Creative exploration, the use of colour and learning a variety of techniques are the focus in this mixed media class. You will create vibrant and imaginative works of art using both 2D and 3D methods. Come and playfully explore just how exciting creating art can be, while developing your artistic skills. Design, colour mixing, blending, form, balance, composition and contrasts are considered, as imaginations are ignited.
In this first class, students will discuss the textures and colours of a their favourite foods. The project will be a study of that food in giant format.
Nature has so many wonderful colours, patterns and designs. In this second class, we will explore these aspects in vegetables and create our own Macro Vegetable Study.
We all have still life subject matter waiting to be painted or drawn. Take a look at your own toy collection and learn how to create an arrangement of interesting subject matter so that you can make a Toy Still Life creation.
In our last class, we will explore mark making. Mark making is a term used to describe the different lines, patterns, and textures we create in a piece of art. We will use this concept to make a unique and inspiring art piece.
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.