Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Special Summer Skills Art Program!

The Special Skills Summer Art Program is a series of free demonstrations and workshops for teens and adults. SSSAP will provide participants with accessible and hands-on learning about the specific media and techniques of practicing artists.
Demonstrations are open to the public on a drop-in basis. No registration is required.
Call, email, or stop by the gallery to register for a workshop at least 7 days before it is scheduled. The number of spots in each workshop is limited.

FREE Demos and Workshops for Adults and Teens


The 100 Mile-Diet for the Fibre Artist
Sun July 9, 2017 1:30pm - 4:30pm

Chandra Rice will be eco-printing as she prepares for her August 2017 exhibition at Grimsby Public Art Gallery.

Grimsby Mud
Sun July 23, 2017 1:30pm - 4:30pm

Nicole Clouston will be sculpting with the mud and microbes that surround Grimsby Public Art Gallery.

Gardening for Artistic Applications
Sun July 30, 2017 1:30pm - 4:30pm

Paul Chartrand will be demonstrating how plants fit within an art-making context of functional sculpture, installation, and social engagement.


Wed July 19, 2017 5pm - 8pm
Artist Chandra Rice

Learn how to use rusts, tannins, and plant material to print on cloth while making art that will be shown in Chandra Rice’s August 2017 exhibition at Grimsby Public Art Gallery. If you would like to take something home, bring 2-3 pieces of cloth made of 100% natural materials (e.g. a white cotton tshirt, a piece of silk, or a linen tea towel) and a handful of rusty objects such as nuts, bolts, tin cans, or wire.
Free - Pre-Registration required.

Mud, Microbes, and Sculpture
Wed July 26, 2017 5pm - 8pm
Artist Nicole Clouston
Create a sculpture that uses mud as a medium in order to explore the life within it and your connection to it. Participants will collect mud from the area surrounding Grimsby Public Art Gallery and place it into clear tubes along with nutrients that support microbial growth. When exposed to light, the microbial life within the sculptures will begin to grow, and with time, form vibrant marbling across the surface. Nicole Clouston will also discuss the relationship between humans, our broader ecology, and microbial life. Dress for the weather and playing with mud.
Free - Pre-Registration required.

Metal Forming and Assemblage
Sat July 29, 2017 1:30pm - 4:30pm
Artist Floyd Elzinga

Work with steel, stainless steel, copper, brass, aluminum sheet, and mesh to learn basic forming, assemblage, and fastening techniques.
Free - Pre-Registration required.

Hydroponics for Creative Practice
Wed August 2, 2017 5pm - 8pm
Artist Paul Chartrand

Create your own soil-less gardening system using recycled materials. Paul Chartrand will present some of his past projects and discuss how to implement hydroponics in an art-making context of functional sculpture, installation, and social engagement.
Free - Pre-Registration required.

Wet Felting
Wed August 16, 2017 5pm - 8pm
Artist Tammy Jane Lepp

Learn how to wet felt wool textiles. You will leave with a completed felt piece as well as the confidence and ability to continue to explore this medium at home or in your studio. Please bring a towel because this is soggy, soapy business. All other materials will be provided.
Free - Pre-Registration required.

Soapstone Carving
Wed August 23, 2017 5pm - 8pm
Artist Kevin Yates

Learn the basics of carving in soft stone using a variety of small hand tools. Participants will design and carve in response to the dimensions of rough pieces of stone in order to explore dynamic forms and contrasting surface textures.
Free - Pre-Registration required.

Land Art
Sun August 27, 2017 11am - 4:30pm
Artist Jan Yates

After a presentation by Jan Yates, participants will work outdoors with whatever comes to hand - twigs, leaves, stones, litter, seeds, and flowers - in order to create transitory works of art. Some of the documentation of these works will be featured in Jan Yates’ September 2017 exhibition at Grimsby Public Art Gallery. Dress for the weather as participants will be working outdoors, rain or shine.
Free - Pre-Registration required.

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