This is for the young artist who wishes to expand their knowledge and artistic vocabulary of drawing what they see, feel and think through drawing and painting. While taking art fundamentals and practices, each week students will engage with new processes and elements to channel their inner creativity into thoughtful and expressive compositions. Exploring various subject matter and artistic materials, students will gain an understanding of how to use tools and pigments to create visual and emotional effects in art making. While learning from artists throughout history, the world around us, as well as exploring new and creative methods, students will be guided through prompted projects, receive one to one tuition with the instructor as well as learn from their peers in the art of creating.
For this in-person course, Avenue Road Arts School will provide all necessary materials for all student projects.
Avenue Road Arts School works in compliance with COVID-19 health and safety requirements. Although masks are not mandated at this time, we strongly encourage students to wear a mask in situations where social distancing becomes not possible.
To enter the building of The Centre for Social Innovation at 720 Bathurst Street, Toronto, ON M5S 2R4, you will be provided with a key code in the case that building’s front door is locked. This information will be provided to you closer to the start date of the course.
Pete Smith is an artist and writer who lives in Bowmanville, Ontario. His recent image based work explores the collective anxiety around environmental change. Smith has exhibited his work extensively since completing his BFA from York University in 1998 and his MFA from the University of Guelph in 2007. Recent solo exhibitions include: Winter Kept Us Warm at the Toronto Public Library (Leaside), NOANOA at St. Johnsbury Academy on Jeju Island in the Republic of Korea (2018), Habitat at the Oshawa Center (in Conjunction with the Robert McLaughlin Gallery in 2018), Open Letter at Bowmanville Town Hall (2017), Southern Pastoral at No Foundation, Toronto (2017), Postscript at the Robert McLaughlin Gallery in Oshawa (2015), New Frontier at Kelowna Art Gallery (2015), Initial Public Offering at Station Gallery in Whitby (2013), New Drawings at Colorida Exposicoes in Lisbon, Portugal (2012) and Proverbs for Paranoids at Elissa Cristall Gallery, Vancouver (2010). His work is included in numerous private and public collections in Canada and abroad including TD Bank, The Colart Collection, Imago Mundi (Italy), The Robert McLaughlin Gallery and The Art Gallery or Guelph. His writings on art have frequently appeared in Canadian Art and Border Crossings magazines. Smith has held teaching positions at Western University, the University of Guelph, and the University of Toronto. He is a lecturer in the Department of Drawing and Painting at OCAD University, and has taught at the Avenue Road Art School since 2012. Visit www.petesmith.ca.