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January 2018 Newsletter

Dear Students and Friends,


A New Year is upon us, leading the way to new inspirations and a whole lot of new art! As we begin a new term at ArtVenture, we wish to express our gratitude to our students who eagerly set out to learn and put their trust in the process of artistic creation. As some of you know, the studio often uses photos and artwork from calendars as resource for various art projects. We would be very grateful for any 2017 Calendar donations with photos of nature, animals, architecture from around the world, or any 19th & 20th century artists from around the world.
We are now set to begin our Winter Term, with classes running January 8th to March 31st. Most classes are already full but limited space is still available in others. Registration can be done online, over the phone, or in person. For those who have voiced an interest but have not yet attended our classes, we look forward to meeting you this year and showing you around our studio. Free trial-classes can be arranged provided space is available.
Registration for Art Camps is now open - as we welcome 2018 together, we invite you to join our engaging and energetic March Break Art Camp! This 3 hour daily camp combines a sense of fun with artistic exploration as together we discover the elements of art through the works of famous 20th century artists. Since space is limited and camps tend to fill up fast, you are encouraged to reserve your spot by registering online or calling 519.471.4278


Best of London 2018 contest is now on until January 21st. To help us once again become the Best Art School in London go to www.lfpress.com, click on the contest logo, fill the information required and start voting.
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And as always, you are invited to Like us on Facebook and Follow us on Twitter for news and updates within the world of art.
Wishing you and your family many Inspiring Moments in 2018!

Artistically Yours,

The ArtVenture Team

Upcoming Exhibit: January 8 to 27,  2018
Open during Studio hours.

"Pastelabration - A Joyous Embrace of the Soft Pastel"
By Barbara Alkemade

The show is composed of a collection of happenstance images resulting from a variety of liquids poured on illustration boards – from acrylic to coffee stains, any liquid may become a starting point from which Barbara begins to play. With an added mixture of fine pumice gel to give tooth for soft pastels, vine charcoal and loose charcoal, she uses wet gel to encapsulate most of the dust and remnants of charcoal and the result is an activated or energized surface that paves the path for her paintings. Playing with whatever images come to mind, she balances colour and shape, line and colour-field until it is time to walk away. The titles usually come intuitively when the picture is allowed to tell its story. The approach is simple, and becomes increasingly more personal as Barbara interacts with all the artistic tools she has available to her.
Barabara's academic training in English and Philosophy has strongly directed her long-time foray into the visual arts, but her athletic career as a horsewoman gave her a strong bias towards physical expression. "Erica Reshef gave me a tremendous boost in confidence and pointed me in he right direction with my first show at ArtVenture in 2009, which went on to The Roastery in Toronto and ran for two years. I regard myself as a grateful student of art. Painting has given me a lot of satisfaction, frustration, despair, and delight."


The Art of Claude Monet


Claude Monet


Oscar-Claude Monet (1840-1926) is a famous French painter and one of the founders of the Impressionism movement. His father wanted him to go into the family grocery store business, his mother was a singer, but Monet wanted to become an artist. Monet rejected the traditional approach to landscape painting, and instead he experimented with loose handling, bold color, and strikingly unconventional compositions. Unlike his predecessors who painted figures indoors, Monet began painting outdoors in order to capture the fleeting qualities of nature. His new approach to art was the start of what later came to be known as Impressionism – painting the effects of light and air with broken colour and rapid brushstrokes. He moved to a house in Giverny, with surrounding landscapes that offered an endless array of suitable motifs for his paintings. In his new home in Giverny, Monet built up luscious gardens and worked tirelessly on series of paintings in which a subject was depicted in varying light and weather conditions. He began to apply paint in smaller strokes, exploring the possibilities of harmony and contrasts in color. The resulting effect represented a remarkable advance towards abstraction and towards a modern painting style. Monet’s innovative painting style is most notable in his series of Haystacks, Cathedrals, Poplars, and Water Lilies. He continued to work on his water paintings right up until the end of his life. Monet's extraordinarily long life and large artistic output befit the enormity of his popularity. Impressionism, for which he is a pillar, continues to be one of the most popular artistic movements of the 20th century. 


Sources: https://www.claudemonetgallery.org/biography.html


Grades 6-8 students' work inspired by Claude Monet
From top left CW - Nina B, Jessica R, Amelia S, and Gabriel W.

Kids Corner

Have you ever wanted to capture a moment? To make a picture that shows not just how something looks, but also how it makes you feel? Well, just follow the link and meet the man who did just that!! 

Happy Birthday To You…

We wish our current and past January Birthday Students


Danielle A, Victoria A, Jaden A, Amira A, Alysha A, Kaitlyn A, Sarah AS, Kennan B, Addie B, Payton B, Caitlin B, Georgia C, Olivia C, Anna C, Paige C, Ali C, Justine C, JV C, Sarah C, Ben D, Darla D, Graeme D, Chloe F, Jessie F, Julia G, Cameron G, Avni G, Maia G, Aryn H, Natalie H, Grace H, Carys J, Emily K, Jacob K, Sarah K, Jamie K, Yerin L, Rebecca L, Elise M, Karthika N, Duncan N, Sadie N, Samantha N, Alex P, Kennedy P, Angel P, Andrew R, Arielle R, Jessica R, Brooke R, Scralyt S, Mikayla R, Sahana S, Ava S, Jamie S, Nikol S, Laya S, Isabel T, Olivia T, Benny W, Alina W, Jessica X, Zizi Y, Yakov Y, Lillian Y, Ana Z, Ethan Z (and anyone else we may have forgotten)
                                                       a very happy month !!!


Quote of the Month


“Try to forget what objects you have before you – a tree, a house, a field, or whatever. Merely think, ‘Here is a little square of blue, an oblong of pink, a streak of yellow,’ and paint it just so... until it gives you your own impression of the scene before you.”  

                                                                                                                                  Claude Monet 


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