Category Archives: Workshops

Watercolour Journal Workshop with Janice Tanton at The Banff Springs Hotel

Janice Tanton sketch journal - Haida Gwaii, Burnaby Narrows

A page from my sketch journal – Burnaby Narrows, Haida Gwaii. ©2014 Janice Tanton

I’d like to invite you to join me for a morning of fun and art that is personal to you. This simple technique of ink and watercolour will be something you can use all your life to create and record those moments of importance in your life.

Throw away that Instagram and Facebook post for a quick sketch and some penned thoughts

that will stay forever in your mind. This workshop is suitable for ages 9 – 99+ and total beginners. Even if you say you can’t draw a straight line or a stick drawing, this workshop is for you! As part of the wonderful Banff /Lake Louise Tourism springstART Festival, I look forward to welcoming you to my home territory! Check it out – lots of great workshops by artists who live and work in the valley, including soapstone carving!

Date: April 19
Time: 9:30 am – 12 noon
Place: The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, Norquay Room
Cost: $31.50 plus meagre supplies

How to register and short materials list available here:

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PRESS RELEASE – Unplugged :: An Artful, Wildly Patient Slow Feast with Julia Lynx and Janice Tanton

paintbox lodgeEnchant your inner artist in a sensuous slow feast with painter Janice Tanton, singer songwriter Julia Lynx and Chef George Bayne. Explore the role of art and music in your life with a special focus on healing and rejuvenation. A two-time Canada Council award recipient, Janice’s works are represented locally at Canada House Gallery in Banff. Julia will share some of her songs unplugged. Janice created the art for Julia’s recently released debut album Wild Patience. Gather around the harvest table at The Paintbox Lodge and enjoy a 3 course dinner, live music and inspiration.

The Paintbox Lodge is an intimate boutique hotel nestled in the heart of downtown Canmore owned by Olympic medalist, Sara Renner and World Cup Champion, Thomas Grandi. The Paintbox Lodge is a reflection of the local champions – relaxed, welcoming and professional.

ONLY 10 REMAINING TICKETS AVAILABLE!

$100.00 plus GST
Includes: intimate harvest table dinner, live music and inspiration.

To book: online, call 403 609 0482 or send us an email to The Paintbox Lodge.

Unplugged: An Artful, Wildly Patient Slow Feast
Tomato and roasted pepper bisque with 3 cheese grilled cheese
or
Organic mixed greens with pecan praline, Sylvan Star aged gouda and sliced apples
♥♥♥

Free range chicken supreme stuffed with goat cheese sun-dried tomato stuffed with a pomegranate glaze, truffle infused chive mash, glazed farm carrots and bacon kale
or
5 vegetables artichokes and red quinoa in phyllo with basmati rice with a creamy rose sauce and steamed Kale

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Signature Chefs moms recipe of sticky toffee pudding with toffee sauce

Come and enjoy a special evening at the Paintbox Lodge

Come and enjoy a special evening at the Paintbox Lodge

Janice Tanton and Moresby Explorers – 7 Day Power Painting Journey in Gwaii Haanas National Park & Haida Heritage Site

Bag Harbour, Gwaii Haanas National Park

Bag Harbour, Gwaii Haanas National Park

It’s official! On June 3 – 8th, I’ll be leading a group of 8 painters with Moresby Explorers into the wilds of…

Gwaii Haanas National Park and

Haida Heritage Site

Moresby Explorers Floating Lodge - Base Camp for Power Painting

Moresby Explorers Floating Lodge – Base Camp for Power Painting

Base camp for this seven day rigorous artistic journey is Moresby Explorers’ floating lodge, situated on the northern boundary of Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve and Haida Heritage Site. The lodge is rustic but comfortable with hot and cold running water, enough electricity for lights and camera charging and a flush toilet. Although there is no regular shower, there is an outside camp shower which can be set up if needed.

Comfy Living Room in the Float Lodge

Comfy Living Room in the Float Lodge

Canadian artist Janice Tanton is no stranger to Gwaii Haanas, having been an Artist In Residence for Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve in 2012. Her practice continues to focus on the beauty and spirit of this special place. A two-time Canada Council award recipient, Janice’s works have been exhibited across the globe. An Alumna of Distinction (Creative Arts & Design) from Durham College, she has taught from coast to coast and worked as Artist in Residence and sessional faculty at The Banff Centre, Red Deer College and Haliburton School of Fine Art. She has been adopted into the Blackfoot as the daughter of Elder Tom Crane Bear, initiated into the pow wow dance circle, is a tipi owner and has been given the Blackfoot name Iniskim-Aki (Sacred-Buffalo-Stone Woman).

Curious as to how to reconcile the wide spectrum of diversity within her communities and familes, her painting practice explores the ambiguous spaces between cultures, humanity, and the land.

Marco Island Painting Spot - Gwaii Haanas National Park and Haida Heritage Site

Painting on Marco Island, Gwaii Haanas National Park

 

Power Painting In Gwaii Haanas Itinerary

Day 1: We pick you up at the Sandspit Airport at 15:00, when the Air Canada flight comes in from Vancouver. We drive to Moresby Camp, a little more than an hour down the logging roads, where we keep our boats. Here we load all our gear into one of our Hurricane Zodiac Rigid Hull inflatable boats and travel for about one and a half hours to Crescent Inlet, arriving at the lodge at dinner time. After dinner, we’ll get to know each other and share individual personal goals for the journey.

Day 2: In the morning, Janice will give an overview of what to expect at the places we will visit and give a workshop in plein air power painting the authentic impressionists method, which will give you all the tools you need to capture and paint your passion, as you feel it in Gwaii Haanas. We will also discuss wilderness painting gear and wise ecological practices for painting in this environment; what to look for, how to be comfortable and create some comfort for yourself to do the best and most powerful work you have ever imagined. Let’s admit it a camera just can’t catch the emotion and feeling of a place the way that a well executed painting can. Janice will teach you a few skills to release your inner creative spirit into this painting space. We’ll also discuss a specific palette for the light, water, moss and trees in Gwaii Haanas, our studio for the week.
In the afternoon, we’ll head into the field to work onsite sketching and painting. Bring your camera and your artist’s journal.

Humpback Breach - Photo Courtesy of Moresby Explorers

Humpback Breach – Photo Courtesy of Moresby Explorers

Day 3-6: After breakfast we will take a packed lunch and spend most of our time in the field visiting ancient Haida village sites, small islands, mossy forest floors, under-canopy rainforest, intertidal life, cascading streams, interesting beaches and view the snow-capped San Cristoval mountain range. While in the field and back at the lodge, Janice will give you individual attention to further your practice and reach your individual goals as an artist. In the evenings, we will discuss our work of the day as a group and grow from the collective experience.
Janice will also be conducting workshops and exercises both in the field and at the lodge. Some of these include: A discussion of the artistic process, use of the camera for studio work following your painting experience, and the challenges to the outdoor painter. We’ll work on a specific and helpful guided journaling exercise designed just for artists which will help to bring your practice and your eye to the next level. We’ll have some time to discuss the business of being an artist, grant-writing, presentation and artist statements too if you like. Group critique sessions.
On our last evening in the lodge, we’ll hold our own showing, celebrate our work, review our goals and discuss our next steps as artists back in your own home studios. An intense painting experience such as this will last you a lifetime, so having a plan to work into the future is a good thing!

Day 7: After breakfast we will pack up and head back to Sandspit in time to catch the afternoon flight back to Vancouver. If you have more time on your visit to Haida Gwaii (the Queen Charlotte Islands) you may want to rent a car and visit Graham Island.

Skedans Pole - Gwaii Haanas National Park, 2012

Skedans Pole – Gwaii Haanas National Park, 2012

How you should dress:
Because we use open boats it can be very cold and sometimes wet. You should wear warm, layered clothing, preferably synthetic (like fleece) or wool, and if possible avoid cotton as it is very cold when wet. We suggest you bring all the warm clothing you have as you can always leave some in the van if your guide thinks you have to much. You should also bring a warm hat, sunglasses and gloves.

You should bring your own raingear, especially a jacket, but we also provide heavy raingear and gumboots for everyone.

Although we do have some covered storage on the boat, your painting gear should be in waterproof cases or bags and you are fully responsible for keeping it dry.

Gear List:
Please download this detailed Painting gear list.

We have very limited space on the boat, so all your non-painting gear should fit in a daypack.
-Warm clothing
-Warm hat
-Sunglasses
-Gloves
-Towel and/or facecloth
-Sandals or light shoes
-Water bottle
-Change of clothes
-Personal effects
-Binoculars (optional)
-Alcoholic beverages (to have with dinner, optional)
-Gratuities (If our staff exceeds your expectations, optional)

Booking Information

Maximum group size is 8 guests

Dates

Price

Price with taxes and fees.

Length

Notes

June 3 $2450 $2670.50 7 Days 6 nights, 5 full days of painting Only 8 spaces

25% deposit will hold your space. The balance is due upon the conclusion of your trip.

Click here now to book on Moresby Explorer’s website.

SPACE IS LIMITED and with only 8 spots, we are expecting it to book quickly!

Sunflowers of Light and Love In A Sea of Contempt

Vincent Van Gogh Sunflowers 1888

Vincent Van Gogh Sunflowers 1888

The morning after a depressing election in Canada, resulting in what effectually is an illegitimate democracy from a population representation viewpoint, I saw and heard from many hardworking mothers, sisters, daughters and grandmothers who work so hard for their families, their professions and gender equality crushed, despairing and inconceivably saddened by the results of a majority Stephen Harper Conservative government, the only government in Canada ever to be found in contempt of parliament.

Street Art Protest of Harper Government, Canmore, AB

Street Art on Bow Valley Trail, Canmore, AB

Turning inward, I went through varyious rollercoaster stages of disbelief, shock, anger, and sadness that our trusted systems had failed us. I questioned so much…and rightfully so.

Despite my grief over this weeks electoral events, I’m a firm believer that things happen for a reason. The Creator sets a course for us and while we may not have the reason “why” at the time when our paths seem so dark, a light always shows itself if we are patient and accept it with an eye for opportunity.

Wednesday of this week, that first little light shone so brightly, in the form of eighteen six year olds that it was blinding and unmistakable. Assisting Grace’s teacher, Mme. Sara Alarie, I, along with another local artist and mom (Fonda Sparks) to volunteer and help the class out with an art project for Mother’s Day. The kids were to create a painting after Van Gogh’s sunflowers.Painting Van Gogh Sunflowers

Walking into the classroom, greeted by excited little sunshine faces all ready to paint and get messy for their Mothers reaffirmed my faith in people but more importantly…in myself. Fonda, Sara and I did little in the session but ensure that the kids had their paints refreshed. It was amazing to us, how little we were needed, and how organized, independent and creative they were.

We watched a miracle unfold in front of us. Despite a well-laid plan, they seized the day for themselves, out of love. Breaking every rule they ended up with the perfection of creation all on their own, with such little guidance from us. At times, there was silence and only the music in the room and the sound of love. Such is the way of the artist, the activist and Van Gogh and we would do well to remember that. Every time I work with children, and especially in the Community Fusion project sessions, I am shown again, the beauty of the human spirit.

On Mother’s Day, we honour not only our own wonderful Mothers, but all women in our world. This week, I received the best gift a mother could ever hope for in the form of 18 lovely little ones painting….loving…..learning……finding and showing the sun. I want to share that with you.

I am humbled, gifted by their love and reaffirmed that my pathway is still my pathway. let the light shine….we are so much stronger than the darkness and love ….will always prevail.

Thank you Vincent, and thank you, babies. You are gifts to us all.

 

Community Fusion – Los Angeles Events: Canoga Park

Canoga Park Arts Centre, Community Fusion Project, Los Angeles

A Dad creates work with children at Canoga Park Arts Centre Community Fusion

Earlier this month, I was fortunate to be invited to Los Angeles to present several Community Fusion Project events. As a guest of the San Fernando/Santa Clarita Child Abuse Prevention Council, my son Jake (a talented guitarist in his own right) and I led three sessions in the communities of Canoga Park and Pacoima in the San Fernando Valley. Over 120 participants and families from the communities took part in The Community Fusion Project in three sessions over two days, and boy – was it amazing and exhausting all at the same time!

Canoga Park Youth Arts Centre acted as the venue for the first two sessions in Canoga Park. This wonderful arts centre serves children and youth from ages 0-17 and is funded by the City of Los Angeles. The centre also partners with Taxco, Mexico in cross-cultural international exchanges. Led by Director Stuart Vaughan, the Canoga Park Youth Arts Centre is a little bit of art heaven as far as I am concerned. The facilities are bright, airy and offer an outdoor area, gallery, workshop, administration offices and Mac computer lab all under one roof. Stuart partners with area artists to offer workshops and opportunities for children and youth to learn, experiment and take part in arts activities throughout the year. While cutbacks have affected this small facility and Los Angeles has not escaped the recession, this cultural flower is still flourishing in it’s multi-cultural community.

Talking with the drum together

Talking with the drum together

It was our pleasure to work with Stuart, (also a practicing artist) to bring about a stellar experience for the families of Canoga Park. Anything we needed, Stuart worked quickly and efficiently to provide, and took part in the sessions himself. No mean feat, considering there was an exhibition on in the gallery space which we occupied during the event.

With a strong and willing slate of volunteers, the space was transformed into a giant studio for the day where community, staff, children and adults all gathered to “play” and take a chance to move outside their own comfort zones in an effort to form relationships and build community, using art-forms to dialogue with each other.

Preparing with everyone at Canoga Park in the garden area

Circle Time in the courtyard at Canoga Park Art Centre

The centre has a lovely outside courtyard annexed to the building. There, we gathered before and after our sessions to connect with each other in the outdoor environment.

One of the most touching moments in a Community Fusion session is after we have created the work together. The sharing circle allows participants to talk about their experience together and discuss their individual insights into the process and their engagement with each other. As a facilitator in these sessions, I am always incredibly moved by how deeply the sessions touch the participants and how willing they are to share these individual moments of connection with each other.

Exhibiting this level of vulnerability with family and community is one of the ways we develop empathic relationships with each other, and learn to rely upon the individual leadership strengths in our community.

Sharing a moment with the children

A grandmother shares a moment drawing on the floor with children.

Community Fusion is an intergenerational experience, and the participation of elders and grandparents in the community is integral to the sessions. There is a special connection between generations when we participate in artful play together. The photo at the right shows a grandmother seated on the floor, co-creating a drawing with several young children. It truly “takes a village” when engaging in this work together, and the value of wisdom at any age is exhibited. This lovely lady in particular let me know how surprised she was that she took so quickly to trying out new things with the paint and instruments available in the project.

Fernando paints at The Community Fusion Project

Fernando was totally engaged in this community painting - bigger than he was!

Getting into the “zone” is a common experience that participants share. The young boy in the photo above certainly found his method of communication and was absorbed and thoughtful in his community communication using paint. At the beginning of a session, this 40×72 inch white canvas can be a very daunting player in the room, but Fernando knew intrinsically that this is where he wanted to “talk” with others.

Works created in the Community Fusion sessions are created together – no one “owns” a space, a painting, a musical instrument or sculpture. Everyone shares in the creation of the works, making a mark or contribution where they feel it is respectful and needed. It is phenomenal to see the volume and variety of the works created in a single session when everyone works together.

Group drawing

Group drawing

Painting on the floor

Painting on the floor

Group painting

Group Painting

Beautiful little girls playing the keyboard together

Duet with each other - providing the soundscape for creating.

Many thanks to all the participants, volunteers and especially to the Santa Clarita/San Fernando Valley Child Abuse Council for inviting us into their hearts and lives. Together, we’ve created more new family!

Drumming

Drumming as a creative voice in the community

For more photos of the project, visit photographer Mik Milman’s site.

 

Glazes & Grounds Oil Painting Workshop with Janice Tanton : ACAD – May 4 – June 22

Red Canoe #10 by Janice Tanton

Red Canoe #10 ©2011 Janice Tanton. oil on linen, 36"x72"

Join me for a wonderful in-depth, weeknight workshop at Alberta College of Art and Design, July 25 – 29, 2011 as part of the extended studies offered at ACAD. Check out the online ACAD Spring and Summer Workshop brochure.

Take the time to immerse yourself in your art. You deserve it! In the “Glazing & Grounds Workshop” 8 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. You will learn how to create paintings that glow from the inside out. You will spend a short time in studio demos, lectures and presentations with the instructor, then you’ll have the chance to try it out, step by step. Working from still life, you will learn how to focus on values, create a grisaille, define light and complete a painting. You will also learn how to stretch and finish a fine Belgian linen canvas. And of course…a healthy dose of fun, stimulating conversation and artistic community-building as always!

Program will run Wednesday evenings from 6:30 – 9:00 pm starting May 4th – June 22nd.

Course Fee: $299.00 + GST Course Number: 45053

To register & review the supply list, please contact ACAD at 403 284-7603 or online at www.acad.ca.

If you have questions regarding the program, please feel free to post below!

Upcoming workshops:

Paintings That Glow: Techniques of the Old Masters – Red Deer College, AB
Paintings That Glow: Techniques of the Old Masters – HFSA, ONTARIO
Authentic Impressionism – HFSA, ONTARIO
Glazes and Grounds – ACAD, Calgary ALBERTA

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

Raven's Mark © 2010 Janice Tanton. All Rights Reserved.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.

Series is a program like no other, offering week long courses in a wide variety of media from world-class instructors.

Red Deer College has opened the doors of it’s new Centre for Visual Arts and can’t wait to show you how fabulous their new studios are! Whether you are a beginner or long time devotee, you’re sure to be inspired by the creative environment they have to offer.

Take a week to immerse yourself in your art. You deserve it!

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.

You will learn how to create paintings that glow from the inside out. You will spend a short time in studio demos, lectures and presentations with the instructor, then you’ll have the chance to try it out, step by step.

Working from still life, you will learn how to focus on values, create a grisaille, define light and complete a painting. You will also learn how to stretch and finish a fine Belgian linen canvas. And of course…a healthy dose of fun and artistic community-building with Janice!

Course Fee: $595.00 + GST
Course Number: 1173 ESER 6118

To register & review the supply list, please contact Red Deer College, Red Deer, AB.

If you have questions regarding the program, please feel free to post below.

Other upcoming workshops:

Paintings That Glow: Techniques of the Old Masters – Red Deer College, AB
Paintings That Glow: Techniques of the Old Masters – HFSA, ONTARIO
Authentic Impressionism – HFSA, ONTARIO
Glazes and Grounds – ACAD, Calgary ALBERTA

Workshop – Old Master’s Techniques, Red Deer College

Raven's Mark - (oil on linen) © 2010 Janice Tanton. All Rights Reserved.

Raven's Mark - (oil on linen) © 2010 Janice Tanton.

Join me for a wonderful weekend workshop at Red Deer College, Feb 26 – 27, 2011. This step by step, in-depth look at the techniques of the Masters will teach you how to create paintings that glow from the inside out. Studying the philosophy and practice of the Masters, from composition to under-painting and final glazing will get you there. You will also learn how to stretch and finish a fine Belgian linen substrate. Nothing quite like it!

via www.rdc.ab.ca