;
  • Bite into a Big Sandwich with NSCAD faculty member Anna Sprague and student Emily Lawrence;
  • Spell out your name or compose a message for mom with the Letterpress Gang;
  • Cut out images and create something new with Prof. Bruce Barber's Dada Photo Montage;
  • Make a print from a real fish with NSCAD faculty member Rose Adams;
  • Make and wear jewellery from copper strips with NSCAD Prof. Kye-Yeon Son and students in the Jewellery and Metalsmithing Department;
  • Augment your reality with Prof. David Clark;
  • Pixelate your self portrait with NSCAD animation teacher Becka Barker;
  • Paint with egg tempera with NSCAD painting teacher Sara Hartland-Rowe;
  • Sit at an easel and draw the model in front of you with NSCAD teacher Sheila Provazza;
  • Conjure monsters out of yarn and fabric with NSCAD alumna Mariya Tsehtik;
  • Make something new out of cast-off clothing in Waste Not, Want Knot with NSCAD Profs Gary Markle and Sandra Brownlee;
  • Create a computer critter out of discarded electronics with NSCAD Design Prof. Glen Hougan;
  • Shape clay figurines with Team Possibles Art Collective;
  • Sit at a potter's wheel and make a bowl with Prof. Neil Forrest and students in the ceramics department;
  • Create a bracelet out of leather with NSCAD alumnus Bob Campbell and NSCAD staffer Debra Campbell in the Artists' Annex;
  • Draw a picture with NSCAD alumni Brian and Jimy Sloan, who will be stationed near the doors of Seaport Farmers Market;
  • Learn to weave and experience the potter's wheel at the Nova Scotia Centre for Craft and Design, 1061 Marginal Road;
  • Paint a postcard for a friend at the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21.

And that's not all. If you're interested in pursuing studies at NSCAD, make sure to see NSCAD's Admissions staff who will be on-site all day. They'll take a look at your artwork, provide feedback and give Port Campus tours. You'll also be able to sign up for Extended Studies classes.

For many of us at NSCAD, it's our favorite day -- it's fun, it's free and it's neighborly! 

Susan Charles, Director of the Nova Scotia Centre for Craft and Design agrees:

"We LOVE sharing the excitement of making art or learning a new craft.  Sort of like offering somebody a freshly baked chocolate chip cookie, it’s a treat for us to open up our studios, let families and folks of all ages, into our back rooms to work with new colours and textures, manipulate tools and discover their own innate creativity, Watching that “aha moment” when a weaving pattern appears on the loom; or the maker’s proud moment when a slab of clay takes shape through their hands, that’s what we're here for."

NSCAD thanks our sponsors for allowing us to keep Artist for a Day as accessible as possible. Thanks to presenting sponsor Scotiabank, and supporting sponsors Heinz Jordan & Company, The Coast, the Halifax Seaport, TD Insurance Meloche Monnex and Barrington Street Superstore.