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1000 Islands Summer School of the Arts

For more than 45 years, St. Lawrence College has offered 1000 Islands Summer School of the Arts, a series of art courses that allow you to explore your creative spirit in the heart of a spectacular, world-renowned tourist region. Courses range from two to five days in length and are specially designed to develop your creativity in a variety of artistic mediums. Exciting courses will be offered on our campuses in Brockville, Cornwall and Kingston in June, July and August.

We look forward to having you join us to enrich your skills in the beautiful setting of the 1000 Islands.

2017 Call for Course Proposals 

The 2017 Call for Course Proposals is now closed. If you would like to inquire about the 2017 program contact us at

 Check back here in February to view our 2017 Program!!

2016 Summer School of the Arts courses

SSOA brochure cover

View the course line-up and see samples of our instructors' artwork: Click here to download the 2016 Summer School of the Arts brochure (pdf).

Guest Artist: Holly Dean

Holly DeanHolly was born into a creative and entrepreneurial family. She grew up in the rolling hills of Uxbridge, Ontario, where her lovely mother fed her creative imagination and her British father instilled in her his love of England. Even as a child, Holly pursued her quest of melding past and present through creativity. She acquired her artistic knowledge and skills through an amalgam of life experience, workshops, exploration, study, practice and extensive research, and is, for the most part, self-taught.

Now Holly teaches art workshops and courses in her Merrickville studio and on the road. Her friendly and nurturing teaching style encourages students to get in touch with their intuition and share in her joy of exploration and play in art.

Holly’s own art comes to life in layers of colour, texture and words. She finds inspiration in classical and fantasy literature, abbey ruins, ancient trees and nature in all her aspects. Her paintings are often abstract, with great depth and mystery.


Guest Artist: Tony Clennell

Tony ClennellTony is a second generation potter that has taught workshops in Canada, USA, Japan, China, Korea and Italy. He has a Master of Fine Arts from Utah State University and is a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts.He has written more than 55 articles for ceramic journals and is exhibited in museums and collections in North America, Europe and Asia.






Registration is now available for 2016 Summer School of the Arts courses. Help us serve you better… register early and avoid disappointment! If you wait until the last minute to register for a course, it may be too late. Courses with low enrollment are cancelled up to 15 working days prior to the scheduled date to run.

All classes run 9am to 4pm and are five days unless otherwise stated in course descriptions.

How to Register

Online: Click here to register online

In Person:
Online and Continuing Education, Room 250, Brockville Campus

By Phone:
613-345-0660, ext. 3283 or 1-866-276-6601 (Press 3)

Summer School of the Arts Team

Christina Chrysler

Sara Barrie

Debbie Kiely

Refund/Withdrawal Policy

Click here to review our policy.

Seniors' Fees

Seniors 65 years or older can take advantage of discount fees for credit courses. Full payment must be made before the discount can be applied. Seniors' fees are not published.

Summer Accommodations: Stay on Campus!

Need a place to stay while you take a 1000 Islands Summer School of the Arts course? Consider our campus residence rooms, all within close proximity to the majestic St. Lawrence River. Click on each campus to learn more about summer accommodations in our Brockville, Cornwall, and Kingston campus residences.