Grow with Art is a fabulous children’s art program that usually runs on the first Saturday of every month from 1pm-3pm at the Kingstec Campus of the Nova Scotia Community College in Kentville. Essentially, Grow with Art is an art education and appreciation program for children aged 6 to 14. The program runs September to June.
There are two parts to the program.
1. Art Rental
Grow With Art owns over two hundred framed reproductions of major works of art, and many Nova Scotia artists. Most pictures have the biography of the artist attached to the back. These works of art are hung in the hallways at the Community College in Kentville. Youth are invited to walk around looking at the paintings, and can take one home for the month for only $2. If you work in an office with drab walls, maybe you want to rent a piece of art to cheer things up too!
At Grow With Art we have everything from the Mona Lisa to Van Gogh and Alex Colville hanging on our walls.
2. Art Workshops
Every month, children attend a two hour workshop led by a recognized Valley artist. The type of art is completely different each month and can be anything from painting with watercolours to making puppets. Early childhood education students from Kingstec help out, so each child receives special attention.
The cost of the workshop is only $2. Parents can drop their kids and leave, or can stay and work with the children.
How it Works
When you arrive, there is a registration table in the main foyer. Please register around 12:45 to allow the artist to start right at 1:00pm. You can use this time to drop off your painting(s) and look for a new one to borrow for the month! Please note that teachers can borrow up to 5 paintings for their class each month.
You can choose to attend the art workshop or not. Sometimes, if you are having a busy day, you can swap our paintings and leave, but kids really love the workshops!
If you are a classroom teacher or homeschool your children, art kits are also available to loan out free of charge, like a lending library. These are resources for art appreciation and art instruction.