Today we looked at Gavin Lynch. Lynch is embarking on a new project in B.C. researching the (little known) life of the Metis guide who was the first to lead the Hudson Bay Co. into the deep interior. He's interested in the idea of consequences, responsibility, implication etc. - his paintings are based on landscapes that he then interrupts so that the view is stopped by a flattening, for instance, that pushes us back out. He's proposing a multi-panel installation narrative.
Inspired by John Dickson (Toronto) and Martin Golland (Ottawa) the Sr. Campers collaborated on a project about our future landscape. Materials: Styrofoam, stir sticks, felt paper, wire, fuzzy pom poms, newspaper, glue, beads, pipe cleaners, images of buildings, cardboard, tape.
Today we looked at Sherry Hay, New Work, Toronto. Hay’s installation is a sort of sci-fi world inhabited by 'leaf' people where mineral-vegetable-animal distinctions become blurred. She is using Bruno Latour as a way to think of animals, hybrids, and sci-fi worlds in order to consider alternative ways of thinking about current and future worlds. The campers loved the "leaf man"!
Today we visited the gallery: John Dickson, Stormy Weather, 2013, Three small dioramas with small landscapes and wind-blown trees (a fan creates the effect). A small camera is inserted into the work and moves. This image is shown on a monitor at a different location in the gallery. Inspired by hurricanes and destruction, it also plays with televised events and how natural disasters play out. The work also addresses the politics of aid, and, like Panya's work, plays on ideas of…
On our final day we set up various stations for the campers. Two printmaking techniques, a collage table, and a postcard painting table were set up. Each activity took 20 minutes and the campers were able to work through the same ideas inspired by the Ottawa locks in various mediums.
In between our trip to the gallery and a planned activity, one of our campers used the supplies available and created her own APP store and TV device after picking out a favourite technological device. Simply using pre-cut frames the camper wrote out various narratives including television and news broadcasts.
After a busy week of talking, thinking, and making art about materials that are being re-used and the idea of a sustainable art practice we are wrapping things up with a project that the campers will be able to put to use for the rest of the summer! We made a mural thinking about the importance of public art and accessibility to the arts based on our weekly theme!
Our Sr. campers enjoy the shade while we talk about the history of plein air painting and gather sketches for the mural we created at the end of the day based on the theme of nature and technology!
One of our favourite end of the day activities to complete is reading poetry to the campers. The illustrations in the Shel Silverstein books serve as examples on how to come up visual narratives. This week we will be making diorama's and mini sculptures that will inhabit these based on narratives that each group will come up with.
This is close up of one of our campers clay pendants on the theme of nature. Using very little clay the campers learned how to knead, flatten and make patterns using other bits of clay. We made a small hole at the top before firing it so that it can be worn as a necklace!
This is a great activity to complete when the campers finish the main activity early. We made pendants with very little Fimo clay using stamps, layering colours, and made patterns with pencils. Fire the clay at for 15 minutes and it hardens!
Above our camp director, Fiona W. is giving the campers a lecture on the Ottawa Locks by the grounds at Carleton University. Making studies en Plein-air is a great sketchbook exercise, spending half the time outdoors also inspired the campers. The campers are working on more tech-oriented contemporary projects as they develop a stop animation film. We will be creating links in order for guardians to access these and for the campers to share!
Our trip to CUAG inspired us to create dioramas of natural and futuristic landscapes. Today was a busy day with our trip to the gallery to look at the artworks that are the frameworks of the activities this week. Materials: Styrofoam, stir sticks, felt paper, wire, fuzzy pom poms, newspaper, glue, beads, pipe cleaners, images of buildings, cardboard, tape. We are making creatures to inhabit the spaces, and producing GIFs!
The Art Space a designated space in our that allows campers to express their creativity! Finished early? Head to the Art Space! Feeling tired? The art space is designed to provide the campers with an alternative activity with the supervision and help of our trained volunteers. Books, magazines, and countless supplies are always available for them to express their ideas in their sketchbooks.O Pictured above is our Art Educator Juanita L. and the Sr. campers ages 9-11