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Quentin VerCetty’s Future Memories workshop in the André Biéler Studio begins, part of a conversation around The Arts Against PostRacialism. Photo: Garrett Elliott
Youth in the Studio. Photo: Tim Forbes
Printmaking in the André Biéler Studio. Photo: Tim Forbes
Life Drawing with artist Brendan Fernandes in the André Biéler Studio
Participants get fantastic training from artist Daniel Hughes in our Painting from the Model class. Photo: Tim Forbes

Agnes classes and workshops for youth, adults and families are sure to inspire and engage. Enjoy exploring themes in current exhibitions and learning hands-on skills in various media.

For Adults

Intro to Drypoint Printmaking. Photo: Tim Forbes

Heads, Hands and Feet
Thursdays 17, 24, 31 January, 6:30–9 pm
Fee: $90, $75 member
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Heads, hands and feet are often considered the most challenging parts of the human body to draw. In this class you will learn basic anatomy, foreshortening and techniques for creating depth and volume to create a strong foundation in drawing these parts from life, with artist Gaetanne Lavoie. Materials are not provided.

Required materials: 18” x 24” soft drawing paper, Strathmore or the equivalent. 18” x 24” newsprint pad. Charcoal pencils of varying softness. Exacto knife. Soft grain sandpaper. Kneedable eraser. Shammy. Boards and clips available in the studio.

INSTRUCTOR BIOGRAPHY
Gaetanne Lavoie was raised in a family that celebrated individuality and following your bliss. She received her BFA from York University in Toronto, an MFA from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco and a second MFA from the New York Academy of Art in New York City. Lavoie recently moved back to Canada and has exhibited her paintings nationally and internationally.

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Composition and Still Life
Thursdays 7, 14, 21 February, 6:30–9 pm
Fee: $90, $75 member
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Referencing techniques of the Old Masters, and with visits to current exhibitions, learn about composition, overlapping, the golden ratio, perspective and more in this in depth class led by Gaetanne Lavoie. Focusing on still life painting students will create a balanced composition using their preferred medium of either oil or acrylic paint. Materials not provided.

Required materials: Materials: For each student: Sketch book, selection of pencils, oil or acrylic paint (at least: titanium white, paynes grey, burnt sienna, yellow ochre, cadmium yellow, ultramarine blue, alizarin crimson), paint brushes (at least: 1 sm/med round, 1 small flat, 3 filbert of varying sizes). For oil painters:  linseed oil, painting medium i.e.: liquin or solvent, solvent jar, rag, palette. For acrylic painters: mat or gloss medium, rag and palette. Canvas or gessoed board 1 – 10”x 14” to 18”x 24”

INSTRUCTOR BIOGRAPHY
Gaetanne Lavoie was raised in a family that celebrated individuality and following your bliss. She received her BFA from York University in Toronto, an MFA from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco and a second MFA from the New York Academy of Art in New York City. Lavoie recently moved back to Canada and has exhibited her paintings nationally and internationally.

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Painting on A Larger Scale
Saturdays 9, 16, 23 February, 1–4 pm
Fee: $90, $75 member
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Led by painter Julie Davidson Smith, this course focuses on process, exploration and learning how to navigate painting on a large surface. Participants will draw inspiration from the work of Canadian artists in the exhibition In the Present: The Zacks Gift of 1962. Materials are not provided.

Materials: 2 – 36”x48” or larger canvases, selection of 12+ acrylic paint colours, mat and gloss medium, selection of 12+ large and small brushes, sketch book.

INSTRUCTOR BIOGRAPHY
Julie Davidson-Smith is an artist and facilitator with an expertise in encaustic and acrylic painting. With over 20 years of experience exhibiting and teaching, Julie is passionate about making art and guiding others on their creative journey, helping them to grow, let go and take risks to actualize their creative potential.

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NEW PROGRAM
Art Hive @Agnes
Thursdays, 17 January–28 March, 4­–6 pm

CALLING ALL YOUNG ADULTS (18–24) DROP-IN FOR ART AND WELLNESS
Relax, re-charge and expand your creative powers in the Studio. Art Hive is free; materials are provided and no prior art experience is necessary. If you are looking for guidance, our art therapist/facilitator offers weekly projects and visits to our current exhibitions.

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The Studio
Sundays 10 March and 7 April,
1:30–3:30 pm
Fee: $10/class

Explore techniques and the creative process with contemporary artists. All materials provided.

Sunday 3 February, 1:30–3:30 pm
Virtual Reality Painting with Jay Tripper (CANCELLED)

Sunday 10 March, 1:30–3:30 pm
Writing and performing an event score with Sebastian De Line
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This workshop will introduce participants to text-based conceptual art. Inspired by the Soundings exhibition at Agnes, we will look at text-based art works by artists in the exhibition as well as related works by: Edgar Heap of Birds, Ogimaa Mikana, Kameelah Janan Rasheed, Kara Springer, Cheryl L’Hirondelle, John Baldessari and Lawrence Weiner.

During the first hour of the workshop, participants will create their own text-based works on paper using acrylics inspired by the works discussed above. The second half of the workshop will focus on performing these pieces.

Sebastian De Line is a queer, trans artist and scholar of Haudenosaunee-Métis-Cantonese descent who was born in Burnaby, BC, on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and TsleilWaututh nations. He/they hold a BFA in Autonomous Fine Art from the Gerrit Rietveld Academy, an MA in Art Praxis from the Dutch Art Institute and is currently a PhD Candidate in Cultural Studies at Queen’s University (situated on traditional Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe territory). His/their work seeks a non-spectacular form of art that enables an intimacy with the spectator – encompassing drawing, painting, sculptural installation, and performative storytelling.

Sunday 7 April , 1:30–3:30 pm   
Encaustic Artmaking with Julie Davidson Smith
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This workshop introduces encaustic, teaching students how to paint with hot liquid beeswax, an ancient method of painting with a 3000 year old history. They will learn several techniques: layering wax, fusing the surface, adding collage and exploring various tools and materials to manipulate the wax.

Julie Davidson Smith is an award-winning artist and facilitator with expertise in encaustic and acrylic painting, with over 20 years of experience exhibiting and teaching. Her workshops are inspiring, playful, empowering and rich with creative exploration and learning. She is passionate about making art and guiding others on their creative journey, helping them to grow, let go and take risks to actualize their creative potential.

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For Children and Youth

Teens working in the Studio.

Crash Studio
Thursdays  4 October–6 December 2018, 3–5 pm

Grades 8–12 (ages 13–17)

Shaped by teens, Crash Studio conjures a collision of creative minds who find common ground through artmaking. Responding to the visual culture in the galleries and to social issues faced by teens, Crash Studio is a platform for self-expression across art media. This free, drop-in program is facilitated by local artist Danielle Folkerts, and is made possible by the generosity of our members and donors.

INSTRUCTOR BIOGRAPHY
Danielle Folkerts is a contemporary visual artist and art educator. Her formal education includes a Visual Arts Diploma from Red Deer College, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts, with Distinction, from the Alberta College of Art + Design, majoring in Painting. When she’s not in her studio painting or buried under a pile of wool, you can find her coordinating and instructing modern and innovative workshops and programs in a wide range of mediums.

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Cartoon Kids with Holly and Kevin!
Saturdays, 12­ January–2 February 2019, 1:30–3:30pm
Fee: $75, $60 members

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From idea to comic book, young artists ages 8–14 will learn to draw their own superheroes and cartoon characters using pencil, pen and ink and gouache paint. Through fun drawing exercises exploring story structure and zany character development, students will design imaginary worlds where anything can happen with Kingston artists Holly Gilmour and Kevin Merritt.

INSTRUCTORS’ BIOGRAPHY
Holly Gilmour and Kevin Merritt is Sticks and Bones. They’ve been working as illustrators and designers in Kingston, Ontario. See their work on Instagram at @beautifulpancakelove and @thestickkid.

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P.A. Day Art Camps
Fridays 1 February and 5 April 2019, 9–4 pm
Before and aftercare is included, 8:30–9 am and 4­­–4:30 pm
Fee: $55, $45 members

Enjoy a day off school making art in the Studio. Children ages 6–12 will explore our exhibitions as inspiration for learning techniques in drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking and mixed-media art.

Friday 1 February 2019
Colorful Rhythms and Dynamic Designs

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Inspired by the exhibition, Soundings: An Exhibition in Five Parts, campers will learn the power of movement and repetition while employing 2-D art techniques to create rhythmic and spontaneous designs. Using a variety of materials, students will each also create a mini mandala built around a print of their hands—a symbol of the power and creative potential all humans share, with artist and educator Natasha Jabre.

Friday 5 April 2019
Making Ancient History

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Inspired by the exhibition, Rome, Capital of Painting, campers will explore the allure of antique Roman vases, drawing their own with a surprising twist. As new discoveries in history bring colorful new ideas to light, students will use “resist” and “block-out” methods to draw, paint, and chip away at the surface of their creations to reveal beautiful colors and patterns beneath, with artist and educator Natasha Jabre.

INSTRUCTOR BIOGRAPHY
Natasha Jabre is a representational painter whose work highlights the strangeness of everyday situations using symbolism and surreal lighting. She received her BFA from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada and her MFA from The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in North Dartmouth, Massachusetts. Her artwork has recently been exhibited in Canada and the United States, as well as internationally in Berlin, Italy, Lebanon, and Spain.

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March Break: Modern Movers and Makers
11–15 March, 9 am–4 pm
Before and aftercare is included, 8:30–9 am and 4–4:30 pm
Fee: $260/week or $55/day; $210/week or $45/day members

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Paint like Pollock and move like Matisse! Led by artist Ella Gonzales, children ages 6–12 will learn about modern art while exploring form, colour and techniques. Register for a single day, several, or the entire week!

INSTRUCTOR BIOGRAPHY
Ella Gonzales is an artist, educator, and arts administrator currently based in Kingston, ON. She is a BFA graduate with a minor in Art History and Criticism from Western University. She is currently the Curatorial Assistant, Contemporary Art, at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre and has over five years of experience working across arts organizations, including: McIntosh Gallery, Western University; Station Gallery, Whitby; and H’art Centre, Kingston.

 

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For Families

Photo: Tim Forbes

CREATION STATION
9 December 2018, 13 January, 10 February, 10 March and 14 April 2019, 2–3:30 pm

Creation Station is a free family studio program designed and led by art educators to give children ages 2 and up a positive art-making experience while their caregivers view the exhibitions, attend Agnes events or enjoy making art as a family.

Sunday 9 December 2018, 2–3:30 pm
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Sunday 13 January 2019, 2–3:30 pm
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Sunday 10 February 2019, 2–3:30 pm
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Sunday 10 March 2019, 2–3:30 pm
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Sunday 14 April 2019, 2–3:30 pm
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Cancellation Policy and Collection of Information

Cancellation Policy:
Two weeks prior to start of class: full refund less $25.00 administration fee. Less than 14 days: 50% of fee. After the class has started: no refund.

Collection of Information:
This information provided in the registration forms will be handled confidentially, and is collected solely for the purpose of providing a safe course for you.

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