Making Meaningful Art – a Mentorship program
May 22nd – June 26. Saturday mornings 10-noon
DETAILS & REQUIREMENTS: We will meet via Zoom once a week. Participants will have access to Amy via email or messaging platforms during the week. Prepare for 2-6 hours per week for homework.
DESCRIPTION: As an artist, you spend countless hours working to understand shape, form, texture, line and more. You practice developing your eye and instincts. The pursuit of technical excellence is a valiant and important practice, but to what end? What do you do with your art once you know how to make things look like things, or build up some exciting textures? What makes your art matter?
Through lectures, discussions, critiques and exercises, this program is designed to guide you through finding and creating meaning, whatever that means to you, through your art.
Over these six sessions, we will look at the why and how of exploring meaning through art, we will do assignments designed to build your awareness of it and practice facilitating it through your work. The instructor will tour you through how she weaves meaning into her own work and we will look objectively at ways you are succeeding in this already so we can build on your strengths.
Drawing Structural Portraits – a full one-day In-Person AND Virtual Workshop (simultaneously) on drawing a structural portrait.
In collaboration with the Langley Arts Council
Sun. April 25th. 10-4 @Aldergrove Kinsmen Community Centre (26770 29th Ave, Langley), and virtually via Zoom for those who are not local or prefer to learn remotely. Covid Protocols will be respected.
This is a fantastic pre-cursor to the Portrait Painting workshop on May 2.
Using graphite or charcoal (whichever is more comfortable for you), we will look at and practise drawing the proportions of the face. While we will spend a little bit of time focussing on the features of the face (eyes, nose, mouth, ears) most of our time will be devoted to the overall structure of the portrait and how those pieces fit into the whole. We will pay attention to the structure of the face to understand how this creates planes of light and shadow as the form shifts away from the light. You will leave with a better understanding of how to create portraits that look realistic and believable while building observational skills (noticing and measuring angles, proportion, shapes) that will improve your representation drawing and painting skills overall. Artists of any level can join, but those with foundational drawing skills will benefit more in regards to building a portrait.
We will be working from photographs during this course.
Portrait Painting – a full one-day In-Person AND Virtual Workshop (simultaneously) on painting a realistic portrait
In collaboration with the Langley Arts Council
Sunday. May 2nd 10-4 @Aldergrove Kinsmen Community Centre (26770 29th Ave, Langley), and virtually via Zoom for those who are not local or prefer to learn remotely. Covid Protocols will be respected.
A fantastic follow-up to April 25th’s Drawing Structural Portraits workshop. In this class we will focus on how to mix “skin” tones, understanding what these skin tones do when they interact with form and light, and on creating the illusion of form with paint. We will pay attention to the regions of the face that lean toward blues and reds and sometimes yellows, and the hierarchy of importance within the portrait and look at the work of other artists as we work to understand our own.
You will leave with a better understanding on how the parts of the face fit into the whole, how to make the face and colours of the face feel unified and structural and believable as a person and as a portrait of a particular person.
This course material will be designed around oil paint, but most will be transferable to acrylics. Oil painters or Acrylic painters may apply. We will be working from photographs during this course.
Artists of any level can join, but those with some foundational drawing skills will benefit more in regards to building a portrait.
CLASSES / WORKSHOPS / DEMOS / CRITIQUES
Amy teaches and offers demos to groups and on a one-on-one or group basis. She has taught for a collection of art clubs / groups / schools / stores in the Fraser Valley and Vancouver BC, and runs her own workshops and classes. For portfolio review, email directly below.
Amy also facilitates free Art Critiques, sponsored by the Langley Arts Council, on the last Monday of most months in Langley BC (or, during the pandemic, virtually through a video conferencing platform). This is an opportunity for artists to get feedback on their work, and connect with other artists. Meetings touch on many aspects of the creative process, including technique and composition, as well as bigger questions like why we do what we do and how it impacts others. Join Amy for a night of discussion, input, and connection with other visual artists! Showing your own work is recommended but optional.
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