Shayne Dark, Critical Mass, 2010, wood and pigments
Programs & Events
Summer SmARTsSummer SmARTs is a summer arts program for youth. Teens can take a one-week Course, and younger children can enjoy a one-week Art Day Camp. Both programs are based in our bright, well-equipped and air-conditioned André Biéler Studio, and make ample use of our exhibitions for discussion and inspiration in age-appropriate ways. The grounds surrounding the Art Centre provide opportunity for sketching, relaxing and play.
Focus on Sculpture
This summer, we'll focus on sculpture through our exhibition Critical Mass: Sculpture by Shayne Dark. Dark's engaging work uses the materials and forms of the natural world, and will inspire a number of three-dimensional projects throughout the week. As this regional artist will be creating an outdoor installation at the MacLachlan Woodworking Museum, we offer participants the bonus of a bus trip to meet him and see his work-in-progress. For more information on Critical Mass: Sculpture by Shayne Dark, please see Exhibitions
Registration is limited to 15 participants in each week, affording individual attention and optimal supervision. Instructors will be assisted by qualified and First Aid-certified post-secondary students working as summer employees. All instructors and assistants undergo Police Record checks.
Course: Focus on Sculpture for 13-16 year-olds
Monday-Friday, 10 am-3:30 pm, 8-12 July
Instructor: Kingston artist Ben Darrah
After discussing the exhibition Critical Mass: Sculpture by Shayne Dark, we'll meet the artist as he works on an outdoor sculpture at the MacLachlan Woodworking Museum. This kicks off our exploration of sculptural form throughout the week. We'll create two and three-dimensional pieces, including large scale drawings, assemblages, installations, bas relief and freestanding sculptures. We'll explore the principles of three-dimensional design through such techniques as assemblage, plaster casting and construction with a variety of materials including found objects, cardboard, wire and wood.
Ben Darrah is a Kingston-based artist who attended the University of Alberta (BFA sculpture), the University of Windsor (MFA painting) and Queen's University (B. Ed.). An accomplished artist and enthusiastic teacher, Ben has worked as a curator, gallery manager, post-secondary instructor (including at Queen's and St. Lawrence College), freelance art writer, not-for-profit arts administrator, elementary teacher with the Limestone District School Board, and workshop instructor at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre.
Art Day Camp for 8-12 year-olds
Monday-Friday, 9 am-4 pm, 15-19 July or 22-26 July
Instructor: Kingston artist Aïda Sulcs
Our camp is a creative environment that balances looking at art in our galleries with art-making in the studio. Using the exhibition Critical Mass: Sculpture by Shayne Dark as our starting point, we'll meet the artist, watch him at work and explore the world of three dimensions in various materials. We'll also enjoy music, drama, games and outdoor fun.
Educated in Fine Arts at Queen's University and in Graphic Design at the Kootenay School of Art, BC, Aïda Sulcs is an experienced artist-educator. A past artist-in-residence at the Faculty of Education, Queen's University, she teaches in Kingston schools, and has conducted many workshops at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre. Her practice includes drawing, painting, mixed media and performance art.
Before-Camp care 8:30-9 am, After-Camp care 4-5 pm available for a small extra cost. Apply with registration.
A limited number of bursaries are available, based on financial need. The application form is below.
Supported by the Ontario Arts Council, the City of Kingston and the Kingston Arts Council through the City of Kingston Arts Fund, the Iva Speers Fund for Art Education and the Lloyd Carr-Harris Foundation.
Programs for Groups
We welcome Girl Guides, Brownies and other community groups for tours and art projects in the studio. Please call 613.533.6000 x 77053 or email email@example.com to discuss what we can do for you.
To view all programs offered in the coming weeks, please refer to our Events Calendar.
Supported by the Ontario Arts Council, the City of Kingston and the Kingston Arts Council through the City of Kingston Arts Fund and the Iva Speers Fund for Art Education.