Tucked away in Charlotte Mews in our downtown is the ever popular Art School of Peterborough (178A Charlotte St.). This not-for-profit organization is run by Director Jenni Johnston and has been in operation for 19 years now, opening in Lakefield and moving to its current location shortly after.
Upon entering and discovering its multi-level facility, you realize how much happens inside its bustling walls. From oil painting and water colour to photography, pottery and fused-glass making, this school has something for everyone with a creative spirit. If you’re a fan of the movie Ghost, you'll be happy to know that they offer Pottery Date Nights which are very popular!
The school operates year round, and offers everything from 1 and 2 day short courses to 8 week classes. One of its biggest hits throughout the year is the offering of camps for children aged 6 to 12.
These camps are week long experiences with a variety of themes geared towards opening the eyes of youngsters to the world of art. Spaces are limited so registering early is recommended.
Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, the Art School is having an "Art Market in the Mews" on June 15th. This birthday celebration is being held with kid’s crafts, face painting, popcorn, and a birthday cake to celebrate with! This happens on the same day as the Taste of Downtown Celebration. On June 8th, the School is having its “Stories” art auction from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., which is another great event.
The school gladly offers bursaries, and has annual fundraisers—in November with its Art Auction, and in February with its Art-a-Thon. Being a not-for-profit, it is always looking for volunteers to assist in its classes and has found this to be popular amongst high school aged students looking to complete their volunteer hours.
If you haven’t discovered the Art School of Peterborough, now is the time! They continue to add to their class options and have something for everyone!
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—By Aaron Elliott