Painting Night – Inspired by Lisa Congdon


Recently we had a wonderful night at The Cat Pub on Dundas with a group of women from Mums and More. We were inspired by the artist, Lisa Congdon and spent the evening making our own Birch tree paintings.


They experimented with many supplies and techniques and shared a lot of laughter and fun as they created.

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Group of Seven Art Class at Blessed Sacrament!



Art in Action is really excited to be offering a Group of Seven Art Class at Blessed Sacrament Catholic School . REGISTER NOW space is limited.

Join us Tuesday’s after-school to create projects inspired by artists from the Group of Seven. Students will learn about the life and works of Lawren Harris, A.Y. Jackson, Arthur Lismer, and many others including Emily Carr who is closely associated with the group. Students will have the tactile experience of working with a variety of art materials including: watercolours, acrylics, collage materials, oil pastels, chalk pastels, spray techniques and more.

  • Grades 1 – 6: Tuesday’s (Dec 5, Dec 12, Dec 19, Jan 9, Jan 16, Jan 23, Jan 30 and Feb 6)
  • After-school from 3:00-4:00
  • $135.00 for 8 weeks

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Apples Inspired by Cezanne

“With an apple I will astonish Paris.”

-Paul Cezanne

Paul Cezanne was born to a wealthy family on January 19th, 1839 in the South of France. His father was a banker and did not want his son to become an artist. So, Paul Cezanne began his studies in law, and as a compromise his father allowed him to take art lessons.

His work developed a deliberately crude, bold style, slapping and smearing paint onto canvas with a palette knife. He is described as a Post-impressionist best known for his incredibly varied painting style which greatly affected 20th century abstract art. Both Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso were highly influenced by Cezanne.

Although he was a prolific artist, producing more than 900 oil paintings and 400 water colours and many more incomplete works, his pictures were turned down by official art shows (the Salon) and critics called him a madman.  He would sometimes get so angry in fits of despair we would break his brushes and throw his pictures away.  He was also said to be so incredibly shy that he would run away if he saw a stranger while out sketching.

His work did not become popular until people’s ideas about art changed. After a one-man show in 1895 he won huge acclaim.

Paul Cezanne died of pneumonia on October 22, 1906. He was 67 years old.

The artists in our classes created their own still life works of art using chalk pastels, and 8 different colours of acrylic paint!

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Swansea Craft Sale 2017 – Join Us!!!


Join us this Saturday, November 18th at the Swansea Craft Sale! This amazing sale is at The Swansea Community Centre located at 207 Windermere Avenue.  Enter through the main doors of  the community centre at 15 Waller Avenue.

Ticket sales benefit the Swansea Family in Need Holiday Fund.

Join Art in Action in the Bell Hall to make your own holiday creation, free! Art in Action has been a sponsor of this event for the past 4 years and it never fails to put us in the holiday mood. Please stop by and say hi….

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How to Create Mood – Halloween Inspiration

In today’s class, we looked at the mood in a painting.  Mood refers to the feeling created in the artwork.  The use of the elements and principles of design affect mood in a painting.  The lines, colours, shapes, values and textures in the work and how they are organized through harmony, variety, balance, emphasis and unity.

 The subject matter – people, trees, buildings, objects etc.  and the way they are represented influence the mood of a painting.  The sensory qualities, emotional aspects, symbolism in the work, context – the time period and culture in which the work was produced and even the technical aspects – the medium, materials processes, techniques and style employed by the artist all affect mood.

In today’s class, we created a spooky Halloween mood by using dark colours, making bumpy textured trees with reaching “hands” for branches and a full moon with spooky clouds – hopefully, it isn’t too scary!

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Steve Driscoll Inspired Waterfalls

“I am trying to explore the awe and wonder of nature.”

– Steve Driscoll

This week in our adult class we learned about Toronto artist, Steve Driscoll. To see some of his work this weekend Oct 27 – Oct 30 visit the Angell Gallery booth at Art Toronto.

We were inspired by his contemporary take on landscape painting and used a scraping technique to create our own waterfall pieces.

Driscoll is a landscape painter that uses his unique way of envisioning the vast landscapes of Canada to transform our awareness of the outdoors.

He paints with a fast drying pigmented urethane on board or panel and makes large paintings with modern, heightened colour effects in only a few hours (due to the fast drying of the medium). Urethane is an industry standard for automotive painting and is like a liquid plastic. Using urethane he is able to achieve a luminous and vibrant quality with his work. It is extremely difficult to work with and full breathing protection must be used when using this material.

In 2016, Driscoll exhibited an installation, Just a Sliver of the Room, at Angell Gallery in Toronto. He flooded the gallery space with 2000 gallons of water and built a wooden pathway for viewers to walk across and see and experience his work with the reflection in the water.  In the summer of 2017, working with photographer Finn O’Hara, Steve Driscoll exhibited Size Matters at the McMichael Gallery.

His work is in the collections of TD Bank, Bank of Montreal, Nordstrom, The Four Seasons, Seneca College and Aura at College Park.

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Walking Woman Inspired by Michael Snow

“I really want to make physical things so that the experience is a real experience and not just conceptual.” 

– Michael Snow

This week we were inspired by Toronto artist Michael Snow, who was born on December 10, 1929 in Toronto. He studied at Upper Canada College and the Ontario College of Art and Design. He is known as one of Canada’s most renowned contemporary artists.  In Toronto, he is well known for his Canadian Geese display located inside the Eaton Centre as well as The Audience outside the Rogers Centre.  In total there are 15 different statues, and they’re all meant to symbolize the different types of fans such as the father and son, the muscle man, the hungry fan, the heckler and many others.

in 1961, he began a long-term project that for six years would be his trademark: the Walking Woman. It was exhibited at Expo 67 in Montreal and was hailed as his trademark work. He spent six years working it and is arguably his best-known legacy.

In 1981, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada for his contributions to international visual arts. He also received the first Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts (2000) for cinema. In 2004 the Universite de Paris I, Pantheon-Sorbonne awarded him an honorary doctorate. The last artist awarded this honour was Pablo Picasso.

We used chalk pastel to create our background, spray paint, sharpies, and silver metallic paint to create our own Walking Woman.

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