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Nepean Visual Arts Centre

Location and Contact

1701 Woodroffe Avenue, Entrance 3
Ottawa, ON K2G 1W2


Hours of Operation

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

Facility Features

  • Free public Wi-Fi
  • On site parking

Additional Information

Specialized Workshops

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 book for a specialized workshop with our skilled instructors. Contact us by phone or email for details.


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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.

Classes and 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.

Find a full list of programs under the Arts Centre section in the Recreation Guide.

Gift Certificates

Make Memories - Give the gift of art this holiday season.


Try something new with one of our workshops. These short-term commitments may just turn into a lifetime passion. Workshops offer creative and visual hands-on programming for all levels and ages alike.




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


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

  • Alana Latincic, Summer Camps
  • Blair T. Paul, Introduction to Acrylic Landscape Painting, Collage Based Acrylic Painting
  • Carla Burns, Botanical Watercolour
  • Colette Beardall, Functional Handbuilding, Sculpture, Raku Workshops
  • Doug Moir, Wheel Level 1, Wheel Level 1 and 2, Pottery Special Project
  • Heather Gallup, Watercolour – Level 1 and Level 2
  • Jan Salmon, Botanical Coloured Pencils
  • Jadzia Romaniec, Canvas and Cocktails, Oil and Acrylic Painting Level 1
  • Katherine McNenly, Traditional Oil Techniques - Level 1 and Level 2
  • Kerri Weller, Botanical Drawing Basics, Botanical Watercolour Basics, Leaves - Colour, Pattern, and Composition, Botanical Composition, Botanical Art Garden Journal
  • Kerry Stothers, Drawing: Introduction, Painting: Oil/Acrylics, Level 1 and Level 2
  • Lauren Foster McLeod, Botanical Drawing
  • Liz Hoffmann, Wheel & Handbuilding Combo, Wheel Level 1 and 2
  • Maya Hum, Sketching & Painting, Soft Pastels, Art Journaling for Youth
  • Meagan Pethick, Wheel Basic and Intermediate (Youth), Pottery Wheel - Parent & Teen, Wheel and Handbuilding Combo, Summer Camps
  • Mirana Zuger, Big Scale Abstract Art - Adult
  • Roger Davidson, Coloured Pencil Basics
  • Susan Gold, Experience Clay, Wheel Level 1
  • Susan Kunstadt, Children’s Handbuilding
  • Susan Ukkola, Abstract Mixed Media Twist, Abstract Mixed Media Guided Studio
  • Suzanne Warren Powell, Wabi-Sabi Mixed Media Painting, Pastel Class, Expressive Non-Objective Drawing for Mixed Media, Large Scaled Mixed Media Painting, Contemporary Drawing, Watercolour- Expressive Experimentation
  • Taylor Plakholm, Children’s Multimedia Mixing It , Big Scale Abstract Art, Summer Camps
  • Ted Duncan, Watercolour Level 1 and Level 2
  • Terry Hoganson, Cartooning and Adult Coloured Pencil
  • Tim Thibeault, Parent & Child Pottery, Handbuilding - Youth, Summer Camps, Adult Handbuilding and Sculpture


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.