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June 2019 Newsletter

Dear Students and Friends,


Summer has descended upon us with all its glory and beauty. As we wrap up our 12th year at ArtVenture, we would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our past and present students, campers, birthday kids, and devoted community members. It is your continued commitment to the process of art and creation that has helped us evolve over the years and bring forth a rich art program that is both fun and engaging! As this newsletter marks the last for the school year, we invite you to follow us on Twitter and Facebook for year-round news and fun-facts from around the art world. Our next newsletter will be sent out in September as we set to begin our Fall Term classes.


End of Term Art Show - Celebrate with us our students' accomplishments (and Fathers' Day) with family and friends on Sunday, June 16thDrop by anytime between 2pm and 5pm for a great art show and refreshmentsThis term's art work ranges from spring flowers, to Art Nouveau monograms, Navajo style sand painting, Monet’s water lilies, along with a vast array of silk paintings, clay sculptures, plaster masks, and much more. We hope to see you there.

Early Registration - The schedule for our upcoming Fall Term Art Classes is available online. We invite you to register before June 15th and receive our Early Bird discount of $10.00 off your Fall Term fees (cannot be combined with other discounts).


Summer Art Camps - Inspired by literature and the works of famous artists, our various summer camps include Visual Art, Creative Writing, 3D Sculpting, Painting, Drawing, and Storyboarding. This is an opportunity for all involved to gain knowledge, practice, and fun-filled exploration as we focus on the elements of art, the beauty of illustration, and the process of creation. This year, we are offering half-day and full-day camp options. Space is limited and camps are filling up fast. To secure a spot register online or call us at 519.471.4278


Refer a friend - It is our pleasure to present current students who refer a new student to ArtVenture with a gift certificate of $20 Referral Credit which can be used towards future enrolment. Please note that coupons and gift cards have an expiry date and have no cash value.


As we say farewell to this school year, we wish you and your family a warm and safe summer holiday and look forward to seeing you back with us in the fall.

Artistically Yours,
The ArtVenture Team

Navajo Sand Painting


Navajo People Sand Painting


Navajo Sandpaintings are known as the "places where the gods come and go" in Navajo language. They are used in curing ceremonies in which help is requested form the gods for harvest and healing. The figures in sand paintings are symbolic representations of a story in Navajo mythology. They depict objects like the sacred mountains where the gods live, or legendary visions, or they illustrate dances or chants performed in rituals. From the distinct set of paintings that belong to a specific chant, the chanter selects those that will best heal the patient, never using the entire repertoire of paintings on a single occasion. After its sanctification, the patient sits on the painting while the chanter performs a ritual to enhance the absorption of its healing power. The belief was that the sand painting provided a portal so that the healing spirits could come through the painting and heal the patient. After removing the illness from the person, the healing spirits returned to the sand painting, and therefore, the illness was believed to have been transferred over to - or was now contained within - the sand painting itself. So once the healing ceremony was over, the painting was destroyed in order to destoy the illness as well.

While our students were not set out to create an impermanent and transient artwork, they did use the concept  of sandpainting, to explore a sun&moon composition of universal unity. Once their composition was complete, they divided their artwork into warm and cool colours and proceeded to paint using acrylic paint mixed with sand.

Sources:  https://navajopeople.org/navajo-sand-painting.htm 


Gr.6-8: Sun & Moon composition using Sand Painting Technique


Kids Corner


Although in contemporary times sand painting is not used to request healing from the gods, it can be said that the act of painting with sand is a relaxing and inwardly healing process. Watching the sand grains gracefully interact with the ground or canvas, watching the colours intermix to create a wide spectrum of new hues, and seeing the final product come alive once the sand has settled – is nothing short of a therapeutic process which can be utilized daily in our busy lives. Beyond its calming effect, sand painting is truly unique in its ability to never repeat itself twice. To experience a digital version of sand art and enjoy its soothing effect, follow this link and watch the vivid colours interact every so elegantly.


Happy Birthday To You…


We wish our current and past June Birthday Students 


Asmaa A, Skylar A, Avery B, Sara B, Gillian B, Laurel B, Rieley C, Minjin C, Sydney C, Brynne C, Olivia F, Jordyn F, Hayden F, Veronica G, Sophia G, Jalen H, Theresa H, Asmaa H, Ashley H, Alena I, Kathryn I, Emily K, Anna L, Justin L, Lily L, Alena M, Emma M, Kalina M, Mark M, Kassidy M, Elliot M, Liza O, Evelyn R, Jackelyn R, Katelyn S, Elly S, Chloe T, Jordyn T, Keria W.G, Stephen W, Emily W, Emma W, Sarah W, Tianna Y  (and anyone else we may have missed)


                                                   a very happy month

Quote of the Month


“Be still and the earth will speak to you.”
                                                              Navajo Proverb


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