Children & Youth



WEEK 1 (July 15-19, 2019):

WRITING ON THE WALLS with Amber Santos
(CAMP FULL register to be added to the wait list)

July 15-19, 2019 (Monday – Friday)

9am – noon Ages 7-12 – Painting, drawing, collaborating and interacting with the public space.

Cost $150/week

This playful and exploratory workshop will invite kids to connect with each other through their own drawings, develop their own ideas and play with scale. Kids will have the opportunity to collaborate on a public art piece.



WEEK 2 (July 22-26, 2019):

MUSIC CAMPS with Erica Dee

July 22-26, 2019 (Monday – Friday)

9am – noon Ages 8-10

Cost $150/week

1pm – 4pm Ages 11-17

Cost $150/week

Create, Sing & Play! – An Exploration of Music and Creativity with Erica Dee

In this summer camp participants will have an opportunity to share their stories through songwriting and performing. They will spend time experiencing the power of their voices as instruments while playing with different ideas of self expression. We will explore different genres of music while learning valuable tools for self confidence, performance and storytelling. This camp is designed for anyone who is interested in Singing, Songwriting, Performing Arts, and Collaboration.

WEEK 3 (July 29-August 2, 2019):

THEATRE CAMPS with Martina Avis

July 29- August 2, 2019 (Monday – Friday)

9am – noon Ages 8-12 – ACT! – Theatre Workshop acting, games, movement, and performance (CAMP FULL register to be added to the wait list)

Cost $150/week

Build performance skills, play games and learn dramatic techniques in this fun, fast-paced workshop. Students will work together and with the instructor to build a short play for performance on the final day of camp.

2pm – 5pm Ages 12-18 Shakespeare Theatre Intensive & Performance

Cost $170/week

Learn how modern actors approach Shakespeare’s text to create a play with fast-paced choreography, vocal expertise, and real fine acting. On the last day of camp we will give a 7pm show for family, friends, and the public.

Titus Andronicus — A violent, disturbing world where eerie events lead to unthinkable acts, a mother is revenged for the death of her son, a soldier returns from the war and finds himself unable to live in a civilized world. Madness and anarchy reign in Shakespeare’s most brutal tragedy: Titus Andronicus.





Did you know that Oxygen Art Centre has a volunteer credit program that can be used towards reduced tuition costs?  Some scholarships are also available for help with accessing programming.  Students travelling in for camps from outside of the Nelson area are automatically eligible for 25% off camp tuition!

Oxygen Art Centre is a not for profit, community arts organization and artist run centre. Contact us to find out about what the options are to help with accessing our arts education programming. E:

Oxygen Art Centre gratefully acknowledges support for its Arts Education Programming from the Province of British Columbia, Nelson and District Credit Union, British Columbia Arts Council and Business for the Arts sponsors; Hall Printing and Nelson Star.




Martina AVIS is a local theatre practitioner. She has a BA in Theatre from the University of Victoria and takes a special interest in community and youth projects.  She has studied, trained in, and performed Shakespeare in many venues and has directed youth adaptations of his plays featuring Shakespeare’s original language, fast-paced movement, hilarity and exuberance.


Amber SANTOS is an artist and art educator based in Nelson, BC and is grateful to live and create on Sinixt Ktunaxa and Silyx traditional and unceded territory. She has been working as an educator with kids, youth, and adults for 16 years. She brings a passion for collaborative and process-based work as well as a love for drawing on walls. Currently, in as a mixed settler (German, French) and indigenous (Saulteaux, Cree, Metís) woman, she is interested in themes of decolonization, healing, connection to landscapes and belonging in her personal painting practice. Check out her illustration, murals and full bio here:



Thanks to our wonderful funders the Province of BC and the Nelson & District Credit Union for supporting Oxygen’s children and youth programming!



A note from Art Camp co-founder

Art is essential. It connects us and brings great joy to our lives. By making and creating, we become problem solvers, exercising both sides of our brains. It is a celebration of beauty, a mode to express what is deep within, and a tool to better understand our place in the world.

That which is most essential is often overlooked and taken for granted. The arts are under represented in our schools and communities today. Understanding the importance of art education for our children and youth has been the core inspiration behind our children’s art programming over the past three years. It is with great joy that we see this program growing and becoming a consistent and reliable way for parents to enrich their child’s lives through art.

Thank you to all of you that have been a part of this journey, so far. We look forward to seeing even more smiles and excitement on children’s and parent’s faces as our program develops.

Anita Levesque, on behalf of Oxygen Art Centre


Oxygen Art Centre gratefully acknowledges the support in the development of it online registration capabilities from:

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