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Nepean Creative Arts Centre

A truly unique space to pursue your talents and artistic aspirations. The Nepean Creative Arts Centre offers visual and performing arts classes taught by accomplished artists - painters, actors, filmmakers, writers, photographers, musicians - in custom studio spaces for participants of all levels of ability. Our goal is to provide an experience that enriches quality of life through art and culture. From preschool to adult, students experience a diversity of arts instruction.

The NCAC's arts-specific studios include music, dance and visual arts studios, a black box theatre and set construction workshop.

Location and Contact

35 Stafford Road
Ottawa, ON

613-596-5783

Hours of Operation

September to June:

  • Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
  • Saturday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
  • Sunday, 9:30 am to 6:30 pm

July and August:

  • Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4 pm
  • Closed Saturday and Sunday

Please call the centre for evening hours.

Rentals

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A truly unique space to pursue your talents and artistic aspirations. The Nepean Creative Arts Centre offers visual and performing arts classes taught by accomplished artists - painters, actors, filmmakers, writers, photographers, musicians - in custom studio spaces for participants of all levels of ability. Our goal is to provide an experience that enriches quality of life through art and culture. From preschool to adult, students experience a diversity of arts instruction.

The NCAC's arts-specific studios include music, dance and visual arts studios, a black box theatre and set construction workshop.

Arts-specific facilities include:

  • high quality instruction 
  • specialized studios equipped for visual and performing arts
  • dance studios with sprung floors, barres and floor-to-ceiling mirrors 
  • soundproofed music studios
  • black box theatre
  • natural lighting
  • exhibition and performance opportunities

Our sister facility - The Nepean Visual Arts Centre offers programming in visual arts including pottery. The pottery studio includes a handbuilding studio, wheel room with 12 wheels including an accessible wheel and pottery technicians on site. Glazing and firing is also provided on site.

Summer Camps

Turn your summer into a creative adventure at arts centres!Explore art like never before at one of our Summers Camps - Registration now open!For more Arts Camps, visit NVAC-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.

Arts instructors

Visual Arts

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!

  • Hamid Ayoub Palette Knife Painting Techniques with Acrylic, African Drumming
  • Patricia Brunelle (Multi Media Mixing-It, Multi Media Mixing-It II, Young Masters Watercolour, Watercolour 1 et 2
  • Roger Davidson Techniques of the Post-Impressionists, Ideas & Techniques of the Modern Masters, Coloured Pencil Basics, Big Scale Abstract Art (enfants et ados)
  • Heather Gallup Watercolours – Levels ½
  • Maya Hum Drawing, Sketching & Painting, Experimental Drawing
  • Blair T. Paul
  • Jadzia Romaniec Acrylic and Oil Painting 1/2, Canvas and Cocktails, Life Drawing
  • Leslie Cserepy Live Wire Drama, Shakin' Up Shakespeare, Performance Creation Outside the Black Box
  • Ted Duncan Oil and Acrylic Level 1/2
  • Karen Balcome Arts Centre Black Box Theatre - Special Needs
  • Sue Fowler Dacey Theatrical Make-Up Design, Audition Basics, So You Think You Can Act
  • Susan Gold Experience Clay, Wheel-Level 1
  • Meagan Gray Contemporary, Jazz, Hip Hop, Tap, Contemporary/ Hip Hop Combo, Dance Mix, Stretch Class
  • Sue Fay Healy, Jennifer Healy et Madison Lyon  Irish Dance by The Sue Fay Healy School of Irish Dance (SFH)
  • Liz Hoffmann Wheel & Handbuilding Combo, Wheel Level 1 & 2
  • Christopher Linden Hand drumming Parent and Child, Music Ability
  • Katherine McNenly Traditional Oil Techniques - Level 1/2
  • Marla Mitchell Guitar Level 1-3, Youth and Adult
  • Shelly Nichol Ballroom Level 4, Ballroom and Salsa Level 1
  • Meagan Pethick Wheel Basic & Intermediate (Youth), Pottery Wheel - Parent & Teen 
  • Kristine Quarrington Creative Movement Parent & Tots
  • Kerry Stothers Drawing: Introduction, Painting: Oil/Acrylics, Level I and Level II 
  • Anne Stubbs Yoga-Pilates
  • Tim Thibeault Parent & Child Pottery, Handbuilding, Summer Camps, Camps d’été
  • Suzanne Warren Powell Contemporary Drawing, Mixed Media Level 1 & 2, Wabi-sabi Mixed Media Painting, Pastel Class, Composition and Design, Mixed Media Collage
  • Kerri Weller Botanical Art 1 - Drawing, Botanical Art 2 - Watercolour Basics, The Fall Harvest,
  • Katherine Wong
  • Anna Stella Mangone Big Scale Abstract Art
  • Shaylah Hickson
  • Ingrid Dabringer
  • Roger D. Wilson Live Wire Drama, Moviemaking camp, Camera-less Animation
  • Barbara Carriere Nia
  • Sophie Kmeco Drama and Dance, Arts and Swim, Art Centre Adventure
  • Stephanie Kain Creative Nonfiction for Adults, Writing Short Fiction
  • Kristen Saar My Costume, My Fashion, My Style; Guided Studio
  • Nicholas Lefebvre
  • Jeffrey Chapman Drama & Dance, Arts Centre Adventure, Arts and Swim
  • Michaela Milligan Fairytale Ball, Arts and Swim, Live Wire Drama
  • Isaac Fouchard Children's Handbuilding
  • Jalilah Beginner Belly Dance, Choreography-Egyptian Style Belly Dance
  • Patrick Fraser Beginner/Intermediate Levels of Cartooning For Kids
  • Susan Ukkola Abstract Mixed Media Twist

Accessibility

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.

Parking

  • 4 designated accessible parking space
  • 10 metres from parking space to the door

Entrance/Exit

  • 10 accessible entrances
  • Ramp
  • Wide door (with power door opener) for wheelchair passage
  • Direct access to the main floor, lobby, elevator

Interior

  • Reception desks
  • Floor area for manoeuvring a wheelchair
  • Swipe access
  • Low pile carpet
  • Lowered drinking fountains

Signage

  • Tactile signage
  • High contrast signage

Washrooms

  • Washroom with power door opener
  • Lowered sink counters

Learn more about special needs and accessible services.