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February 2019 Newsletter

Dear Students and Friends,

If your New Year Resolution included a desire to allow more time for The Visual Arts in your life, then you came to the right place! With thanks to our fellow ArtVenturers who have been graciously spreading warmth and vibrancy through their art, the dreariness of this month has had no affect on our studio thus far!


We are now well into our Winter Term and our students have been busy working on still life drawings and value shading. For those interested in joining one of our Winter Term classes, it is not too late! We continue to take registration at a pro-rated fee and would be happy to show you around our studio.

As we look ahead and wish for the dawning of spring followed closely by summer, we are reminded of some upcoming events:


March Break Art Camp (March 11-15) is now open for registration. Join us for a three-hour daily camp and explore with us the elements of art through the works of famous 20th century artists (available for students currently in SK-Gr.8).

Online registration for Spring Term Art Classes (April - June) will be available mid-month. As you may know, our program is project-based exploring a variety of Painting, Drawing, and Sculpting techniques. Many of our winter classes are full, and space is indeed limited for spring. So plan ahead, place a deposit, and save a spot in one of our upcoming Spring Term classes.

Summer Camp Programs are available throughout July & August and registration is in full swing. Throughout the summer we offer Half-Day Camp programs as well as Full-Day Camp options. Camps are thematically planned to cover a variety of different facets of the arts, ranging from Visual Arts (painting/drawing), to Sculpting (molding, assembling, and casting), Creative Writing, and Storyboarding (an introduction to 2D Animation). Since space is limited, you are encouraged to reserve your spot by registering online or calling 519.471.4278 

And as always, you are invited to ‘like’ us on Facebook or ‘follow’ us on Twitter for ongoing news and updates within the world of art.

With that in mind, we wish you and your family a month full of health, happiness, and artistic exploration!

Artistically Yours,
The ArtVenture Team

Art Technique - Working with Soft Pastels


Alexis K - Grade 8  Amelia S - Grade 7


The manufacture of pastels originated in the 15th century in Italy. Pastels as a medium were first mentioned by Leonardo da Vinci whose use of the media was often for preparatory studies. During the 18th century pastels became fashionable for portrait paintings, often used in a mixed technique with gouache paint. By mid 19th century, French artists such as Manet and Renoirpainted a number of portraits in pastel and Degas infamously used pastels with an almost expressionist vigour as he painted his dancers. Among the more notable are the works of Mary Cassatt whose ability to capture gentle familial moments were considered both graphic and painterly at once. Pastels are made by mixing together dry pigment with a binder to form a thick paste. The paste is fashioned into sticks and allowed to dry. Despite their simplicity, pastels are very versatile. There are four main types of pastels: soft, hard, pencil, and oil. They are all essentially pigment in stick form, but they differ in the way they are bound together. Soft pastels are the traditional form of pastels and also the most used. They have a very light concentration of pigment that is held together by the least amount of gum binder. As a result, the colours can be blended together very easily. This fragile consistency and powdery texture makes them well suited for blending, layering, and for painterly effects. Since soft pastels use the purest form of pigment, pastel paintings are able to reflect the light like a prism forming artwork of intense vibrancy and pure vigour.

To start off Winter Term, our grade 6-8 students were busy drawing a still life fruit platter and value shading their work using soft pastels as their chosen media. The resulting artwork is nothing short of mouth-watering as they were able to capture the fruit with realistic three dimensional proportion.

Sources: http://www.art-is-fun.com/pastels   &  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pastel


Olivia B - Grade 7 Riley S - Grade 6


Kids Corner


Soft Pastels are usually made in stick form similar to chalk, making them easy to hold and use as a media in art. A pastel stick consists of pure powdered pigment and an added material that binds the powder together. Pastels have a higher pigment concentration than any other artist medium, and are similar to those found in oil paints. Making your own pastels is a fairly easy process. Follow this link and enjoy the easy steps to making your own pastels!

Happy Birthday To You…

We wish our current and past February Birthday Students  


James A, Natasha A, Susana A, Shaudi B, Clementina B, Elizabeth C, Irina D, Shreya D, Nicholas D, Riley D, Taya D, Nicolas F, Benjamin G, Alika J, Jayna K, Kyna K, Karina K, Cayleigh K, Nina L, Alexandra M, Tanner M, Talia N, Matthew N, Julie Q, Eden R, Patrick R, Melanie R, Fido S, Tony S, Phoebe S, Emma T, Zahra V, Angel W, Ryerley W, Chloe W, Ashlyn W, Catherine Y, Jana Z, Faith Z (and anyone else we may have forgotten) a very happy month !!



Quote of the Month


“It is all very well to copy what one sees, but it is far better to draw what one now only sees in one’s memory. That is a transformation in which imagination collaborates with memory.” 
                                                                                  Edgar Degas


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