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
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.
Art Schools are on
line 177. Thank you for supporting the arts in London.
And as always, you are invited to Like us on
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Wishing you and your family many Inspiring
Moments in 2018!
The ArtVenture Team
January 8 to 27, 2018
"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
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
Grades 6-8 students' work inspired by Claude Monet
From top left CW - Nina B, Jessica R, Amelia S, and
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…
wish our current and past January Birthday Students
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)
happy 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.”
ArtVenture Art Studio
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