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 winter, 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.

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.

*Mask Making 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

February 13th – April 5th


The Lost Art of Calligraphy and Penmanship | 1-day SPRING Workshop | Marcus Kingston
SAT March 17th 9-4  | FULL

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.

COURSE COST: $55.00+HST          MATERIAL COST: $10.00 (Made payable the day of the workshop)

Photo Transferring | 2-Day WINTER Workshop |  Marcus Kingston
SAT/SUN February 17th/18th 9-4

Do you have a box filled with old pictures that is just collecting dust? Would you like to do something creative and meaningful with those old photos? In this two day workshop NBCCD instructor Marcus Kingston will teach you how to transfer those important images onto a variety of grounds such as wood, printmaking papers and cloth canvases. You will then be able to age or embellish your pieces with a variety of paints, inks and stains.

COURSE COST: $110.00+HST          MATERIAL COST: $35.00 (prepared kit of wood panels, canvas, gloss medium and photographic prints)

Canoe Paddle Making | Charles Gaffney | FULL
Tuesdays 6-9

This course will teach you how to make your very own canoe paddle(s) from start to finish. If you are looking to make a ready to use canoe paddle or a decorative wall mounted paddle this course is for you! You will learn two different styles of creating, the first way is by using a shaving horse and draw blade; the second way is shown with modern machinery. In addition you will learn different applications and design techniques to enhance the look of your paddles. If you’ve ever wanted to work with your hands, then this is the class for you.

COURSE COST: $175.00+HST          MATERIAL COST: $100 to create two paddles.

Intermediate Jewellery | Kristianne Levesque
Wednesdays 6-9 | FULL

 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.

COURSE COST: $175.00+HST          MATERIAL COST: $50.00-$100.00 (approximate cost for basic materials– additional materials may be needed based on what you decide to create)

Introductory Ceramics | Jessica Kelly | FULL
Wednesdays 6-9

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!

COURSE COST: $175.00+HST          MATERIAL COST: $60.00 (2 boxes of clay – an old apron, towel and intro pottery kit)

Intermediate Ceramics – Introduction to Crystalline Glazes | Leigh Merritt
Thursdays 6-9

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!

COURSE COST: $175.00+HST          MATERIAL COST: $40.00 (approximate price per box of clay)


Intermediate Ceramics | Chris Colwell | FULL
Tuesdays 6-9

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.

COURSE COST: $175.00+HST          MATERIAL COST: $40.00-$45.00 (approximate price per box of clay 1-2 boxes may be necessary)

Introduction to Painting | Jared Peters
Thursdays 6-9 | Starts Feb 15 | FULL

This course will serve as an introduction to the tools, materials, techniques and methods of painting. Using acrylic paints, this course will explore this vibrant and dynamic medium through investigations of still-life compositions, landscapes, portraiture and the human figure as well as abstraction. This seven-week class will help students with palette preparation, colour mixing/theory, under-painting, composition and a variety of other tips and techniques. You won’t want to miss out on this one of a kind course with ever talented NASCAD grad Jared Peters.

COURSE COST: $175.00+HST          MATERIAL COST: $50.00

Portrait Drawing/Painting | 2-Day WINTER Workshop | Jared Peters
SAT/SUN February 24th/25th 9-4

This all-new workshop presented by NASCAD grad Jared Peters, will have you feeling more confident about drawing and painting portraits. This workshop will explore the techniques, ideas and methods used in the creation of portraits. Being with pencils and charcoal and finishing with acrylic paint, you will rigorously develop your skills of observation, draftsmanship, colour mixing and composition. Don’t miss out on learning valuable skills and even a little history about the art of portrait painting!

COURSE COST: $110.00+HST          MATERIAL COST: $25.00

Intermediate Creative Photographic Techniques | Sara Bakker
Tuesdays 6-9

This seven-week course is designed for those who have an understanding of basic cameras functions such as shutter and aperture and are comfortable using manual mode to control their camera. In this course we will discuss techniques both in your camera and in digital editing to help you achieve your creative visions. This course will be somewhat tailored to general class interests and focus areas. Time will also be spent exploring Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop tools to create composite images, layers, masks and automated scripts.

COURSE COST: $175.00+HST           Equipment Requirements: DSLR or Mirrorless camera, Memory cards for camera, Portable hard drive, at least 1 external flash (ex:Canon 430ex, Nikon SB700 or other brands as long as they are compatible with the camera system)


Print IT!” Kent Jensen
Wednesdays 6-9 

In this seven-week course artist Kent Jensen will be opening up NBCCD’s textile studio to show students the funky and colourful world of creative printing. Participants will acquire a basic hands on understanding of the silk screening process through making silk screens, crafting a painterly print, creating a cut out print, test prints and working hands on with their instructor and materials. You won’t want to miss out on this unique opportunity to “Print IT!”

COURSE COST: $175.00+HST          MATERIAL COST: $45.00 (price could vary with size and number of pieces created)

Intro to Spinning Workshop | Rachel MacGillivray
SAT March 3rd – 9-4 |  FULL

Have you ever wanted to learn to spin? Now’s your chance! Learn all about how to use a spinning wheel to spin different fibers & make and design your own beautiful handspun yarns.  In this crash course you’ll get comfortable with the basics of using a spinning wheel, learn about how to buy and handle fiber, and how to troubleshoot your own wheel.  Be careful though, this can lead to a lifetime obsession! Come in out of the cold this March with NBCCD’s very own Rachel MacGillivray, you won’t regret it!

COURSE COST: $55.00+HST          MATERIAL COSTS: $25

From Raw Wool to Yarn Workshop | Rachel MacGillivray | FULL
SAT March 17th

There’s nothing better than burying your fingers into a freshly shorn sheep fleece, full of soft fibers, lanolin, and the smell of sheep; nothing more magical than taking that fiber and seeing it come alive as yarn under your finger tips.  The world of spinning raw wool, while amazingly rewarding, can also be intimidating to dive into.  Let me help you take the plunge and sort out some of the mystery. Here, you’ll learn about different types of fleece and how to pick a good one.  You’ll find out what to do when you get it home including: skirting and different ways to clean, prep, and spin. Together we’ll wash up some fleece and play with prepping & spinning your own samples.  All participants should be comfortable spinning a basic single ply yarn in order to get the most out of this class.

COURSE COST: $55.00+HST          MATERIAL COSTS: $30


NEW! From Raw Wool to Yarn Workshop | Rachel MacGillivray |
SAT March 31st 9am-4pm

There’s nothing better than burying your fingers into a freshly shorn sheep fleece, full of soft fibers, lanolin, and the smell of sheep; nothing more magical than taking that fiber and seeing it come alive as yarn under your finger tips.  The world of spinning raw wool, while amazingly rewarding, can also be intimidating to dive into.  Let me help you take the plunge and sort out some of the mystery. Here, you’ll learn about different types of fleece and how to pick a good one.  You’ll find out what to do when you get it home including: skirting and different ways to clean, prep, and spin. Together we’ll wash up some fleece and play with prepping & spinning your own samples.  All participants should be comfortable spinning a basic single ply yarn in order to get the most out of this class.

COURSE COST: $55.00+HST          MATERIAL COSTS: $30


Fabulous Felted Wearable Art: An Introduction to Wet Felting  | Anna Mathis
Wednesdays 6-9

Are you ready to create some one-of-a-kind wearable art? This course is great introduction to the world of felting with fun explorations of colour, texture, fibers and advanced felting techniques. Get ready to get sudsy, soapy and creative using wool, silk and a variety of fabrics, to create your own unique hand felted samples, scarves, and more! This seven-week course will prepare participants to felt confidently, by creating a resource of techniques and final products. We will be focusing on felting dyed wools, using add ins, applying loose weave fabrics as well as nuno felting with silk.

COURSE COST: $175.00+HST    MATERIAL COST: $55.00 (Material fees could be less depending on the size of the final project)

Introduction to Weaving | Kimberly Bent
Tuesdays 6-9 | FULL

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 avid and experienced weaver Kimberly Bent of Bent Threads! 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, Kim will help you every step of the way. A love of yarn is required but no weaving experience is necessary.

COURSE COST: $175.00+HST          MATERIAL COST: $30.00-50.00 (Project Dependent)

Writing Hurts like Hell | WINTER Workshop | Biff Mitchell
SAT February 17th 9-4

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!

COURSE COST: $55.00+HST          MATERIAL COST: $0.00 (You are required to bring a laptop, paper, and pencils &/or pens)

Writing Hurts like Hell II – The Pain Begins | WINTER Workshop | Biff Mitchell
SAT February 24th 9-4

This is a one-day workshop for writers who have either finished the first draft of a novel or are close to finishing a first draft. In this class we’ll cover topics like when to know you’re finished and how to write an ending that makes the reader happy. We’ll go into detail on a step-by-step revision process that makes sense of the revision process. We’ll briefly touch on finding a publisher for your work and how to market it. For those who want it (and if there’s time) we’ll do a class review of the first paragraph of your novel. This will be a casual workshop held in areas around the downtown core, including a studio and a coffee shop. You’ll be responsible for buying your own coffee.

COURSE COST: $55.00+HST          MATERIAL COST: $0.00 (You are required to bring pens, paper and a laptop)

Introduction to Embroidery | WINTER Workshop | Celine Gorham
SAT February 17th 9-4

In this brand new one-day workshop lead by local teacher Celine Gorham, create a beautiful modern sampler you’ll be proud to display! This workshop walks you through everything you need to know about embroidery, from selecting fabrics and thread to practicing simple but beautiful embroidery stitches. If you’ve ever wanted to try your hand at a classic art, then sign up for this unique experience.

COURSE COST: $55.00+HST          Material Costs: $5.00 for Fabric – Please bring embroidery needles, sharp scissors, one 10” – 12” round embroidery hoop,
4-6 colours of embroidery floss [choose colours you like!]

Introduction to Urban Sketching | 2-Day SPRING Workshop | Marcus Kingston
SAT/SUN April 7th/8th 9-4

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 2-day 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. Time will also be spent learning how to wash your sketches with colour. No experience is required though an interest in perspective and architecture is an asset!

COURSE COST: $110.00+HST          MATERIAL COST: $15 (Prepared kit of specific pens, pens and watercolour kits. Please bring a sketch book no smaller than 8 ½” x 11”)


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.

May 21

Victoria Day (College closed)

May 25

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Student Loans: Check your Provincial/Territorial Student Financial Assistance website for details on when/how to apply for next year's funding

Jun 11

Return Building Access Cards and clean out lockers; return College property (library books, equipment, etc)

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