Art Programs

Intro to Drawing 

Artwork by program instructor, Keith Capstick


Instructor Biography: 

Keith Capstick was raised in northern Cape Breton and has been drawing since a young age. He has a degree from St. Francis Xavier University with a minor in Art and has taken drawing classes at NSCAT. Two years ago he began to bring his art to the world by selling his work both online and on the waterfront. At the same time, he began to teach art classes around the city. Now he continues to create private commissions and is looking to broaden his internet presence.

Drawing Program: 

This class will explore the fundamentals of drawing. Keith believes that everyone is able to draw, they just have to learn how to see through their artist ‘eye’. Once you learn how to look properly, you will look at the world from a new perspective, and begin to see shapes and angles in everything around you.

We will explore :

– Left vs. Right brain thinking

– The technique’s to turn on the artist’s ‘eye’

– How to learn to draw what you see, how to really look

– Noticing the building blocks of a drawing

– 3D to 2D (How to make the 3D world appear to be 2D)

– 2D to 3D (Bringing depth back into the 2D drawing on your paper)

– Relative angles

– Learning how to find proper proportions

This class is for you if…

– You have never picked up a pencil before but would like to learn how to draw

– You love to draw but are looking to gain a deeper insight into your work

– You used to draw but have been away from the practice for a while

– You are looking to bring more life to your drawings

Supply List: 

Bring pencils (at least an HB), eraser, ruler, and paper, and pencil sharpener

Keith will have extra supplies on hand to use during class time. We will explore the uses of different pencils, from 8H to 9B (hard to soft).  Note that the purchase of a full set of pencils is not necessary to complete the class, however, you are welcome to bring them with you if you would like to try them out.

Call (902)852-2711 to register.


Artwork by program instructor, Keith Capstick


Watercolor for Beginners 


Instructor Biography:
Heather Hawley is an artist and art teacher living in Halifax NS who has been painting for over 25 years.  She works in Acrylic, Watercolor, Mixed Media and has also recently starting sculpting.  She has been teaching adult art lessons with various Halifax recreation facilities since 2015.  Heather also teaches private lessons as well as private group lessons and loves to share her experience and passion for art with others.

A beginners class with no previous experience needed.  This is a fun, relaxed and social class where we learn the basics of watercolor painting.  I will demonstrate each new technique for students before they begin their painting.

During this 6 week class, we will cover:

  • types of washes, color mixing
  • the color wheel
  • how to apply a wet on dry and wet on wet techniques through various in-class projects

Pictures will be available for students to use as reference and each class will build up your skills step by step.

Supply List:

  • Watercolor paper – 140 lb to 300 lb cold press, sized around 11 x 15 or you can get larger 22 x 11  or larger paper and cut them into smaller sheets
  • 2HB pencil, eraser, ruler
  • Blue or green painters masking tape
  • Palette with smaller wells for your paint and larger wells or mixing areas. Its good to get a pallet with good sized wells for mixing paint.
  • Water jars( 1-2) and paper towel roll
  • Brushes: synthetic are cheaper and do maintain their shape: a lighter colored bristle seems to not shed the bristles in your paint so try for these.
    • Required Sizes: a Medium round (# 6 or  #8 )
    • Large round brush #10, medium angled flat brush
    • large 1 ½ to 2-inch flat brush for washes


  • Paint: please get tubes, student grade paint is ok for now, move into artist grade as you progress.  You can get the kits with all basic colors or buy individual 10, 12 or 14 ml tubes are a good size or 12 ml
    • lemon or cadmium yellow
    • yellow ochre
    • alizarin crimson or a brilliant red
    • brown such as burnt umber
    • ultramarine blue
    • lighter blue like cerulean blue
    • sap green
    • deep green
    • violet
    • white
    • black

different kits have different colors, as long as you have a yellow ochre, a yellow, ultramarine blue, a red, a green, a brown and a black/white

  • Smooth Masonite board or plexiglass, for mounting your paper to (2 inches larger than your paper)
  • Tracing Paper
  • A small-sized notebook with white unlined pages for using for notes and mixing colors (the dollar store has them from $2-$4 )


If you have any questions please email me directly at