Art at Home: Lesson 6

Flower Pounding Saint John Arts Centre: Art at Home Download the lesson plan Supplies: -Flowers and Leaves -Hammer -Large book or smooth flat surface -Paper or towel -Fabric Step 1: Pick some beautiful flowers and greenery.  Step 2: Lay a flower, leaf, or petal on a piece of cloth. Light-colored cloth works best. Step 3: Fold the fabric over top …

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Get your copy at SJAC!

SJAC is thrilled to be the very first seller of James Wilson’s new book, ‘Social Studies’ – we have 50 copies, fresh off the presses! This long-awaited volume is the culmination of 30 years of capturing the faces of our community. Proceeds from copies sold here are being generously donated to support SJAC’s programs! ‘Social Studies’ the exhibition is now …

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Get ‘Harbour: A Compendium’ at SJAC

SJAC is proud to be a vendor for the book ‘Harbour: A Compendium’ – edited and published by Amy Ash, this publication accompanies the incredible group exhibition hosted here at SJAC and at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery in 2019. From the foreword by Kate Wallace: “In Harbour, a group exhibition curated by Amy Ash that opened in spring of 2019, …

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Summer Classics Series 2020

SJAC and the Saint John Early Music Festival are proud to present a fifth year of the Summer Classics Series! These lunchtime classical concerts are offered through the summer on Wednesdays in July & August at 12:15pm. All are welcome, admission is by freewill offering. Special thanks go to our sponsors: Emera New Brunswick, The City of Saint John Community …

Art at Home: Lesson 5

Scratch Board Art   Download Lesson Plan Supplies: Thick coloured paper Crayons Oil Pastels Paper towel Plastic knife Before you begin: Prepare your workspace by laying down a plastic tablecloth or old newspapers. Choose a light or vibrant colour of thick paper to begin your artwork. Remember, small is better- consider cutting a  regular-sized piece of paper in half! Step …

Art at Home: Lesson 4

Creating Balance: Art Inspired by Minnie Evans Download Lesson Plan “Minnie Jones Evans was born in 1892, but didn’t begin her art career until 43 years later. Despite her love of history, and mythology, Minnie was forced to leave school in the sixth grade to help save money for her family. During the following years, Minnie had vivid dreams of …

Art at Home: Lesson 3

Drawing from Nature Download Lesson Plan Supplies: Basket or bag Scissors Wax paper Large book Paper Markers Pencil Black pen Step 1: Go for a walk and collect your plants!  Go for a walk in your neighbourhood or backyard and collect all the interesting plants you see! It’s important not to take the whole plant, just what you need.  Step …

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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. …