“Liberate Your Landscapes! the Creative Process of developing personal and painterly work from your photos”
Instructor: Laura Culic
Sunday, April 23, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Please note that a minimum of 5 registered students is required
The AGB is delighted to offer a landscape painting workshop with artist Laura Culic. Laura is an award-winning painter, originally from Toronto, now living in Maynooth Ontario.
My paintings are my response to my deep and abiding love of the natural world – in particular, the wild places of Ontario. I am motivated to paint images, whether representational or abstract, which reflect my profound feelings for the land and also my commitment to environmental conservation.
My images are the product of inspiration of place and experience; filtered through the mediums of time and memory; fueled by the urge to express and commit; touched by poetry.
My process is an exploration that involves building up multiple layers of wax and pigment, and then scratching, scoring and scraping the surface, gradually and alternately adding and subtracting, concealing and revealing, as I work towards creating an environment rich with natural textures and a sense of history and place. This process, I feel, is symbolic of nature’s cycles of erosion and decay, growth and renewal, and also an adventure and journey: an exciting merging of intuition, analysis and imagination.
While nothing compares to the artistic demands and intense experience of working en plein air, many landscape painters choose to work from their photos in the comfort and controlled light of the studio.
But it sometimes happens that artists are constrained by the need to adhere too strictly to photographic reference, often at the expense of dynamism and vitality in the finished work. It is possible though, for painting in studio to provide the perfect opportunity for artists to take their work further: to edit, imagine and take the creative liberties that propel photographic reference into expressive and personal visions of the landscape.
This workshop will help artists use their photographic reference in a creative and discerning way – not as an image to copy, but as a jumping off point. We will discuss all aspects of creating dynamic and satisfying work from photos, such as: identifying elements in a photo that might contribute to a great painting; composition; editing; contrast; colour; analysis and personal vision.
Reference photo of spruce bog
"Cadence Spruce Bog"
Using her paintings at the AGB as examples, Laura will discuss how the pieces evolved from the original reference material. She will have her photos and sketch books to look through, and will demonstrate the principles discussed. She’ll work individually with workshop participants to analyze and edit their own reference, and guide students towards producing work that is evocative, personal and imaginative.
This workshop is designed for artists with painting experience who want to take their work a step further.
Participants must provide their own materials, and should bring the following:
- Painting medium of your choice that you are familiar and comfortable with: acrylic, watercolour, oil, pastel etc.
- All the painting tools and materials you regularly use: paints, brushes, supports, palette, palette knives, containers, rags, portable easel, etc.
- Your own photos (please no pictures from magazines, calendars or similar) but bring lots of your own photos even if you’re not sure of their potential, or a laptop with your shots. Photos on your phone will not be sufficient.
- Sketch book or drawing paper and preferred drawing medium (graphite pencils, charcoal, carbon pencils, markers, erasers)
- Your imagination and willingness to detach from photo reference!
- If you would like, bring work in progress that is stalled or stale; work that needs revitalizing.
Laura studied fine art and illustration at the Ontario College of Art, completing her studies in 1985. Laura has worked professionally as an artist for over 30 years; as an illustrator, a mural painter and a fine artist. She paints primarily with beeswax; either encaustic (hot wax) or with cold wax mixed with dry pigment and oil paint. Laura sells her work directly from her Maynooth studio Black Spruce Art Works; at various juried shows, and from galleries throughout Ontario.
Laura’s paintings reside in many corporate, private and government collections, including the Art Collection of the Government of Ontario; she is an elected member of the Ontario Society of Artists, and is a recipient of an Ontario Arts Council grant. Recent awards include Best in Show at the Ontario Society of Artists 139th Open Juried Exhibition and Best in Painting at the 51st Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition.
The cost of this one-day workshop is $65.00, payable to the Art Gallery at the time of registration.
Instructor: Ada Tinney
Sunday, June 4, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Using deerskin rawhide and a wooden hoop, students will stretch the deerskin over the hoop lace the skin over the hoop, and then paint a personal design on the drum face. Drumsticks of beaver-chewed sticks will be decorated with feather, beads and deerskin lacing. By the end of the day, students will take home their own drum and drumstick.
Example drum created by Ingrid Monteith at one of Ada's workshops
The cost of this workshop is $225 per person. All supplies needed for making the drum and drumstick are included in the workshop fee.
Please note: Due to the cost of materials, anyone registering for the workshop MUST pay the registration fee of $225 by May 7 so that Ada can order the deerhide and hoops for each registrant.
Ada Tinney, a member of the Algonquin Nation Kijicho Manito Madaouskarini Community Bancroft/Baptiste Lake Region, was born and raised on the Monck Road. She was secretary at Bancroft Public School for 27 years. During this time she learned and taught stained glass classes through Loyalist College Bancroft campus. She also took wood carving and stone carving classes at the Haliburton School of Fine Arts. After retirement, she became a self-taught rattle and drum maker, and taught drum making to many adult classes, as well as students at Our Lady of Mercy and North Hastings High School. Fourteen years ago she organized the Faraday Drumming Circle, which continues to be held on the second Thursday each month. Ada enjoys her family, music and wild life.