“We were told, quite seriously, that there never would be a Canadian artist because we had no art tradition.”
Lawren Harris was born in Brantford, Ontario on October 23, 1885. He is best known as a member of the Group of Seven who pioneered a distinctly Canadian painting style. His landscape paintings were rich in the colour of Toronto, Georgian Bay and Algoma. He also painted the Canadian Rockies. During the 1920’s his work became more abstract, especially his stark landscapes of the Canadian Arctic. He became so popular that he stopped signing and dating his work so that people would judge his works on their own merit and not by the artist.
“I have always had the curious mind of a scientist and the reckless abandon of an artist. I will always be part scientist, part artist.”
– Tamara Phillips
Tamara Phillips was born in Victoria, British Columbia. Watercolor is her medium of choice as it allows her to create in the outdoors and the transparent quality of colour helps her work come alive. She is often painting while travelling and watercolour paint is easy to carry and she has even painted some of her pieces with sea water directly out of the ocean.
She says “Most of my paintings are spontaneously produced, meaning I don’t thoroughly plan the composition. Instead, I let the pigment and water lead the way: when the paint smears, smudges, pools, or runs into an unplanned place, instead of cursing the mistake, I am thankful for the spontaneous initiative and work it into the piece. In essence, my paintings are a cohesion of mistakes.”
Art in Action has been teaching at Kingsway College School since 2013. Above is a recent display of student artwork from our Fall 2015 session. We are honoured to be able to work with the students, teachers and parents of the KCS community.
“I got serious about painting at 12, when most people give up.” – Robert Bateman
Canadian painter, Robert Bateman was born in Toronto in 1930. He was a high school teacher for 20 years and always painted on the side. As one of the most famous living artists in Canada we were inspired to create our winter snow scene featuring a cardinal on a pine tree.
Students used many techniques to create their pieces. Old gift cards were used to scrape the acrylic paint across their backgrounds. The cardinal was created with oil pastels and branches and a stamping technique was used for the pine needles. Brrrr…you can almost feel the chill of a snowy day!