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October 2017 Newsletter

Dear Students and Friends,


With a great sense of pride and nearly two hundred students gathered together this fall, we are pleased to say that all of our classes are full this term! As fall approaches, we look forward to the changing colours of our trees and to the many colours created within our studio this term. In one short month since we've been back in session, our students have been busy learning about the fundamentals of drawing and value shading, exploring perspective, proportion, and the marvels of Post Impressionism, Pop Art, and Conceptual Art.


Since registration into our Fall Term classes filled up quickly, we have uploaded our Winter Term schedule early and it's now open for registration. Winter term runs from January to March 2018 and classes are filled on a first-come-first-served basis. Register early to secure a spot in the class that best fits your schedule. You can register on line, over the phone at 519 471 4278, or in person during business hours.


To thank you for your word-of-mouth recommendations, we are continuing  to offer current students a $20 gift certificate when referring new students to our art classes. And as always, we hope you can stay connected with us via Facebook and Twitter for year-round local, national, and international Arts News.


Wishing you all a picturesque Fall Season to come, with plenty of beautiful warm colours of gorgeous falling leaves!


Artistically Yours,

The ArtVenture Team


The Art of Keith Haring


Keith Haring

Keith Haring was an American artist and social activist whose work responded to the New York City street culture of the 1980s by expressing concepts of birth, death, sexuality, and war. His imagery has become a widely recognized visual language of the 20th century with a style that radiates innocence and a sense of foreboding all at once. The energy and optimism of his art, with its bold lines and bright colours, brought him popularity with a wide audience. Haring’s graffiti-style art included barking dogs, radiant boys, angels, monsters with mechanical heads, the symbol of the dollar (often becoming an icon of an evil god that captures us with its fascinating power). It is a style of shrill explosion of shapes and colours that awakens primal sensations in the viewer. By adding stick figures of men and women Haring brings us immediately to the earliest depictions engraved on the savage hard stone by our cavemen ancestors, reminding us of who we are at our very core.

Keith Haring joined a long but sporadic lineage of 20th century artists who brought elements of popular culture, "low art" and non-art elements into the formerly exclusive "high art" spaces of museums and galleries. He drew on the techniques and locales of street-based art, employed bright and artificial colors, and kept imagery accessible in order to grab the eyes and minds of viewers and get them both to enjoy themselves and to engage with important concerns. Haring's deceptively simple imagery and text provided poignant and cutting cultural commentary on issues including AIDS, drug addiction, illicit love, and apartheid. As both an artist and an activist he established that depicting serious issues could be fun or at least lively when communicated through fresh and vivid choices of colors. His commitment to clean lines and simple images gave new life to figuration in painting, in contrast to the more abstract and conceptual approaches of the previous generation, and the more expressionistic gestural painting of his contemporaries.
Haring provided proof of the possibilities of using public sites that were not usually dedicated to art to share artistic and political messages to multiple audiences.


Sources:  http://www.theartstory.org/artist-haring-keith.htm  




Adult students' works inspired by Keith Haring

From top left: Debbie M, Audrey J, Lisa-Ann F, Yue M, Sharon M, and Catriona A.

Kids Corner
Keith Haring always thought of himself as a funny kid, which might be why kids all over the world responded to him. As a toddler, he would sit on his dad’s lap after supper just drawing with crayons, and before too long the circles turned into balloons, ice-cream cones, or faces. In high school, Keith knew he wanted to become an artist. He loved the cartoon characters of Walt Disney, Dr. Seuss, and Charles Schultz, but was drawn more towards abstract shapes that fill whole areas and seem to flow endlessly. For Keith, this was the beginning stages of what would soon become a story of an American Icon. The following link is a website geared for kids, with information about Keith Haring and an interactive colouring-book of his iconic symbols and motifs. We hope you enjoy this Haring Journey…  http://www.haringkids.com/master_act_color.htm


Happy Birthday To You…


We wish our current and past October Birthday Students


Sadie A, Adam B, Olivia B, Kira B, Mackenzie B, Abby B, Claudia B, Hayden B, Ali B, Alexa B, Ella B, Rylee B, Eva B, Braydon B, Melissa C, Wendy C, Grace C, Karleen D, Sydney F, Olivia G, Akshaye G, Alexander G, Monika G, Ledio G, Simiya G, Maggie H, Johanna H, Tina H, Rinni H, Malek H, Allison J, Mia J, Harry K, Solange K, Charlotte K, Maggie K, Ashlyn K, Alexis K, Erin K, Joel K, Anthony L, Danika L, William L, Caitlyn M, Elsie M, Antony M, Hayden M, Zahra M, Jakob M, Matt M, Sophie M, Samara M, Akaisha O, Layla O, Jeannie M, Bineth P, Kate P, Georgie P, Alex P, Dayanna R, Hannah S, Zac S, Emma S, Liza S, Charlotte S, Callie S, Kelly S, Caleigh T, Narine T, Katelyn V, Ainsley V, Voula V, Aiden W, Theresa W, Estella W, Carolyn W, Catherine Y, Stone Y, Lev Y, Jasmine Y, Brenly Z, Angela Z (and anyone we may have missed)


                                                                                       a very happy month !!

Quote of the Month


“Drawing is still basically the same as it has been since prehistoric times. It brings together man and the world. It lives through magic.” Keith Haring


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