Studio Process Advancement

January 23, 2014 § Leave a comment

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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.

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

Sandra Dupret, sandra.dupret@flemingcollege.ca 1-866-353-6464 ext.6708

 

 

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Calling All Metal and Glass Sculptors!

May 4, 2012 § Leave a comment

Are you ready for the UEFA Cup?

Heineken is looking to create some aluminum can art for an upcoming event on May 19th. They were told that HSTA is a great place to start looking for some talent…

They’re looking for two idea submissions as soon as possible, to be created in time for the 19th of May for an upcoming Heineken UEFA (world cup soccer) screening party in Toronto. Art must reflect Heineken and/or soccer imagery. Materials will mainly be cans or bottles and will be provided by us. Other materials are acceptable as long as the main component is Heineken cans or bottles.

 

You will be paid for your work! Interested parties should submit ideas to matt.mcguinness@molsoncoors.com as soon as possible!

 

If anyone is interested they must be of legal drinking age, 19+.

Call for Nature Artists!

May 4, 2012 § 1 Comment

Ducks Unlimited Canada is accepting portfolio submissions of artwork. The deadline is July 13th, 2012.

Click on the pdf link for more information, ducks unlimited,

and read the letter below!

Art & Spirituality – Guest Lecture

April 26, 2012 § 1 Comment

Abbess Khenmo Nyima Drolma will be offering an insightful slide lecture on the healing and dying rituals of diverse cultures, through their art.

The lecture will be held, Thurs May 17th, from 7pm – 9pm at Fleming College and is open to anyone free of charge.

For more information, please see the attached PDF file. Presentation – Artistic Doorways FINAL II

Artist of the Week – Alec Morrison

April 12, 2012 § Leave a comment

Alec Morrison

How do you define achievement?

Is it by grabbing the nearest yardstick? Collecting the most “Likes” on facebook? Perhaps graduating Magna cum laude from Harvard?

How about the moment when you actually hear someone else call you an artist? That is what it took for this week’s artist, Alec Morrison, to finally title himself “artist”.

Raised in the bilingual – English & French – and multi-cultural town of Haileybury, Morrison was introduced to both French-Canadian and Native American influences at a very young age. Born and raised in this picturesque area just north of the Temagami, he grew up with a profound appreciation for hand-made and hand-crafted goods.

His colourful musical career began early as well. From the tender age of seven he has played piano; a few years later, at age thirteen, he picked up his first guitar. His upbringing consisted primarily of Blues music, but with the advent of his budding guitar talents, his tastes shifted to punk bands like the Sex Pistols, NoFX, and Operation Ivy.

“Nowadays,” he admits, “I’ve moved into an extremely eclectic mix of stuff, and also Celtic rhythms.” As an afterthought he adds, “And also old country music.” He smiles at his own taste. (For a taste of his music, head here => http://itunes.apple.com/au/album/already-been-where-i-was-goin…/id442130024 )

The ushering-in of the new millenium not only marked an important calendar-change, but also a turning point for Morrison’s own path: he left high school to play in the punk band Bayl out of London, Ontario. When the band broke up, his itchy feet took him to the western reaches of the country where he spent nearly four years off and on, moving between Port Alberni, B.C. and Canmore, Banff, and Calgary, Alberta. “The mountains are beautiful,” recalls Morrison, “and the river water is a crazy hue of blue. [My] first time there, I kept looking over my shoulder to look at the view of the mountains. It was a great vibe.”

Unfortunately, during his adventures out West, Alec’s mental health broke down and he was diagnosed as bi-polar. Unstable for a long period of time, paranoid and delusional, it was some time before he got help. Admitted to the psychiatric ward, Morrison came to terms with his illness and was released, only to be institutionalized again several months later. He spent close to four years in and out of mental health care facilities as he grappled with his own demons.

“Manias are incredibly dangerous – if severe enough – it’s an incredibly complicated, and underrated, sometimes ignored, illness… I’ve gotten to a point where I can manage it, thankfully… and I can reflect on the experience, and create with that energy. But it’s a forever kind of thing, I have lots of people helping me.”

Morrison proudly shares that he’s been both healthy and stable now for seven years; a milestone for anyone who spent more than half that time in and out of hospitals.

But it wasn’t until after this point in Alec’s life that he developed an interest in visual art. During a search for an artist capable of drawing a loon for a tattoo, he came across renown Native Artist Hugh Mackenzie of Bear Island. During the five months of lessons, he learned a great variety of techniques from stencil to sponge, but most importantly he learned a great deal about life.

With a renewed passion in music and art, he started the band Crank Radio in 2005, which lasted up until 2009. His interest in blacksmithing grew out of his drive for self-sufficiency. Intent on pursuing a craft that he could work on during the day when not making music, Morrison was first intrigued by the concept that he could create his own tools with nothing but a hammer, tongs, anvil and forge fire. That Christmas, he asked for a couple of books on blacksmithing. The pages of these books did nothing but whet his whistle, and, rather than sating his curiosity, served only to pique it. “I got into the subject really deep. I found the science behind metallurgy fascinating and the method too…” he tells us. “A couple years after that, my dad told me that a course was being offered at Fleming, so I enrolled.”  Nearly through the course, he was forced to withdraw due to a health scare. “Unfortunately, my health wasn’t great, and I missed a lot of school; I might try it a second time in the future.” Lucky for us, he stayed in the program long enough to create some beautiful works of art.

This year, he has returned to the Haliburton School of The Arts and is hacking, pouring, carving, sanding, and molding his way through the Sculpture course. And enjoying every minute of it.

“It was only a couple of months ago that I realized I was an artist. I asked my girlfriend what she told people I did for a living, and she said “that you’re an artist”.” Calling himself an artist offers him the freedom to be his own boss and to constantly create whether writing poetry, sculpting in plaster, or shaping hot metal with a hammer…

His parting random fact was admitting that he wears kilts. “It’s a Scottish heritage thing, and if Ashley MacIsaac can get away with it, so can I. The way I see it is: if you can’t wear a kilt at a punk show in Canada, then the terrorists have already won.” He offers up a brief chuckle. But the kilt stays on…

Make sure you come to HSTA’s I Made It! Spring Show ‘n Sale. Alec has graciously offered to provide musical entertainment: Saturday, April 21st, 10am – 2pm at the Haliburton Campus.

To visit Alec Morrison’s own blog, go to www.morrisonalec.wordpress.com or to get in touch with him (he’s not without a sense of humour), send him an email at buymystuff@morrisonalec.ca

To view his mini-documentary titled “Already Been Where I Was Going”, filmed at the old North Bay Psychiatric Hospital, go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4vNRluaMOv0&feature=related

For more information on mental health, visit http://www.cmha.ca/bins/index.asp

If you liked Alec’s wonderful pieces, check out some of these other amazing sculptural artists: Brittney Howe, Sandra Dunn, Susan Watson Ellis

To learn more about any of the programs at the Haliburton School of The Arts, please go to www.hsta.ca

Artist of the Week – Natasha Torunsky

April 3, 2012 § Leave a comment

Natasha Torunsky Photography

There’s no denying that this week’s Artist of the Week, Natasha Torunsky, is a powerhouse packed into a tiny frame. Her petite figure, however, is no reflection of her exuberant energy and optimistic outlook; both of which she brings in copious amounts into her studio.

Never having taken photography in high school – only visual art – she had lucked out with a part-time job at Black’s. Wanting to gain more exposure and knowledge about photography, she came to the Haliburton School of The Arts. “It’s remote and surrounded by forest, which makes it nice and peaceful,” she explains, “I adore the location.”

Specializing in weddings, engagements, family portraits, model portfolios and maternity shots, Natasha also likes to explore nature. She reveals that she’s a bit of a fair-weather sailor though, and shoots outside primarily only in the summer.

She has a remarkable ability to bring out the best in her client’s portraits. Better still, she succeeds in capturing the innate beauty of her subjects. Her distinct knack for exposing the real smiles – not the frigid, frozen poses of department store portraits – sets her work apart.

“I’ve always enjoyed snapping pictures ever since I can remember. It’s rewarding to be there on someone’s special day, knowing I’ve captured the moment – or moments – for a lifetime.”

Her business, Natasha Torunsky Photography, has been running since 2008 and has been gaining ground ever since. To see more of her work, please visit her site at www.wix.com/natasha_torunsky/natasha

Natasha can be contacted via phone at 705-344-3955 or by email at Natasha_torunsky@hotmail.com

PROCESS 29 – Pictures of the Main Event

March 30, 2012 § Leave a comment

Here are the pictures you’ve all been waiting for.

Browse around and enjoy!

If you haven’t been to see the show for yourself yet, make sure you go soon! It wraps on March 31st!

Check it out for yourself at the Rail’s End Gallery, in Haliburton, ON.

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