Hands on Learning
In February/March 2018, high school students gathered for a free workshop series guided by Fine Arts program graduates, Dawne Johnson and Matthew O’Riley. The participants practiced with acrylic painting in layers, plein air drawing, dry point etching, watercolour painting, and screen printing. Their work was displayed at the Baggage Building Arts Centre. Students came from Westgate Collegiate & Vocational Institute, St. Patrick High School, École Secondaire Catholique De La Vérendrye, and Superior Collegiate and Vocational Institute. The two-month series was generously supported by the Thunder Bay Community Foundation.
The ‘Cartists’ project was simply great fun. Youth came together to paint a car under the guidance of artists John Swartwout and Vivian Wood-Alexander. The car became the centrepiece in the front landscape at Willow Springs Creative Centre in rural Thunder Bay. The project was part of Arts Access, a three-year community arts initiative shared among galleries in Toronto, Brantford/Six Nations, Kitchener-Waterloo, and Thunder Bay.
Opportunities for Senior High School Students
Working as part of our Education team, a high school Co-op placement is a great way to learn more about art, art supplies and how art experiences are planned. Students help set up workshops and maintain the supply room. They also observe what happens behind-the-scenes with the installation of exhibitions, discovering the many roles the staff fulfill at an Art Gallery. Some students continue with part-time work after their placement.
Interested in doing a placement with us?