students and friends,
If your 2017 New Years’
Resolutions was “To allow more time for The Visual Arts!” then
we certainly have the answer for your wishes! Dark and dreary as
it may seem outdoors, it is far from ‘blue’ at ArtVenture this
term. Many thanks to our fellow ArtVenturers who have been
graciously spreading warmth and happiness through their art. For
those interested in joining one of our Winter Term Classes, it
is not too late. We continue to take registrations at pro-rated
fees and would be happy to show you around our studio.
As we look ahead and wish for spring to arrive, we are reminded
of some upcoming events:
March Break Art Camp
(March 13-17) is now open for registration. Join us for a
three-hour daily camp that explores the elements of art through
the works of famous 20th century artists (available for students
currently in SK-Gr.8).
Classes (April 3 - June 24). Our program
is project-based exploring a variety of Painting, Drawing, and
Sculpting techniques. Space is limited, so plan ahead and
throughout July and August
and registration is in full swing. We offer Half-Day as well as
Full-Day Camps with options ranging from General Visual Arts, to
3D Sculpting, Creative Writing, and Introduction to 2D
Animation. You are encouraged to reserve your spot by
registering online or calling 519.471.4278
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– As some of you know, ArtVenture’s youngest family member,
Eden, celebrates her birthday annually by collecting donations
for different causes. This year Eden has spearheaded the
“Just Call” initiative, whereby she will be collecting old
phones and electronic devices throughout the month of February
to be donated to the London’s Women Shelter. Emergency calls are
enabled by all phones, even without a SIM card, and our London’s
shelters promotes personal safety planning through the
distribution of old phones to people who are fleeing abuse.
While we might have no need for old phones, many people in our
city will be able to put these old electronics to use. Donations
would be greatly appreciated and can be dropped-off at the
studio throughout the month of February.
With that in mind, we wish you and your family a warm and safe
month of February!
The ArtVenture Team
The Art of
The Chinese speak of “writing a painting” and
“painting a poem.” According to ancient Chinese culture, a great
painting was judged on three elements: the calligraphy strokes,
the words of the poetry (often with double meanings and subtle
puns) and the ability of the painting strokes to capture the
spirit of nature rather than a photographic likeness of the
world. The artists of Japan, Korea and Malaysia
learned from the Chinese and then developed their own versions
of East Asian brush painting. One such version became known as
SUMI-E: the Japanese word for Black Ink Painting. For Sumi-E to
be achieved, there are four essential tools needed: ink stick,
ink stone, brush and paper. The artist must learn to use ink
freely with a controlled brush stroke, in order to be able to
capture the essence or spirit of the subject in their paintings.
It was believed that artists must observe nature very closely,
but never attempt to paint the scene on site. Instead, the
spirit of the scene would be reproduced from memory in the
artist’s studio. To evoke a poetic take on nature, painters
create beautiful lines by using a number of techniques and
methods to bring life to their subject. The four subjects that
most painting students learn first are: Bamboo (representing
summer and the symbol of endurance), Chrysanthemum (representing
fall and the symbol of strength), Plums (representing winter and
the symbol of renewal), and Orchid (representing Spring and the
symbol of promise). Flowers, landscapes, and animals were also
often depicted through Sumi-E paintings as they continue to
represent the spirit of nature. Seeking harmony with the
universe, Sumi-E artists aim to showcase the personality behind
nature. It was believed that observers can look at these
paintings at leisure and nature’s inner significance would
slowly become apparent to them.
ArtVenture's Profile Series -
We continue to
shine a light on the works and accomplishments of our alumni,
as we celebrate
ten years of artistic exploration and aspirations among our students. Over
the past decade ArtVenture has offered an art program, helping students
find their unique artistic voice and achieve beautiful works of art. With
each year, we bid farewell to newly graduated High School students, as
they begin their post-secondary journey into adulthood. Our Profile Series
continues this month as we look at the accomplishments of a recently
graduated student who continues to wow us with her passion and drive in
Name: Sydney Driscoll-Davies
Number of terms at ArtVenture: 17
Field of Studies: Environmental Engineering at the
University of Guelph
- Who is your Favourite Artist?
My favourite artist, like many others, is Pablo Picasso.
- What is it about his/her work that appeals to you? His style is
so unique and full of movement. He is such an influential artist and that
is what intrigues me.
- What was your favourite ArtVenture project?
My favourite ArtVenture project was the medusa
pencil drawings. It took longer than most of our other projects to
complete, yet everyone’s end result was beautiful. Well worth all the hard
- How did ArtVenture impact your career choice?
ArtVenture is the spark that made me fall in
love with art. Having gone to ArtVenture for most of my childhood, it
really helped shape me as a person. When deciding my career, I wanted to
be able apply my creativity with my love of math and physics. In
engineering, it helps to have a creative edge and I thank ArtVenture for
challenging me creatively and refining my skills.
- What lessons did you take from ArtVenture that you
feel applies to daily life? The lesson I
learned at ArtVenture that has stuck with me is to constantly challenge
myself. Every project we worked on we were pushed to try new things and
expand our minds. This is such a good mindset to have in school and it has
really helped me in my everyday life.
- Your memorable ArtVenture story:
So many of my childhood memories were from ArtVenture,
but my favourite memory is the project we did making masks of our own
face. To make the masks we used Plaster of Paris, and while my partner and
I were making my mask I could not stop laughing. As a result, my mask
turned out to have insanely chubby cheeks.
- Words of Wisdom:
Don’t be afraid to fail or to challenge yourself, that’s when you learn
your best life lessons.
Happy Birthday To You…
wish our current and past February Birthday Students
Lily A, James A, Shaudi
B, Elizabeth C, Cassandra C, Wesley D, Shreya D, Grace D, Riley
D, Taya DP, Ning D, Julianna D, Seija E, Nicolas F, Benjamin G,
Anne H, Valeria H, Anne H, Valeria H, Katie J, Emily K, Cayleigh
K, Bridget K, Meghan K, Jayna K, Alexandra M, Tanner M, Olivia
M, Peyton M, Nikolas M, Matthew N, Talia N, Krystyna O, Clemence
O, Michael P, Cintia P, Kyna P, Sebastian P, Eden R, Melanie R,
Jolene R, Patrick R, Caleigh S, Shaelyn S, Phoebe S, Emma S,
Sophia S, Brianna T, Sabrina V, Zahra V, Danielle W, Renee W,
Jaime W, Jordan W, Ashlyn W, Beatrice W, Angel W, Catherine Y,
Jana Z, Jeannie Z, Gabriel Z (and
others we may have forgotten)
a very happy month !!!
“If we study Japanese art, we see a man who is undoubtedly
wise, philosophic and intelligent, who spends his time doing
what? He studies a single blade of grass.”
Vincent Van Gogh
ArtVenture Art Studio
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