In this virtual course, we will use our surroundings as inspiration, drawing from the objects that exist around us that can be found in our bedroom, fridge, living room and more! Ranging from objects that represent you to objects that present interesting shapes, lines, colour and patterns, each week students will explore a new object and art fundamental. Through the use of various drawing media and exploring different drawing techniques, students will create pieces that showcase the art of drawing. This will exercise our creative minds and our ability to translate what we see and feel on our page. Over the span of ten weeks, students will be guided through exercise, receiving individual attention from the instructor as well as collective learning with their peers.
Variety of drawing materials (Markers, pencil crayons, crayons/ oil pastels)
A meaningful object (Favourite toy, plant, stone, object)
Black sharpie or marker
Pencil sharpener and eraser
Chalk pastels or conte
Pad of Mixed media paper
Q-tips or smudge stick
To participate in one of our virtual classes, you will require the following: A computer (laptop or desktop, with an internal microphone and camera) OR a newer model iPad, Tablet, iPhone or Smart Phone. Please make sure that you have hands-free capability, using a stand or tripod A stable WIFI connection The Zoom application (free when you sign up) Materials for the class that you registered for (see individual material lists provided for each class) A quiet work area for creating and participating in your class
More details found here: https://avenueroadartsschool.com/online-policies/#neededonline
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.
“The teacher is excellent with the children, explaining and illustrating different techniques or concepts, and always ensuring that everyone feels included with showing their artwork (even when they are deep in the process - too deep to chat)! My daughter not only enjoys but I see her learning." - Carla Faraido