For students who have taken a Drawing & Painting for Beginners class, this new program will provide more space and time for students to execute techniques learned at the beginner level. The results of this program will allow students to feel more equipped and ready to process their own artistry throughout the curriculum.
Theo Vandergraaf works primarily in oil and graphite. His work has been described as "dramatic and story-driven". Practicing in Toronto, but originally from Calgary, he fell in love with artistic storytelling at a young age, and eventually pursued this passion by studying theatre at Sheridan College. During this intensive and multi-disciplined program he started to develop and perfect his painting and drawing work, bridging the disciplines of storytelling from the theatre to the canvas. Whether on stage, film, paper, or canvas, Theo creates work that is highly sensory, evokes emotion and attempts to create a story that awakens possibility within people. Theo's approach to his visual work is driven by his belief that there’s so much noise and restlessness not only in the world, but in our own minds. Art is the vehicle that allows us to slow down and focus on what matters. It can inspire and challenge viewers to contend rather than consume, and ultimately invite audiences into their own story creation. Theo has received numerous commissions and his work hangs in private collections within Canada. www.theovandergraaf.com.