Friday, March 30, 2012

Last Gallery Program in the current gallery

Recently the last Grade 5 Gallery Program in the current Artists for Kids Gallery was held.  Check out the art created by Tim McLeod's grade 4/5 class from Carisbrooke taught by Anami Naths.  We look forward to starting up the program in the new gallery.

An Exhibition by Artists for Kids Patron Wayne Eastcott

In this current exhibition by Wayne Eastcott, Systems: New works on metal and paper, he explores the interconnection of our universe.  Opening on March 29th at the Bellevue Gallery in West Vancouver Wayne’s goal is to make works that will slowly, optimistically and profoundly resonate with the viewer and give them a sense of this interconnection. 

Wayne shows how basic forms, whether organic or technical are dictated by the same influences, such as gravity, heat, light etc.  However, on a more subtle level he demonstrates there is also a connection between things that appear dissimilar – the length of piano strings, the form of cell and DNA growth, tidal movement, plant growth, electronic circuitry, the acceleration of falling objects.  For Wayne, even occurrences in time often seem to be interdependent or related.  Examining how humankind, nature and technology have usually been portrayed as opposites in conflict with each other, he sees that many events are dismissed as being chance, chaos, or accident.  This exhibition investigates the relationships between humans, technology, chance and order.

Wayne’s pieces are the result of the dialogue between the actual images and the means by which they are produced.  Organic elements such as hand marks or the accidental use of dusts and pigments fall into the human/chance category, while the structure of technical elements can be seen in digital or silkscreen processes or cut and riveted aluminum.

Systems will run from March 29th to April 28th, 2012.  Opening night is from
6:00 - 8:00pm on March 29th

Friday, March 9, 2012

Spring Break

Artists for Kids will be closed for spring break.  We will be back on March 26 with more exciting programs and events.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Thinking Outside the Canvas - Adult Art Workshop Winter Session

For the final session of the Thinking Outside the Canvas workshop, the students "warmed up" with a drawing exercise to music...blindfolded!  The idea was to forget about the outcome and surrender to the music, letting your hand express the beat and tempo...they look like they're having fun!

The rest of the session was spent pulling together all of the studies and other painted and drawn pieces that the students had done during the first 3 sessions, and using fragments from these to build a mixed-media collage on their large prepared surfaces.

Lots of cutting and ripping and gluing ensued, and then some more cutting as the pieces were turned and analyzed and cropped to create  better compositions.  The final pieces, both big ones and little ones, were each completely different from each other, but all quite spectacular...see for yourself!


Colouring Outside Your Mind - Winter Session

In the final session of the Colouring Outside Your Mind winter workshop, the students dove right into the task of cutting and ripping and gluing together fragments of the many different painted surfaces that they had created over the previous 3 sessions...this final session is called "the art of putting things together."

 Using gel medium as "glue," the students were encouraged to simply begin, and to evaluate their piece after they had something to critique.

 It is helpful to look at the composition from different sides, to turn the piece, even as you work, to consider other angles that might work better compositionally.  Rather than thinking about the piece as a whole, it often works to "crop" the larger piece into smaller compositions, and to continue building on each piece independently.

Acrylic paint was added to develop areas further, to cover up parts that the students didn't like, and to tie the whole piece together.  The final "layer" of oil pastel and/or grease pencil was added to highlight certain shapes and areas of colour or texture.  The final products from this exercise are abstract and fabulous...see for yourself!