A wonderful opportunity to learn the fascinating world of printmaking. Whether it’s all-new, or you have the experience, we are offering Sunday afternoon open studio time to work on your own projects in the company of experienced and highly acclaimed printmakers. Alanna Baird and/or Ann Manuel will be on hand to advise, encourage and assist. Once a month there will be an instruction workshop around a different print technique – covering monotype, lino block, gyotaku, etching, engraving and more.
These open days in our beautiful and bright renovated print studio will be relaxed and welcoming. Whether you want to produce your own greetings cards, limited edition artworks, or simply learn new skills and express your creativity, this is the place to be!
A multi-award-winning artist, arts advocate and visual arts educator, Ann Manuel has taught Visual Arts at all levels from high school to college. She has worked for over 30 years in communities across North America, UK, Europe, Asia and the USA, and has served on numerous boards of arts organizations, including Sunbury Shores as well as with committees in public galleries and other artist-run centres.
Ann’s multi-media practice revolves around the themes of physical geography, relationships, identity and spirituality. She regularly produces work in our SSANC print studio.
Local artist Alanna Baird is primarily known for her metal Tin Fish sculptures but has been exploring printmaking for more than 40 years. Lino block printmaking remains her primary focus in print, but when opportunity knocks, other mark-making is welcomed.
This Social Sunday is an open studio where you can mingle, share ideas, and work on your independent projects. An experienced ceramicist, Travis Melanson, is our studio technician. The first week will include a short tutorial to introduce you to the studio and the materials available for you to use. The requirement is that you have basic knowledge of throwing pottery or some experience in working with clay.
Travis Melanson studied at the University de Moncton and received a BSc in Biology, during this time he was able to complete courses in sculpture and ceramics. Melanson completed an MFA at NSCAD (Nova Scotia College of Art and Design) specializing in Ceramics. His work was focused on kiln firing, ceramic and glaze technology research. His primary artistic focus is on larger ceramic forms based on architectural reality and nightmare inspiration.
He has worked out of Sunbury Shores Art and Nature Center for over five years now. Studio practice is now focused on various types of natural clay from local sources and mastering hand-building techniques.