The Nepean Visual Arts Centre offers specialty arts classes taught by accomplished artists - painters, potters, illustrators, sculptors, photographers - in custom studio spaces for participants of all levels of ability.

From preschool to adult, students experience a diversity of arts instruction in a creative and dynamic environment. Artists also have the opportunity to display their artwork at Nepean Visual Arts Centre’s studio gallery. There are exciting opportunities available to young artists as well- find out more about Young at Art. Seek a unique experience in visual arts and culture at the Nepean Visual Arts Centre!

Our sister facility - The Nepean Creative Arts Centre offers programming in performing arts as well as visual arts. The NCAC arts-specific studios include music, dance and visual arts studios, a black box theatre and set construction workshop.

 The NVAC NCAC Arts Guide

fall and winter guide 2016-2017

The NVAC NCAC Arts Guide is an excellent tool for you to get an inside view on the numerous programs and activities offered. Pick up a copy of the guide at a local recreation facility or client service centre. Request a copy of the guide and have it sent to you.

 Fall Winter 2016-2017

Find a full list of preschool, children, youth, family, and adult programs in the Recreation Guide.

Note: Fall Winter 2016-17 Registration begins: Online/Touch Tone 9 pm August 10. In person August 11 during business hours. 

Preschool - Arts Centres
Children - Arts Centres
Youth - Arts Centres
Family - Arts Centres
Adult - Arts Centres


 Parent and child workshops and classes  - Exploring art together 

parent child workshopsArt is an amazing way to bond. Take some time to explore art together and create new memories! 









Our inspiring one day workshops are the perfect fix for artists with busy schedules. Try something new this Spring with one of our workshops. These short-term commitments may just turn into a lifetime passion!





botanical art workshop

Botanical art 

Botanical art brings art and nature together to create drawings and paintings that feature the plant world.





arts instructors

Arts instructors

Arts centre courses are taught by artists. These instructors are specialists in their particular discipline or medium with fine arts degrees, exhibitions or performance experience to their credit. They bring such experience as an illustrator, graphic designer, cartoonist, photographer, potter, painter, teacher or a visual artist. 

Our instructors are dedicated in providing the best art experience, sharing their passion and teaching aspiring artists.


Parties – Visual or performing arts

Interested in hosting an arts workshop or party for your friends, organization or team? The arts centres are able to help coordinate space and schedule an arts instructor. Contact us for more information.

Nepean Visual Arts Centre (NVAC): 613-580-2424 ext. 46652

Nepean Creative Arts Centre (NCAC): 613-596-5783



Renting a rehearsal and creation studio

Ideal for visual arts and pottery activities, five studios are equipped for arts workshops, retreats and events. Natural lighting, easels, a pottery hand building studio and a wheel room with 12 wheels including an accessible wheel, are available to rent. Or, book a specialized workshop with our skilled instructors.



Arts-specific studios include:

  • High quality instruction in studios equipped for arts
  • Natural lighting
  • Easels
  • Exhibition and performance opportunities
  • Pottery handbuilding studio and wheel room with 12 wheels including an accessible wheel
  • Glazing (sixteen glazes offered) and firing provided (Note: Participants in pottery programs must provide their own clay and tools. All clay MUST be purchased at the NVAC at a fee per bag. An assortment of clays are available.)

Open House


Nepean Sportsplex, Entrance 3
1701 Woodroffe Avenue



September to June
Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Please call centre for evening and weekend hours.

Summer: July and August
Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Closed Saturday. Please call centre for evening hours.

Virtual tour


The Nepean Visual Arts Centre is located in the Nepean Sportsplex and offers free parking and bus service.

From Highway 417

Take the Woodroffe exit and turn south. Proceed south about 3 km. The Sportsplex is just past West Hunt Club Rd. intersection on the left (east side).

From Highway 416

From Highway 416 (heading north from Hwy 401) Exit at West Hunt Club Rd. At the stop sign turn right onto Cedarview Rd. (south). Take the first left turn (east) onto West Hunt Club. Proceed east to Woodroffe Ave., turn right (south), the Sportsplex is immediately on the left (east side).

OC Transpo

Bus #95 Fallowfield or #95 Nepean South
Visit OC Transpo for schedule information.

Accessibility features

The accessibility features of this facility are detailed below. While the City of Ottawa is constantly working to improve access, please note that not all parts of every facility are necessarily 'accessible for all' as facilities were built to meet accessibility standards of their time.


  • 13 designated accessible parking spaces
  • Accessible path of travel from the parking lot to entrance with access aisle
  • 50 metres from parking space to the door
  • Cut curb
  • Hazard indicator
  • 1 accessible entrance
  • Direct access to the main floor, lobby, elevator


  • Ramps
  • Elevator (staff operation required)
  • Wheelchair available for patrons
  • Reception desks
  • Accessible counters
  • Floor area for manoeuvring a wheelchair
  • Accessible Pottery Wheel 

Floor Surfaces

  • Slip resistant surfaces
  • Low pile carpet


  • Directional signs
  • Tactile signage
  • High contrast signage


  • Washroom with power door opener
  • Lowered sink counters
  • Lowered towel dispensers
  • Lowered drinking fountains
  • Large stalls to allow transfers


  • Stairs with no-slip surface
  • Continuous hand rails

Learn more about special needs and accessible services.