Bateman Foundation – Artist Employment Opportunity

Interest Pieces, Sharing knowledge, Special Announcement, Special Features / Articles, Uncategorized

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.

Art Avenue Magazine – Submission Guidelines

Calls for Submissions FCA, Special Announcement, Special Features / Articles

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Art Avenue is the Federation of Canadian Artists’ membership magazine, published six times per year. Included in the price of a membership, it features a variety of content including visual galleries of recent Federation exhibitions, upcoming submission and exhibtion information, articles from our membership on styles and technique, event dates and important FCA announcements, and regular features exploring artist studios and works. The editorial team is always on the lookout for new content, or suggestions for new features…

Drawing the Human Form

Classes & Workshops, Special Features / Articles

By Mark Anthony

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I often tell my students that I was born 100 years too late.  I loved the romance of the old world of Europe since I was a boy.  My colleagues tell me, ‘more like 400 years too late.’  Oh well.  I do play modern music while I work.  Edith Piaf, Nat King Cole, for instance.  It keeps me from whistling…  I still have this burning desire to understand how great forefathers of representational art created such powerful, gestural, poetic works with the simplest of hand-made tools.  How did they know how to exploit every trick in the book to express dramatic human form and movement without our current resource of hundreds of years of examples to draw (pun intended) from.

Ten Squared – Press Release

FCA Exhibitions, FCA Head Office News, Special Announcement, Special Events, Special Features / Articles

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TEN SQUARED
The affordable way to start or add to your art collection.

Vancouver, BC: Between November 10 – 22, 2015, the Federation of Canadian Artists (FCA) on Granville Island will give both avid art collectors and new-to-the-market types, a rare opportunity to purchase fine art originals for the affordable price of $150*.

“Ten Squared” features over 150 artworks all sized 10” x 10” made by FCA member and non-member artists from both Canada and abroad. Artworks feature a variety of subject matter, mediums and styles. There are no reproductions and no giclée here, only raw pigment, brushstrokes, blood, sweat and tears.

A portion of all art sales from “Ten Squared” will assist the FCA as a non-profit charity in continuing to provide and improve the services and programming they offer to emerging artists, established artists and the public. These include educational and exhibition opportunities, networking events, professional development courses, free family holiday activities, annual international art competitions, and free entry year-round to between 18 – 20 exhibitions hosted at their gallery.

Often we deny ourselves the opportunity to claim an artwork that touched us, because we just can’t justify the expense of lavish art commodities. Yet we’re prepared to spend hundreds on things like restaurant meals and nights out. Things that live on as unvisited photographs in the album of a cell phone, things that don’t last, things that date too soon.

Do yourself a favour and invest a nominal sum for something you can enjoy often, repeatedly, daily even.

The gallery will be open from 10 AM – 4 PM from November 10 – 22nd at 1241 Cartwright Street, Vancouver, BC. Learn more at http://www.artists.ca

*plus tax

The Federation of Canadian Artists (FCA) is a non-profit registered charity of over 2,000 members throughout Canada, with a gallery located on Granville Island dedicated to supporting, sharing and preserving the visual arts and artists throughout Canada. Founded in 1941 by professional artists including members of the Group of Seven, the FCA offers exhibitions, workshops, competitions, and professional development courses for emerging and established artists.

The Stafford Plant Collection

Special Announcement, Special Features / Articles

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By James Soules

One day at the Federation Gallery on Granville Island, I asked Executive Director, Patrick Meyer, if there was some sort of volunteer work I could do for them. He quickly came up with a short list. One of the items on the list was to organize and properly archive the Stafford Plant Collection.

Born in Esquesing, ON in 1914, Stafford D. Plant was a talented painter, instructor and graphic designer. He was a student of renowned painter L.A.C. Panton, F.H. Brigden and Group of Seven member, Arthur Lismer. Plant won the 1932-33 Brigden Scholarship and immediately after graduating from Western Technical School of Art in Toronto, was hired by Brigden’s design firm. He was a founding member of the Toronto Arts Club, served as a council trustee for the Vancouver Art Gallery, and was a member of the Canadian Society of Marine Artists as well as a Senior Member of the FCA.

Plant mostly painted landscapes across Canada and in parts of the United States. Some 330 plus paintings were donated to the Federation shortly after his death in 2000. The collection had never been shown in its entirety.

I immediately agreed to Patrick’s request and began photographing framed paintings, paintings on gallery-wrapped canvases, canvas board paintings and even paintings on wood board. After photographing all of the pieces at the storage, I uploaded the images to the Stafford Plant Collection gallery on the Federation’s website and entered the name of the paintings, size, medium and price.

The Federation now has a complete catalog of Plant’s donated paintings for viewing or purchasing. Several pieces have already been sold after being hung in Federation Gallery.

It was my great pleasure to be able to do this project and uncover this treasure of work.

The FCA would like to express its gratitude to James for taking on this huge project. Due to Jame’s commitment and work, the Stafford Plant Collection in its entirety is now available online for the public to view and enjoy, thereby not only doing justice to Plant’s life work but also providing more people access to this impressive collection. Thank you, James!

To view the whole Stafford Plant collection, visit the FCA website at:
http://artists.ca/show/stafford_plant_collection