Welcome to the Chester Art Centre



make ART a PART of YOUR  2017

The Chester Art Centre was founded in April 2007 by artists and art lovers with a desire to bring art to the community. The Centre is located in the picturesque seaside village of Chester, Nova Scotia.



The Centre offers a varied and experiential range of classes and workshops for children and adults in a classic Chester cottage, which features a main floor exhibition/classroom space and a back yard that is terrific for picnics.


Latest News

AFTER SCHOOL ARTS program  for  Grades 2-5


see information in the Newsletter drop down menu.

Donald Curley Series starts February 5th.

See the poster for this year’s speakers in drop down menu under “Calendar”.

Spring Courses …. same place!

WHAT'S UP on our FACEBOOK page
  • Lino Printing with Linda Oickle

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    Over the course of three sessions, you will learn how to transfer your design to a block of linoleum, how to carve it out, to ink the lino block, and to hand print your image on to fine handmade papers. Whether completely new to lino printing, or i...

  • Donald Curley Lecture Series - In this Place: Black Art in NS

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    It’s Canada’s 150th birthday this year, and in that context we have sought out speakers with a perspective on the diversity of art in contemporary Canada. So this year’s Curley Series begins on February 5th with an illustrated talk by Dr. Harold Pea...

  • Donald Curley Lecture Series - Leonard Paul

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    Join us as we welcome Leonard Paul. A long time admirer of Donald Curley’s work, Leonard is a Mi’kmaq First Nations visual artist working in a realist tradition who considers himself self-taught despite training at NSCAD and Acadia. Winner of the Go...

  • Knitting for Men with Annika Junger

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    Many men have had a go at knitting when they were younger and given it up. Perhaps you are one of these, and would like to give it another shot. Join Annika at the Chester Art Centre for three evenings of instruction. You will make a toque to keep...

  • Donald Curley Lecture Series - Magic in Her Hands

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    On February 19th, join us for Magic in her Hands: the Art of Marie Webb. The youngest woman to have a solo show at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Marie’s work includes drawing, painting, photography and textile art. The subject of both a book and a...

  • Body Work - Underpinning & Overdress with Sally Warren

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    If you like to use figures in your work, an understanding of structure and mechanics of the body is vital and so too is a knowledge of how clothing covers the body. Working with both nude and clothed models and a variety of materials we will first l...

  • Image Transfer & Collage with Beverly McInnes

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    Discover the many ways to transfer images and learn a number of collage techniques in this multi media class, to add interest and texture to your work. Demos and ‘hands-on’ will appeal to artists of any discipline and will consist of photo and text ...

  • Donald Curley Lecture Series - Contemporary NS Realism

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    On February 26th Jayne Wark and Peter Dykhuis will explore two movements which have marked art in Nova Scotia. Peter co-curated Capture 2014: Nova Scotian Realism, an exhibition which travelled the province for three years. The exhibition explored t...

  • Writers' Workshop with Pat Thomas and Geraldine Tuck

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    Planning to write a novel or perhaps stalled in the middle of one? Editor and publisher Pat Thomas, along with fiction writer Geraldine Tuck, will lead writers – novice or pro – through a variety of exercises that build craft and confidence. Pat and...