SCANS – Seniors College


To take SCANS courses you must register at a cost of $155.25 per year (fee subject to change). This allows you to take as many SCANS courses as you wish for one year in Bedford, Chester, Dartmouth, Halifax, Liverpool, Mahone Bay, Truro and Tantallon. Online registration is available.

Scans courses at the Mahone Bay Centre Information and Registration for the Spring 2017 SCANS term will take place at the Mahone Bay Centre on Tuesday, January 9 at 10.30am. Meet the Instructors, ask questions about the courses and learn more about SCANS.


Online Registration
For all courses and all chapters
opens 12:00pm, Tuesday, January 9 , 2018


So You Think You Can’t Draw!
Instructor: Harold Pearse
Tuesdays, 2.00pm – 4.00pm
January 30 – March 6, 2018 (6 weeks)

This course, a series of 6 two hour sessions, explores theories and practices relating to the making of drawings and the history of teaching drawing to adults and children, amateurs and professionals. With knowledge, guidance and practice, anyone can learn to draw. Each session will consist of an illustrated lecture and a “hands on” related activity. Participants will need a sketchbook and basic drawing materials (pencil, pen, sketch book). No prior art or drawing experience is necessary.

Dr. Harold Pearse, with degrees from UBC, Sir George Williams (Concordia) and Dalhousie, has over fifty years of experience teaching art and art education at the
public school and postsecondary levels. He has taught art education and drawing at NSCAD (1971- 2001) and the University of Alberta (2001-2015) and drawing at the Lunenburg School of the Arts (2016/17). As a practicing artist, he has had numerous solo and group exhibitions, with art work in public and private collections. He is particularly interested in the history of teaching drawing and is dedicated to daily sketch book drawing, a practice he began in 1988 and continues, filling almost 100 books.


Coasts and Boats: Nova Scotia’s Maritime Cultural Landscapes
Instructor: Roger Marsters
Fridays, 2.00pm – 4.00pm
February 2 – March 9, 2018 (6 weeks)

The geographic region now occupied by the province of Nova Scotia is a deeply maritime place, where successive human communities have lived on and by the sea and its resources. This course will offer a broad chronological overview of the reciprocal relationships between coastal landscapes and human cultures in this place as they have changed over time, from the period of exclusive indigenous occupation to the present. How have communities altered coastal geographies to better serve human needs? What have been the social and environmental consequences of these changes? What might sustainable coastal communities look like? This course will address these questions with a particular focus on the histories and cultures of Lunenburg County and adjacent areas.

Roger Marsters is the Curator of Marine History with the Collections Unit of the Nova Scotia Museum. His academic work examines the role of indigenous maritime knowledge in the development of northeastern North American settler societies. His current museum research projects examine the maritime experience of Mi’kmaq and
African-Nova Scotian individuals and societies.