Our Foundations Summer Camps explores mediums and techniques with local artists. Each day features a different foundational art medium that transforms into a wide variety of art-making techniques. Each day covers two related materials intensively, exploring several different techniques and resulting in beautiful one of a kind art pieces and objects.
Paper + Ink Exploration covers the many kinds and possibilities of paper. Learn how Western paper is made using pulp on deckle and molds to make your own one of a kind paper. Pulp painting and inclusions can be used to create wildly colourful paper. Following our explorations of paper is our ink intensive. Learn how to offset marbled designs onto paper, using different tools to create marbled designs that transform plain paper into beautiful sheets. Watercolour is our next ink exploration as we look at types of watercolour painting, using ink resists and creating special effects in watercolours.
Using rollers, stencils, textures and brushes, we will explore monoprint printmaking. Create one of a kind prints on our etching press. Learn how to create your own collagraph using embossing and stencils. Learn how to design and cut out your own stamp. Using paper as a starting point, we will be creating a papercut garden of fantastical plants, from symmetrical succulents to prickly cacti and alien plants we have never seen before. Different cutting styles and folded textures create a huge range of possibilities for our botanical blooms!
Sculpture and found objects is the art of transforming raw or discarded material into fantastic imaginative art pieces. What found objects and recycled materials can transform into a city block? From towering architecture filled with robot-citizens to wild alien plants, we will draw inspiration from Douglas Coupland’s Future City to create our own individual city blocks of sculpture that become a whole cityscape. Next up we will talk about both historical and contemporary approaches to found and created objects as art collections, creating out own modern Curiosity Cabinets. Looking at sculpture’s relation to performance, we will consider and sculpt our own responses to the Sound Suits of Nick Cave, considering both movement and music as part of our sculptures.
Our schedule consists of daily sketching exercises, 2hr morning and afternoon studio sessions, and various outdoor activities. We believe an important part of the artistic process is having a good mental and physical balance. Each day we will be going outside (weather permitting) to experience our neighbourhood and how it can inspire creativity! Our camp takes place in our ARTiculations Studio. In addition to our home base, we also use our neighbourhood, frequenting local galleries and parks.
We finish each week with a gallery show hung by the artists themselves!
What to bring:
A full lunch, reusable water bottle and 2 snacks (nut free)
Clothes for getting messy!
Appropriate indoor & outdoor attire: sunscreen, hat, raincoat etc *NOTE: unless its -20, a monsoon or the end of the world, we go outside EVERY DAY. Please come prepared and dressed appropriately!
Appropriate footwear; close-toed shoes for in the studio, walking/running shoes
A container on the last day to bring home artwork
Camp Cancellation Policy: No refunds will be given to any cancellations 13 calendars days prior to camp commencement.
You may cancel your registration without charge up to 14 calendar days prior to camp start date with the exception of a 6% cancellation fee for credit card refunds which will immediately apply. Notice of cancellation must be given to [email protected] writing. Absence does not constitute notice of cancellation.
Should ARTiculations need to cancel a camp due to low enrollment, all students will be notified 1 week in advance, and full refunds issued.