Summer Art Camps 2016

WEEK 1 (July 11-15, 2016):

ART CAMP with Teresa Segstro and Anita Levesque

July 11-15
9am – noon Ages 5- 7
2-5pm Ages 8-10
Cost $150/week
These week-long camps for children ages 5-7 or 8-10 years old, will explore the wonderful world of art through mixed media projects including drawing, painting, drama, collage and assemblage.  On the last day of camp we invite family and friends to join us for a little party and show & tell in the last half an hour of camp.




WEEK 2 (July 18-July 22, 2016):

THEATRE CAMPS with Martina Avis

July 18-22, 2016

9am – noon Ages 8-11 **NOTE UPDATED AGE GROUPS!**- Theatre Workshop acting, games, movement, and performance

Cost $150/week

Learn dramatic skills while playing games, taking on characters, telling stories and working towards a small performance.  On the last day of camp, we invite family and friends to join us for a little party and short presentation of our cumulative efforts in the last half hour of camp.
2pm-5pm Ages 12-18 **NOTE UPDATED AGE GROUPS!** Shakespeare Performance: HAMLET

Cost $150/week

Shakespeare’s Hamlet: a play of betrayal, revenge, skulls, swords and words, words, words. Tackle Shakespeare’s most famous tragedy (abridged) with fast-paced movement, drama, and stage combat.  On the last day of camp we invite family and friends to join us in the last half hour of the camp to watch our version of Hamlet and celebrate.




WEEK 3 (July 25-29, 2016):

FASHION CAMP with Natalie Purschwitz

July 25-29, 2016

9am – noon Ages 8-10

2pm-5pm Ages 11-15

Cost $150/week

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a fashion designer?  Join us for a 5-day camp where you will explore the basic principles of fashion design.  Learn about colour and texture, silhouette, illustration, the parts of a garment, surface design and styling.  Through a series of demonstrations, projects and exercises you will unlock your imagination to produce fashion drawings, artwork and wearable pieces.  Please note that there is no sewing in this workshop.




Did you know that Oxygen Art Centre has a volunteer credit program that can be used towards reduced tuition costsSome 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, Nelson Star, Juice FM and


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Martina Avis

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. Recently, she worked with Winlaw School to put on a play with a cast of over 80 students.  She is extremely well-versed in Shakespeare and has directed numerous youth adaptations of his plays featuring Shakespeare’s original language, fast-paced movement, hilarity and exuberance.

Natalie Purschwitz

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Natalie Purschwitz is an award winning fashion and costume designer based in Vancouver, BC.  Her visual arts background and conceptual approach to clothing give her a unique fashion sensibility that is quirky, lighthearted and sometimes mildly humorous. In 2010 she completed a project called Makeshift, a yearlong endeavor to wear only things she made herself including shoes, clothing, underwear, accessories, etc.  The project received worldwide attention and led to exhibitions nationwide that showcased the clothing.  She aspires to an unconventional approach to wearing, making and thinking about clothes.

Teresa Segstro

Teresa Segstro has owned her own preschool and fostered a love of art with the young children she teaches for the past 30 years. She has taken several adult classes through Oxygen Art Centre, and enjoys exploring art herself.  She believes every child is an artist and we just need to nurture them. Come explore collaging, water color painting and mixed media.


A note from Art Camp 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

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