In honour of the Canada Summer Games, which get underway in Niagara this weekend, local youth are celebrating sport through art and sharing their work with the community.
Students in Grade 4 to 12 from six schools across the region have created artwork related to sport as part of a research project led by Peter Vietgen, Associate Professor in Brock University’s Faculty of Education.
The project, “PARTicipation Niagara 2022: A Celebration of Sports and Art through the Eyes of Niagara’s Young Artists,” was funded under the 2020-21 round of Brock’s VPR Canada Games Grant program and will see the art showcased at venues throughout Niagara this summer.
Vietgen worked with eight Brock teacher candidates to run visual arts workshops with an ‘Art and Sports’ theme in local elementary and secondary schools, helping students to learn about the determination and passion that drives athletes competing in the Niagara 2022 Canada Summer Games.
“As they were working on their artwork, students were able to see how the creative process and participating in sports share common elements — both require a high level of concentration and both revolve around skill development that can be nurtured and advanced,” said Vietgen.
With the help of his team and their teachers, about 150 students from across Niagara worked in different media to create works exploring topics related sports and nationalism.
A high school visual arts class at Blessed Trinity Catholic Secondary School in Grimsby, for example, created storyboards and tableau sculptures expressing their interpretation of teamwork, while students at St. Mary Catholic Elementary School in Welland collaborated on a pictorial representation of a turtle shell, in honour of the Summer Games’ mascot, Shelly. Students from the Niagara Catholic District School Board’s Soaring Eagles Alternative Secondary Program created art inspired by the stories of Indigenous athletes.
Students also participated from A.N. Myer Secondary School and Simcoe Street Public School in Niagara Falls, Connaught Public School and Eden High School in St. Catharines, and the Courage to Soar Program, which is offered by Fort Erie Secondary School and the District School Board of Niagara at the Fort Erie Native Friendship Centre.
The student artwork is now on display at the Grimsby Public Art Gallery, Fort Erie Native Friendship Centre, Welland Public Library-City Hall Complex, St. Catharines Public Library’s Central Library Branch, Niagara Regional Native Centre and Niagara Falls Public Library.
The exhibitions will run until the end of August. Details on each showcase are available on the project’s website.
Vietgen’s project was inspired by his experience as an arts educator and his research in art education and community practice.
“I’ve seen first-hand that public art projects can help schools connect with their communities while giving young people opportunities to express their ideas in different ways,” he said.
MOCAT hosting community art dialogues ahead of art show on Overdose Awareness Day – Mission City Record
Ahead of International Overdose Awareness Day (IOAD), the Mission Overdose Community Action Team (MOCAT) is hosting a series of community art dialogues throughout August, dubbed Beyond Abstracts: Do You See What I See.
They are inviting Mission residents to join the sessions at the Mission Friendship Centre and other locations, where colourful abstract artwork will be created connected to the topic of B.C.’s toxic drug poisoning health emergency.
Art materials are supplied and no art experience is needed.
“People’s thoughts on abstract art can be quite diverse, we all see something different. Much the same with concepts like harm reduction, which can also seem abstract, and are often misunderstood” says Judith Pellerin, co-chair of the MOCAT.
“The sessions are a good way to connect people from different walks of life, learn other perspectives, and discover common ground.”
On IOAD on Aug. 31, the artwork will be on display at different businesses along 1st Avene for the Beyond Abstracts Community Art Show. The show is being held with the support of the Mission Downtown Business Association.
Live music, resource tables, refreshments, naloxone training and more dialogue on the topic will also happen at the event, which runs from 4 to 7 p.m.
For more information on the art sessions, contact MOCAT Coordinator Kat Wahamaa at 604-679-4463.
Ontario Artist Only Canadian Selected to Conduct Workshop at Global Art Symposium
Peterborough: Artist Lynda Todd is the solo Canadian artist at the Curious Mondo Art Symposium 2022 that debuts on August 15 – 19, 2022.
Todd, the only Canadian, joins 14 other artists worldwide from the US, UK, Greece, Egypt, United Arab Emirates and more, at the symposium.
Curious Mondo, based in Salt Lake City, Utah, is a known platform for live-stream workshops and courses and has an audience in over 32 countries. Over 10,000 new people watch each day. Each workshop will be available to watch for free during its scheduled broadcast hour. There will be three workshops each day.
Todd explains, “As a visually impaired artist I am used to giving and receiving detailed step-by-step instructions. My goal is to encourage others to embrace their creativity”.
Todd will be on a live chat you can join for free at 1 p.m. (MDT) on Tuesday, August 16th, 2022.
Join the LIVE Symposium Kick-Off Event starting at 11 a.m.(EST) on August 15th, 2022. Free registration information here. Todd started her art journey three years as a fluid pour artist and has expanded to resin and sculpted art. She is presently working on a new exhibit of tactile art, opening up opportunities for the visually impaired and blind to enjoy art in a more intimate way.
Todd won the Spirit of the Hills Fine Art Award in 2021 and the life-time achievement Holnbeck award for her volunteer work in the Peterborough community.
Artists who applied to become part of the symposium had to submit their project plans and photos. The Todd submission presented methods for using resin art. Nikolas Kienitz, the instructor liaison for Curious Mondo explains that the project presented in the symposium had to be approachable both for newbies and the more technically advanced participants in resin art.
Curious Mondo student, Ivonne Hugely, describes her experience as “I love the classes and the enthusiasm of both the instructors as well as the hosts. I love the feeling of community in the chats and the camaraderie and friendships that have developed while growing as an artist in both skills and confidence. Thank you, Curious Mondo! I especially love the fact that your courses are free while you’re live and filming. It really helps”.
Curious Mondo founder, Shahar Boyayan, explains, “We are Mondo Makers. We live and breathe creativity: we find creative solutions to problems, we bring new ideas to fruition and we are committed to empowering self-expression and cultivating resourcefulness in people and communities. We do this through ART. By making it, preserving it, and carrying on the legacy of different art forms!”
Todd describes her workshop, “I will teach how to create a work of art with resin, how to mix resin, what you can use to tint your resin and safety precautions. Participants will learn doming, casting, coating and so much more. Tips and tricks will be offered throughout the class and She will go over techniques and applications for resin. Even if you’ve never used resin, alcohol inks or acrylic paints, everything you need to know is covered in the class to get you started and ‘embrace your creativity.
The public can join the Live classes free of charge or can purchase life-time access for only $97 and get access to all of the workshops, bonus classes and studio tours.
Woodstock Art Gallery to Host Last Summer Drop-In Today – 104.7 Heart FM
Families will be able to stop by the Woodstock Art Gallery from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. today for the last studio drop-in of the summer.
WOODSTOCK – The Woodstock Art Gallery is back with its last studio drop-in of the summer.
From 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. today you can check out the new free, self-guided interactive art experience for all ages where you can explore, build and keep your art. Children under 16 years old must be accompanied by an adult in order to participate.
Adults and kids are welcome to stop by and have fun, with your memento tied in with current exhibits at the art gallery.
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