Come and join us in this fun and virtual summer art camp, where you will learn, explore and make friends, all while exercising your creativity and imagination. You will make a number of art projects using drawing, painting and mixed media, and develop your creative skills, confidence, communication skills and artistic expression. We guarantee smiles and laughter.
In this first class, we will look at the pets we love, real or imaginary, and create our own favourite Pet Portrait.
Artists look at the world around them in a very detailed and magical way. In our second class, you will design and create a mini Fairy Garden, full of magical and inventive details.
Come and dream up a magical city. In our third class of the series, you will create a wonderful and Magical Cityscape, with all your own personal touches.
Come and learn about shapes in art making. You will design and construct your favourite Giant Cupcake.
In this final class, we will look at the colours and textures of fruit. Nature has so many wonderful colours, patterns and designs. We will explore these aspects in fruits and create our own Macro Fruit Study.
Melanie Billark is a multidisciplinary Toronto based Artist, achieving an advanced diploma in 2011 at Sheridan College’s Craft and Design Program for glass in Oakville, ON. Following her degree she completed a year artist residency at the Living Arts Centre in Mississauga, ON, in 2012. Melanie graduated from OCADU's Sculpture and Installation program, obtaining her BFA in 2016. She has participated in a number of shows including venues such as Toronto Pearson Airport, Lonsdale Gallery, Canadian Sculpture Centre, Gladstone Hotel, Xpace Cultural Centre, and has shown internationally participating in Treefort Music Fest. Melanie has also won a number of bursaries and awards including The Masonic Foundation of Canada Bursary in 2011 and was recently the recipient for The OALA Ground Award in 2016, for her sculptural work Rewilding. Melanie’s current body of work is focusing on the cross over of art and ecology and interested in where they intersect when thinking about urban planning.
Over the years Melanie has been creating and developing unique arts based curriculum that focuses on a variety of mediums and techniques such as creating community art projects, eco-arts, sculpture and installation, and painting and drawing. Melanie has years of experience facilitating courses, leading workshops, art directing, program coordinating, and presenting lectures across the GTA for people of all ages and skill level. Melanie is passionate about art education, community development, and creating art opportunities that bring people together, in order to create positive change.
“The teacher is excellent with the children, explaining and illustrating different techniques or concepts, and always ensuring that everyone feels included with showing their artwork (even when they are deep in the process - too deep to chat)! My daughter not only enjoys but I see her learning." - Carla Faraido