ADVISORY: All of Halifax Peninsula, including NSCAD’s three campuses, are currently under a boil water advisory until further notice. All water must be boiled for at least one minute if it will be used for drinking or any other activity requiring human consumption.

Artist for a Day 2023

Artist for a Day is back!

Coinciding with Open City 2023, Artist for a Day is a full, fun day of hands-on art making for people of all ages. It’s free, and suitable for artists at every level. At Artist for a Day, you can try your hand at pottery, printing, jewellery making, and so much more! Everything is hands on, and everything is free! The event will be hosted at the Port Campus on May 13, 2023 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Registration or experience not required — just show up!

Artist for a Day is made possible through the participation of NSCAD alumni, faculty and student volunteers.

Event Details:

When: Saturday, May 13, 2023
Time: 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Where: NSCAD University, Port Campus, 1107 Marginal Road

Artist for a Day workshop and events:

Textile Sale 

Robin Muller (Retired Faculty) – Find scarves, kimono, vintage lace, linen fabric, and blankets from all over the world. All proceeds go to The Sandra Alfoldy Memorial Scholarship Fund: 

Seed Bombs and Seedling Planting  

Melissa Boucher-Guilbert (Student) – The idea is to interact with seeds, encourage connection and exploration with soil as well as reflect and share about our connection with mother earth and her life-giving energy. Participants will be encouraged to leave an anonymous note to share about their experience.  

Micro Folded Jewellery 

Kye-Yeon Son (Faculty) and NSCAD students – Participants will make bangles, pendants, or earrings by corrugating pre-cut copper sheets. 


Rachel Reeve (BFA 1998) – Learn how the traditional Japanese art of fish printing inspired a modern art form. In this workshop we get will get up close and personal with various local species of fish and crustacean as we create numerous detailed prints of each species on Japanese rice paper and organic cotton muslin using non-toxic ink. 


Signy Holm (Student) – A traditional type of photography that produces cyan coloured prints and harnesses the sun’s power. Participants can create their own ‘composition’ and will be instructed on how to expose the paper and for how long.  

Rope Making 

Carley Mullaly (Faculty, BFA 2015) – Using bespoke tools visitors will make their own rope and learn about NS’s rich seafaring culture.  

Ceramics Throwing 

Marissa Alexander (Faculty) and student volunteers will show visitors how to create forms on a wheel.