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Leisure Learning Newsletter

Author: UNB Art Centre

Posted on Apr 5, 2022

Category: News and Events , Design Works Camps , UNB Art Centre , Leisure Learning

New Season, New Beginnings

Photo of rubber boots, a watering can, and other spring accessories

"April hath put a spirit of youth in everything." — William Shakespeare

Spring is a time of new beginnings. If you haven't started seedlings already, you can start to think about what you can plant in your garden...or you can think about being outside in the garden enjoying the sun!

This is a great time to start looking at gardening books and magazines. Here are 10 great spring gardening tips from the Garden Therapy website:

  1. Inspect raised garden beds
  2. Check your garden tools
  3. Turn your compost
  4. Top dress garden beds
  5. Divide perennials (and move them around or give them away)
  6. Weed and mulch
  7. Start seeds
  8. Start spring vegetables once the soil is workable
  9. Prune
  10. Plan to protect seedlings (in case of weather changes)

Until we can get outside, now is a great time to plan your garden. There are a number of free online apps to help you or go old school with graph paper and pencil, and make a map of your garden. Take note of where you receive sun and shade, and where you'd like your garden beds, shrubs/trees, and any garden features and pathways. And lastly, don't forget to add spots where you can relax with a cold drink and/or a book.

Leisure Learning

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If you're not into gardening, consider taking a UNB Leisure Learning course that will get you out in the sun. Choose from Breathwalk, Watercolour Journals, Tai Chi for Health, and more!

Leisure Learning Youth *NEW*

Print making materials

To kick start the Spring season, we're thrilled to offer three new art courses especially for young artists (12 and older): Photo Transfer & Colour Exploration, Printing for Beginners, and Stencil Creation Workshop. If you love art, here's your chance to explore some exciting creative techniques. All courses start in early May.

UNB Design Works Summer Camps

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Fun, creative and educational—that's Design Works summer camps!

Join the fun this summer (June 27 to September 2, 2022) at the UNB Design Works summer camps for kids ages 6 to 12. Registration is now open! Choose form over 50 fun-filled camps. Everything from Jr Master Chef and the Magical World of Harry Potter to a great variety of photography and Game Design to fantastic Art Themed camps, Theatre, Dance, Musical Theatre and more. There's something for everyone!

UNB Art Centre

UNB Art Centre exhibit


The UNB Art Centre is pleased to welcome the exhibition it comes in waves, which will be on display from April 29 to June 17, 2022. This is a group exhibition curated by Amy Ash and features the work of K.C. Wilcox, Adriana Kuiper and Ryan Suter (a collaborative duo), Lou Sheppard, Chantal Khoury, Emily Critch and Florence Yee.

it comes in waves is a group exhibition that feels, seeks out, and listens to the resonance of absence. Across entanglements of contemporary life—from the grief of loss and disappearance, to broken expectations and hauntings—these works hold space for contemplation and the quiet construction of meaning, while boldly facing the uncanny sensation that something is missing.

Amy Ash is an independent curator and artist based in Saint John, New Brunswick.

Rediscovering the Roots of Black New Brunswickers continues from Black History Month until April 22. This special ongoing research project brings to light those Black New Brunswickers, who have strived for freedom and equality in a world of prejudice and discrimination. You can also visit our galleries online and print a complete set of Black History Month posters.

The UNB Art Centre is located at Memorial Hall, 9 Bailey Drive, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton. The galleries are open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and during special events. Admission is free to members of the public.

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