I wasn’t sure what to expect for my first printmaking class at the Kingston School of Art. My experience in printmaking had been limited to carving to some lino blocks bought at the local art store and wishing I had taken printmaking during my BFA. At first, I was a little intimidated by the magnitude of information I was given, so many different techniques and types of printing. Do I play with colour and voids on a piece of plexi to create an one-off monoprint? Or do I learn the process of preparing and carving into a zinc plate, producing something that can be re-inked and reproduced? As I learned more and more, I realized the depth of possibilities were huge and fit a variety of processes and people.
Every student in the class has a different approach. And all the teachers and assistants are quite different in their methods as well. The environment is one encouragement and experimentation. This is a place, where one can explore their own techniques while learning from what others are doing. One of the students has taken up embossing, using the printing press to press cut-out shapes into paper, adding depth to her figure drawings. I am playing with color and geometric forms on a carved plexi plate. And another student is exploring lino with different carving tools, paper and surfaces. The magnitude of possibilities makes this an interested medium with multiple channels to investigate, something you could spend a lifetime exploring.
Introducing Jen Demitor, our new blogger for the Kingston School of Art and the Window Art Gallery!
Franz Moeslinger's extrodinary photographs are on display at the Window Art Gallery this month. Photographs that are as extrodinary as the man that at seventy-five still likes fast cars, mountain climbing, skiing and art.
Willing to help paint the gallery, it is a pleasure to have Franz exhibit his work.
The Modern Fuel Gallery is at the base of Queen St and it too is in the last days of a show. In this case a group show of artists associated with the gallery. Modern Fuel is as close to avant guard as Kingston gets, and truth to tell it can be somewhat out there. So not everyone's cup of tea; it should be on everyone's list of regular visits, especially if it's not your thing. The work can be difficult but may expand your parameters of what art is. Art designed to make you think.
Currently there is a tsunami wave of canvas stretchers that threatens to engulf you as you enter. A great arc of wood that may be saying painting is dead or that art is a tidel wave that overwhelms or any number of things depending on what you bring to it. I'm an artist and see canvas stretcher you may just see squares of wood. Go enjoy thinking it's fun.
Summer shows are coming down all over town as people gear up for the fall season. In some cases only just a few days are left, one case in point is Stefan Duerst's show at Studio 22.
Stefan Duerst is a local Kingston artist working in forged metal - iron, steel - and his current show at Studio 22 ends this week. Some of his work can permanently be seen on Brock St. just north of market square. A piece of public art that defines the edge of a parking lot with twisted spikes painted black and crowned with a variety of flourishes . If you haven't seen his current show; try - the man and Gallery 22 are both well worth supporting.
What is the Phoenix Project?
- Well it started as the theme to a fundraising dance in support of the school after the Great Kingston Fire of 2013 shattered glass and scortched stone. Jazz was played, drink drunk and festive phoenix hats worn. It could have been just a good time had by all, but...
Reborn from it's ashes, the Phoenix has become an umbrella symbol for efforts to revitalize and rejuvenate the Kingston School of Art and Window Art Gallery. This Blog is part of the Phoenix Project.
These institutions are terribly important in the current environment that has the arts somewhat on the run. KSOA and WAG can become a major force in the cultural life of the city. They could even become a hub for local artists to display themselves to the world. It is one of notions being bandied about.
How can you help?
- There are still Phoenix Etchings available if a talisman of rebirth would suit your life. Seriously though take a course, go out and buy a work of art that was actually made by someone, volunteer, come and see what's on at the gallery. Sign up for our newsletter
The day after, when the crowds have gone home, it's a pretty good billboard for the school kids program. Well done Primose somewhat magnificent.
Congratulation to all the participants in the "On the Wall" project; some great work and a fun walk on a sunny day that exercises the mind and body.
Amongst the other things we've been doing this summer, the Kingston School of Art has been re-ordering it's space. Renovations would be too grand a term but equally a clean up and clearing out of debris too minimal. We've opened up the studios and put in storage. We've invited daylight back into the school and beat back the rabbit warren of dividers that have built up over time. We've painted putty grey, bright white. Cleaner and more spare the Kingston School of Art's begins it's move into a rejuvinated future.
This tangible outgrowth of the PHOENIX PROJECT is just the flame beginning to catch. Hopefully it will make the school a more condusive environment for creative work. Hopefuly it will make the space more flexible to the wide variety of groups and uses it is put to. Hopefully it will start a reinvigoration of moral and a delight in the possiblities of what the KSOA and Window Art Gallery might be. Don't worry favorite chairs and much beloved stools have all been saved - because hopefully it will please our long time fans while attracting new support.
This week community artists have been painting away on the walls at Doug Fluhrer Park in the inner harbour.
Our kids in the summer art program at the KSOA have been busily painting away on their own section. Take a look at some of the art they have been creating in the slideshow below.
Join us on Saturday August 23 to celebrate the completed projects. Come enjoy the events and get your face painted by the KSOA group from 3-8pm.