Art On The Edge
About The Event
January 9, 2022 - January 12, 2023
Join award winning artist Carole Finn on a 4-Day vacation Retreat was conceived as a period of time that you as an artist could set aside to follow your painting passion and yet have time to enjoy other activities on your holiday. The location for these retreats was purposely chosen to be in an area that will give you not only your chance for uninterrupted painting but also to enjoy the abundance of other pleasures that the area has to offer. To do this the course runs for 4 consecutive days at the beginning of your vacation, giving you enough time to explore other pleasure and interests at the end of the week.
You will find in the 4 days you will probably complete a painting and perhaps conceive the development of another.
When my wife, Cindy, showed me an ad on Instagram for Carole Finn’s Art on the Edge workshop in Ucluelet, I thought it would be a nice way to spend a week. It’s not always easy to set aside dedicated time to paint, snatching, as I often do, an hour or two here or there from my schedule. The price of the four day workshop, I thought, was reasonable, and, as a bonus, Cindy and I get to spend a relaxing week on the spectacular west coast of Vancouver Island—good restaurants, sweeping beaches, and mossy forests.
Prior to this workshop, I was not familiar with Carole Finn’s art. After googling several of her images, I was looking forward to a week where I could polish up some of my painting skills, and, hopefully take home some decent pointers from a skilled and experienced artist. What I found at Art on the Edge was so much more. The first thing that impressed me, before I even E _some of my work. As a teacher myself, I understand the value in getting to know my students ahead of time. Carole also sent participants some very helpful videos she made in preparation for our week. Especially useful to me was her video on preparing canvases for oil and acrylic.
After the twisty drive across the island and a restful night in a nearby B & B, I arrived at the workshop, located in Ucluelet Community Centre. The space was bright, well-lit, and a short walk from inspiring seascapes. From the start, Carole has the teaching style of a seasoned professional. She had a clear plan for the week, but was able to respond quickly to the needs of the class, at the level of the class. One of Carole’s stated teaching strategies was to not spend time on lengthy demonstrations, but to allow the students to jump right in and get to work, which we all did, eagerly. This being said, Carole generously shared her wealth of information on the nuts and bolts of being an artist, from the basics of mixing colours, and composing effective images, to business of art, like how to construct a lightweight, inexpensive shipping container for artwork, using foam core panels.
One of Carole’s koans, was “What’s the story in your painting?” This one caught me a little off guard. As a person who switches between abstract, and landscape painting, I usually think in terms of line, colour and composition. The idea of a story had never crossed my mind. But, through the process of daily group critiques, a story started to buildaround my painting. The story is the thing that keeps you focused, and gives clarity to the work. It’s the human perceptive element of the painting—the part that draws you in, and makes you want to stay there.
One thing a good teacher is able to do, is to lend confidence in areas that you, as a student, are already doing. I watched Carole move from student to student, building their confidence as she went. “You already know how to do this, just keep going.” But meeting students needs is not only about making them feel good. Carole is not afraid to give a frank opinion when it is justified. On a follow-up Zoom critique (two weeks after the workshop, and she is still helping us—did I mention she is generous with her time?), the students were ohh-ing and ahh-ing over some work, and she stopped us, “No, no. There are all kinds of problems here” And she carefully went over the painting’s composition, opening it up for the students to discuss, solve.
I can’t finish this article without giving a shout-out to my fellow students. Each person in the class was kind, thoughtful, and mutually supportive. I can’t wait until October, when we get together for our group exhibition. (Dates and location TBA). The best way I can summarize the week is with the message I sent Carole a few days after the event was over: "I just wanted to send a quick email to say thanks for a great week. It was such a lovely group of people. You really created a kind and supportive atmosphere in the class. I look forward to our paths crossing again.
If you have an inkling to paint landscapes, this is the course for you.
MEET YOUR INSTRUCTOR
Canadian artist Carole Finn is a passionate advocate of celebrating and safeguarding the wild, natural spaces of Canada. In her lifetime as an artist and art educator, she established on of Canada’s lauded art colleges, the Haliburton School of Art and Design; in the Great Canadian Shield of Ontario; has founded various public art galleries with a mission based role to introduce art and engage with the surrounding community; and has incubated various art groups of differing disciplines into the Haliburton Guild of the Arts.
In 2009, after receiving the Queens Medal and many other awards for her work, Finn finally followed her heart’s desire to be a full-time professional artist in 2009, bringing to life her years of study at OCAD,York University Fine Arts in Toronto and lastly at her beloved Community College, Haliburton HSAD.
In her landscapes, Carole attempts to capture not only the spirit of the place but also its atmosphere.
The images she chooses to paint, are iconographic; representing that particular and unique place. She loves using shapes, value and color to build the drama in her compositions. Her animals, which are part of the fabric of these environments, tell their stories and ask the viewer questions through their eyes.
Carole is a passionate educator; and loves sharing her love for art and the technique of making art. A recently full time transplant to the west coast of British Columbia; she is now based in Oak Bay, Victoria BC; and is eager to bring her mentoring to artists of all abilities in this exciting course, Art on the Edge.
Awards + Recognition
- Queen’s Medal- for outstanding community service awarded by the Queen through the Canadian Government
- Fellowship of Applied Education awarded by Sir Sandford Fleming College
- Highlander of the Year- awarded by the Haliburton County Chamber of Commerce.
- Board of Governors for Sir Sandford Fleming Communiyty College - appointed by the College for 8 years.
- Professional Recognition elected to the Ontario Society of Artists (OSA)
- The Federation of Canadian Artists awarded SSFCA standing for artistic achievement.
ABOUT THE LEARNING
Learning is individual based on your level of expertise with the basic skills of painting. We will be dealing with composition, Value(light and dark). colour, soft edges , hard edges , foreground , middleground , background. atmosphere , emotion BUT most of all identifying what your story is about for your painting (focal point) and how all these other elements are the tools to tell that story. In our daily critiques we will be telling everyone how we used these basis tools to make sure the viewer knows what your story is. I will show you how to use Photoshop to make your painting decisions easier.
WHAT YOU WILL NEED:
Everything is on the material list. that is sent to you when you register You may use a basic palette if you wish. It is the basis for our colour mixing so you must have that Please bring 2 plastic table cloths from the dime store to cover the table and your area if you are a sloppy painter.
Eagle Lake Community Church and Centre
2605 Eagle Lake, K0M1M0
THE FINE PRINT
Payment for the course is due on registration If your course cancellation is made within 30 days of the course commencement: the payment is completely non-refundable, non-transferable; except in the cases of travel and force majeure, earthquakes, lockdowns and other emergency instances, where fees will be refunded minus admin costs of $100.
If participants are able to transfer to new dates, should this be the case; there will be no transfer fees for a new course.
“My paintings are an attempt to show beautiful locations
whose natural integrity has either been altered by human
intervention or is about to be. What is the cost of our
imposition on the virginal status of these lands and the
inhabitants therein?” Carole Finn, 2018.