WORM / HOLE

Contemporary arts education for youth
that encourages risk taking, research and exploration
+ the opportunity to collaborate with and receive mentorship from local practicing professional artists.

Semester 1 – February 9 – March 8, 2024

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IN PERSON @ OXYGEN ART CENTRE

When: 5 classes: February 9 – March 8, 2024 

/ Fridays, 4:15 pm – 6:15 pm (2 hours)

Who: Youth, 15 – 18 yrs

With: 2 artist instructors:

// Catherine McIntosh – Visual Artist

// Myra Rasmussen – Multi-disciplinary Artist

*more information about each artist instructor below

What: Ad Hoc Sculpture

Responding to weekly prompts, students will create 3D forms using found objects and recycled and natural materials. Drawing on the natural world as inspiration, together we will explore making sculptural forms with methods such as wire armatures and willow branches. Students will experiment with different ways to create volume using papier mache, tissue paper, cloth scraps, and recycled objects. This class will be an experimental journey into the world of three-dimensional artistic practices.

Student Fee:  $75 (All materials included)

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Semester 2 – May 24 – June 14, 2024

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WORM / HOLE

IN PERSON @ OXYGEN ART CENTRE

When: 4 classes: May 24 – June 14, 2024 

/ Fridays, 4:15 pm – 6:15 pm (2 hours)

Who: Youth, 15 – 18 yrs

With: 3 artist instructors:

// Catherine McIntosh – Visual Artist

// Myra Rasmussen – Multi-disciplinary Artist

// Marcus Dénommé – Printmaker

*more information about each artist instructor below

What: Join artists Myra Rasmussen, Marcus Dénommé, and Catherine McIntosh to learn all things printmaking. Students will have the chance to experience a variety of printmaking techniques including lino printing, screenprinting, and intaglio printing methods (drypoint & tetra-pack printing). Whether you have never done any printmaking or are interested in developing your skills further, this class will be a lot of fun and a great opportunity to further your artistic journey.

Student Fee:  $64 (All materials included)

Semester 3 – September 27 – November 1, 2024 

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IN PERSON @ OXYGEN ART CENTRE

Semester 3

When: 6 classes: September 27 – November 1, 2024 

/ Fridays, 4:15 pm – 6:15 pm (2 hours)

Who: Youth, 15 – 18 yrs

With: 3 artist instructors:

// Jaymie Johnson – Multi-disciplinary Artist

// Myra Rasmussen – Multi-disciplinary Artist

// Marcus Dénommé – Printmaker

*more information about each artist instructor below

What: Join artists Myra Rasmussen, Marcus Dénommé, and Jaymie Johnson over six classes to learn how to use natural pigments and dyes within a variety of artistic practices. Students will explore techniques such as shibori dyeing with indigo, batik, botanical printing, and silkscreen printing with natural pigments.

Students will leave the course with a diverse body of work involving natural inks, paper, fabric, and new understandings of combining the natural elements around us within their art practice. 

Student Fee:  $96 (All materials included)

/ ABOUT THE ARTISTS /

Myra Rasmussen graduated from Wesleyan University in 2004, where she was awarded a degree in studio arts with high honors.  She is a multi-disciplinary artist with a focus on community and festival arts.  Since 2009, she has been based in Nelson, British Columbia, where is the artistic director of Polka Dot Dragon Arts Society, which produces a community lantern festival each February.  In addition to her work with festivals, she also has extensive experience with lino and woodblock printmaking, bookmaking, and collage.

Marcus Dénommé was born and raised on Algonquin Temiskaming first nations territory in Ontario, canada. It was here at a young age that Dénommé began to explore street art and artistic interventions on public and private property. Throughout the years, they grew a deep passion for the intersection of art and activism such as civil disobedience, direct action, community level organization, etc. Dénommé honed their craft as communications designer at Emily Carr University of Art + Design, where they discovered traditional printmaking and bookmaking practices. Although their practice includes a variety of disciplines including painting, sculpture, mixed media, they love exhibiting printed work in independent shows and book fairs. Dénommé is the editor of the Veins & Arterys publications and now calls home to unceded Sinixt territory.

Catherine McIntosh holds an MA Hons in Fine Art from Edinburgh University with a specialization in painting. After graduating, she chose to train as a graphic artist and worked in that field for many years before turning her attention to education. Since graduating from UBC, she has worked in schools, taught at Selkirk, and presented small workshops and classes in and around the Kootenays. Catherine has a passion for sharing her love of art with others.

Jaymie Johnson  is a visual artist whose work spans drawing, printmaking, and textiles. Her formal education includes studies at the San Francisco Art Institute and Emily Carr University of Art + Design, where she received her BFA in 2015 and later taught as a sessional faculty member.  Her informal education includes mentorship in community engagement and environmental public art from Sharon Kallis (EartHand Gleaners Society) and Cameron Cartiere (Border Free Bees). Jaymie currently resides in her hometown of Nelson, B.C., where she spends her time spellbound by plants: drawing, weaving, growing, spinning, dyeing, listening, and generally enamoured by their magic.

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