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I Can Draw Without Looking at the Page with Amber Church

Students will experiment with a range of drawing techniques designed to foster creativity, remove expectations that often hold students back from drawing, focus student’s attention on their subject, and improve eye-hand coordination.  Example of techniques include blind contour drawing, drawing with non-dominant hands, one-line drawings, eye dropper drawings, collaborative drawings and stipple drawings.

Grade Suitability:

4-12

Maximum Class Size:

30

Time Required:

1-3 hours

Material Required:

Paper, pens, pencils, ink, and erasers.

Material Cost:

Artist will supply materials to school at cost.

Language of Instruction:

English

Communities:

All

Availability:

September - June

Special Notes:

A longer version of the program is available. Students will further develop some of the work from their drawing exercises into larger and more complex pieces using a range of media including paint, pastel, coloured pencils, charcoal, and (when available at the school) digital techniques.

Amber Church

Amber Church is a mixed media artist, painter, installation artist, and designer who has called Yukon home for most of her life.  She draws inspiration for her work from the natural world, social justice and environmental movements, history, mythology and fairy tales, and her imagination.  She has exhibited at the Great Northern Arts Festival, Yukon Arts Centre, Arts Underground, Yukon Artists @ Work, Gallery 22, Rah Rah Gallery, Baked Café, The Guild Hall, and the Brooklyn Art Library.  Her mixed media piece, Forge Your Own Path, is featured on the cover of the 2012 Northwestel phone directory.

Her designs have been featured in Altered Couture, Green Craft and Mingle Magazines, and as part of the Great Northern Arts Festival and Mardi Bra Fashion Shows.  Her installation and puppetry work has been featured in Yukon Educational Theatre’s Burning Away the Winter Blues and Winterval Parade; Ramshackle Theatre’s Theatre in the Bush, Sci-Fi Double Feature, Trouble, and Meanwhile Backstage; and Yukon Cultures Connects’ The Mixer.  She is an active member of Yarn Bomb Yukon.

When she isn’t working in her studio she can be found trying to save the world; teaching at Yukon College; haunting the backstage of theatres, or playing outside.  Although her past has taken her from United Nations Climate Change negotiations, to skiing and snowboarding course crews for the Olympics, and to teaching in Antarctica, she finds herself most content when she is mucking about with paints in a bit of sunshine.

Contact: 867-335-4884

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