Have you ever wanted to break free from your everyday life? Do you dream of engaging with creative and likeminded individuals in an open and friendly environment? Well, here at NBCCD, we take your ‘free’ time extremely seriously. Each and every day we inspire, motivate, challenge and teach our students everything they need to know about the art of Fine Craft and Design. We pride ourselves on our small class sizes, knowledgeable instructors and the close-knit community we’ve been fostering here for over 75 years! This Fall, take a ‘Leap’ with NBCCD and begin your career as a leisure student, part-time student, or even go all the way and enrol full time. If it’s art for Leisure you crave, or something more permanent, we can make it happen. Seven week class and weekend workshops run October 10th through November 24th

LEAP courses offer individuals and groups the chance to partake in a diverse range of artistic mediums and experiences. All of our course offerings spotlight hands-on learning with the opportunity for self-expression and individuality. Your interest and enthusiasm are all that is required!

All LEAP instructors are talented artists, who want to share their knowledge and expertise with you! Each course has been specially designed to encourage your creative thinking and to help you put those thoughts into artistic practice. You will love the imaginative and unique environment the College offers. Classes are small, interactive and incredibly social.

*Traditional Aboriginal Woodcarving not included.

Call to Register: (506) 453-2566

Interested in finding out more?
Contact: Marcus Kingston, LEAP Coordinator, (506) 440-4263, marcus.kingston@gnb.ca




“My instructor was very knowledgeable, always ready to help when needed and answer any questions myself or my fellow students needed” – Introductory Ceramics with Jessica Kelly

 “Thank you Anna for such a wonderful experience, I learned so much!” – Wet Felting with Anna Mathis

 “Your classes opened the door… to the wonderful world that is NBCCD…Thank you” – You Can Draw Anything with Marcus Kingston

 “The school was welcoming and inviting. I was scared to go to art school as a young adult, but NBCCD has opened my eyes to a future life in the arts, Thank you!” – Mixed Media Exploration with Ron Leger


NEW! Introduction to Naturally Dyeing with Plants | Anna Mathis | 8 Seats
Saturday October 7th, 9am – 4pm

Connect with historical traditions from all over the world as you discover the shades, hues, and colors of natural dyes! This wonderful Saturday workshop will be jam packed with colourful chemistry; you will be exploring mordants, the fascinating pink and blue hues of Brazil wood and experimenting with colours you can find in your own back yard. During the workshops you will be creating patterns on two scarves using Japanese Shibori techniques, and printing using flowers, bark and leaves! You will not want to pass up this great opportunity with talented Anna Mathis.

MATERIAL COST: $22 (Two silk scarves + 5$ to the instructor for dyes)

NEW! Introduction to Weaving | Jackie Bourque | 7 Seats – FULL
Thursdays 6-9
Starts Thursday October 12th

Are you an admirer of hand woven goods but are curious about how they are created? Then you want to take Introductory Weaving with the fabulously talented Jackie Bourque! This seven-week class will take you through all of the steps that are required to create your own hand woven scarf or shawl. From designing, to making your warp and dressing your loom, Jackie will help you every step of the way. A love of yarn is required but no weaving experience is necessary.

MATERIAL COST: $20-60 (Material Dependent)

NEW! Introduction to Digital Photography  | Sara Bakker | 15 Seats
Tuesdays 6-9
Starts Tuesday October 10th

In Introduction to Digital Photography you will go over basic camera modes and mechanics like aperture and shutter speed (and their corresponding camera presets). You will also learn how to control them, when, where and why you would choose specific settings, and the interaction between your camera’s settings. You will also briefly look at importing and making basic adjustments to the photos in Adobe Lightroom. If you have ever wanted to learn more about the art of digital photography then this seven-week class with NBCCD’s Sarah Bakker is for you!

MATERIAL COST: Students will need to bring their own DSLR or Mirror-less camera, memory cards and portable hard drive

NEW! Drawing as Experience | Samantha Thebeau | 14 Seats
Thursday 6-9
Starts Thursday October 12th

Loosen up and push the boundaries of your typical drawing practice! Draw the figure from a live model using expressive marks and unconventional techniques that explore the process of drawing and encourage your creativity through unexpected results.

This experimental drawing class will focus on process-oriented exercises while referencing a live model. In this class you will explore mark making, movement, gesture, layering, and line quality. Samantha will challenge traditional ideas and assumptions by centering on the making of a drawing rather than its end result. This class aims to encourage a shift in awareness of its students, expanding the boundaries of drawing.

MATERIAL COST: Aprox. $25-$30 for supplies – Aprox. $30 for model rental fee.

NEW! Writing Hurts like Hell | Biff Mitchell | 10 Seats
Saturday September 30th, 9am – 4pm

Biff Mitchell is a speculative fiction writer with several novels published through Double Dragon Publishing and numerous short stories through anthologies, ezines and literary journals. In this one-day workshop on creative writing you will learn to get you over your fear of putting pen to paper. You will participate in in-class exercises, group discussions while learning about character development, creating worlds, story boarding and mindless writing. If you have ever wanted to dive into the wonderful world of writing then this is your chance!

MATERIAL COST: Students are required to bring a laptop, paper, and pencils &/or pens.

NEW! Urban Sketching ‘en plein-air’  | Marcus Kingston | 12 Seats
Saturday October 14th, 9am – 4pm

In this new and exciting workshop, architecture and streetscape enthusiast Marcus Kingston will teach you the fundamentals of drawing unique and realistic urban sketches in Fredericton’s beautiful and historic downtown. You will learn the art of drawing ‘en plein-air’ which means drawing in the open air. If you have ever wanted to know how to sketch quickly and accurately the buildings, scenes and vignettes you stumble upon, then you will want to sign up for this class. You will explore various forms of mark making while using different pens and pencils and learn which ones to use for the best effects and techniques. No experience is required though an interest in perspective and architecture is an asset!

MATERIAL COST: $10 (Prepared kit of specific pens and pencils – Please bring a sketch book no smaller than 8 ½” x 11”)

NEW! Experience VR  | Alan Edwards | 9 Seats
Saturday November 4th, 9am – 4pm

Are you looking for a fun and immersive experience this fall? Then why don’t you spend the day experiencing virtual reality at NBCCD! VR expert Alan Edwards has been working hard to develop the latest and greatest in virtual experiences. During this day long workshop you will be able to explore a number of experiences such as walking with dinosaurs, visiting historic churches or battling Imperial Storm Troopers. If you are 13 years or older you are welcome to explore the world through the use of innovative and modern technology, while enjoying the relaxed atmosphere of NBCCD’s downtown campus.


Intermediate Ceramics | Chris Colwell | 8 Seats | FULL
Tuesdays 6-9
Starts Tuesday October 10th

Do you have prior ceramics experience? This class enables you to expand your knowledge in pottery and practice new ceramic techniques. Focus will be placed on increasing wheel throwing and trimming methods and may also include decorating skills. You will learn to attach and build by hand in a way that is enjoyable and fun. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to work with local artist Chris Colwell and nurture your inner potter.

MATERIAL COST: $40-$45 (approximate price per box of clay– 1-2 boxes may be necessary)

Introductory Ceramics | Jessica Kelly | 7 Seats – FULL
Wednesdays 6-9
Starts Wednesday October 11th

Do you have little to no experience in pottery? Do you want to learn the basics in an enriching and stimulating environment? Then you need to sign up with the wonderful Jessica Kelly! Beginner throwing techniques, centering and trimming will be covered while working hands on with a genuine potter’s wheel. This timeless craft will be discussed in an intimate and small class situation where imagination abounds. Jessica will even show you how to decorate your finished pieces, making them unique and truly yours. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity!

MATERIAL COST: $60 (2 boxes of clay – an old apron, towel and intro pottery kit)

Intermediate Ceramics – Introduction to Crystalline Glazes | Leigh Merritt | 6 seats
Thursdays 6-9
Starts Thursday October 12th

Artisan Leigh Merritt believes the crystalline glaze process is unlike any other. It’s both challenging and beautiful, resulting in breathtaking pieces that will ignite creativity in any individual. This intimate and hands-on class will teach students about the ins and outs of crystalline glazes, making pots and catchers on the wheel and how to attach catchers. If you’re someone with previous pottery experience then this exclusive class is for you!

MATERIAL COST: $40 (approximate price per box of clay)

Introduction to Virtual Reality | Alan Edwards and Todd Delong | 12 seats
Wednesday 6-9
Starts Wednesday October 11th

Are you someone who loves technology? Do you enjoy playing video games and being immersed in other realities? Well, why not explore the exciting new world of Virtual Reality and create your own virtual environment. You will be able to explore it in full VR! Experience a variety of applications available for VR using the latest hardware. Test and explore commercial products with the assistance of NBCCD Digital Media instructor Alan Edwards, and talented animator Todd Delong.

MATERIAL COST: No Materials Necessary

You Can Draw Anything – Beginner to Intermediate | Marcus Kingston | 14 seats
Tuesday 6-9
Starts Tuesday October 10th

Are you a beginner drawer? Do you want to learn basic and more intermediate techniques? Then Marcus wants you! “You Can Draw Anything” will aid in making you a more confident and knowledgeable artist. Drawing from life and drawing from source imagery will be looked at with focus placed on sighting, mapping, measuring, linear, intuitive and atmospheric perspective, value, shading, portraiture, landscapes, still life and drawing from your imagination. Vivid colors and textures will also be worked into various pieces. Don’t miss out on this popular course with enthusiastic artist Marcus Kingston.

MATERIAL COST: $20-$25 – Depending on the variety of papers and mediums used.

The Lost Art of Calligraphy and Penmanship | Marcus Kingston | 12 seats
Saturday October 21st 9-4

In today’s world of text messages, emails and high speed, wouldn’t it be great to ‘slow down’? In this all new workshop, artist Marcus Kingston will transport you back in time to an age when pen met paper daily and the art of penmanship was as important as how to tie your own shoes. In this one-day workshop you will explore the art of calligraphy and penmanship while using professional grade nibs, pens, inks and paper. Have you ever wanted to know the history and techniques behind some of the most beautiful scripts in the world? Are you curious how to make your words and letters show emotion and thought? Then sign up today! No experience necessary, however a general knowledge of cursive writing is recommended.

MATERIAL COST: $10 – (Made payable the day of the workshop)

Intermediate Jewellery | Kristianne LeBreton | 8 seats 
Thursdays 6-9
Starts Thursday August 24th – October 5th

Have you dreamed of working in a genuine jewellers studio? Have you always wanted to work hands on with other creative individuals and instructors? Then you need to quickly sign up for this amazing seven-week experience with the fabulous Kristianne LeBreton. Students will learn the technique of stone setting. Students will learn how to build either a beautiful ring or unique pendant with a stone setting. Techniques such as shaping, measuring, soldering and cleaning will also be taught in this fantastic course.

MATERIAL COST: $50-$100 (approximate cost for basic materials– additional materials may be needed based on what students decide to create)

Make Your Own Dress Form | Sarah MacIntyre | 6 seats
Saturday October 14th 9-4

Have you ever wished you had a twin? Someone who could stand still for you while you fit that dress or hem that skirt? Well you need to take this one-day workshop with sewing queen Sarah MacIntyre. Use brown paper tape to make your own dress form, as you learn techniques and tips. Please come to class wearing appropriate under garments and have a tight fitting tee shirt with sleeves that you won’t mind cutting apart. In no time at all a personalized dress form will be sitting in front of you!

MATERIAL COST: $10 – (In addition, please bring a roll of painters tape, a tight fitting T-shirt that can be cut and scissors – The rest will be provided)

Sew Much Fun! | Sarah MacIntyre | 8 seats
Wednesday 6-9
Starts Wednesday October 11th

Do you want to create your own unique look? This seven-week class teaches the basics of sewing while you create interesting and inspiring projects. Sarah MacIntyre shows you the fundamentals of operating a sewing machine and the knowledge to go home and use your own with confidence. You won’t want to miss out on this unique class being held in NBCCD’s infamous fashion studio. So thread up some needles, get those scissors sharpened and make this winter your most fashionable yet!


Traditional Aboriginal Woodcarving | Dan Robichaud | 7 seats | FULL
Please Note: This class will have 14 sessions to accommodate the amount of time needed to complete your studio project
Starts Tuesday October 10th

There is nothing like the sound of a sharp chisel cutting into a fresh piece of Atlantic hardwood. Nor is there anything like the smell of fresh wood chips scattered beneath your feet. If this is making you want to try woodcarving then we have the class for you! NBCCD instructor Dan Robichaud will teach you the skills needed to carve your very own facemask. Guided supervision and support will help you understand the tools and different types of wood being used. For centuries people around the world have been fascinated with how a raw piece of wood can be transformed into something imaginative and beautiful. You won’t want to miss out on this class!

MATERIAL COST: $30-50 (depending on the size and amount of wood used)

Stacking Ring Workshop | Audrée H-St-Amour | 8 seats 
Saturday October 21th 9am – 4pm

In this unique one-day workshop, you will learn how to make stacking rings from sterling silver wire. Those rings can be worn together, as a set, or alone. You will learn to texture metal, to solder and to properly finish you piece of jewellery. A minimum of four narrow rings will be made by each student and will surely add a touch of sparkle to anyone who wears them. This course is geared to a beginner level artist; so don’t be afraid to sign up!

MATERIAL COST: $15-$40 (Depending on size and design of individual projects)

Introduction to Jewellery | Audrée H-St-Amour | 8 seats
Thursdays 6-9
Starts Thursday October 12th

Have you always wondered how a piece of jewellery was created? Have you ever wanted to make for yourself or offer a unique piece of jewellery? The Introduction to jewellery making class is the opportunity you have been waiting for! In this seven-week class, students will learn basic jewellery making techniques, including cabochon stone setting. Students will create, from their own design, a pair of earrings and a second matching piece of their choice.

MATERIAL COST: $40 – $200 (Depending on size and design of individual projects)

Take a LEAP and Register Today! Call (506) 453-2566 or toll free at 1-877-400-1107 Or pop into The New Brunswick College of Craft and Design, 457 Queen Street, 2nd Floor Administration Office.

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Oct 9

Thanksgiving Day (College Closed) (All Students)

Oct 13

Deadline for submission of NBCC Foundation Scholarship Applications (All Students)

Oct 27

Deadline for Program/Course withdrawals without Academic Penalty (All Students)

Nov 13

Remembrance Day: College Closed (All Students)

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