Students and Friends,
While April had more
than just showers in store for us, we are certain that May will
indeed bring with it bright colours and lively flowers! We are
so very grateful for all new and returning students whose love
for the arts breathe life into all that is created in our
amidst. With seven weeks remaining in our Spring Term, those who
still wish to give art classes a try - please know that you can
still join our Spring Term Art
Classes (where space is available) at a pro-rated fee.
Call 519.471.4278 for more details.
A Glance in Advance –
*We are gearing up
towards our End-of-Term Art Show scheduled for Sunday,
June 16th, 2-5pm.
With works ranging from spring flowers, to Art Nouveau
monograms, Degas’ graceful dancers, Monet’s water lilies, along
with a vast array of silk paintings, clay sculptures, plaster
masks, and much, much more. We hope you are able to save the
date and join us as we celebrate our students’ accomplishments
filling up fast! This year we are offering a variety of Half-Day
& Full-Day programs, including Visual Arts, Creative Writing, 3D
Sculpting, and Storyboarding as camp options. With only six
weeks to choose from, we are bound to have a high turnout and an
incredible level of artistry flowing through the studio. To
reserve a spot in one of our Summer
Camps visit us online.
our upcoming Fall Term Art Classes will begin soon. Sign
up before June 15th and save $10 off your Fall Term
fees. Since registration is open to all (new, returning, and
current students), we are unable to save spots without a deposit
payment. For information or registration call
us or check our website.
As a way to thank our current students for the incredible
word-of-mouth support, we offer a referral credit to those who
refer friends to us.
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The ArtVenture Team
The works of Alex Janvier
Alex Janvier and two of his works - "Lubicon" (left) and
"Morning Star" (centre)
Alex Janvier is one of Canada’s most acclaimed contemporary
artists. His unique and authentic style is a combination of
Indigenous and modern art the likes of which is not seen
anywhere else in the world. Universal in appeal, his
paintings reference Indigenous culture and history, as well
as his own outlook on life. As
a member of the commonly referred to "Indian Group of
Seven", Janvier is a pioneer of contemporary Canadian
Aboriginal art in Canada. Using a rich visual language
marked by colors, symbols and calligraphic lines, Janvier
evokes various elements of the Land such as landscapes,
natural events, animals and so forth, in a way that conveys
immediate emotions. His unique creative style has been
inspired by cultural and spiritual elements from his Dene
heritage and the forces of nature that surround us. Also
influencing his abstract techniques were European
modernists, such as Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee and Joan
Miro. For over 50 years, Janvier has devoted himself to the
development of Indigenous art as an artist, activist,
educator and government consultant. Celebrated and honoured
on many occasions, in 2002, Janvier received a National
Aboriginal Achievement Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award
and he was made a Member of the Order of Canada in 2007.
Currently, Janvier with his family run the Janvier Gallery
in Cold Lake, Alberta.
Like Janvier, our adult students created a composition
representing a circle of life. From personal stories of
representational imagery to pure abstraction, using symbols
and dancing lines, students were inspired by the way in
which Indigenous culture used visual language to convey
emotions. They created their composition on canvas using
acrylic paint as their media.
Adult students' works inspired by the works and style of
Janvier’s art was effective in conveying Indigenous content
within a circular composition. This style of art is often
referred to as Mandala Art, which derives its name from the
Sanskrit word for circle. Mandalas are considered sacred in
Tibetan Buddhism and are used in religious rituals. During
meditation, the artist is thought to mentally enter the center
of the Mandala where they are guided through the universe to
discover new knowledge. Designing your own Mandala can be
relaxing and energizing all at once. We hope you enjoy this
as you delve into the journey of artistic meditation.
Happy Birthday To You…
We wish our current and past
May Birthday Students
Sophie A, Katia A, Abigail A, Hamza A-S, Shalev A, Leo B, Evelyn
B, Laurel B, Evey B, Madeline C, Owen C, Ewan D, Stephanie D,
Annica D, Hannah D, Ben F, Clarie G, Adalyn G, Karine G,
Isabella G, Lila H, Sissy H, Jennah H, Jiani H, Emily H, Alannah
H, Jordan H, Georgia J, Amalia K, Dana K, Scarlet L, Yvonne L,
Tori L, Cecelia L, Tam L, Celine M, Lorenza M, Maddy M, Lauren
M, Laura-Lee M, Olivia M, Claire P, Emma R, Natalie R, Verity
R, Margarita R, Mackenzie R, Scarlett S, Brianne S, Ella T,
Joshua T, Sydney T, Ahrielle T, Alaira U, Samantha V-G, Ethan W,
Faye W, Maggie W, Raina W, Sophia X, Emily Z, Amy Z. (and others
we may have forgotten) a very happy month !!
“Art truly is a universal language that
can communicate any idea, any feeling, of anyone, regardless of
their social standing, their religious beliefs or the language
ArtVenture Art Studio
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