Come and develop artistic skills as you learn drawing and painting techniques while drawing plant and flower life. You will start to discover your own personal style, while working from nature as a mode of inspiration. You will be introduced to specific drawing and painting fundamentals including, line drawing, value, shape, pattern, texture, shading, highlighting, colour perspective and collage. So, experiment, explore and trust your creative instincts.
In our first class, students will be introduced to the world of flowers and plant life. You will then choose a Flower to create a study of and make it uniquely your own.
In this second class, students will discuss the textures and colours found in a garden. The project will be a creation of that Garden using cardboard.
Learning how to illustrate and draw leaves and plant life is a detailed task that can be very rewarding to learn. In our third class, students will learn how to make their own Leaves and Plant Illustration.
Learn all about the famous artist Wassily Kandinsky, and create your own Kandinsky Fruit art piece.
Our last class will focus on creating a Paper Planter. Students will make interesting and stylistic choices to create unique and personalized paper planters.
CLASS MATERIALS LIST:
Artist grade sketching pencils
Brushes & water container
Thin black marker
Watercolour or mixed media paper (or thicker paper)
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