May 9, 2012 § Leave a comment
Growing up, art has always been an integral part of Matthew’s life – that and dreams of one day playing professional baseball. During his early teens Matthew spent his summers on house league and competitive teams, but as it started to get more serious, the fun seemed to slip away. The fun from drawing all his favorite comic book characters, however, never did. Although making millions of dollars batting a ball around was attractive, playing with pencils and paints seemed to take precedence.
Was it the right choice? Probably.
After attending an arts high school Matthew Mancini went on to study in the fine arts program at the Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto. However, after his first trip to Italy, it became clear that traditional figurative and landscape work was something he wanted to explore. OCAD leaned more towards the conceptual and abstract aspect of art which did not appeal to him.
Upon his return, he left OCAD after completing two years to pursue a more classical realist approach that led him on a six-year study at a private atelier in Toronto of the techniques used in the 19th Century ateliers of Paris, France; those of which are based on trade secrets handed down since the Renaissance. Much of his work seeks to return to the archival craftsmanship of the old masters, as well as the humanist principles found throughout past movements of art. Most influential to his work are the paintings of John Singer Sargent, Joachim Sorolla, Zorn, Ilya Repin, Kramskoi, Rembrandt, Monet, and Annigoni to name a few, where the techniques of each combine to find their way into his own paintings.
Having a foremost interest in portraiture, landscape painting has become increasingly of interest. With Matthew’s spouse getting work in Minden, Ontario, in 2011, the move has given him ample opportunity and inspiration that Toronto can’t offer in the same way. The Canadian landscape is some of the best in the world and with formal portrait paintings taking anywhere from 1 to 3 months, the immediacy of landscape painting is quite satisfying. Becoming part of the Fleming College community in the fall of 2011 has been a great experience for Mancini as well, teaching workshop courses, and soon to be joining the talented roster of the Visual Arts Fundamentals: Drawing and Painting instructors.
This summer he will be attending ‘Art in Action’ in London, England: an annual event in which artists set up their studio and work while onlookers interact with them. Artists travel from across the UK and, in celebration of Queen Elizabeth’s diamond jubilee, from commonwealth countries, as well. This event attracts more than 25,000 visitors over four days, and Matthew will have the honor of representing Canada.
Matthew’s days are spent learning, painting and teaching, as well as preparing works for upcoming events.
He can be reached via his website at http://www.matthewmanciniart.com/
Matt will be teaching summer art courses at HSTA, as well as courses at the Peterborough campus in the fall:
Painting – Design & Composition, July 9-13
Figure in the Landscape, Aug 13-17
Portraiture Workshop, Oct 27th, 9am – 5pm, Peterborough Campus
For more information on the courses including course descriptions, please go to http://flemingcollege.ca/school/haliburton-school-of-the-arts#course-calendar
May 15, 2011 § Leave a comment
The May issue of Muskoka Magazine features recent alumnus, Joy McCormack. Joy attend the Drawing & Painting Program in fall of 2010. She has promoted HSTA’s programs since the moment she walked through our doors through conversations with others, presenting her experience at Huntsville Rotary, and now in her recent coverage in Muskoka mag.
May 10, 2011 § Leave a comment
Congratulations to our Sustainable Building Design Team!
The 2010 project, a Habitat for Humanity home built in Peterborough, has won “Affordable Home of the Year” at the Inaugural Home Sweet Home Competition presented by Ontario Green Spec.
The Home was nominated by Habitat for Humanity Peterborough and District for its innovative partnership that built a healthy, efficient, green and affordable home, incorporating local student talent from Fleming College’s Sustainable Building and Design Construction program.
This home included:
– low flow everything;
– rain barrels;
– minimal construction waste;
– providing bike storage and transit access;
– a host of local Ontario products;
– R35 structurally insulated straw-bale panels;
– solar hot water;
– radiant in-floor heating;
– an HRV and condensing furnace;
– targeting LEED Platinum;
– all for only $210,000.
On top of the outstanding ecological and economic accomplishments, this project also earned high social merits thanks to the student involvement through Fleming College.
What the Judges Liked: Everything! While this home was acclaimed in this category, it is an exquisite example of what is desirable and possible in the field of green affordable housing. A family was provided with a quality, healthy, efficient home while the students gained valuable hands-on research and construction skills in how to make affordable housing ‘green’ and ‘green’ housing affordable.
For more information on the Competition and HSTA’s win visit here.
For more information about the Sustainable Building Design and Construction program visit here.
March 2, 2011 § Leave a comment
Visual and Creative Arts Diploma Class Exhibition
March 9 to March 24, 2011
When you attend this show, you are along for the ride on a journey that has just begun for these artists. “THIS” provides some insight into the progressive nature of student work, that is at turns playful, pensive and sometimes pretty darned hard to get a handle on, and that’s ok! It is through experiments, concept development and creative risk taking that students develop their artistic voice. By intention, no finished work is shown. This is the third year in a row the Rails End has presented a peek at the inner world of VCAD.
Meet the Artists at a Reception Wednesday March 9 from 4:30 – 6 pm.
January 6, 2011 § Leave a comment
Fleming College – Winter/Spring Continuing Education Courses are now available for registration. The Haliburton Campus has a select offering of courses in language, dance, computers, hospitality, safety (First Aid, CPR), and the Ontario building codes. As well, Haliburton offers a smattering of interesting and educational workshops such as wild edibles foraging and wilderness survival.
December 17, 2010 § Leave a comment
Sneak a peek! It’s like an early gift…
We’re not quite finished but we wanted you to see the work in progress. The 2011 Haliburton School of The Arts summer program is shaping up beautifully with perennial favourites and exciting new additions.
From Aboriginal Art Explorations to Zentangle, with Shoe Making, Iron & Glass Collaborations, Metal Casting, Kilt Making, Educating Through Arts, Image Transfer on Clay, an Etsy Workshop, Home Decorating & Make Over, Upcycled Linens & Fabrics, Blogging & Social Media, and so much more in between.
The final schedule will be ready mid-February and registration will begin March.
We’d love to have you with us!