Let's Talk Trash: Fun for faeries; nature-based trail art – Powell River Peak
“Come on kids, let’s go litter in the woods,” said no one ever.
Still, though, sometimes we can’t see the litter for the trees when we encourage placing plastic tokens on trails. Rather than being a party pooper for well-intended traditions like this, why not give them an upgrade?
If you’ve ever wandered the forest with little ones, you may have had to gear down your pace, taking lots of snacks and bathroom breaks. These are great moments to sit trailside and have meaningful conversations about the cycle of nature.
The forest floor is a perfect example of compost in the making, where leaves, cones and other organic debris break down into food for the next generation. If the children (or you) are still too tired to move another step, how about integrating an art break?
You can gather forest treasures and fashion a sweet little creature from moss, bark, rocks, and imagination, or a little faerie home, even bringing up some wildcrafted flowers from home to beautify.
Even grownups love nature-based art. If you’ve never witnessed the creations of Andy Goldsworthy, hold everything and get googling. All of his sculptures are made using objects found in nature, such as icicles, slate, worm-eaten leaves and tannin-dyed twigs.
Goldsworthy even went to the lengths of intentionally building them in places where they would be broken down by changing tides, the flow of a river, or the increasing temperatures of sunrise. His film, Rivers and Tides, is well worth the mesmerizing watch some evening after all your forest adventuring.
Getting out onto our local trails has never been more encouraged, and adding to their magic with gnome homes and leaf-skirted twig faeries could become addictive.
If you are keen to keep moving instead of pausing to create, you can gather a few forest tokens for a home crafting project. Play with natural adhesives, like sap and tension, and enjoy the temporal nature of your creations as they return to whence they came.
Let’s Talk Trash is qathet Regional District’s waste-reduction education program. For more information, email info@LetsTalkTrash.ca or go to LetsTalkTrash.ca.
ARTS AROUND: Alberni Valley artists come together at Rollin Art Centre – Alberni Valley News
“TOGETHER” is the newest art exhibit at the Rollin Art Centre, featuring the collaborative talents of Cecil Dawson, Allen Halverson, Nigel Atkin, Lori Shone-Kusmin and Jennifer Taylor.
These five local artists collaborated over the past few months to create a truly spectacular show. This exciting exhibit touches upon significant social issues and features First Nations paintings, surfboard designs, carved river otters, drawings, cedar paddles and so much more.
We invite you to check out our website at www.alberniarts.com, where you can view this and other current exhibits in order to support some amazing artists and the beautiful work they create.
Or give us a call at 250-724-3412 and set up an appointment to come see this worthwhile exhibit.
The exhibit runs until Oct. 7.
ART WORKSHOPS FOR KIDS
Summer is meant for fun in the sun, being kids and spending time with friends.
The Rollin Art Centre will be holding art workshops for children aged nine to 11 every Tuesday to Friday from 10 a.m. to noon.
These four-day workshops are filling up fast, as space is very limited. Each week will be a different medium: Sculpture (July 14-17), Drawing I (July 21-24), paper crafts (July 28-31), Painting II (Aug 4-7), nature art (Aug 11-14), Drawing II (Aug 18-21) and multi-media art (Aug 25-28).
All art workshops will be held outside to follow social distancing guidelines. The cost is $50 per week. Register today by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or call 250-724-3412.
Every Monday morning (10 a.m. to noon), the Rollin Art Centre will be holding writing camps for kids aged 10-12. Workshops feature a different genre each week.
All writing workshops will be held outside to follow social distancing guidelines. Each week’s workshop costs $15. Spots are very limited, as only five children will be allowed to register per week, so register today by emailing email@example.com.
GARDENS ARE OPEN
The Rollin Art Centre’s gardens are now open to the public from Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., for you to wander and enjoy.
Please note that outdoor areas such as benches and the swing, bandstand and other outdoor touchpoints are not regularly sanitized. Washroom facilities are not available for use.
While on the grounds, please supervise children at all times, supply your own hand sanitizer and practice social distancing by staying two metres apart unless you are part of an established “bubble.” If you are not, and physical distancing is not possible, we recommend that guests wear a mask.
Student Abigail McGourlay wins lockdown art competition – BBC News
A lockdown art competition for young artists has been won by a Sheffield student’s self-portrait.
Abigail McGourlay, 20, was the winner of the national Isolation Artwork competition with a painting of herself in the bath, called Brewing.
Ms McGourlay is in the second year of a fine art degree at the University of Leeds.
“It is due to lockdown that I have rediscovered my love of painting”, she said.
Ms McGourlay said: “The uncertainty of lockdown put me in quite a stressful mindset, and I found it at first difficult to feel motivated.
“This piece captures a real moment of comfort in both my two favourite things, a warm bubble bath and a hot cup of tea.”
The winning artwork, an oil painting on canvas, was selected from a shortlist of eight for the Arts Society’s national competition
Ms McGourlay also works as a swimming instructor and has been furloughed from her job while she continues to study from home.
Young artists were asked by the arts education charity to respond to the theme of isolation and their experience of lockdown.
“I’ve been painting non-stop since Brewing and I can’t wait to get some new ideas under way very soon,” the winner said.
All eight artists’ work is to feature in a digital exhibition until the end of July.
Ms McGourlay will have one of her artworks featured on the society’s 2021 membership card.
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