This year, through the generous support of the Ferry Building Gallery Friends Society, we were able to offer three intensive art-based programs for selected students in North Vancouver and West Vancouver. The works created in our Mentoring Emerging Young Artists programs are on display at the Gallery from June 6 – 25, 2017.
Through the support of the Society, we are able to allow two selected, talented students from each of the North Shore Secondary Schools to work with Fine Arts teachers and local artists. Over two years, this funding will provide artist-led instruction to more than 140 students. "The Board members strongly believe in art education for emerging artists on the North Shore," said Diane Robinson, Chair of the Ferry Building Gallery Friends Society. "It was a simple decision to partner with Artists for Kids (AFK) for the management and implementation of this project as they have done this kind of programming for more than 20 years."
The first workshop in the program brought students together with Artist Brendan Tang. For three Mondays in the late fall 2016, the students explored and discovered skills with ceramics. "Brendan is an amazing artist, a fantastic teacher and has an amazing amount of technical skill," says Daylen Luchsinger, Education Coordinator at AFK. "He deals with some significant subject matter in a playful, accessible way." Brendan's style of work engages students in the senior years, allowing them to learn from him by examining his work and observing his processes."
In January, students in the senior grades worked with artist Erin McSavaney. He shared his insights as they experienced three days of an intensive painting program. "Given Erin's artistic style we're working with the students to blend realism with abstraction in the painting process," Daylen says.
The 20+ participating students in Grades 10-12 were selected by their art teachers for their ability to benefit from this program. Spending three full days with a working artist and master art teacher allowed the students to focus on an area of visual arts to enhance their own practice and contribute to their portfolio when considering post-secondary education.
This spring, students learned directly from fine art photographer Mike Wakefield, along with art teachers Daylen Luchsinger and Kory Bogen, and studio assistant Emily Neufeld. "We worked on an industrial historical theme this year," Mike says. "We focused on capturing the vanishing industry on the North Shore and how it's changing Vancouver." Selected images from this program are published in the North Shore News.
"We're so grateful to the Society for their generous support and commitment to providing students on the North Shore with visual arts education at a time in their lives when intensive training and the artistic skills they learn, take root and can inspire and flourish throughout their lives," says Yolande Martinello, Director of AFK.
The Ferry Building Gallery, located at 1414 Argyle Avenue in West Vancouver, is open from Tuesday – Sunday from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Please drop in to view the next generation of North Shore Artists.