Oxygen Art Centre’s Continuing Arts Education Programming
Winter, Spring & Summer 2020:
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WINTER, SPRING & SUMMER 2020
Resurrecting the Lost Art of Letter Writing with Rayya Liebich
5 Classes: Feb. 11, 18, 25, Mar. 3 & 10
Tuesdays 10 am – 12 pm
Modern correspondence through Email, Twitter, and texting provides efficient communication but the old-fashioned letter was a tool that connected us as human beings. Come re-discover the gifts of a powerful literary form.
Using great literary epistles as inspiration, we will craft imaginary letters and postcards to enliven our fictitious stories. We will also use the letter as a tool for personal exploration by writing and sending letters of gratitude (to people in our immediate lives and from our past), letters that cannot be sent but must be written (to the deceased, to those we can’t forgive) and time capsule letters to be opened only in the future by ourselves, or after our lifetime.
Materials will be provided but please bring your favourite pens and stationary.
Course Fee: $135 Material Fee: $10
TOTAL FEE: $145
Beyond a Doubt with Susan Andrews Grace
5 Classes: Feb. 11, 18, 25, Mar 3 & 10
Tuesdays 1 pm – 3:30 pm
If you don’t know your own heroism you don’t know your way to your art. And you will doubt yourself and your work. Beyond a Doubt is a cross-discipline seminar for practicing artists and writers who would like to sharpen their skills for perseverance, find both courage and encouragement, and overcome their particular resistance. The seminar will consist of readings, exercises, and discussion with self-designed assignments each week to help you progress in your practice.
Course Fee: $160 Material Fee: $5
TOTAL FEE: $165
Pencil to Paper with Deborah Thompson
5 Classes: Feb 4, 11, 18, 25 & Mar 3
Tuesdays 6 pm – 9 pm
Loved for its immediacy and depth of expression, drawing is the foundation of visual thinking and artistic development. This 5-week course focuses on drawing as a traditional and contemporary practice. Drawing exercises that build on the fundamentals of drawing such as, form, value, shape and space will be part of each class. The use of colour in drawing will be introduced. Participants will work from still life, photographs, and their imaginations to create more complex self-directed drawings. Ongoing feedback and group discussions will be part of each class. Students of any level of drawing experience are welcome.
Course Fee: $195 Material Fee: $25 + Material List
TOTAL FEE: $220
Be Creative – Mixed Media Explorations with Natasha Smith
6 Classes: Feb. 6, 13, 20, 27 Mar. 5, 12
Thursdays 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
In this 6-week course students will explore and combine different art techniques and media including: printmaking, collage, painting, and shadow box (3D compositions). In this process-based course the focus is on the act of being creative: developing an idea, experimenting, creating and evaluating. Following demonstrations using the various art techniques and by researching and discovering sources of inspiration, students will complete 3 self-directed projects. This course is a fun, hands on class designed for students of all levels.
Course Fee: $220 Material Fee: $25 + Material List
TOTAL FEE: $245
Beginner Ukulele with Catherine McGrath
5 Classes: Feb. 9, 23, Mar. 1, 8, 15 (No Class Feb. 16 Family Day Holiday Weekend)
Sundays 6:30 – 8:30 pm
The course is designed for people who have zero or little experience playing ukulele and will begin with the very basics – how to tune, hold, and strum the ukulele – followed by the introduction of two simple chords and a number of catchy two-chord songs. Additional chords will be added gradually and song complexity will increase. The course will also cover a variety of strumming patterns and some very basic and useful music theory.
Course Fee: $130 Material Fee: $10
TOTAL FEE: $140
Inaugural Oxygen Art Shack Workshop with Ian Johnston:
A visual arts professional development free-for-all. The ditch of desolation often experienced in artistic practice will be transformed into a velvet rut with peers, colleagues, and friends.
4 Classes: Feb.10 & 24, Mar. 9 & 30
Mondays 7:30 – 9 pm (Staggered)
Over four evenings of group conversation, participants and facilitator, Ian Johnston will review each-others texts. From grant applications to artist statement and proposals to critical writing about art. The workshop will harness the hive mind and experience of the participants to explore a self-identified group of professional development issues such as proposals, statements, audience, networks, researching opportunities, etc. Submission of a text upon registration is encouraged but not required (max. 2 pg.) for discussion at first session.
Course Fee: $ 80
TOTAL FEE: $80
Introduction to Oil Paints Using a Non-toxic Process with Kristy Gordon
1 Class: Feb. 22
Saturday 10 am – 5 pm
Learn how to create oil paintings using a completely non-toxic process. This one-day workshop is a unique opportunity to learn how to select non-toxic materials, their properties and how to use them in oil painting. Kristy will walk you through the fundamentals such as preparing a toned canvas, setting up your palette, and mixing complex colors. Through lectures, demonstrations and individual instruction this course will teach you to how use the brushes to create smooth transitions of value and color. You will start with a monochromatic underpainting to learn how to create form. Participants will be taken through series of introductory lessons that will teach them how to perceive and blend color. The course will cover a range of painting application techniques including glazing, scumbling and impasto. The beginner will learn fundamental principles such as how to mix colors and render form modeling. The more advanced student will discover how to take their work to the next level and achieve the finish that they desire.
Course Fee: $120 Material List
TOTAL FEE: $120
Beginner’s Brush 1 with Deborah Thompson
2 Classes: Feb. 29 & Mar. 1
Saturday & Sunday 12pm – 5pm
This two-day weekend workshop is a great opportunity to discover painting. We will begin at the beginning! Students will be introduced to the basic concepts of painting through demonstrations and hands on brush exercises in paint. On the first day students will explore shape, mark, tone, and space. On the second day students will dive into the very basics of colour mixing and theory as they apply it to painting. Both conventional and non-conventional approaches will be presented.
Course Fee: $120 Material Fee: $20 + Material List
TOTAL FEE: $140
Sonic Imaginaries: Compositions for the Anthropocene with prOphecy sun
3 Classes: Mar. 6, 7 & 8
Friday, Saturday & Sunday 10 am – 4 pm
This hands-on workshop explores more-than-human relationships, voice, smartphone technology, improvisational techniques, and found sounds taken from urban and rural environments such as wind, birds, cars and refrigerators. Techniques and skills learned may be applied to a wide range of creative projects and will appeal to experimenters of any age and artistic practice. The resulting material will be showcased over a story-sharing meal and performance of edited sound compositions.
Course Fee: $200 Material Fee: $20
TOTAL FEE: $220
Low-tech Printmaking with Natasha Smith
3 Classes: Mar. 30, 31 & April 1
Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday 10 am – 3 pm
Explore the basics of low-tech printmaking and investigate processes that can be done without the use of a printmaking press. Simple plate-making and image transfer methods will be demonstrated and students will learn a variety of printmaking techniques. This is a very fun, process-based course and is appropriate for artists of all levels.
Course Fee: $165 Material Fee: $25 + Material List
TOTAL FEE: $195
NaNoWriMo Boot Camp! (for Adults) with Rayya Liebich
1 Class: April 3
Friday 10 am – 3 pm
Inspired by the National Novel Writing Month initiative and April camps taking place around the world, jump start your big writing project with a day of prompts, tools, structure, and support. Flesh out your characters with profile pages, play with the arc of your story on Post-it notes, and get feedback on possible denouements and endings. Follow up resources and an online community will be available to help you reach your goal of completion. Always more fun and less daunting in good company.
Course Fee: $55 Material Fee: $10
TOTAL FEE: $65
NaNoWriMo Boot Camp! (for Youth 12-18yrs) with Rayya Liebich
1 Class: April 4
Saturday 10 am – 3 pm
Inspired by the National Novel Writing Month initiative and April camps around the world, jump start your big writing project with a day of prompts, tools, structure, and support. Flesh out your characters with profile pages, play with the arc of your story on Post-it notes, and get feedback on possible denouements and endings. Follow up resources and an online community will be available to help you reach your goal of completion. Always more fun and less daunting in good company.
Course Fee: $45 Material Fee: $10
TOTAL FEE: $55
Drawing & Painting Foundations with Deborah Thompson
3 Classes: April 6,7,8
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 9:30am – 4 pm
This 3-day studio workshop will focus on exploring the relationship between painting and drawing. These two cornerstones of visual art compliment and contrast each other as they begin to form a personal visual language. Daily drawing exercises will illuminate the fundamentals of drawing such as: mark making, line, light on form, tonal value, shape, figure – ground, and the gathering of visual information. Explorations in paint will expand upon these ideas. Demonstrations will be numerous and ongoing. Introduction to colour theory will be followed by its application in painting projects. Discussions and slide presentations will be part of each day. Some experience with either painting or drawing is an asset.
Course Fee: $210 Material Fee: $25 + Material List
TOTAL FEE: $235
Ukulele 2 with Catherine McGrath
4 Classes: August 11, 12, 13 & 14
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 1 – 3 pm
This course is designed for people who have taken a preceding beginner class or who are able to play three-chord songs in the keys of C and G with a steady rhythm. The class will explore new keys, new chords, and more complex strumming patterns as they relate to a bunch of fun songs from a variety of genres.
Course Fee: $115 Material Fee: $10
TOTAL FEE: $125
Intro to Pattern Design with Seathra Bell
2 Classes: August 15 & 16
Saturday & Sunday 10 am – 4 pm
This introductory class will introduce students to the basics of creating custom fitting patterns through draping and flat pattern drafting techniques. Participants will take away the basic skills needed to make a sloper pattern for themselves that can be used to design bespoke clothing. This is an introductory class – no previous skill required, just a keen interest in creating personalized patterns.
Course Fee: $140 Material Fee: $30 + Material List
TOTAL FEE: $170
Did you know that Oxygen Art Centre has a volunteer credit program that can be used towards reduced tuition costs? Oxygen Art Centre is a not for profit, community arts organization and artist run centre. Contact us to find out about what the options are to help with accessing our arts education programming. E: email@example.com
Oxygen Art Centre gratefully acknowledges support for its Arts Education Programming from the Province of British Columbia, Nelson and District Credit Union, British Columbia Arts Council and Business for the Arts sponsors; Hall Printing, Nelson Star, Juice FM and ilovenelson.com