Time to try something new.

I still  can’t believe it’s already 2017. Here we are in January the longest saddest month of the year. I have remedy for that .. I will be teaching two courses at the Peterborough school of Art… Printmaking and Scratchboard.

I will also have two workshops , February 4th,  for teenagers scratchboard and March 5 th,  for adults workshops… Hope to see you there.

Winter Term: Printmaking I

with Lisa Martini Dunk

Wednesdays, 1-4 p.m. StartsFeb,1th,2017

$185, members $166.50 + $105 material fee

This course is designed as a basic intro to printmaking techniques and the art of intaglio printing, (printing on Clayboard) and relief printing (lino). Develop an understanding of the medium and an ability to create art using printmaking and intaglio processes in a non toxic way. An emphasis will be placed on the content of the images created as well as skill in mastering techniques.


Winter Term: Scratchboard I

with Lisa Martini Dunk

Thursdays, 1-4 p.m. starts Feb 2 th, 2017

$295, members $265.50 + $65 material kit fee

This course is designed to teach Scratchboard for a beginner and intermediate student. Develop an understanding of the medium and an ability to create art, using Scratchboard. An emphasis will be placed on the content of the images created as well as skill in mastering techniques. Through out the course there will an exploration in the many usage of line to create an image.


Scratchboard With Lisa Martini-Dunk

Scratchboard With Lisa Martini-Dunk
March 5, 12-4 pm
$60, members $54 plus material fee $16

Interested in learning something new? This short workshop will allow you to learn simple techniques of Scratch Boards.

Scratchboards are a board that has been compressed with clay and black ink and has a printmaking quality result. Learn about the history of Scratchboards. There will be a discussion on line, texture, light, shadow and colour.

Early Registration is required to ensure enrolment. Low enrolment may lead to workshop being cancelled. Please register by, March 2, 2017.

Price: C$60.00


Teen Scratchboard With Lisa Martini-Dunk

Teen Scratchboard With Lisa Martini-Dunk
Feb 4, 12-3pm
Ages: 10-16
$37.50, members $33.75 + material fee $15

Interested in learning something new? This short workshop will allow you to learn simple techniques of Scratch Boards.

Scratchboards are a board that has been compressed with clay and black ink and has a printmaking quality result. Learn about the history of Scratchboards. There will be a discussion on line, texture, light, shadow and colour.

Leitmotif:

      It’s been a long time since I wrote a blog.  2015 was a very busy year. All the shows and the new creating of work.. went by quickly.  Now we find ourselves already in April 2016.

Well I would like to present to you A new collective called Leitmotif  art . This an artist collective which I am part of.  The other members of the collective or made Meg Ward, Roz Hermant ,Rob Niezen and Victoria Wallace.  All of us have unique styles and unique ways of looking at the world.

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I  encourage you to visit their webpage to explore the different styles of art. At the end we are all observers .We all have a different visual interpretation of what the world looks to us….You  got to love that!

IMG_6253Roz Hermant -Photography and mixed media. Graduated from Emily Carr Institute in Vancouver with a degree in Photography. Her work has been shown in various galleries in Toronto and Vancouver and the Art Gallery of Hamilton. Many of her pieces hang in private collections across Canada and Europe. rozhermant.com 

 

IMG_6252Rob Niezen -An elected member of the Ontario Society of Artists. He is Painter and printmaker, and his work is in private and corporate collections across Canada, Europe, New Zealand, and United States. He teaches at the Art School of Peterborough and served on its Board of Directors. In 2015 Rob received a Leadership in Arts & Culture Recognition Award from Peterborough County. robniezen.com

 

 

IMG_6249Victoria Wallace -A multi-media artist working, exhibiting and conducting workshops in acrylic, encaustic, watercolour and sculptural media. She had a successful mural and specialty paint finish company in Toronto for over 25 years. Her extensive commissions include work for television, film, theatre, restaurants, businesses and private collections across Canada and internationally. victoriaartist.com

 

IMG_6250Megan Ward -Painter and mixed media artist, she graduated from OCAD University (Toronto, ON) with a BFA in Drawing & Painting. The final year of her degree was completed in Florence, Italy. Her current work is an exploration of the complexities of memory, impression, and imagination.
megward.ca 

Merit

Today I just received an letter from one of the shows I put an applications in for.

I was not accepted.

I was a little upset, but not very much due to the fact that I knew  I was not a good fit for this show. The letter made me laugh because they told me,” I will be disappointed” ,” Please do not call the office to ask why you were not accepted” , by the way” THIS IS A FINAL DECISION”!!!!!. How could they know how I would feel? I was not disappointed and I have no intension of calling. Are not most decision final ?

It kills me, how when you get letters of rejection from shows or grants application , how they always say so many people applied and” Sorry you were not picked” and  O ..by the way good luck in your endeavours. That’s fine but, I must admitted that I would like to know why I was not chosen. This way too I can understand what worthiness means.

These people who’s decided for me how I must feel, do not feel they have to explain themselves. I think they should since they believe I am disappointed . They are ones that made me feel this way . LOL .;>  Do they realize, as a artist you grow tougher skin. not begin accepted at times is just part of the job.

I ask how one gets accepted? MERIT of course I was told!

The definition of the word merit is:”the quality of being particularly good or worthy, especially so as to deserve praise or reward”

Then I asked what is the definition of merit to the Recommenders of these art grants and show organizers? How do they decide what is worthy or not? Who deserve praise or reward?

It must be a very difficult job. What though go threw their heads?

Is this artist committed to art or not?

Is it a name brand artists or not? (So already deemed worthy.)

Do they paint fuzzy kitty’s or paint with human excrement?

It is a picture that has three red dots called the” Sun over the snow”.

Wow! What a concept!

Do these people realize they shaping the art world?

To me that would be a very difficult task to deem what is worthy or not.

I do not be-grunt these people, I understand it to a point. With such little money in the grant avenues and so much space in a show, but so many artist vying for it the task at hand can be difficult. The Art world can be a very very pretentious at many times. Every following the head shepherd like sheep to what has merit and what does not. Never thinking for themselves. Having a Good CV or resume is important because they need to see if someone else has deemed you worthy.

I guess you have to have a formula. There just so many of us artists.  I am just amazed at how something as expressive as art can be reduce down to something so logical and subjective.

To me merit is a person who truly looks at art with their eyes and heart. Who can appreciate it because it speaks to them.

It’s a good thing I am not on a committee that decide who gets in and who dose not ,because I would let every artists in . As an artist I know all the work and sacrifice that goes into creating art. The hours and the passion.

It’s not my place to decide whats is worthy.

Arts in Action.

This program was brought to my attention by Renée Ellis of the Prince of Wales Parent Council.

Apparently there are no formally trained art teachers in the schools now. I was in shock, Why?

I am sure some were back in the Harris government there were all kinds of cuts to the education system and first casualties were  The Arts. People have this conception that the arts are frivolous . Not so my friend . Lots of children learn visually. I was one that learn that way. Always put in to remedial  classes because they thought I had a learning disable, Yes I did, I learn visually not auditory. Everything back then, was auditory like spelling.

The Arts are so important for learning .They affect a part of the brain that open the door for out of the box thinking. Without The Arts human kind could have not advance as a society.

What is life with out imagination? The Arts in ancient Greek times was consider to be a science.

What Happen?

Why did we stop thinking that way?

It sad that committee  has to be put together, just so kids can get a bit of an art education. I was happy to be part of this program . I was totally impress with the quality of work that come from my group of kids. They all were superstars. Thank God for people like Renee and the council who see the importance in arts for our children’s life .

Here are the finally work by my group of grade 7-8. The first time ever doing Scratchboard.. what a great job!

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Intro to scratchboard.

come join me for my class. at ART SCHOOL OF PETERBOROUGH.

 

February 22, 12 – 4 pm

$60, members $54, + $15  Material Kit Fee

Scratchboards are a board that has been compressed with clay and black ink and has a printmaking quality result. This short workshop will allow you to learn simple techniques of Scratch Boards. Learn about the history of Scratchboards. There will be a discussion on line, texture, light, shadow and colour. Printing options are listed below if you wish for us to take your image and get it multiplied.

Early Registration is required to ensure enrolment. Low enrolment may lead to workshop being cancelled. Please register by, February 18, 2015.

Help us fill the classes! Get a friend to sign up and receive 10% off, 15% off for the second, 20% off the third for the current term. We want to thank you for helping us spread the word. This discount cannot be combined with another offer.

Price: C$60.00 + C$15.00

Start Time: 12:00 pm

End Time: 4:00 pm

Date: February 22, 2015

http://artschoolptbo.org/event-registration/?ee=473