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Last chance to register for Spring Break Art Camps!

WEEK 1 (March 20-24, 2017):

“SING” a Spring Camp with Erica Dee!

March 20-24, 2017
Monday to Friday

9am – noon Ages 8-11
2pm-5pm Ages 12-16
Cost $150/week

The daughter of Bostonian jazz musicians, Erica Dee has been immersed in music her entire life. She discovered her sound within the underground electronic and hip-hop culture of Nelson, British Columbia. Erica began singing with DJs and bands at the age of 17.  She has captivated audiences from Brazil to Israel, and performed with a wide array of artists such as Lil’ Kim, Thievery Corporation and Justin Martin.  For the upcoming Spring Break "SING" Camp, Erica will bring her 13 years performance experience and musical education and training to the classroom!

"SING" is an exploration through songs, music & expression. This Spring Camp will give participants the opportunity to sing and play with songs that they are inspired by or want to create, while gaining more knowledge on how to sing and express musically using the voice, rhythm and musical instruments.  On the last day of camp family and friends are invited to join the camp for a short performance.

SING camps take place March 20-24, Monday to Friday from 9am – noon for ages 8-11
and from 2pm-5pm Ages 12-16.  Cost $150/week.  Oxygen Art Centre has a volunteer credit program that can be used towards reduced tuition costs.  Some scholarships are also available.  Students travelling in for camps from outside of the Nelson area are automatically eligible for 25% off camp tuition!  



WEEK 2 (March 27 – 29, 2017):


March 27 – 29, 2017
Monday to Wednesday

1-4pm Ages 8-12 – Theatre Workshop acting, games, movement, and performance

Cost $100/week - 3 day week!

Slocan Valley theatre practitioner Martina Avis, has built quite a following over the last couple of years of teaching theatre camps at Oxygen.  Summer Shakespeare camps have become a regular installment and Theatre workshops such as the upcoming 'Theatre Intensive' teach dramatic skills while playing games, taking on characters, telling stories and working towards a small performance.  On the last day of camp family and friends are invited to join the camp for a short performance.

Martina has a BA in Theatre from the University of Victoria and takes a special interest in community and youth projects. Recently, she worked with Winlaw School to put on a play with a cast of over 80 students.  She is extremely well-versed in Shakespeare and has directed numerous youth adaptations of his plays featuring Shakespeare’s original language, fast-paced movement, hilarity and exuberance.



Did you know that Oxygen Art Centre has a volunteer credit program that can be used towards reduced tuition costs?  Oxygen Art Centre is a not for profit, community arts organization and Artist Run Centre.  Contact us to find out about what the options are to help with accessing our arts education programming. E:

Scholarships are available for Nelson students ages 12 to 19, though the Community Directed Youth Activity Grant Fund administered Cicada Place P: 250-352-9595 ext. 200

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Oxygen Art Centre gratefully acknowledges support for its Arts Education Programming from the Province of British Columbia, Nelson and District Credit Union, British Columbia Arts Council and Business for the Arts sponsors; Hall Printing, Nelson Star, Juice FM and


320 Vernon St (alley entrance)
250 352 6322
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Registration closes soon for Spring semester courses!



Weekend Workshop – Beginner’s Brush with Deborah Thompson - DEADLINE TO REGISTER IS NOW!

2 classes: April 1 & 2, 12 – 4.30pm Saturday and Sunday

Course Description: This two day weekend workshop is a great opportunity to discover painting.
We will begin at the beginning! Students will be introduced to the basic concepts of painting through demonstrations and hands on the brush exercises in paint. The first day students will explore shape, mark, tone and space. The second day students will dive into the vary basics of colour mixing and theory as they apply it to painting. Both conventional and non-conventional approaches will be presented.

Course fee: $120  Material fee:  $30 + SEE LIST FOR REQUIRED MATERIALS
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Folk Band Basics with Catherine McGrath - DEADLINE TO REGISTER IS NOW!

6 classes: April 2 – May 14, 6.30pm – 8.30pm Sundays
(No class Easter long weekend)

Course Description: Do you love to get together with others to sing and play music but would like to develop your skills so you can contribute more at those campfire and potluck jams?  This course will help you do that by showing how common chord patterns work and by demonstrating simple improvisation techniques.  If you have basic skills on any instrument (ie, you can play at least 6 chords or scales in steady rhythm) then this class is for you.

Course fee: $155 + Material fee: $5
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Writing FLASH! with Rayya Liebich - DEADLINE TO REGISTER IS NOW!

5 classes: April 3 – May 8, 6 – 8 pm Mondays
(No class Easter long weekend)

Course Description: Explore the fun and trendy genre of flash fiction, which is defined as a story under 1,000 words. Also known as “short shorts,” “miniatures,” “sudden fiction”, “postcard fiction,” or “pocket fiction”, short writing is a wonderful way to tighten your craft and to pay attention to every detail in your writing and editing. We will practice writing both fiction and non-fiction (to include micro-memoirs and even Six-word stories) and read several examples by famous authors to draw inspiration and insight. Peer feedback and take-home tools provided each week. All levels and life experience welcome!

Course fee: $135  Material fee: $5
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Recreating the Everyday with Natasha Smith - DEADLINE TO REGISTER IS NOW!

6 classes: April 4 – May 9, 5.30-8.30pm Tuesdays

Course Description: Explore various techniques to create interesting visual narratives employing mundane materials of the everyday. Broaden the range of materials used to create an artwork evaluating their inherent properties, current purpose and the potential to alter their form and definition. Through deconstruction, manipulation and combination, everyday materials can be transformed and combined using various techniques to create a shadow box, collage or small assemblage, sculptural works. Various artists will be reviewed that employ this popular contemporary art-making approach.

Course fee: $205 Material fee: $15 + SEE LIST FOR REQUIRED MATERIALS
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Drawing Course – Pencil to Paper with Deborah Thompson

7 classes: April 5 – May 17, 5.30-8.30pm Wednesdays

Course Description: Pencil to Paper is a seven week drawing course. The emphasis of the course will be on the exploration of visual expression through drawing. The development of a foundation of drawing skills from modeling of an object in variety of light conditions to working with an object in space will be integral to the course. Students will build their drawings from a variety of sources including photographs, still life objects, other artists drawings and their imaginations. The use of colour in drawing will be introduced as part of an exploration on narrative drawing. Students of any level experience are welcome to join the course.

Course fee: $225  Material fee: $35 + SEE LIST FOR REQUIRED MATERIALS
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Ease in the Spotlight with Bessie Wapp

4 classes: April 6 – 27, 7 – 9 pm Thursdays

Course description: Got a public presentation coming up? A new song, story, or comedy bit you want to perform? A speach or book tour? In a supportive & fun atmosphere, this class will use theatre games, vocal exercises, and role playing to build confidence & make presenting enjoyable. On the last class we’ll entertain an audience of invited guests.

Course fee: $110 Material fee $5
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Intuitive Painting with Kriya A.J. Shakti

5 classes: April 8 – May 13, 10am -12.30pm Saturdays
(No class Easter long weekend)

Course Description: Intuitive Painting is a process art form; a fun and enriching journey of discovery that leads to unique, vibrant and expressive paintings. Process art releases all preconceived ideas and plans of the final result to embrace the creative process as a path to presence and authentic self-expression. This method combines painting principles and techniques with a playful, spontaneous and bold approach, which opens one to greater creativity and deeper intuition.

Course fee: $155  Material fee:  $35 + SEE LIST FOR REQUIRED MATERIALS
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Intuitive Painting Studio with Kriya A.J. Shakti

5 classes: April 8 – May 13, 1.30pm – 4.30pm Saturdays
(No class Easter long weekend)

Course description: Designed for former and current Intuitive Painting students, this studio is an open space to deepen your painting practice and continue the playful exploration of discovery as you expand your creativity, highten your intuition and witness your unique visual language emerging through painting.

Course fee: $165  Material fee:  $35 + SEE LIST FOR REQUIRED MATERIALS
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Writing BLACKOUT POETRY with Rayya Liebich

1 class: April 9, 1-4pm Sunday

Course Description: Also known as found poetry or erasure, create a poem out of an existing text by removing words on the page to reveal a new message. Using old books, newspapers, magazines and more, have fun playing with the space on the page and get as creative and artistic as you desire. Who knew that blacking out with a Sharpie pen could become an addictive, satisfying, and expressive new habit? All levels, ages 10+ welcome!

Course fee: $55 Material fee: $5
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Art as Soul Medicine with Gabriel Keczan

4 classes: April 23 – May 14, 2-5pm Sunday

Course Description: Art as soul medicine is an art-based group therapy course. This course is an exploration of spontaneous art making in the context of a supportive and therapeutic group setting. Art therapy has a focus on personal process and the intersection of conscious and unconscious dimensions of the artist’s creative and healing journey. We will play with art materials; be with what arises; and hold the process in a safe and supportive group environment as it relates to each artist’s personal journey. We will explore inter-modality by using creative writing and image dialogue in response to content and art objects that are created. No previous art experience required.

Participants are welcome to bring whatever materials they would like to use. Gabriel will provide an assortment of paints, paper, scissors, glue and some brushes.

Course fee: $145  Material fee: $25
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Summer Arts Intensive: Painting with 2 minds: A painting process workshop with Deborah Thompson

4 days: July 24-27, 9.30am – 3.30pm Monday to Thursday

Course Description: Painting with 2 minds is a four day painting process workshop designed to engage artists of any level in exploring their creative process and in particular the workings of their analytical and intuitive minds! OR how do you get our creative juices moving along and how do we develop our visual language to create meaningful and resolved paintings. We will explore this dualistic quality of creativity through playful exercises, discussions and investigations. We will encourage these two minds to work together in supporting the making of a painting! Each day is designed to build upon the others as we layer our experiences, insights and processes towards a repertoire of tools from which we can invigorate our creative process. Each day will open with painting exercises and explorations and in the afternoon move towards critiques, slide presentations and time for self-directed painting. Sure to be a fun and engaging workshop!!

Course fee: $250  Material fee:  $30 + SEE LIST FOR REQUIRED MATERIALS

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320 Vernon St (alley entrance)
250 352 6322
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 Gerry Hill & Susan Andrews Grace read this Friday at 7.30pm!



The West Kootenay will take on a prairie flavor on St. Patrick’s Day when former Nelson, B.C. writing student Gerry Hill, who was Saskatchewan’s 2016 poet laureate, will read from his work together with Nelson author and fibre artist Susan Andrew Grace, a long-time resident of Saskatchewan, at Nelson’s Oxygen Art Centre on Friday, March 17.

The duo’s reading begins at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free ($5 donation appreciated) and the event is open to the public. The reading is the third in a series of author readings during 2016-2017 that mark 10 years of arts programming at Oxygen. The Centre is located at 320 Vernon St. (alley entrance).

Hill, a native of Saskatchewan, received a diploma in creative writing from Nelson’s former David Thompson University Centre following a teaching stint in Papua New Guinea. After further education in Edmonton, he taught English and writing at the University of Regina until 2015. He has published six poetry collections, including Hillsdale Book from NeWest Press in 2015, about the Regina suburb in which he was partially raised.

His honors include two Saskatchewan Book Awards, being a prize-winner in the 2011 CBC Literary Awards, and serving as his home province’s poet laureate in 2016.

One of Andrews Grace’s five poetry titles, Ferrywoman’s History of the World (from Coteau Books) was named Saskatchewan Book of the Year in 1998. Andrews Grace, who has lived in Nelson since 2001, most recently published Philosopher at the Skin Edge of Being from Signature Editions in 2013. Former Canadian poet laureate Fred Wah said that this book “posits anew the old meditation on ‘the one and the many’ through Grace’s masterful poetic skill at sustaining the music in language while allowing some reflective distance from the disillusionments of the present.”

Andrews Grace also maintains a visual art practice, in which her work, in her words, “echoes and honors textile traditions.” Solo exhibits of her work most recently were held at the Langham Art Gallery in Kaslo in the fall of 2015, and at Touchstones Nelson in the fall of 2013.Support for Oxygen’s celebratory reading series has come from the Canada Council for the Arts through the Writers’ Union of Canada, as well as from the Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance. The readings are co-sponsored by Nelson’s Elephant Mountain Literary Festival.Oxygen, Nelson’s only artist-run centre, was founded in 2002 by artists formerly employed by the city’s Kootenay School of the Arts.The fourth and final reading in the current series will take place May 5, and will present Kelowna novelist Ashok Mathur, who heads UBC Okanagan’s Creative Studies Department, and Nelson’s Emily Nilsen, Columbia Basin Trust environmental program co-ordinator, who was shortlisted for the 2015 CBC Poetry Prize.

320 Vernon St (alley entrance)
250 352 6322
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