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Thank you, SHMF!

We would like to thank the Sheila Hugh Mackay Foundation for their generous support in awarding SJAC a Signature Technology Grant! The Foundation is supporting NB arts organizations in developing digital outreach programs during the challenges presented by the pandemic. Our Outreach and Education Coordinator, Maggie Higgins, is producing an exciting new kid- and family-friendly video series, ‘Art at Home’, …

Meet our Instructors

As we wait patiently for conditions to be safe and work towards re-starting our workshops, we thought we’d take the opportunity to shine a spotlight on our most valuable educational resource – our instructors! Learn more about the incredibly talented people behind SJAC’s workshops and educational programs: Meet more of our instructors, coming soon!

Meet our Instructors: Melissa Kennedy

Melissa Kennedy is an artist and educator from New Brunswick. She began working with the Saint John Arts Centre in 2017 as an instructor of a summer workshop in Classical Figure Drawing. Since then she has taught workshops in Portrait Sculpture and Torso Sculpture, as well teaching the drawing component of the Portfolio development course in the fall of 2019. …

Art at Home: Watercolour Monsters!

Watercolour Monsters!     Download the lesson plan Supplies: Watercolour paper  Watercolour paint (coffee, tea and fruit juices can be fun to experiment with as well!) Straw Container with water Brush Paper towel Black pen and a pencil Before you begin: Prepare your workspace by laying down a plastic tablecloth or old newspapers and have a sink nearby for easy …

Meet our Instructors: Maggie Higgins

Maggie Higgins is an artist and educator from Saint John, New Brunswick. She began working with the Saint John Arts Centre in 2010 as an intern and has continued to interact with the centre in a number of capacities in the last decade. After finishing a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Mount Allison University and a Bachelor of Education from …

Meet our Instructors: Nathan Cann

Maritime-born, Nathan Cann spends his days dabbling in new media, experimental printmaking, and far-far-far too many chemicals. When not tied down, he can be found wandering Canadian lands in search of heritage and ghosts – relentless industries keeping afloat Atlantic Canadian narratives even if those tales find themselves misguided. Although previous work has been localized primarily within the Atlantic, current …

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New Series: Art at Home

Art at Home: Free Art Lessons for Kids! The Saint John Arts Centre is pleased to bring you a new weekly series of art lessons for you and your little artist to do while safe at home! Maggie Higgins, our Education & Outreach Coordinator, will bring you videos accompanied by written lesson plans to help parents deliver creative learning experiences for …

Art at Home: Marbled Paper

Make Your Own Marbled Paper! Download the lesson plan Supplies: Disposable gloves or tongs Cardstock or bristol board (any thick paper will work) Squeegee (if you do not have one, an old credit card can work too) Food colouring Popsicle stick or skewer Tray Shave foam Before you begin: Prepare your workspace by laying down a plastic tablecloth or old …

Meet our Instructors: Manami Fukuda Stokes-Rees

Manami is a painter based in Saint John and Rothesay though she originated from Yokohama, Japan. There, she studied art and environmental design. After she got a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Woman’s Arts College, she worked as an interior designer in Tokyo until she moved to Canada. She has been creating crafts and jewelry since her first stage …