Blackbird Academy Nanaimo was founded on the idea that each child deserves the chance to explore, learn, and discover art in a safe and encouraging environment. We believe that creative expression is endlessly beneficial to children; as such, we have aimed to create a bright and beautiful space that can nurture their love of discovery from a young age. Blackbird Academy is proud to provide an inclusive environment where children of all abilities and skill levels are welcome to come and share in the joy that is art!

Our Manager, Paige Nadeau, is a graduate student in Education who is passionate about teaching young children to explore their environment. As a local artistan herself, Paige believes in not only promoting the artistic culture, but also LOVES teaching children how to explore their interests in a creative manner.  The rest of our staff are also passionate about the arts and all have current criminal record checks as well as First-Aid Certificates.  Blackbird's directors, Bruce Hamm and Katie Rinald, are Education doctoral students who oversee the curriculum and help to create valuable learning opportunities for attending children.

Our studio is full of natural light, friendly smiles, and endless opportunities. We hope to meet your little one soon!