Plan your visit

Who We Are

Our workshops are delivered by a unique mix of independent, non-profit arts organizations with home offices and studios in the centre:

Gloucester Pottery School is widely recognized throughout the community for providing exceptional instruction for potters at every level. Bright, open studios feature quality instruction in wheel and hand building for children, teens and adults at all levels.

Ottawa School of Art is the leading centre for visual arts education and creative expression in the Ottawa region. The Orléans Campus offers a full range of art courses and camps for adults, teens and children in drawing, painting, photography, animation and cartooning, sculpture and printmaking, all in specialized art studios.

OYP Theatre School offers accessible instruction in theatre by professionals who encourage students to explore story, voice and movement and develop skills in costume, set and lighting design.

The City of Ottawa’s professional dance instructors provide the moves to go along with today’s hot beats in Hip Hop Urban Dance workshops.

New for 2014/2015! Tara Luz Danse is a contemporary dance company recognized as one of the leaders in Ottawa’s dance scene. The company creates and produces dance which highlight the works of choreographer Anik Bouvrette and engages in various participatory projects in schools and in the community to initiate audiences of all ages to contemporary dance.

Before you arrive:

Many of the activities are messy and some require students to be in loose clothing for unrestricted movement. Please dress appropriately.


All programming spaces are fully accessible. If your group has any special needs, please mention them when making your booking.
What to expect when you arrive:

Bus parking is best accomplished by taking Brisebois Crescent off of Centrum Boulevard to the rear of the centre. You will be met at the rear entrance by arts centre staff.

A studio space with tables and chairs will be reserved for your visit. You will leave your coats, boots, bags, etc. here while you participate in your workshops. You return to this room for any scheduled breaks or meals. Participants must provide their own lunches and snacks. There are various restaurants and delivery services in the area if required, and there are drink and snack vending machines on site. Water fountains are located near washrooms on the lower level. We cannot guarantee a nut-free environment.

You will be guided to and from your workshops by arts centre staff.

Your activities will be lead by friendly, experienced arts professionals in purpose-built studios. These instructors will ensure your workshops are fun and interesting. All workshops are 1.5 hours in length.


Ample free parking is available on site for buses and adult supervisors. It is preferred that the students are dropped off at the back door, facing Highway 174.

Group Size:

We require a minimum of 15 students per activity, with a maximum of 30 per activity.

Group Supervision:

Adult supervisors are encouraged to assist in overseeing the comportment of students during the delivery of programs and will be invited to help should our teachers require assistance with student discipline. A ratio of one adult for every ten students is required. All adult supervisors are admitted at no charge, but the arts activities are planned for the number of students we are given. Any adults joining activities that use art supplies will be required to pay the workshop provider for those activities. Please let us know in advance how many adults are accompanying the students.


School visits are offered Monday to Friday between 9 am and 4 pm.
It is strongly advised that groups arrive on site 15 minutes before the start of activities.

Here is an example of a Full Day (3-activity) schedule with three groups of students:

XYZ School
Date of visit: XX XX XXXX
Time: 9:45 am to 2:45 pm
Language: English
Number of students: 47
Grades: 7
Group A = 16 students
Group B = 15 Students
Group C = 16 students
Arrive: 9:30 am – Rear Entrance, proceed to Music Rehearsal Hall
Activity #1: 9:45 to 11:15 am

Group A in Gloucester Pottery School: Pottery 2 - Busts
Group B in Ottawa School of Art: Silkscreen Printing - The Influence of Andy Warhol and Pop Culture
Group C in OYP Theatre School: Theatre 3 - Improv

Lunch: 11:15 to 11:45 am – Music Rehearsal Hall
Activity #2: 11:45 to 1:15 pm
Group B in Gloucester Pottery School: Pottery 2 - Busts
Group C in Ottawa School of Art: Silkscreen Printing - The Influence of Andy Warhol and Pop Culture
Group A in OYP Theatre School: Theatre 3 - Improv
Activity #3: 1:15 to 2:45 pm
Group C in Gloucester Pottery School: Pottery 2 - Busts
Group A in Ottawa School of Art: Silkscreen Printing - The Influence of Andy Warhol and Pop Culture
Group B in OYP Theatre School: Theatre 3 - Improv
Times can be modified to meet your requirements, but workshops are 90 minutes in length. Cost for the above workshops was $30.00 plus HST per student.


Each visit is custom-made. Studios are booked, instructors are scheduled and supplies are purchased and/or prepared based on the information you provide us.

Information we need to begin booking your visit:
  • Preferred date(s)
  • Number of students
  • Grade level(s)
  • Language of instruction
  • Workshop choices (2 or 3)
  • Number of accompanying adults
  • School name
  • Contact name, email address and telephone#
Bookings must be made at least one (1) month prior to the date of visit.

To book October to January visits, please contact us between September and December.
To book February to June visits, please contact us between January and May.

To book a visit or make an enquiry, please contact Mike Taylor, Arts Centre Programmer, by email


Half day: $15/student (two 1.5-hr. activities) plus HST.
Full day: $25/student (three 1.5-hr. activities) plus HST.
Prices include materials except for Gloucester Pottery School workshops. In order for students to keep their hand-built clay artworks, they must be fired. This process takes 2 weeks. Artwork may be picked up at the centre at that time. Please add $5.00 per student plus HST.
Please note that because of the firing time, we cannot take bookings for pottery workshops beyond the first Friday in June.

Method of payment (new for 2014/2015!)

• All payments are made in advance.
• Upon booking, you will be required to sign an agreement confirming the details of the visit.
• Upon our receipt of the signed agreement, an invoice will be issued for a non-refundable deposit of 20% of the estimated total fee.
• Changes to the number of participants or to the workshops can be accommodated no later than 10 business days before the date of the visit. At that time, an invoice will be issued for the balance of payment.


If you cancel your visit within 10 business days of the date of your visit, the 20% deposit will be forfeited. Schools will not be charged for cancelling a reservation due to inclement weather and the resulting cancellation of bus service. Attempts will be made to re-book your visit in the same programming year.

Alternate workshops?

If you are interested in trying out one workshop only, or would like to know if these workshops can come to your school, please contact the arts partners directly.

For pottery workshops, the Gloucester Pottery School can be reached at 613-580-2763.

For all drama workshops, please contact OYP Theatre School at 613-580-2764.

For visual arts workshops, please call the Ottawa School of Art, Orléans Campus, at 613-580-2765.

For contemporary dance workshops with Tara Luz Danse, please call 613-580-2424 ext. 27227