Nepean Visual Arts Centre


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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.

Summer Camps

Turn your summer into a creative adventure at arts centres!
Explore art like never before at March Break Arts Camps - Registration now open!
For more Arts Camps, visit NCAC-summer camps.

Fall 2018 and Winter 2019 Arts Guide

Arts Guide 2018-19

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 or request a copy of the guide and have it sent to you. Note: Fall and Winter 2018 and 2019 registration begins:

  • Online and Touch Tone 9 pm August 15
  • In person August 16 during business hours

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

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.)

Arts instructors

Arts Centre courses are taught by talented artists. These teachers are specialists in their particular discipline or medium, with fine arts degrees, and/or exhibitions, and/or performance experience to their credit. They are professional actors or theatre technicians, painters, potters, singers and teachers.

Our instructors guide students to see the world in a different way, learn about art; and help participants to express their feelings and ideas in a unique and powerful medium – the arts. They provide opportunities to explore, experiment, and have fun!

Visual Arts

Colette Beardall 
Functional Handbuilding, Sculpture, Raku Workshops

Patricia Brunelle (Algonquin College; Child Education, IWCC)
Multi Media Mixing-It

Patricia began her career working as a Graphic Artist and Sales Representative. She has since gained experience working with children with Special Needs, as well as, becoming an established Art Instructor. Patricia has shown her works in art shows in Ottawa, Toronto, and in the United States. Her painting of "September Mourn" was chosen for the first year anniversary of 911 and was displayed as the featured piece at the Williamsburg Historical Art Centre in New York City. Patricia continues to live her long time dream of painting and teaching art.

Ingrid Dabringer (B.A.H. Queen's University Film, Massachusetts College of Art for Sculpture)
Lego Animation

Ingrid is a diverse mixed-media and multi-media artist. Her most recent installation was at Nuit Blanche Ottawa + Gatineau 2014. She also has a concurrent body of work called, Body of Work, in which she photoshops X-rays and brings a certain lyricism to human fragility. She is currently working on her Masters in Art Education online via Boston University and also teaches at Durham College. Her art has been shown in Chicago, Grand Rapids, Toronto and Ottawa.

Roger Davidson
Techniques of the Post-Impressionists, Ideas & Techniques of the Modern Masters, Coloured Pencil Basics, Big Scale Abstract Art

Roger Davidson is an artist, illustrator, cartoonist, writer, and heritage specialist. Originally from Scotland, he was educated at the George St. School of Art, the University of Glasgow and, after moving to Canada in 2004, Queens University. He now lives and works in the Ottawa area, and his illustrations and articles on art have appeared in a range of publications. He teaches a variety of drawing, painting and historical art courses, including Techniques of the Post-Impressionists, Ideas & Techniques of the Modern Masters, Coloured Pencil Basics, and Big Scale Abstract Painting for children and youth. He's currently at work on a book on Post-Impressionism.

Ted Duncan (BA, University of Waterloo)
Oil and Acrylic Level 1/2

Ted Duncan has been a full time visual artist for 20 years. In addition to Ted’s extensive arts education, he took studio painting, drawing and printmaking at Concordia University. He is an elected member of the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour and is a Fellow of the Ottawa Watercolour Society. Ted has had exhibits in Montreal, Toronto, and Ottawa along with many others.

Maya Hum (BA, Carleton University; OSA; Algonquin College)
Sketching & Painting

Maya Hum’s art and design work has been featured in publications, campaigns, and exhibitions across Canada and Europe. Originally from the Maritimes, Maya moved to Ottawa to study music and art and quickly began exhibiting her work throughout the city. Maya has been teaching art at the City of Ottawa since 2011.  She is passionate about teaching visual and creative art courses in comfortable and encouraging environments.

Heather Gallup 
Watercolour – Levels 1 / 2

As a watercolour artist and instructor, Heather applies her creativity and highly developed skills to guide both new and evolving artists in creative self-expression. Through many years of teaching for the City of Ottawa, and giving themed workshops, she inspires and motivates artists from the hobbyist to the highly dedicated. With explicit demonstrations of watercolour techniques, Heather provides her students with the foundation knowledge necessary to explore and create art. Technical expertise and creative freedom are the pillars upon which Heather has built her career. Her paintings are exhibited and in private collections, world-wide. 

Susan Gold 
Experience Clay, Wheel Level 1

Susan was first attracted to clay as a youngster, when she accidentally discovered the pottery studio at summer camp. She attributes her skill development and cultivation of her love of clay, to her mentor Keith Campbell, at George Brown College; and to self-education through various classes, courses, and workshops. She loves sharing her affection for clay and its possibilities to all her students.

Shaylah Hickson (BFA, York University; BEd, Nipissing University)
Summer Camps

As Shaylah pursues her passion to teach art, she is always creating new and exciting art and design pieces. Because the teaching profession is a hard career to enter in Ottawa, she spends all the time she has doing what she loves! Making art and sharing it with others. 

“I love sharing my passion and experimentation in art with my students. It’s a very rewarding job seeing the smiles and friendships that are created through art!”

Liz Hoffmann
Wheel & Handbuilding Combo, Wheel Level 1 & 2

Liz graduated from the Fine Crafts program at Algonquin College in 1976. Since then she has been working as a studio potter and pottery instructor. Liz is primarily a functional potter with form being the most important aspect in her work. As an instructor, her focus is teaching good technique and craftsmanship.

“There is something both meditative and magical about throwing clay on the wheel. I love being able to share this experience with my students.”

Anna Stella Mangone (Ontario College of Art and Design, Sheridan College)
Big Scale Abstract Art

Anna Stella is a visual artist whose love of the “Belle Arte” comes about naturally as her cultural background is Italian. Anna’s true passion is creating art with kids of all ages. Her workshops include, mask making, printing/etching, book illustration, abstract, colour theory, landscapes, functional design, etc. She has exhibited her work in Art Dialogue Toronto, Sarasota Florida.  Her clients include, Canadian Living Magazine, City TV, and Partners Film Co. Her illustrations have been published in the Chicago Tribune.

Katherine McNenly (BFA, York University)
Traditional Oil Techniques - Level 1/2

Katherine is a BFA graduate of York University. She studied for several years in the studio of John Angel, a renowned portrait painter and teacher. She has also attended the Cecil-Graves Atelier in Florence, Italy and taken workshops at the Grand Central Academy in New York. She has been a finalist in portrait competitions such as the Kingston Prize, The Canadian Portrait Society’s Art of the Portrait, and most recently The American Portrait Society’s International Competition. She has been teaching for the NVAC for several years, exposing students to an approach to painting rooted in history.

Doug Moir
Wheel Level 1, Wheel Level 1 & 2, Pottery Special Projects
duginthemud pottery

Blair T. Paul (Ontario Teacher's Certificate - Technological Studies Program, Queen's University / Honours graduate - Fine Art Program, Ontario College of Art & Design / member of The Ontario Society of Artists / ACTRA Canada member)
Introduction to Acrylic Landscape Painting, Collage Based Acrylic Painting, Youtube 

Meagan Pethick (BFA, Lambton College)
Wheel Basic & Intermediate (Youth), Pottery Wheel - Parent & Teen, Summer Camps

Jadzia Romaniec (BA, University of Western Ontario; University of Toronto)
Canvas and Cocktails, Coloured Reflections

Kristen Saar (BFA, University of Ottawa; Grade 8 Piano, The Royal Conservatory of Music)
Guided Studio

Brian Singleton

Ranajit Sinha
Animation, Comic or Action Painting

Kerry Stothers (Bachelor of Fine Arts, University of Calgary)
Drawing: Introduction, Painting: Oil/Acrylics, Level I and Level II

Tim Thibeault
Parent & Child Pottery, Handbuilding - Youth, Summer Camps

Susan Ukkola
Abstract Mixed Media Twist

Suzanne Warren Powell
Wabi-Sabi Mixed Media Painting, Pastel Class, Expressive Non-Objective Drawing for Mixed Media, Japonisme, Large Scaled Mixed Media Painting, Colour Theory and Mixing

Kerri Weller (AOCA, Ontario College of Art; BSc AMM in Medical Illustration, University of Toronto)
Botanical Drawing Basics, Botanical Watercolour Basics, Leaves - Colour, Pattern, and Composition, The Winter Garden, Botanical Composition, Botanical Art Garden Journal

Performing Arts

Hamid Ayoub (BA, Sudan University) 
African Drumming

Karen Balcome (BA, York University) Arts Centre Black Box Theatre - Special Needs

Leslie Cserepy (Theatre Arts Degree, Algonquin College)
Live Wire Drama, Shakin' Up Shakespeare, Performance Creation Outside the Black Box

Sue Fowler Dacey (with Suzart Productions)
Theatrical Make-Up Design,Audition Basics, So You Think You Can Act

Meagan Gray (BA, Carleton University)
Contemporary, Jazz, Hip Hop, Tap, Contemporary/ Hip Hop Combo, Dance Mix, Stretch Class

Sue Fay Healy, Jennifer Healy, and Madison Lyon
Irish Dance by The Sue Fay Healy School of Irish Dance (SFH)

Christopher Linden (BA, Carleton University; Algonquin College; Ryerson University)
Hand drumming Parent and Child, Music Ability

Marla Mitchell
Guitar Level 1-3, Youth and Adult

Shelly Nichol
Ballroom Level 4, Ballroom and Salsa Level 1

Kristine Quarrington
Creative Movement Parent & Tots

Anne Stubbs (E-RYT/RYT500, Yoga Alliance; FIS, Reiki Practitioner; Canadian Reiki Association)

Katherine Wong (BA Psychology)

Roger D. Wilson
Live Wire Drama

Barbara Carriere

Sophie Kmeco (BA, University of Ottawa)
Drama and Dance, Arts and Swim, Art Centre Adventure

Stephanie Kain (MA, Creative Writing)
Creative Nonfiction for Adults, Writing Short Fiction

Stephanie Kain is a professional writer and editor. She has been teaching various courses for children and adults at NCAC since 2010 and is currently pursuing a doctorate in Creative Writing from Lancaster University (UK). Writing as Stevie Mikayne, she is the author of Jellicle Girl, Weight of Earth and UnCatholic Conduct. Recently, she has branched out into the realm of natural diversity in children’s literature, and her series Emlyn and the Gremlin (written as Steff F. Kneff) - got her an invite to appear on The Social!

Kristen Saar (BFA, University of Ottawa; Grade 8 Piano, The Royal Conservatory of Music)
My Costume, My Fashion, My Style

Originally from a farm in Pembroke, Kristen moved to Ottawa to complete her undergrad.  She has a diverse background in the arts and has been teaching for nearly a decade.  Her love for piano started at a very young age.  Her photography and video work have been part of local exhibitions and screenings. Kristen now works as both a costume and props designer for local theatre groups and recently launched her own line of handcrafted and up cycled fashion design called KiKi©

Nicholas Lefebvre (BA, University of Ottawa; Trained RAD and ADAPT)
Drama & Dance, Dance Intensive, Pottery & Dance, Beginner - Advanced: Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Lyrical, Contemporary, and Hip Hop

Nicholas Lefebvre began training at the Greta Leeming Studio of Dance at the age of 8. He is proficient in ballet, contemporary, hip hop, jazz, lyrical and, tap dance styles and, he has won multiple regional, national and international titles; sharing the stage with dancers from Canada, The U.S.A, South Africa, and South America. In 2009 he received the prestigious Multicultural Arts for Schools and Communities (MASC) Award and, in 2014 he received the MASC Founder’s Award. He is an experienced choreographer with a proven ability to teach both adults and children.

Jeffrey Chapman
Drama & Dance, Arts Centre Adventure, Arts and Swim

Jeffrey has been an Arts Instructor with the City of Ottawa since 1999. During his time with the City, he has instructed and co-instructed an array of dramatic arts courses for participants of all ages. He is known for being a ‘Jack of all trades’. Some of his duties were, Emcee of The City of Ottawa's "911 Children's Achievement Awards", Emcee of the "Summer Concert Series" and "Arts Outside"  at Andrew Haydon Park, and helping to deliver arts program guides when necessary. He looks forward to many more rewarding years working with talented staff and creative kids!

Michaela Milligan
Fairytale Ball, Arts and Swim, Live Wire Drama

Michaela has been involved with the arts from a very young age. She has experience in dance and visual arts but focuses most of her time on drama and theatre. Michaela has also been involved with prestigious shows like Odyssey Showcase: CANADA ROARS! As well, she has won awards for acting and directing in her four years of entering the Sears Festival. Michaela enjoys teaching theatre to all her students and inspiring them to be creative.

Beginner Belly Dance,Choreography-Egyptian Style Belly Dance

Jalilah (Lorraine Zamora Chamas) has been a professional dancer since 1985 performing internationally at all types of venues from traditional wedding celebrations to glamorous nightclubs in world-renowned five-star hotels, theatre productions, and world music festivals.  Her extensive experience in working with a variety of musicians and performing with live music enabled Jalilah to produce a series of six CDs of belly dance music. Jalilah is also a certified Pilates’ instructor. She applies her Pilates’ knowledge of correct and safe body mechanics, posture, breath, and therapeutic movement to traditional belly dance.

Location and hours

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.


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

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.