The Politics of Creativity (& Education)…Part One

Take up a voice in championing the arts in education at the K-12 levels, or the arts funding cuts will continue to occur. In the end, our society will suffer because we have failed to impart critical thinking skills necessary to solve the complex problems of our society or to provide alternative education methods. Our systems have let us down. At the end of the day, it falls upon wise parents to impart not only art skills to the best of their ability, but most importantly, the critical thinking processes involved when creating in the arts: brain skills that everyone requires.

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Paintings That Glow:: Techniques of the Old Masters Workshop with Janice Tanton, Red Deer College

Join me for a wonderful in-depth, week-long workshop at Red Deer College, July 25 - 29, 2011 as part of the SERIES: Summer School of Art in Central Alberta. In the "Paintings That Glow: Techniques of the Old Master's" week-long course, you will experience the philosophy and practice of the masters, from composition to foundational underpainting, to final glazing techniques and colour mixing.

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Undercurrents:: The Red Canoe Series

Tanton's Red Canoe Series is all about perfection, movement and change which forever surround us so it seems quite apropos that these are her first finished works for 2011. For thousands of years, the canoe has been the perfect model of perfect design, where form and function cannot be improved upon and relate directly to the intended use. Aboriginal people all across Canada and in other countries around the world, understood the value and intrinsic spirituality of this vessel. In it's original form, regionally refined, the canoe is the most perfect design in all respects. It allowed for survival and transportation in harsh conditions using indigenous natural materials in a sustainable way.

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