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The Shenkman Arts Centre is open to the public in accordance with current public health regulations. See Updates for full information.

Classes + Camps

Over 300 courses, camps and workshops for all ages and skill levels in a variety of disciplines, are available at the Shenkman Arts Centre in English and French. Offered by the City of Ottawa and the Resident Arts Partners, courses are taught by professional artist instructors in specialized studios within a relaxed, fun environment. School visits can also be arranged, “à la carte”.

Register for courses online, by phone 613-580-ARTS (2787) or in person at Guest Services inside the Shenkman Arts Centre.

The Resident Arts Partners websites list all their program information. Direct contact with them is the best way to receive specifics about their programs and procedures.

Proof of Vaccination is not required
  • To attend a class or camp with the City of Ottawa and the Gloucester Pottery School.
Proof of Vaccination is required
  • To attend a class or camp with the Ottawa School of Art and the Ottawa School of Theatre until further notice.

Four reasons to explore your creative side at Shenkman Arts Centre

1. Specialized Studios

The Shenkman Arts Centre features purpose-built studios. The dance studio has sprung floors, barres and mirrors. The painting studios have natural light, easels, sinks, appropriate ventilation and storage. Theatre students “play” in professional black box studios. Music students perform in acoustically treated spaces.

2. Quality Course Content

Courses at the Centre are for people who take their art seriously, but like to have fun too. Whether you’re a musician or a visual artist, a novice or a whiz, there’s a course or workshop for you right here.

3. Expert Teachers

Our professional artist instructors are a step above the rest in both training and experience. Working artists know enough about the medium, be it paint, clay or an instrument to be able to coach you in the right direction and troubleshoot the challenges.

4. Inspiring Environment

Creativity is contagious at Shenkman Arts Centre, where students’ imaginations are engaged and stimulated by an environment that includes art galleries, live performances, artist markets and a variety of other innovative activities.

Program registration

Please note: Courses are promoted in the language in which they are taught. Program information is subject to change.