This workshop explores the power and tradition of the brush as a tool for contemplation. We will be inspired by the remarkable and enduring legacy of the Northwest Coast Calligraphic artists. These artists held deep affinities for Asian brush techniques and materials as they developed their very personal brush language. Our focus will also be on creating a very personal brush language as we explore using the breath to support the brush in spontaneous mark-making. A series of experimental ink exercises will combine with innovative brush-making and an investigation of hand-made papers. More structured practices will consider the mandala and the insights gained by the esteemed MISSA instructor, the late Jack Wise. Individual exploration will allow for numerous possibilities. There will be time devoted to the basics of artist’s books and we will also visit mandalas, boxes, mobiles, collages and finished works on paper.
All classes run 9 – 4 pm each day. Studios are also open after hours.
Course cost: $285 Course fee: $35
Tuition includes lunch and daily snacks and is inclusive of all applicable taxes.
ROBERTA PYX SUTHERLAND was born and raised on the west coast of Canada, and resided in Britain, Hawaii, Spain, Malawi, Scotland and Pender, Thetis and Hornby Islands. She attended Emily Carr College of Art and Design, received a BFA(Hon.) University of Victoria with printmaking training at the Hallam University in Sheffiend U.K. with residencies at the Banff Centre, and others in Europe including the BAU Institute. She studied Vajrayana Mandala painting in Katmandu, Nepal and zen calligraphy with Shinzan Roshi Gyokuryuji Temple, Japan.
Pyx was the chosen artist for Cercle des Amis of 2012 by Geneva’s Editart Gallery to work with master printer Masafumi Yamamoto. She was the mentor for MISSA Artist in Residence program. Frequent exhibitions in Canada, Mexico, and Switzerland (including United Nations’ Women’s Expo). Her work is represented in numerous private collections, the Canada Council Art Bank, Bronfman Collection, public galleries in Victoria, Burnaby, Kamloops, Vernon, Universities of Concordia, British Columbia, Alberta, Puget Sound, Victoria and the public libraries of Toronto, and Geneva including various public art installations, particularly the Hornby Island Soup Can (Warhol tribute).
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