Extended Studies: Winter Bonanza!
December 20, 2016

Portrait of a Girl 12x 16 Oil on Canvas Board 
 Portrait of a Girl by Charlotte Marble (BFA 2000). Charlotte is one of the School of Extended Studies' many talented instructors.

Courses in NSCAD’s Extended Studies are guaranteed to keep minds and hands active through the darkest days of winter.

Running from the end of January to the middle of April, there are 61 courses on offer, including classes for adults, youth and children.

If you haven’t figured out what to do with the kids on March Break, check out NSCAD’s inventive and fun week-long programs including The Mighty Jungle (for kids ages 5 to 8), Urban Art (for kids ages 12 to 14), and Art 101, a smorgasbord of programming for the older teenager.

Zine Drawing is by Kyle Bridgett (BFA 2015), a Halifax-based cartoon artist and School of Extended Studies instructor.

There are some new courses to note this Winter. There’s an Art 101 for adults; it’s a NSCAD sampler of four two-week sessions that offer an introduction to ceramics, letterpress, jewellery and screen printing. No experience is necessary, just bring your curiosity. Sessions are held Tuesday nights at NSCAD’s Port Campus from February 7 to April 5.

 “We’ve run Art 101 before for the 15- to 18-year-old age group and it’s a big hit,” says Catherine Allen, program coordinator with NSCAD’s School of Extended Studies. “We try very hard with our courses to be as unintimidating as possible. This way, someone who might feel daunted by a seven-week drawing class, for example, can explore their creativity and get a chance to experiment.”

For people who are interested in becoming students at NSCAD, there’s a new online course for you, Prepare Your Art Portfolio Online. Taught by NSCAD faculty members anna sprague and Charley Young, this online course will help prospective students focus on improving the overall quality of their portfolio for applying to NSCAD and other accredited visual arts programs. Topics include writing the admissions essay, documenting artwork and evaluating portfolio content. Studio exercises are process driven, experimental and will help to strengthen problem solving and observational drawing skills.

Get tips for putting together your art school portfolio through the new online course, Prepare Your Portfolio Online.

“The course is wholly online, so our hope is to reach people beyond Halifax who are interested in developing a portfolio for art school admission,” says Catherine. “anna and Charley have put this class together in a way that’s very inspiring and as encouraging as they both are. They definitely know what students need to succeed.”

Another new course this Winter is Learn to Write With Your Eyes Closed. This course is designed to demystify the application process for artists writing grants, exhibition proposals, and other applications related to professional development. The course is taught by Michael McCormack (MFA 2016), an interdisciplinary artist who has received grants from Arts Nova Scotia, Canada Council and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). Michael brings his experience as a director of Eyelevel Gallery and curator of Nocturne Art at Night as well.

“This is a course providing the basics on how to promote yourself and your practice by someone in the know,” says Catherine.

NSCAD alumni can get a 20 per cent discount on this course and all adult courses offered through the School of Extended Studies.(See: Alumni Services for other alumni benefits.)

Registration for winter courses begins January 4, 2017.  See the full list of offerings through the School of Extended Studies on the NSCAD website.

NSCAD''s March Break camps include: The Mighty Jungle, Cartoons, Comics and Doodles, Toy Making, Urban Art, and Art 101.