At AFK, we're committed to bringing artists together with students and teachers, to create an incomparable and inspiring learning environment. Now, through the generous contribution of The Ferry Building Gallery Friends Society, we're able to support additional mentoring programs that inspire and educate the next generation of artists.
Thanks to the generosity of The Ferry Building Gallery Friends Society, AFK is developing and offering 3-day workshops, three times a year, for the coming two years. These Mentoring Emerging Young Artists programs 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."
This year, we're delighted that students will have the opportunity to work with three forms of media, ceramics with artist Brendan Tang, painting and drawing with Erin McSavaney and photography with a local photographic artist.
The first three-day workshop, for students in grades 10 – 12, is with Brendan Tang and teacher Veis Dokhani. The class started on November 21, 2016 and runs for three Mondays.
"Brendan is an amazing artist, a fantastic teacher and has an amazing amount of technical skill," says Daylen Luchsinger, Education Coordinator at AFK and the Smith Gallery. "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.
The art produced in this workshop, and the two to follow this school year, will be part of an exhibition at The Ferry Building Gallery, on Argyle Avenue in West Vancouver in June, 2017. The works will demonstrate the skills and inspiration that come from mentorship by professionals in the field.
"We are so thankful for this exceptional contribution," says Yolande Martinello, Director of AFK. "Not only does it allow us reach more young artists, it's also a great vote of support for the work we do and the impact our programs have on students in our community."