In-Process Creative Studios

Supported through funding from the Sheila Hugh Mackay Foundation, these creative studios are designed to be intensive, collaborative weekends of idea sharing, mentorship, peer critique, and critical dialogue in order to build mentorship networks and critical relationships between senior and mid-career and emerging artists. In the current New Brunswick arts ecosystem, giving and receiving critical feedback has been a challenge and usually takes the form of response to a finished work. It is rare for artists outside of the educational system to receive expert feedback for an in-progress piece or body of work in the conceptual phase. The creative process is ripe with questions, technical and conceptual issues, roadblocks, insecurities and possibilities. Explore them here!!

Stephen Hutchings: Creating a Body of Work

July 17  – 19, 2020

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Stephen Hutchings - Artist - In Process Creative Studio

We are proud to offer a continuation of our In-Process Creative Studio sessions. This workshop explores the process of developing a body of work, or group of art pieces— be they paintings, prints, videos, sculptures—that have a common theme, or meaning, or intent. At times, an art practice can seem a bit unfocused, perhaps without purpose or direction. This workshop will provide the tools that will help an artist discover some of the key, inherent issues that their work is dealing with. Sometimes these issues are obvious, sometimes they are hidden and hard to discern or define. Sometimes, an art practice is simply waiting for a definition to be provided in order for it to become energized and empowered. The workshop will also cover the some of the attitudes and life skills necessary to complete a body of work and see it to its logical conclusion with a public exhibition.

Friday evening will be introductions over wine and cheese and a visual look at some examples of a “body of work”.
Saturday will start with an in-depth investigation of the elements required to develop the work, including ideation, research, sketching, and the use of language. The session will include discussing the life-skills required for achieving success as well as the need to identify an audience (a “market”), how to locate a venue and how to go about arranging for an exhibition.

Saturday will continue with participants working hands-on in developing their own concept of a “body of work” as it relates to their own personal art practice. Guidelines for this development will be provided.

Sunday will feature presentations by each participant of their thoughts, ideas and plans for developing, completing and exhibiting their own body of work. The presentations will include sketches, writing, story-boards, etc. The day will include group discussions and feedback. Each participant will also have one-on-one interactions with the workshop leader.

Stephen Hutchings is a senior Canadian artist who has had a varied and successful art career with numerous museum shows across Canada. Two books have been published about his work. He currently exhibits on a regular basis in five commercial galleries across Canada.

With these workshops, he shares his broad and highly successful experience as a professional artist, exhibitor and instructor – bringing effective and insightful suggestions, encouragement and mentoring along with constructive and positive critiques. His open and engaging manner help students and other artists discuss their work with honesty and appreciation, allowing genuine personal growth with individual arts practices.

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Brigitte Clavette: Metalwork

August 7 – 9, 2020

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About the Creative Studio
August 7 – 9, 2020

This workshop is part of our continuing In-Process Creative Studios. Led by acclaimed artist Brigitte Clavette, this workshop is designed for metal artists with an active metals practice in functional or sculptural works. The course is designed to be an intensive, collaborative weekend of idea sharing, mentorship, peer critique, and critical dialogue. Participants will come with an idea, body of work or in-progress piece to the workshop in the metalsmithing studio at Sunbury Shores, equipped for bronze, copper and silver. Limited to 6, participants will receive one-on-one mentorship and will delve into conceptual and critical thinking to push their practice forward.

This course is limited to 8 students. To register call 506.529.3386 or follow the link on the Adult Courses page.

Silversmith Brigitte Clavette has been Head of the Jewellery and Metal Arts Studio and taught at the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design in Fredericton since 1985. She has also taught at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, the Nunavut Arctic College, the Haliburton School of Arts and the Community College of New Brunswick in Dieppe. Her hollow-ware and silver works have been shown internationally and are held in private and public collections across the country and internationally, including the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, England and the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. Clavette became a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts in 2000, won the Excellence Award for Craft from the Province of NB in 2002, and the prestigious Strathbutler Award in 2006. She has been a regular and much-appreciated contributor to our programming.

2020 In-Process Creative Studios