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Art of Glass and Stone with Peter Rice

Wednesday, July 27th, 2016

We’ve got a special event coming up this Friday! Peter Rice will be stopping in to do an artist demo… it’s Art of Glass and Stone!

Peter Rice is one of our long-standing artists at the Algonquin Art Centre. He was born in Toronto but spent most of his childhood in rural areas around the Canadian Shield. It was here, playing and exploring among that unique geology, that Peter became fascinated with rocks as an artistic medium. It wasn’t until his university years at Guelph that he discovered how to perfectly incorporate them into amazing sculptural tableaus. By combining minerals with the practice of setting stained glass, he developed his characteristic mode of depicting the landscape in sculpture.

As intriguing as these pieces are, watching them come together makes them even more fascinating.  Taking raw materials of wire and stone and twisting them into life as a unified sculpture takes patience, insight, and a strong vision of what you want to accomplish. And hearing Peter talk through his work is an extra privilege! He’s great to hang out with while he works his craft, and our visitors love speaking with him. That’s why, year after year, we’re delighted to have him back.

This special event will be taking place throughout the day this Friday, between 10 am and 4 pm. There’s no charge. We’d just love for you to stop in and engage with one of our artists! You can get all the details over on our site.
Join us and spend some time with a fantastic creator in his element!

School’s Out! Time for Art!

Thursday, June 30th, 2016

We can’t wait to see everyone who comes up to Algonquin this summer, and we’re SO excited to announce this year’s classes! It’s a time-honoured tradition to stop by the Art Centre and hang out in the gazebo for some creativity. We’ve got some old favourites, and some really unique new classes we’re super-excited about!

First, there’s the old favourites.  Some of these are such a hit, we offer them multiple times throughout the summer just so everyone can get the chance to experience them.
Tom Thomson is one of the most iconic members of the Group of Seven, and a guy who was intimately connected with Algonquin. In keeping his tradition of painting alive, you can learn Landscape Painting: Tom Thomson Style! One of our instructor-artists will take you through his unique impressionist take on the landscape.
One of our all-time favourite classes is back this year: Paddle Painting! We supply a miniature paddle and acrylic paints, and then it’s up to the artist to go with their imagination, drawing inspiration from the gallery grounds and the beautiful surroundings of Algonquin. This class is so much fun, and people love it year after year.

There’s a bunch more classes to try out as well. Photo-Painting lets you paint directly onto an enlarged photograph of the Algonquin landscape so you can create a photo-realistic image or reinterpret it by overlaying wild colours. Then there are the multimedia classes. You can learn Relief Casting and create a plaster sculpture, or create Copper Tree Sculptures using wire, stone, and clay. There are DreamcatchersMixed Media Wall Art made with natural materials, and lots more great stuff! The classes aren’t just great for kids, but corporate groups—and people on dates!—love them too.

You can find all the information, including pricing, scheduling, and the particulars of each class over on our website. Our first class is this Saturday, so definitely take a look if you’re coming to Algonquin for Canada Day! Space is limited, and these classes are really popular, so while registration isn’t necessary, we highly recommend you call ahead to make sure you get a spot. You can book one by calling us at 705-633-5555.
We can’t wait to see you!

Off-Season Artists: Daniel St-Amant

Sunday, October 11th, 2015

It’s been a great season, and we’re starting to wind down for the end of fall. We can’t thank you enough for how amazing 2015′s been!
Just because our doors are closing for winter, that doesn’t mean our passion for showcasing Canadian art is any less. So over the next several months we’ll be posting quick interviews with our artists. It’s a chance for you to explore their personalities and their creative identities a little deeper. Who knows? If you get to know the artist in the wild, you might fall even harder for the work on the wall.

To start us off, you might remember that we announced our Golden Encore Artist’s Residency in partnership with Algonquin Park a few weeks ago. Daniel St-Amant, a  modern surface wildlife painter, will be housed at one of the Park’s lodges form October 14th-21st, giving him some time in the wilderness to work on his craft. He’ll also be conducting artist-demonstrations at both the Algonquin Art Centre and Algonquin Park’s Visitor Centre over the weekend. It’s going to be a great time, and you can find all the information here.
Daniel hails originally from Quebec, went to school in Halifax, and now lives and works in Toronto. Aside from his artistic practice he works in visual effects for film. He’s also just a lovely guy! So without further ado, here’s a bit of our chat with Daniel…

Daniel St-Amant

As someone from French Canada who lived a while in the Maritimes and now operates out of Toronto, you’ve got a lot of Canada in your personal history. What have you taken away from those experiences?
The biggest thing apart from the friendships and life experiences would be the landscapes . It is quite remarkable to think about the diversity you see in the landscapes from the Canadian shield through to the Laurentians and southern Quebec all the way up the east coast.

Your artistic practice is very unique, and also very specific. How’d you arrive at it? Any particular influences?
Throughout my life, and artistic career,  I’ve been privileged to have been surrounded by many talented individuals that both inspired and influenced me.  Teachers like Gerald Ferguson at NSCAD and lengthy conversations with fellow artists helped sculpt my art practice. But I feel my upbringing in rural Quebec particularly influenced me and my body of art as my love and respect of nature ultimately led me to my subject matter.

“Timber Land” Daniel St-Amant

You also work in visual effects for film (which is SUPER-COOL, by the way). How does that line of work influence your painting?
My work in the VFX industry has influenced my art practice quite a bit in terms of my initial sketching techniques and tools that I adopt. I use a lot of digital reference and photography to compose my images in addition to some of the techniques we use in film such as integration, colour adjustments and composition prior to the actual production of my art.

“Red Shoulder 2″ by Daniel St-Amant

It’s great to hear a little bit about the Canadiana that makes Daniel tick, and we can’t wait to get to know him better when he arrives this week. Stay posted for updates and media from the residency, and more interviews as we progress!

Paint the Park with Tony Bianco

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

The Art Centre and Arowhon Pines Resort are delighted to be welcoming Tony Bianco to the Park this summer, who will be running a series of art workshops at both Arowhon Pines Resort and the Art Centre throughout the season. Tony has quickly established himself as a leading Canadian landscape painter: his series “Portrait of Canada” – which consists of 120 paintings depicting the different National Parks across the country – has been exhibited in a number of museums and galleries across Canada, and has received much critical acclaim. This series of paintings has also been published in the book, Landmarks, which includes journal entries and short stories, written by the artist himself.

Tony’s talents have also been recognized by the Royal Canadian Mint, who has commissioned him to design a number of coins, including the Canadian millennium two-dollar coin and, more recently, two hologram Olympic coins for the 2010 Olympic games. Tony has been a featured artist at the Algonquin Art Centre since its opening in 2005 and has published books and articles about painting in Canada.

In addition to being one of Canada’s leading landscape artists, Tony is also an experienced art instructor. For the last twenty years, Tony has offered courses in acrylics, oils, watercolours, and pastels. He has taught classes at the Haliburton School for the Arts, the East Central Ontario Art Association, and has taught classes in Tuscany, Italy.

This year, he’s bringing his talents to Algonquin Park, where he’ll run a series of art workshops, which range from one day to three day courses and have been designed for both advanced painters and beginners. Tony will teach the fundamental principles of painting—shape, value, and colour – while adapting these principals to the student’s own individual expressions. He will teach, too, how to interact with one’s surroundings by painting on site and seeing the potential in the Algonquin landscape.

Some workshops will be held at beautiful Arowhon Pines – a luxurious resort in Algonquin Park – where participants can enjoy fine dining and number of recreational facilities as part of the workshop package (for details, see Workshop #1 and #2 below). He will also teach one day courses at the Algonquin Art Centre, one of the leading landscape and wildlife galleries in all of Canada and located right in the middle of Algonquin Park (see Workshop # 3 below).

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from one of Canada’s best landscape painters.

Workshop 1: A Day and a Night with Tony Bianco

Dates: July 27, or August 25

Location: Arowhon Pines.

Participants will spend a full day with Tony and spend the night at beautiful Arowhon Pines in Algonquin Park. Tony will teach the fundamental principles of painting—shape, value, and colour – while adapting these principals to the student’s own individual expressions. He will teach, too, how to interact with one’s surroundings by painting on site and seeing the potential in the Algonquin landscape. Price includes accommodations, three meals, art supplies, and access to recreational facilities at Arowhon Pines.

Price: $540 per person (Price includes tax and gratuity). Deposit required

Inquiries and Booking Information: For inquiries and booking information, call Arowhon Pines at 1-705-633-5661 or 1-866-633-5661

Workshop 2: Three Days with Tony Bianco

Dates: Sept 25 – 27

Location: Arowhon Pines

Participants will spend three full days with Tony and spend two nights at beautiful Arowhon Pines in Algonquin Park. The workshop is designed for more advanced artists, but beginners are welcome. Tony will teach the fundamental principles of painting—shape, value, and colour – while adapting these principals to the student’s own individual expressions. He will teach, too, how to interact with one’s surroundings by painting on site and seeing the potential in the Algonquin landscape. Students will be working mainly in acrylics, but oil paints can also be provided. Includes accommodations, six meals, art supplies, and access to recreational facilities at Arowhon Pines.

Price: $1,300 per person (Price includes tax and gratuity). Deposit required

Inquiries and Booking Information: For inquiries and booking information, call Arowhon Pines at 1-705-633-5661 or 1-866-633-5661

Workshop 3: A Day with Tony Bianco

Dates: July 13 or July 14; August 10

Location: Algonquin Art Centre.

Participants will spend a full day with Tony at the Algonquin Art Centre in Algonquin Park. . The workshop is designed for both advanced painters and beginners. Tony will teach the fundamental principles of painting—shape, value, and colour – while adapting these principals to the student’s own individual expressions. He will teach, too, how to interact with one’s surroundings by painting on site and seeing the potential in the Algonquin landscape. Students will be working mainly in acrylics, but oil paints can also be provided. Art supplies will be included.

Price: $225 per person (Taxes included).

Inquiries and Booking Information: For inquiries and booking information, call Algonquin Art Centre at (705) 633-5555 / 1-855-221-2278 or by email at info@algonquinartcentre.com

We’ve posted this video to give you an idea of what it’s all about.


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