Teaching the Intangible
At first glance, our classes may seem like any other, but a closer look reveals that something very different is going on. These students aren’t simply learning about art – they’re learning about life.
Artshine goes beyond simply “teaching art” by encouraging exploration and experimentation in a truly supportive environment. It is through this process that our participants reap numerous intangible benefits – such as self confidence, creativity, and openness – that will serve them in all aspects of their lives.
A Supportive, Inspiring Environment
Our programs are led by professionals – qualified teachers and artists, like Brittany Langver. Brittany is also a part time high school teacher and has been with Artshine since the beginning!
“Artshine is so much more than a ‘colouring club’,” says Artshine instructor Natalie Brock. “We encourage our students to explore new concepts, techniques and media, and not to be afraid of making mistakes when trying something new.”
But Artshine goes a step further by encouraging participants to use their imagination to turn their ‘mistakes’ into something beautiful.
“Some of our drawing projects use permanent marker, which can’t be erased,” notes Taryn Klinkman. “A little bit sneaky? Maybe. Effective? Definitely!” Taryn chuckles.
“We encourage our students to explore new concepts, techniques and media, and not to be afraid of making mistakes when trying something new.”
An Emphasis on Inclusivity
From toddlers to teens, to adults, seniors, and people with developmental disabilities, Artshine offers programs that allow people of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds to shine in their own creative way.
“Artshine’s mission is to create a community where participation in the arts is not limited by income, ability or life circumstances,” says Nicole Cotie, Office Manager. “Our profits are invested into ARTS4ALL UNLIMITED, a non-profit initiative providing an arts experience for at-risk and underprivileged individuals. We believe that art has a place in everyone’s life, but the benefits of access to the arts can be even more profound for those facing additional challenges in their lives.”
“Artshine’s mission is to create a community where participation in the arts is not limited by income, ability or life circumstances.”
Coming Soon: The People of Artshine
Visit our blog often for the latest news and an upcoming series of posts sharing the personal experiences of The People of Artshine:
This year ARTHSHINE is offering Art Camp on a Tree Farm!!
Your children will be able to create "OUTDOOR ART":
PAINTING ROCKS AND WOOD. DECORATING BIRDHOUSES.SPLASH ART AND MUCH MUCH MORE)
also: Your children will be able to take part in Workshops inspired by Andy Goldsworthy, see image below.
Space is limited, register online today:
Who Should Register
First off Artshine and Wine events are for the 19+ crowd who are looking for a social event to bring friends to, or make new ones. During each class you will be learning painting techniques in a relaxed atmosphere. Classes are created for beginners and those looking to learn new ways to paint.
How It Works
The Impossible Purity class took place at Kitchener Market and here is a quick step by step of the painting process. It began with a relaxing glass of wine.
Then we got down to creating the background of our paintings. Think of it as painting twitter hashtags all over your canvas. Then marks were blotted and blended to give different depth levels of the colour.
Additional colours were added to give the painting texture.
After the base of the canvas was covered it was time to take a break, grab some items from the cheese tray and check out how the other paintings were evolving.
Next we went back to our easels to add floral stems and buds with simple brushstrokes and highlights.
Then the Artshine instructor let everyone get creative with their flower petals and floral add-ons.
Take a look at the wonderful results at the image below.
Not only did everyone come away with a wonderful painting, they gained valuable knowledge about painting and how to create art pieces for their home.
Where to Get More InformationFor more information about upcoming Artshine and Wine Adult Art Classes and Social Mixers, visit http://www.artshine.ca/artshine--wine.html and register for the art class that is interest to you.
Earth Day Crafts and Camps
With Earth Day right around the corner we thought we would give you some great ideas about recycling, upcycling, re-using and repurposing items for creative art projects. No matter your age, crafting something with items that might end up in the landfill lets you express your creativity and helps your environment.
Earth Day Pinterest ProjectsIf you head to the ARTSHINE Pinterest Page for EARTH DAY to check out some suggested DIY eco-friendly projects. No matter what your age or skill level you will be able to find a craft there that will inspire ideas to reuse items you have around your home already. We have pinned over a dozen recycled art projects that your can recreate to celebrate Earth Day.
More Ways to Celebrate Earth DayLooking for more ways to celebrate Earth Day? We suggest looking on your local government’s event page for Earth Day Activities. You can also find great ideas at
https://ecokids.ca/take-action and https://earthday.ca.
Here at ARTSHINE we want to inspire the next generation of environmentally conscious artists that is why we created ARTSHINE ON A TREE FARM as part of our Summer Camps Programming.
Artshine Summer Camp on a Tree Farm is a summer camp program full of art and outdoor activities for school aged children.
There are dates available in July and August so be sure to register your child (or children) in the themed camp that sparks their interest. Also ARTSHINE ON A TREE FARM summer camps are available in English and French to best suit the language needs for your family.
For more information about ARTSHINE ON A TREE FARM or any of our other Summer Art Camp programs, be sure to visit http://artshine.ca/summer-camps.html. Avoid disappointment and get your registration in before all the spots are filled.
Welcome to our new blog! We plan to update it regularly to bring you topical information about art and also community events that ARTSHINE is involved in.
April is Autism Awareness Month and if you follow the ARTSHINE Facebook Page, you already know that we dedicated the fan page to World Autism Awareness Day, on April 2nd. We believe that art can assist those with Special Needs, and felt that recognizing World Autism Awareness Day was important for our ARTSHINE online community.
Autism and Art
Many people who are Autistic find ways to express themselves with art. One of the most famous Autistic Artists is Stephen Wiltshire. Learn more about how he went from being unable to speak, to becoming a successful artist who draws architecture from memory in by watching the video at then end of this blog post.
As you can see art can open up a whole new world for people with Autism. Art can become a way that they can express their thoughts and feelings, and even learn new skills. As many of you know ARTSHINE believes in ARTS FOR ALL. This is why we created the ADULTS & TEENS with Developmental DisABILITIES art program.
Art Classes for ADULTS & TEENS with Developmental DisABILITIES
Beginning this week ADULTS & TEENS with Developmental DisABILITIES art classes will be held at KW Habilitation and Elmira District Community Living. Each week one of our talented art instructors will head up a small group to show them step by step how to create the project they are working on that week.
For more information about the ADULTS & TEENS with Developmental DisABILITIES art program, visit our ADULTS & TEENS with Developmental DisABILITIES page. If you wish to learn about other art class programs by ARTSHINE, check out artshine.ca