Federation Retreat 2019

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For Immediate Release
Name of Press Contact: Helen Duckworth

Date: 13/12/2018        Phone: 604-681-2744             Email: education@artists.ca

Federation of Canadian Artists Announces 2019 Artists’ Retreat

  • The Federation of Canadian Artists are now taking bookings for their 2019 Retreat
  • Held at the Marine Sciences Centre in beautiful Bamfield, British Columbia
  • This six-day retreat, held between September 3rd – 8th, is led by Master Artist Instructors Brent Lynch, Charlie Easton and Sue Cowan

Vancouver, British Columbia – The life of an artist can be a solitary one, with hours hauled up in a studio, or spent balancing the line between “the day job” and your artistic pursuits. The Federation of Canadian Artists (FCA), Canada’s largest member-driven, non-profit arts organization, realizes that the plight of the artist is one best not tackled alone.

“Artists have always needed a community”, says FCA Education Coordinator Helen Duckworth, “A support network of peers where they can collaboratively create, critique and converse”.

The Federation’s artist retreats aim to foster just such a sense of community, through an annual gathering of artists in beautiful Canadian settings, sharing meals, enjoying activities together and painting en plein air under the guidance of Master Artist instructors who help them improve and develop upon their practice.

The 2019 instructors include Brent Lynch, Charlie Easton and Sue Cowan. Each instructor specializes in plein air painting and boasts an impressive resume of both teaching and exhibition experience.

The benefits of painter’s retreats are not to be dismissed. Painters have been adventuring on painting excursions together since before the days of the Group of Seven. “Spending a few days with fellow artists in nature makes us better and more inventive painters”, attests Lynch.

If you are looking to improve your artistic practice, while meeting like-minded peers and exploring one of the most stunning painting locations B.C has to offer, register for your place at www.fcaretreat.ca

Federation of Canadian Artists – Society #: S – 0006048 – Charity #: 11891 3920 RT0001

Founded in 1941 by members of the Group of Seven, the Federation of Canadian Artists is Canada’s largest member-driven, non-profit arts organization. With 2,500 artist members across BC and Alberta, the Federation provides educational, networking and exhibition opportunities to support artists in their development and make the visual arts more accessible to all Canadians. Learn more at http://www.artists.ca

Bateman Foundation – Artist Employment Opportunity

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BFnaturesketch logo 72DPIContract position for Nature Sketch artist/instructor

The Bateman Foundation, a national public charity, inspires a lasting relationship with nature through the lens of art, and is currently one of the only non-profits in Canada primarily using artwork to promote a connection to nature and the environment.

The Nature Sketch Club is an outdoor nature program for kids & adults that focuses on sketching and observing wildlife habitats in unique ecosystems. Guided by a sketch artist and a naturalist, this program encourages participants to connect to natural environments in their local community using a pencil and a sketchbook. We have a Junior Nature Sketch program for ages 5-12 as well as an Adult Nature Sketch program for ages 18+.  For more information please visit http://www.naturesketch.org

POSITION OVERVIEW

We are very excited to be launching our Nature Sketch program Nationwide and are looking for an enthusiastic, multi-skilled and passionate professional to join our team. The class will run on Saturdays, once per week for 7 weeks out in nature + final student art exhibition. Each class will be 2.5 hrs per week (Jr in the am & Adult in the pm) running from April to June.  We are looking for a nature/sketch artist, who has experience working with children of all ages as well as adults.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Find a naturalist(s) in the area to aid in the program facilitation
  • Working with a naturalist to scout out locations for weekly activities
  • Communicate with parents & students
  • Marketing the class locally in any publication that is free of charge, market to schools & nature groups in the area to promote the program, local social media, etc.
  • Facilitate the entire program

REQUIRED SKILLS/TRAINING:

  • Familiarity with natural habitats & eco-systems
  • Artistic experience working in pencil with a focus on nature/wildlife drawing (please submit relevant artwork images)
  • Clean criminal record and vulnerable sector check
  • Experience working with/instructing children
  • Experience teaching art to children is preferred
  • Strong verbal & visual communications skills
  • Valid driver’s license & own transportation
  • Available to teach on Saturdays throughout the session
  • Ability to network, promote & market the program within the local area
  • First aid & CPR training
  • WCB coverage, if required

If you are all of the above – we want to hear from you! Interested candidates please send a cover letter, resume and portfolio to learning@batemancentre.org  Thank you.