Open Studio is a art centered program that has been taking place at the Haxton Centre for almost two years. The program is hosted every Tuesday night from 5pm – 8pm. Originally the time slot was provided so that local artists and art enthusiast would have a place to work on their practice or discuss art related topics. Contemporary reading materials were provided as were high quality art easels and occasionally materials for specific projects. In the recent month RMWB programmers have introduces medium specific workshops to expand on the program.
Here are a few words from the program leader, Lisa Laviolette:
We have been bringing in artists to teach different mediums and in the last few months participants have learned techniques in print making, live figure drawing, charcoal drawing, ink painting, photo transfers, acrylic color theory and painting. All materials are provided and once participants are instructed in the technique they have time to evoke their own creativity and utilize their artistic skills to create a project of their own. If participants are not interested in the technique being taught they are also welcome to use the studio space and time to bring in their own projects and work on them.
In the upcoming weeks we will continue using acrylic paint and working on a mixed media project, as well as learning how to create different textures using different mediums. We will also be learning portraiture within the next couple months as well as digital landscape photography. I am hoping to bring in an artist to instruct first nations art, as well as oil painting within the next couple of months.
So if your an art enthusiast or a local artist look for a place to connect with your peers - check out the Haxton Centre on Tuesday nights between 5 - 8pm. For more information click here to be taken to the RMWB Program's page.