Studio Process Advancement

January 23, 2014 § Leave a comment


Are you an experienced artist or a visual arts graduate? This new program may be just the thing to get your artistic practice moving in a new and exciting direction. Haliburton Campus’s Studio Process Advancement post-graduate program is designed for emerging artists, fine arts grads and established practitioners. It provides a unique opportunity to re-examine and further develop work with the guidance of a team of professional faculty.

timberworkStudio Process Advancement is a four-month program starting this May.  Students will develop and complete one or more bodies of work for the purpose of advancing their individual art practice.


Unlike other post- secondary programs that focus on particular studio skills, or theoretical ideologies, this graduate certificate combines material practice with personal direction. In addition to developing your artistic abilities and vision, you will gain critical and evaluative skills along with an insight into career goals.

You will be immersed in a supportive and inspiring environment during individual and group critiques, guest lectures, exhibitions and gallery visits. You will receive guidance in the development of your work, portfolios, documents and submission processes for grants, exhibition preparation and applications to other institutions for advanced study programs.

During the final stages of the program, you will present your current body of work during an artist talk, along with a set of artist documents and a final portfolio.


Surround yourself with creative, motivated instructors and students. Improve your practice at Haliburton School of The Arts. For more information, contact:

Sandra Dupret, 1-866-353-6464 ext.6708



Integrated Design Diploma

January 9, 2014 § Leave a comment

pullup The Integrated Design Diploma program, starting September 2014, is not like other design programs. Well, let’s face it…everything we do here is a little bit different. And this program is no exception. Integrated Design is our most innovative option yet!

This one-of-a-kind experience will provide students with fundamental design skills and the critical thinking needed to become successful designers in the 21st century. Integrated Design takes a hands-on approach to material culture, sustainability and fine craftsmanship.


glassThe first two semesters will be broken down into five categories:

Dream, Experiment, Collaborate, Communicate, and Apply.

Students will analyze the unconscious mind, work with metal, glass and clay, focus on sustainability, study typography and become versed in several software applications – and that’s only a portion of the material offered in this intensive program!

phpThumb_generated_thumbnailjpgThe third and final semester is a “choose your own adventure”. Students will apply their learning to a hands-on certificate specializing in Artist Blacksmith, Ceramics, Fibre Arts, Glassblowing, Jewellery Essentials, Painting & Drawing, Photo Arts, Sculpture, or Sustainable Building.

mugsThe Integrated Design Diploma program will not only give students a foundation in Design, but it will connect them with their own identity through conceptual exercises meant to tap into their dreams, desires and visions for a sustainable future. Students will experiment to find new ways of working, and to develop their own unique design processes.

Start in September and transform your future!

SirSandfordFleming_1Haliburton School of Experimental Art + Design… We’ll Get You in the Right HEAD Space

For more information:  or contact           1.866.353.6464 ext. 6708

Student Art Exhibition Fall 2013

December 16, 2013 § Leave a comment

This past Saturday, students from the Artist Blacksmithing, Fibre Arts, Visual Arts Fundamentals: Drawing and Painting, Photo Arts and Ceramics Certificates participated in the biannual Art Exhibition (formerly the Student Show & Sale.) There was so much talent and hardwork on display – congratulations to all of our students!

DIY Holiday Decorations

December 3, 2013 § Leave a comment


Birch bark makes beautiful cards, tree decorations and gift tags.  Just a few tips before you start your project:

  • Collect birch bark from fallen trees only.
  • Soaking in water and flattening the bark under a rock for a few days will get the curl out.
  • Cut birch bark into small shapes with scissors.
  • Use twine to hang your decorations, in keeping with a rustic look.
  • A wood-burning tool is great for writing your greetings and outlining your design (but a sharpie does the job, too!)
  • Paint with acrylics or colour with markers.
  • Happy Holidays!

reindeer      Santa Bear

Santa Owl      angel

Art Helps us Remember

November 11, 2013 § Leave a comment

100 years ago, Canada was on the brink of the Great War.  Raging on European battlefields from 1914 to 1918, the First World War took the lives of more than 66,000 Canadian soldiers. Out of the horror of the trenches, however, came inspiration for many artists.  The most prominent art project is the monument at Vimy Ridge in France.  Designed by Canadian sculptor and architect Walter Seymour Allward, it took eleven years to build.

woman     The towering pylons and sculptured figures contain almost 6,000 tonnes of limestone. The largest piece in the monument is a cloaked figure of a mourning woman, standing at the front.  She represents Canada—a young nation mourning her dead.




There were also artists among the soldiers who huddled in the caves of France, waiting to be called to battle.  The fragile images that they carved in the chalk walls serve as a reminder that these young Canadians, many of them still teenagers, were proud of their country.

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Finally, artists across Canada created memorials like the bronze sculpture in downtown Haliburton.

Haliburton memorial

This Remembrance Day, think about the importance of art and the part it plays in depicting history, memorializing those who served their country, and reflecting social change.


Ode of Remembrance

They went with songs to the battle, they were young.

Straight of limb, true of eyes, steady and aglow.

They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted,

They fell with their faces to the foe.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:

Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.

At the going down of the sun and in the morning,

We will remember them


They mingle not with their laughing comrades again;

They sit no more at familiar tables of home;

They have no lot in our labour of the day-time;

They sleep beyond England’s foam

Graduate Profile – Susan Hay

October 2, 2013 § Leave a comment


Susan Hay, HSTA graduate, is a regular exhibitor in the Haliburton Arts Community. She is inspired by the tranquil, natural wilderness found by her Portage Lake cottage, and along the shorelines of Ontario .  She is also well known in Huron County where her paintings are displayed in several spaces. If you haven’t had a chance to see her work, stop into the Ethel Curry Gallery before October 15th to see her solo show!

Tell us about life after graduating from Haliburton School of The Arts! What did you learn from the Drawing and Painting Certificate program that has stayed with you during your current practice?

Since graduating, I have continued to paint mostly landscapes, implementing what I learned in the course.  The most important lesson I took away from the HSTA VAF course was a three word message that Rod Prouse wrote on my easel support:  “make it dynamic”.  I have been emphasizing and simplifying shapes, exaggerating colours, modifying textures and building my own canvases.


When I got home after the VAF course, I summarized what I had learned on paper after looking through my sketchbooks and my notes and then wrote this in point form on my blackboard in my studio.  I look at it from time to time to remind myself of various opportunities that I might have overlooked when creating a piece.  I have worked steadily over the past couple of years to produce a large body of work from which I could choose the best pieces for my shows at the Blyth Centre for the Arts in August and also the Ethel Curry Gallery this fall.  I have also been on the Tour de Forest for three years.  I have applied for Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance Grants and have gratefully received grants for each of my shows.  I have been building my resume, keeping my website updated and looking for ways to “get my work out there”.


How do you choose the settings for your Haliburton landscape paintings? Do you have any favourite spots in the county?

I have a large file of photos that I have taken over the past 15 years in Haliburton while paddling a canoe with my husband or walking along cottage roads in the fall or visiting Ritchie Falls or the Wildwater Reserve in Minden.

halliburton-lake-roadYou currently have a very successful show on at the Ethel Curry Gallery in town. Is there any advice that you’d like to give other artists/artisans about pursuing a career in Haliburton County?

I’d say  work hard in your medium until you’ve got a significant body of work and then work hard on marketing and promotion.  “Make hay while the sun shines!”


If you’d like to see more of Susan’s work, check out her website at, or consider purchasing a painting at !

Interactive Art History

September 20, 2013 § Leave a comment

If you get a chance to take a stroll through the sculpture forest this week, see if you can spot the Land Art installations constructed by our VCAD students. The project is a part of their Art History class. It looks like the days of lecture-style lessons are over!

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