Fine Arts & Design
Explore Fine Arts at NIC
The Comox Valley is a vibrant arts community with many annual shows and festivals to support the talented potters. jewellers, artisans and designers honing their craft in NIC’s Fine Arts & Design programs.
This year, NIC faculty member and master potter, Gordon Hutchens was featured as guest artist at the annual Filberg Festival. His work with the Anagama kiln is featured in one of the videos below, highlighting the amazing learning opportunities available to fine arts students:
View our other fine arts and design videos which highlight learning experiences
available to fine arts students:
Expand your Portfolio. Enhance your Skills.
NIC's Fine Art and Design is offering 14 week courses in the areas of printmaking, photography, sculpture and ceramics. Prior experience is helpful however depending on skills and current practice prerequisite waivers may be available. Click here for a full list of courses starting this September.
Instructor: Linda Perron
This course will provide students with the opportunity to experiment with various printmaking processes and techniques while developing a portfolio of unique and original artwork. Experimental approaches to printmaking, ideas and content are emphasized. Processes include mixed media and collograph, copper plate, relief, monotype and photopolymer graveur.
Instructor: Angela Somerset
Develop your art practice through traditional and experimental engagement with sculptural processes
and ideas, while working alongside fellow students in a stimulating studio environment, supported by skilled technicians and instruction. Sculpture courses include hands-on construction, research, presentations and discussions.
Instructor: Linda Perron
Experience the satisfaction and beauty of the handcrafted photograph and transformative process of shooting and developing film. The understanding of the camera and creative controls gained in this course can equally be utilized for digital photography and enhance your skills as a photographer. Experimental approaches to the use of photographic images, ideas and content are emphasized in this course.
Instructor: Gordon Hutchens
Develop both production and creative techniques while exploring the expressive possibilities of contemporary ceramics. Course includes throwing techniques, slip casting and press molding, coil and slab construction, surface enrichment and colour. Firing processes include: electric, pit fire, raku and high fire reduction.
Gordon's course was a wonderful experience. Though I had been potting for 14 years at the time of the course, I learned so much from his incredible depth of knowledge. He brings a lifetime of pottery to his students and is a gifted teacher as well as an extraordinary potter.
Katy Fogg, Fine Arts Student and owner of Living Earth Pottery
Coast to Coast Fine Arts Education
Tyler Cannon travelled from Comox to Halifax to follow his love of printmaking across Canada.
The Fine Arts diploma graduate is studying printmaking at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD University), one of Canada’s oldest independent fine arts schools. Read more about Tyler's story.
In the Shadbolt Studios, a modern, 7,510 sq. ft building which contains separate ceramics, painting, and sculpture studios, fine arts students enjoy access to a variety of tools and materials.
NIC is one of the only colleges in Canada to provide a commercial-quality silk screen press for student learning. In addition to hinge top table presses, the screen press allows students to gain hands-on experience employers value. Take a virtual tour online.
Professional Potter Advanced Diploma
Take your pottery design and production skills to the next level with NIC’s new Professional Potter advanced diploma.
Study full time over 10 months with noted international artists such as Tony Clennell, Gordon Hutchens, and Alan Burgess. Study in NIC’s 7,510 sq. ft studios, access a wide range of kilns, and gain valuable business skills needed to take your work to market. Plus, you'll complete a working internship at Medalta International or with a practicing professional potter.
Read more in this article from Clay Times.
See and Be Seen
Join a supportive community of artists who show their work at professional venues in the Comox Valley. NIC’s fine arts students regularly join exhibits at Courtenay’s Muir Gallery, the Potters Place Gallery, as well as the Comox Valley Art Gallery and Courtenay and District Museum, which host annual exhibits for students in the Fine Arts diploma and Professional Photography programs.
Each year, ceramics students from NIC's Fine Arts diploma and Professional Potter advanced diploma help fire Gordon Hutchens' Tozan Anagama Kiln, one of only four that exist in the world. Unlike modern commercial kilns, the Tozan Anagama’s intense wood fire-driven heat produces one-of-a-kind creations. The intensive process requires the help of many people over several days, and students gain a complete, hands-on understanding of ceramic firing, from concept to creation.