Have you ever thought about depicting your favourite houseplant or that special corner of your garden? Besides being the most compliant of still life subjects, plants have long offered artists the opportunity to explore line, form and colour to develop artistic expression and technique. Beyond this, plants hold particular fascination for many artists who have become famous for their botanical interpretations, by recognizing plants’ uniqueness and representational power. Designed for those with some drawing and painting experience, our class will review and explore various art historical responses to plants and use drawing exercises to nurture careful observation, experimentation, and technical growth in students. You will be encouraged to intimately engage with your surrounding plant life and bring the fruits of your labour to share in critiques and open discussion.
Plants on Paper
TIME: 1:00 - 3:00PM
COURSE ID: 13407
TERM DATES: November 2nd, 2020 - December 19th, 2020
Sarah Jane Gorlitz has been working as a visual artist since 2002 across the mediums of painting, collage, video, installation, and sculpture. She holds an MFA from the Malmö Art Academy in Sweden (2011) and an HBFA in painting from the University of Waterloo (2002). She was a finalist for the RBC Painting Competition in 2008 and the recipient of an Edstranska Fellowship in 2011. Meanwhile, her video-centered collaborations with Wojceich Olejnik under the name Soft Turns have been widely exhibited at institutions in Canada and abroad, including Oakville Galleries (Oakville), Skånes konstförening (Sweden), Greusslich Contemporary (Berlin), Centre Clark (Montréal), Southern Exposure (San Fransisco), Stride (Calgary), O’Born Contemporary (Toronto) and YYZ (Toronto). Their work has been recognized by numerous grants from Toronto, Ontario and Canada Arts Councils, the latter awarding them the Joseph S Stauffer Prize for Emerging Artists in 2008 as well as a 2013 Paris Residency. Visit her website.
“My teaching strategies employ a balance of critical discussion and contemplation. More than anything I believe that imagination, curiosity and the drive to challenge oneself are the most necessary elements to be nurtured in art students."
"Sarah Jane, thank you for running a great course. It gave me a new appreciation of the art of drawing, and I hope to have time in the near future to open a sketchbook and put into practice what we did in class. In the meantime, I have taken the liberty of copying the school on this email, so they know how much I enjoyed the course. I hope to make it back for another in the coming months.” - Bruce