2024 Arts Education: Semester 3

Oxygen Art Centre’s Continuing Arts Education Programming

September – November 2024
As a rural non-profit artist-run centre, Oxygen strives to support artists by keeping class fees as low as possible while maintaining professional wages to instructors. Are you able to donate to Oxygen’s Education program? The sliding scale option in the registration forms is for folks who can donate 10% – 20% in addition to the base registration rate. Donations from the sliding scale option will go to supporting facility and material costs, directly to your instructor, and helping out fellow students. Thank you for your support! 

For more information about classes or help with registration please contact E: education@oxygenartcentre.org

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Figure Drawing #3  (no instruction)
5 Classes: Sept 16, 23, Oct. 7, 21, 28 (no class Sept. 30 and Oct. 14)
Mondays: 6:30 – 8:30pm

Course information

Course Description:
Drawing sessions will provide the opportunity to draw from a model with poses ranging from 1 minute to 20 minutes. No instruction is offered. Students are expected to provide the drawing materials of their choice.
Registration Deadline: Sept. 9

Two Coloured Lino Printing – Greeting Cards with Myra Rasmussen
1 Class: Sept. 21
Saturday: 1 – 4pm

Course Information

Course Description:
In this class we will use the reduction technique to make a small print with two colours. Each participant will carve on a 4”x4.5” lino block, print in one colour, and then carve more before printing the second colour. In this way we will make two-coloured prints that are a perfect size for experimenting with new techniques and can be made into handmade greeting cards. No previous lino printmaking experience required.
Material Fee: $10      
Course Fee: $65
Registration Deadline: Sept. 14

The Art of Submission: Submitting Creative Writing to Periodicals with Susan Andrews Grace 
5 Classes:  Sept. 24, Oct 1, 8, 15, 22 
Tuesdays: 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Course Information

Course Description:
You have a body of work, new poems or stories, and it’s starting to look like a book manuscript. The next step is to submit to literary periodicals so book publishers will take you seriously. Learn how to edit, research magazines and competitions, write a bio, the importance of a headshot, make friends with Submittable, use a submission tracker, and most importantly, not give up! It’s a numbers game and not that difficult to learn, especially together. There is an additional opportunity to sign up for a submission review following the completion of the course with one-on-one feedback (facilitated on Zoom)
TOTAL FEE with Submission Review + One-On-One Feedback by Zoom (optional and scheduled after the course): $260
Registration Deadline: Sept. 17

Fine Art Screen Printing with Marcus Dénommé
4 Classes: Sept. 25, Oct. 2, 9, 16
Wednesdays: 6 – 9pm

Course Information

Course Description:
This course is perfect for anyone and everyone–from those interested with no prior experience, to the veteran printmaker. Over the four-week class, the group will take on a self directed screen printing project with the support and prompts needed from the instructor, and become familiar with every step of this process heavy medium. All the medium specific materials are included.
Material Fee: $60
Course Fee: $215
Registration Deadline: Sept. 18

Art Speak – Peer to Peer Work Sharing #3

Facilitated by Emilie Leblanc Kromberg
6 Classes: Sept 26, Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
Thursdays: 5 – 6:45pm

Course Information

Course Description:
Artists of all disciplines (professional or not) are invited to share their work in a safe space and engage in contemporary art dialogue with other open-minded art loving individuals. Themes will be proposed as a potential starting point for exchanges and artistic practices to grow collectively. The objective for this workshop is for artists to make, share, discuss, and learn together. 
Registration Deadline: Sept. 19

Painting from a Model #3 (No Instruction)
1 Class: Sept. 29
Sunday: 1 – 5 pm

Course Information

Course Description:
Participants will have the opportunity to work from a model holding a single pose for an extended session (3.5 hours).  No instruction is offered. Participants will be asked to bring their own materials in their preferred medium.
Registration Deadline: Sept. 20

Letters to the Beyond with Rayya Liebich
1 Class: Oct 27th
Sunday: 10 – 11:30am

Course Information

Course Description:
Join poet and writer Rayya Liebich to write letters to your departed. In a safe space, explore your grief through private writing and take some time to honour your loved ones. These letters can be delivered to the magical mailbox at the Remember The Dead event organized by the Polka Dot Dragon Arts Society on Sunday November 3.
TOTAL FEE: $10/$15/$20 
Registration Deadline: Oct. 25

Remembrance Luminaria with Myra Rasmussen
1 Class: Oct. 27th
Sunday: 12 – 2pm

Course Information

Course Description:
In this workshop, visual artist Myra Rasmussen invites participants to remember their loved ones by making a lantern or paper altar in their honour. We will provide a paper box, materials and guidance to add collage, text, and line drawings. We encourage you to bring a black and white photocopy of your loved one(s) to incorporate into the piece. This will be a mostly silent, introspective class with live music accompaniment to set the mood. All participants are encouraged to bring their luminaria to the Polka Dot Dragon Arts Society’s Remember the Dead event on Sunday November, 3rd. www.polkadotdragon.ca
TOTAL FEE: $10/$15/$20
Registration Deadline: Oct. 25

Online Courses

Magic of Memory 2 with Rayya Liebich
4 Classes: Nov. 5, 12, 19, 26
Tuesdays: 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Course Information

Course Description:
Memories can be written and recorded out of sequence and can stand alone. They can also be part of a larger collection (a memoir) that doesn’t follow a linear arc. By borrowing the safety of craft structures, we can express our life stories in authentic and innovative ways. Each week we will take a deep-dive into a different literary form (Flash Nonfiction, Micro Memoir, the List Essay, and the Decentered Hermit Crab Essay). Each class will include a study of the craft, guided writing prompts, and readings by authors who push the boundaries of creative non-fiction. Come ready to experiment with form and structure and discover how constraints can create both safety and freedom. 
(Magic of Memory 1 is not a prerequisite)
Registration Deadline: Oct. 29

ONLINE Figure Drawing 2 (No Instruction)
5 Classes: Nov. 6, 13, 20, 27 Dec. 4 
Wednesdays: 6 – 8 pm

Course Information

Course Description:
This series of classes provides an opportunity to draw from a model from the comfort of your own home via Zoom . No instruction is offered and poses will range from 1 minute to 20 minutes.  
Registration Deadline: Oct. 30

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