Week 1: Mark Making as a Mediation. Visit the Henry Moore sculpture garden. Learning about negative and positive space along with mark making strategies to recreate his unique marks made with carving tools. Homework: choose a shell, stone, bone or small found natural item and try to recreate the texture & negative space.
Week 2: Impressionists and Colour. Visit the European Impressionist Galleries. We will learn about muted colour palettes and how to achieve depth in a landscape. Homework: draw a view from your window, or the city skyline, with the time of day being key for the shadows and light quality in the sky (sunrise and sunset).
Week 3: Canadian Re-Collections. How do the Impressionists and the Canadian Group of Seven and peers differ? We will view Tom Thompson’s works along with Emily Carr, Lawren Harris and David Milne’s styles. Homework: draw a landscape from a photograph of a place that resonates with you (cottage, vacation pictures). Choose one of the artists studied and use their style to enhance this special place.
Week 4: Indigenous Imagination & Storytelling. We will visit several areas in the gallery and look at the use of stone relief printmaking and stencil prints. The use of colour, texture and storytelling within a given print or sculpture is a marriage between reality and imagination.
Homework: choose an animal or daily task you perform, and draw it in such a way that there is a story in the illustration.
Week 5: Still life and the Contrived Composition. Looking at works in the gallery with the subject of still life objects, we will explore what it means to “compose a work” that keeps the viewer engaged.
STUDENT MATERIAL LIST
7” x 9” coil–bound sketchbook (Canson Mixed Media recommended),
pencils - one each of HB, 2B 6B,
a kneadable & a white vinyl eraser,
a set of 12- 24 watercolour pencils - Aquarelle, Derwent, Reeves are all great brands
a self–contained pencil sharpener
paint brush that holds water inside it - Koi or Derwent are great brands
These are the recommended materials for this course. All sizes are approximate. On your first day of class, your instructor may recommend additional optional materials. Our Instructors will do their best to accommodate alternative materials whenever possible.
Some suggested retailers for purchasing your art materials:
Aboveground Art Supplies (discount code: AGOSTUDENT10), Curry’s Online Only, DeSerres, Gwartzman’s, Michaels, or any other art supply or discount craft store.