Flora & Fauna Fun
with Marla Benton

July 8 – 12, 9 am – 12 pm    Ages 5 – 7    

Let’s explore all the goodies that nature provides for us! We will look at the big picture and all the tiny details of plant and animal life. Using different art supplies, we will paint, cut, paste, sculpt and build all week long.  

Looking Back While Moving Forward
with Marla Benton

July 8 – 12, 1:30 – 4:30 pm    Ages 8 – 12

Diving into history, we will look at famous artists and their work. We will explore techniques and materials that will help us create our own works of art, inspired by the past. Sculpting, painting, smudging, folding, cutting, sketching…we will attempt as much material diversity as possible!


Marla Benton earned her education through the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, the Ontario College of Art and Design and Nipissing University. As an artist and teacher, she has worked in the Yukon, northern Quebec, Ontario and Nova Scotia. After working as a starving artist and then as a full time schoolteacher, Marla now creates a wonderful balance of her two professions. She has been teaching her own ‘Playing with Clay’ workshops both to adults and children and she instructs P.A.I.N.T.S. (Professional Artist in the Schools) projects.  Marla also works on local and international commissions.

Water is Life
with Priya Andrade

August 12 – 16, 9 am – 12 pm    Ages 5 – 7 

Nova Scotia is water! Together we will be inspired by beautiful books and First Nations artists who love water. Using clay, watercolours, textiles,
printmaking, pencil colour and pen, we will swim through expressing our personal ideas about the importance and beauty of water and oceans. 

Epic Ocean Battles
with Priya Andrade

August 12 – 16, 1:30 – 4:30 pm    Ages 8 – 12

Have you ever heard about the epic battle between the sperm whale and the giant squid in the deepest part of the ocean? Come and join the fun in learning about these fascinating creatures and cast your own artistic sculptures. We will do clay sculptures, plaster casting, story-telling, drawing, and painting and bring this myth to life!


PRIYA ANDRADE is a Goan-Canadian who was born in Dubai, U.A.E and immigrated to Canada as a teenager. She received her Bachelor of Fine Art from Queens University and has found her happy place as a mother and an art educator. She shares the Reggio pedagogy through her travelling art program in the HRM, Creative Spaces. She delights in giving agency to children and youth and values their contributions to the community. Her own studio practice traverses colour pencil art, oil painting, installation and responsive performance and you can follow her on Instagram @rednsmountain.

Cost $115. for each ½ day, weeklong class.

If you are a resident of the Municipality of Chester and require financial assistance, you may be eligible to apply for help through their P.R.O.Kids Program. Contact Cosette Howlett, P.R.O. Kids Coordinator, for more information at 902-275-3490. Or contact your local Municipality Recreation Dept. for assistance.