FALL 2020 Continuing Arts Education

Oxygen Art Centre’s Continuing Arts Education Programming

Oxygen Art Centre’s Continuing Arts Education Programming for Fall 2020
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For more information about classes or help with registration please contact P: 250-352-6322 E: education@oxygenartcentre.org

FALL 2020 Schedule

Singing the Blues Goes Virtual with Bessie Wapp

ONLINE

7 Classes: Sept. 24, Oct.1, 8, 15, 22, 29 & Nov.5

Thursdays 7 – 9 pm

Course Description:

Life is still the only experience where one is required to growl, groan, wail and moan the blues! In this course we will explore the rich swamp of the human voice in a relaxed and supportive environment through online group and one-on-one sessions led by Bessie Wapp. For the last session we will dress up–swellegant–to celebrate each participant as they sing the song they’ve practiced over the seven week course! You will need access to a computer, the internet, and a space comfortable for singing – perhaps even in the shower! ; )

Course Fee: $260                   

TOTAL FEE: $260

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Eco-Printing on Textiles with Seathra Bell

IN-PERSON at Oxygen Art Centre

1 Class: Oct. 3

Saturday 10 am – 4:30 pm

Course Description:

An introduction to eco-printing on cloth. We will create pattern and colour on cloth using a selection of natural dyes featuring local flora. Students will come away from the one-day course with naturally printed cloth of their own design and an understanding of eco-printing basics for future exploration.

Course Fee: $90                          Material Fee: $60 all materials provided

TOTAL FEE: $150

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Drawing with the World in Mind with Deborah Thompson

ONLINE

6 Classes: Oct 6 & 8, 13 & 15, 20 & 22

Tuesdays and Thursdays 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Course Description:

Drawing with the world in mind is an online drawing course designed to enliven our resiliency and creativity as we move through challenging times. The COVID-19 Global Pandemic has highlighted a long list of global problems; climate change, homelessness, opioid crisis, racism, classism and more. Leaning into a creative practice during these times is helpful in developing meaningful insights and in cultivating imaginative ways to give constructive shape to the future.

With the world in mind this course will focus on the communicative power of art through drawing exercises. Drawing proposes new approaches for one to be curious in a way that celebrates and expands our knowledge of how we live our lives. This course will offer a series of drawing exercises building on one another that include: experiments with drawing mediums, demonstrations in drawing fundamentals, explorations in drawing from objects, still life, photographs, memory, and imagination. Homework will focus on projects such as creating metaphor and composing dreams. Slide show presentations and discussions, one on one critiques, and sharing as a group will also be part of the course.

Course Fee: $140             Material Fee: $10 + Material List

TOTAL FEE: $150

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Resurrecting the Lost Art of Letter Writing with Rayya Liebich

IN-PERSON at Oxygen Art Centre

5 Classes: Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28

Wednesdays 10 am – 12 pm

Course Description:

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 fictious 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 or after our lifetime.

Materials will be provided but it is encouraged to bring your favourite pens and stationary.

Course Fee: $115                    Material Fee: $10

TOTAL FEE: $125

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Art Shack with Ian Johnston

ONLINE

4 Classes: Oct. 7 & 21, Nov. 4 & 18

Wednesdays 7 – 9:30 pm (Staggered)

Art Shack is a visual arts professional development workshop free-for-all that transforms the singular ditch of desolation of the art practice into a velvet rut–with peers, colleagues, and friends.

Over four evenings of group conversation, participants and facilitator Ian Johnston will review each other’s texts, from grant applications to artist statements and proposals to critical art writing. The workshop will harness the hive mind and experiences 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 (2 pages max.) for discussion at the first session.

Course Fee: $105       

TOTAL FEE: $105

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How to Submit to Commercial Galleries with Kristy Gordon

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1 Class: Oct.17

Saturday 1 – 4 pm

Course Description:

In this class Kristy Gordon will unveil the practical steps to develop connections with a commercial gallery. The course will cover how to make initial contact with a gallery; how to prepare a professional artist C.V., Biography, and Artist’s statement; and how to select the images you will submit. It will also cover current techniques for building connections with galleries using Instagram. Through lectures, discussions, and individual feedback, this workshop will demystify how to gain representation by a commercial gallery as an artist.

Course Fee: $60                     

TOTAL FEE: $60

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Painting on Another Level with Natasha Smith

IN-PERSON at Oxygen Art Centre

2 Classes: Oct. 24 & 25

Sat & Sun 9 am – 12 pm

Course Description:

This two-session course is designed for painters that want to take their paintings to another level, literally! Recycle unfinished/unsuccessful paintings by collaging papers, fabric, natural materials and various found materials to build textured, exciting new surfaces to your paintings. Break down conventions, loosen your style, and learn how to be daring yet playful with painting. We will explore alternative techniques for collaging, applying paint, and building interesting surfaces, while also learning about various acrylic mediums and applications. Basic painting skills are recommended for this course.

Course Fee: $85                      Material Fee: $20 + Material List

TOTAL FEE: $105

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Poetry Immersion with Rayya Liebich

ONLINE

4 Classes: Nov. 3, 10, 17, 24

Tuesdays 6 – 8 pm

Course Description:

From the comfort of your home immerse yourself in the language of poetry. Weekly online classes will focus on studying the craft of poetry (image, form, feeling) and allow time for a series of guided writing prompts to help hone your writing skills. Weekly inspirational readings and take-home tools will build appreciation and understanding of various techniques to inspire reading and writing of poetry beyond the course. All levels welcome.

Course Fee: $95                     

TOTAL FEE: $95

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Moving into Abstraction with Natasha Smith

ONLINE

5 Classes: Nov. 5, 12, 19, 26, Dec. 3

Thursdays 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Course Description:

Through a series of hands-on projects, students will explore various techniques and alternative ways to develop ideas and images that will encourage a more abstract way of working. Using various media, students will investigate mark-making, texture, line, shape, colour and composition, and will challenge their current methodology of image creation in this process focused course. This online class also features art history, discussion, and critiques. Appropriate for students of all levels.

Course Fee: $115                    Material Fee: $10 + Material List

TOTAL FEE: $125

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Sonic Imaginaries: An Introduction to Creating Electronic Compositions with prOphecy sun

ONLINE

4 Classes: Nov. 23, 30, Dec. 7, 14

Monday 7 – 8:30 pm

Course Description:

This online beginner level studio course explores a wide range of methods and conceptual approaches to creating electronic sound. Each week will explore how sound emerges and will survey conceptual and methodological techniques used in music, video, sound art, and other artistic production. Throughout the sessions students will develop, critique, build upon and create an audio-based composition or artwork that expresses their creative voice in a temporal form.

Course Fee: $70                      Material List

TOTAL FEE: $70

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