Week 1: Play is FUNdemental
We look at Dada art and how play was used to reimagine the post-war world. In the second part of class we explore how play, humour and absurdity can open us up to new creative possibilities.
Week 2: The Soul of the Earth
From Canadian Indigenous artists to the Impressionists to the Land Artists of the '60s, we explore those who looked to Mother Nature for their inspiration. In the second half of class we use clay and other artistic means to explore how our own identity is intertwined with our birthplace.
Week 3: Exploring the Felt Sense
We consider artists such as Frida Kahlo, Joseph Beuys and Louise Bourgeois, who used their own somatic and life experiences to explore what it is to be a vulnerable human being. In the second half of class we explore ways in which to employ our own senses, making art from the inside out.
Week 4: Love and Relationships
We discuss artists who created from the joy, pain and depth of love—whether romantic, platonic or familial. In the second half of class we each consider a relationship of our own and explore its essence through drawing, writing and sharing.
Week 5: The Monster
We look at monsters in art history and how they express the darker side of human emotion, evoking fascination and wonder. In the second part of class we give form to our own fears to see if we can gain new insights about their power, necessity and maybe even their beauty.
Week 6: Self-Portraiture and Mask
We look at the many artists throughout the ages who have explored identity and emotion through mask-making and self-portraiture. In the second part of class we each create a mask of our own, and shine a bit of light on a part of ourselves that may be in need of attention. What does this part want and what do the eyes behind the mask look to?