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Mother’s Day Celebration

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Recently Art in Action was invited to a private event to celebrate Mother’s day. We lead the guests through two projects, the first was inspired by the Canadian painter, Tom Thomson. We used chalk and oil pastels, watercolours and acrylic paints to create our own Muskoka-inspired landscapes.

The second project was inspired by American artist, Lisa Congdon and her birch tree paintings.

It was a wonderful way to celebrate all that Mother’s do to create happy families.

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Landscapes Inspired by Tom Thomson

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Tom Thomson was born August 5th, 1877 in Claremont Ontario.  He was the sixth of ten children. Although he was always interested in the arts, he did not devote his career to painting until he was 30.

In 1904, while working as a draftsman he met members of the Group of Seven.  Although Thomson was closely associated with the artists in the Group of Seven, the Group of Seven was not founded until after his death.

To offset his art career, Thomson worked as a firefighter, a ranger and a guide to Algonquin Park while living on his own in a shack on Canoe Lake.  Here he produced his most famous work: Jack pine, West Wind and Northern River.

Thomson died mysteriously on a canoe trip in 1917 at 39 years old.

Students used watercolours, acrylic paint and chalk pastels to create their own landscapes inspired by Tom Thomson.

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Tom Thomson – Leaf Prints

 “Take everything as it comes; the wave passes, deal with the next one.” 

       –Tom Thomson

We kicked off our Canadian artist fall session  with the great Tom Thomson.  The students enjoyed hearing about his love of Algonquin Park and his dedication to painting the vast wild forests and rugged terrain that make up so much of our Canadian experience.

For our art project we used maple and oak leaves to make our leaf prints, they really pop on the black background. The students then used a sponge with yellow, orange and red paint to fill in the background and give it a fall feeling. You can almost smell the forest in the air…


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