Connecting with your teen

Nepean Visual Arts Centre offers ‘Parent and Me’ courses

It’s fun and messy and a great way to connect with your 11- to 14-year-old. The Nepean Visual Arts Centre’s Pottery Wheel Parent and Me course gets parents and their young teens creating projects together. Not only will you both learn throwing methods, but your enthusiastic instructor will show you how to trim, decorate and glaze your creation. You’ll also learn good techniques for working with clay and the craftsmanship that goes into creating a fine piece of pottery. And for younger children ages 6 to 10 years old, there’s Hand Building Parent and Me. You’ll learn about slabs, coils and pinching techniques to create a unique pottery piece.

“These courses are super popular,” says Corrie Keevel, arts programmer at the Nepean Visual Arts Centre. “The fall courses are full, but you can register now for the Winter 2019 courses.”

If you’re looking for something for the whole family to enjoy, the centre is offering two Saturday classes on Trim Your Tree on December 1 and 8.  What better way to get into the holiday spirit than by making several handmade ornaments for your tree or home? These ornaments are guaranteed to become family keepsakes. “This has become an annual tradition for some families,” says Keevel. “And because it has become so popular, we added the second date.” If you’re looking for a special holiday gift for your young teen, check out the Art Journaling course at the NVAC. The course is designed to bring out your teens creative side through drawing, painting and mixed media – a truly creative way to start off the New Year.

Don’t let the kids have all the fun! The Nepean Visual Arts Centre offers stimulating art workshops for adults as well. Are you yearning to explore your artistic side? Check out the Big Scale Abstract Painting workshop in the New Year. You can explore painting on a large-scale canvas with instructor Mirana Zuger. This local, young abstract artist has studied in Montreal and New York and will guide you on working on such a large space.

Express yourself at the Nepean Visual Arts Centre, where there’s something for every age and interest and numerous qualified instructors for various techniques and methods. The NVAC is located at 1701 Woodroffe Ave. Visit or call 613-580-2828 for more information and to register for courses.