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Artist for a Day 2024

Artist for a Day is back!

Coinciding with Open City 2024, Artist for a Day is a full, fun day of hands-on art making for people of all ages. This free event is suitable for artists at every level. At Artist for a Day, you can try your hand at printing, embroidery, wax casting, sculpture and so much more! Everything is hands on, and everything is free.

Event Details:

When: Saturday, May 11, 2024
Time: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: NSCAD University, Port Campus, 1107 Marginal Road.

No registration required — just show up!

Artist for a Day workshop and events:

Additive Mini-Sculpture

Darlene Morrison (Alumni) – Build a mini-sculpture of mostly found materials. See how everyday waste materials can be reutilized in a fun hands-on process of creating something new. Recycled plastics, wire, rubber, wood, metal, etc. are combined with new and found objects to create sculptures without glue or nails. Drop in and explore this clean, fun process! You’ll go out the door with a hand-held piece of art that didn’t exist thirty minutes ago.

Architectural Embroidery

A transformative site-specific project, visitors will use embroidery techniques on the railings of the first floor. With yarn participants will explore textiles as a more free flowing process, learning you don’t need many tools to create art.

Cardboard City

Rami Geraci (Student) – Repurposing cardboard waste, visitors of all ages can construct and decorate their own building for our small-scale city. What will the future look like?

Fashion Show Gallery

Miss the NSCAD Fashion Show? Get a glimpse into the future of fashion with this display and meet the designers who created them.

Make Your Mark

Sketch your dream ring with NSCAD University’s new grad ring designed by student Erin Flemming.  A one-of-a-kind ring which contains a trace of the mark students made at NSCAD. At the core of art is mark making, visitors can sketch out on the newest incarnation of our alumni ring.

Monoprint Making

Rachel Reeves (Alumni) – Monoprints and direct nature prints with plants. Printed on paper, card, fabric using water-based printing inks. During this process each print is unique, no two images are the same.

Performative Arts Communication

Jay Davison (Student) – a group of six students will engage in conversation about their artistic experiences within and outside of the art institute. This project, being based around the communicative power of conversation, is meant to engage with the public and help develop community and communicative skills.


NSCAD Extended studies – Creating keychains with shrink paper and drawing materials, using a toaster oven. We’ll need a table for the toaster oven and demo materials, and two tables with chairs for people to draw/colour their shrinkies.

Student Art Award Gallery

NSCAD University is proud to present the annual NSCAD Student Art Award. This celebration of achievement is a recognition of our students’ outstanding work. The Student Art Award provides young artists across ten disciplines at the university with vital visibility as they embark on their careers. See works by: Chris Sampson, Daria Herashchenko, a. laurel Lawrence, Kate Dong, Kalani Chen-Hayes, Page Cowell, Rayce Min, Sunny Babcock, Yongxuan Zheng and Silas Wamsley.

Wet Felting

Marilyn Holm – Making textile approaches accessible to everyone! Wet felting in a baggie, just add water and friction.

Wax Casting

Sarah Sears (Alumni / Student) – Exploring a metalsmithing process, natural material / alginate mold making. Through this process visitors will create a mold and replicate an item in wax.

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