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Nepean Visual Arts Centre

Location and Contact

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


Hours of Operation

September to June:

  • Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

Please call centre for evening and weekend hours.

Facility Features

  • Free public Wi-Fi
  • On site parking


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.)


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Be the first to hear about new classes and workshops, special events and artistic features by subscribing to our enewsletter. Please be advised that we do not currently distribute the NVAC/NCAC enewsletter in French.

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

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.

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


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

  • Colette Beardall, Functional Handbuilding, Sculpture, Raku Workshops
  • Patricia Brunelle, Multi Media Mixing-It
  • Ingrid Dabringer, Lego Animation
  • Roger Davidson, Techniques of the Post-Impressionists, Ideas and Techniques of the Modern Masters, Coloured Pencil Basics, Big Scale Abstract Art
  • Ted Duncan, Oil and Acrylic Level 1 and Level 2
  • Maya Hum, Sketching & Painting
  • Heather Gallup, Watercolour – Level 1 and Level 2
  • Susan Gold, Experience Clay, Wheel Level 1
  • Shaylah Hickson, Summer Camps
  • Liz Hoffmann, Wheel & Handbuilding Combo, Wheel Level 1 and 2
  • Anna Stella Mangone, Big Scale Abstract Art
  • Katherine McNenly, Traditional Oil Techniques - Level 1 and Level 2
  • Doug Moir, Wheel Level 1, Wheel Level 1 and 2, Pottery Special Projects
  • Blair T. Paul, Introduction to Acrylic Landscape Painting, Collage Based Acrylic Painting
  • Meagan Pethick, Wheel Basic and Intermediate (Youth), Pottery Wheel - Parent & Teen, Summer Camps
  • Jadzia Romaniec, Canvas and Cocktails, Coloured Reflections
  • Kristen Saar, Guided Studio
  • Brian Singleton, Cartooning
  • Ranajit Sinha, Animation, Comic or Action Painting
  • Kerry Stothers, 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, Botanical Drawing Basics, Botanical Watercolour Basics, Leaves - Colour, Pattern, and Composition, Botanical Composition, Botanical Art Garden Journal


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.