This month, artist Erin McSaveney is working with students in the senior grades in an intensive painting program that mentors emerging young artists.
Running for three Tuesdays in January, Erin is working with AFK Education Co-ordinator, Daylen Luchsinger, to share new painting skills and techniques with the students.
"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 allows the students to focus on an area of visual arts that can enhance their own practice and contribute to their portfolio, when considering post-secondary education.
This is the second time artist Erin McSaveney has worked with AFK. He was an integral part of our Paradise Valley Summer School of Visual Arts in 2015, and our program for senior campers. Erin studied at both Capilano College and Emily Carr College of Art and Design and is represented by Equinox Gallery.
This intensive enrichment program is supported by the generous donation of The Ferry Building Friends of the Gallery Society.
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. The Ferry Building Gallery Friends Society is supporting this program for two years, providing artist-led instruction to more than 140 students.
"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 roots and can inspire and flourish throughout their lives," says Yolande Martinello, Director of Artists for Kids.