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Dr. Nick Webb

Dr. Nick Webb

Dr. Nick Webb has been teaching at NSCAD since 1981. For fifteen years, he was Chair of the Art Education Division, and Director of the MA program. He is now a professor in the Division of Historical and Critical Studies. His teaching includes courses in pedagogy, philosophy, and aesthetics. He has also supervised graduate students in both the MFA and MDes programs.

Originally trained in functional ceramics in Birmingham, England, he completed his MA at the Birmingham College of Art (Birmingham City University) U.K. and his PhD at Pennsylvania State University in the United States.

He now works primarily in wood and clay and exhibits mixed media work. He is published in scholarly journals and books, has lectured in the US and Europe, and for the last six years, was engaged in a consultancy for design and technology education with the Department of Education in Trinidad and Tobago. He is an external examiner for the International Baccalaureate Program.

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Nick Webb was involved in a series of projects in Trinidad and Tobago from 2000-2006. These included teaching workshops in integrated arts and pedagogy to teachers, guiding the writing of curriculum materials for secondary schools in the visual and performing arts, teaching production design within a technology education diploma course, and aiding in the installation of design labs in pilot schools. He is once again a consultant to the Ministry of Education – this time in relation to: reporting on present state of visual and performing arts in the primary schools; designing processes for writing curriculum materials for the visual and performing arts at the primary level; and completing an analysis of teacher preparation practices.

This will involve four trips to Trinidad and Tobago as well as on-line communications. Trinidad and Tobago - evolution of the schools.2

Nick is also involved in writing a book on Art and Politics with Dr. Jeff MacLeod, Chair, Political and Canadian Studies at Mount Saint Vincent University.


 Current work from Nick Webb

Dr. Nick Webb has recently been awarded the 2012 Teaching Innovation Award from Mount Saint Vincent University.  This award was for a new course, “Art and Politics” that he co-taught with MSVU Associate Professor and Chair of Political Studies, Dr. Jeff MacLeod. 


When three churches were sold in Halifax, the Roman Catholic Diocese planned a new church on Dunbrack Street in Clayton Park. The 700 seat Saint Benedict’s was completed last May 2010. Renee Forrestall and Nick Webb were asked to complete three pieces of work – a 35 foot by 11 foot altarpiece, a seven foot. high moveable icon, and a Crucifixion tryptych.

The altarpiece was painted using palm ashes, mineral pigments and glazes, and the icon was painted in egg tempera and gold leaf.

Crucifixion tryptych

7 ft. high moveable

35 11 ft. altarpiece