Excitement builds for Artist for a Day
May 4, 2012


NSCAD students Megan Johnston and Elyse Moir carve into one of the big plates which will be printed with a steamroller at Saturday's Artist for a Day event.

Oh yeah, this is going to be fun!

Plans are shaping up for Artist for a Day, an inaugural event organized by the NSCAD Alumni Association. The idea is to blow open the doors of NSCAD University and show off what goes on at the university by bringing it all outside. Artist for a Day takes place Saturday, May 12, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Sands at Salter, near Bishop’s Landing on the Halifax Waterfront. It’s free.

“The idea is to get a sense of everything that goes on at the art college by giving it a try yourself,” says Linda Hutchison, director of NSCAD’s 125th celebrations.

Some of the activities planned for Artist for a Day include:

  • Steamroller printing with NSCAD professors Mark Bovey, Ericka Walker and students;
  • Going on a virtual tour of NSCAD’s most infamous artworks led by NSCAD professors David Clark and Leola LeBlanc (be sure to bring your smart phone);
  • Sculpture making on demand by NSCAD ceramicist Doug Bamford;
  • Linocut printing with NSCAD alumni Chris Joyce and Suzanne Saul of Attica;
  • Adding to a giant canvas in a project led by NSCAD graduating student Hangama Atiquillo or a swoosh of colour to a spray-painted masterpiece started by NSCAD student Teto Elsiddique.

And those are just a few examples of what’s in store. NSCAD-students-for-the-day can sit down at a loom to try their hand at weaving or at a potter’s wheel to feel the wet clay beneath their fingers. They can pose as a model for a life drawing class or get behind the easel themselves. Junior artists will want to check out the video green screen, where they can embark on an adventure—and record it! And everyone will want to keep tabs on the progress of the NSCAD bucket brigade which will be moving Halifax Harbor a little bit over, one bucketful of water at a time, in a performance art piece envisioned by NSCAD faculty member Michael Fernandes.

The city will be hopping. May 12 also marks Open City by I Love Local (HFX) and the Second Annual Wayzgoose, a chance for the public to experience letterpress printing, at the Dawson Print Shop at NSCAD’s Granville campus.

"Bringing hands-on art to the community exemplifies NSCAD's commitment to creativity, and the waterfront provides an inspirational canvas and setting," says Colin MacLean, President & CEO, Waterfront Development. "We're pleased to be a part of their 125th anniversary celebrations and encourage everyone to come be an artist for a day and take in the I Love Local Halifax Open City."

Free parking will be available on site.

The NSCAD Alumni Association appreciates the generous support of our sponsors: Waterfront Development, Halifax Regional Municipality, The Hotel Association of Nova Scotia, Southwest Properties and the Department of Canadian Heritage.


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 Waterfront Development Corporation HRM   Hotel Association of Nova Scotia