Gift giving, the NSCAD way
November 20, 2014

By Ainslie Ross

There’s a nip in the air and the smell of peppermint caffeinated beverages is all around—the holiday season is upon us. While some are fantasizing about sugar plums and others about copious amounts of eggnog, you may have a nagging feeling in the back of your mind… have you begun your holiday shopping yet?

Don’t worry, let NSCAD help you out and make your gift giving experience easy and enjoyable. We’ll help you find something for even the quirkiest person on your shopping list.

Pop by the Pop-up Shop

Support student artwork! Join NSCAD students on Friday, November 28 from 4 pm – 9 pm and Saturday, November 29 from 9 am – 5 pm for Pop-up at the Christmas Shop.  Located in the former Christmas by the Sea shop at 1880 Hollis Street, Pop-up at the Christmas Shop is a show and sale featuring some of NSCAD’s best up-and-coming talent.  There’ll be jewellery, printmaking, ceramics, photography, textiles, paintings and more from 60+ student artists.

Jewellery students will be selling original, one-of-a-kind works at Pop-up at the Christmas Shop, as well as more affordable production pieces. (Ainslie Ross Photo)

Give the gift of learning

Know someone who loves to try new things? Give them the gift of learning through NSCAD’s School of Extended Studies, offering a range of classes in topics including ceramics, printmaking, drawing, bookmaking, jewellery, fashion and more. The winter 2015 class schedule will be posted in mid-December and registration begins in January 2015. Gift certificates are available for gift giving! For more information please contact or call 902-494-8185.

Inspiration lives everywhere

Give someone the tools they need to create their own work of art. Stop by NSCAD’s Art Supply Store. It’s chock full of paints, inks, pencils, paper, fabric, brushes, dyes, and film—almost anything one could need to let their creativity flourish. Are you unsure about what to buy?  No worries, gift certificates are available and always appreciated. Feel free to drop by the store at 1874 Hollis Street or call 902-494-8176.

Give a grad a ring

The NSCAD alumni ring celebrates a grad’s lifelong connection to their university days. Designed and produced by jewelry designer Karen Konzuk (BFA ’97), this stainless steel band incorporates the official NSCAD colour with a side incision of purple powder-coated finish. Inside the band is an engraved Latin inscription of NSCAD’s informal school motto nolo facere insipida, after John Baldessari's lithograph I Will Not Make Any More Boring Art. Many sizes are in stock. Drop by University Relations, 4th floor, 5163 Duke Street, or order online. Other cool gifts for grads available through the Office of University Relations include a copy of Garry Neill Kennedy’s tome, The Last Art College: Nova Scotia Art and Design, 1969-1978 ($60) or the perfect NSCAD-branded frame for the NSCAD degree ($70).

The Art of Giving Back

NSCAD’s Annual Fund supports a wide array of activity at NSCAD, from student scholarships to facility improvements to visiting artist programs.  Make a gift in a friend’s name or make your donation a gift to yourself. We make it easy—you can give online by visiting our Annual Fund page, donate in person at the Office of University Relations, 4th Floor, 5163 Duke Street, call Chris McFarlane at 902-494-8175, or send a cheque in the mail to: NSCAD Annual Fund, 5163 Duke Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3J 3J6.

Look for Hunter Lewis Lake's unusual drawings on air-conditioner coils and

1.)    Katherine Nakaska's photography at Pop-up at the Christmas Shop.