TORONTO – Fine Oak Art School is announcing a new series of artist talks and one-day art workshops. Fine Oak Art School is bringing practicing artists direct to the inexperienced art student, starting on March 17, 2012. Each month will feature a different practicing artist who will give a talk on Saturday, and then lead a workshop themed on their own artwork the following Sunday.
“I want to bring the work of young, interesting and practicing artists to the attention of adults interested in art but who don’t necessarily frequent the Toronto art scene. I am on a mission to take the intimidation factor out of visual art.”, said Erica Beyea, artist and founder, Fine Oak Art School. “These talks are free, and open to anyone. The art workshops are for the most inexperienced of dabblers in fine art. It allows everyone to have the chance to learn from some of the many fantastic and successful artists in our community.”
With a BYOB potluck being a part of every class and workshop, Fine Oak encourages an extremely relaxed environment for their students. Students are learning a lot and having a great time without feeling the least bit embarrassed about their new artwork.
March’s artist talk and workshop will feature painter Meghan McKnight discussing her abstract paintings. McKnight’s paintings are richly textured abstract paintings with lush organic forms and colour. She is represented by PM Gallery and works actively in Toronto. You can see more of her work at www.meghanmcknight.com
On Saturday, March 17, McKnight will be giving a free Artist Talk at Fine Oak Art School. On Sunday, March 18, 4 – 8 p.m. she will be leading a one-day workshop on abstract painting. Admission is $60 for the workshop, with art supplies included. Students can make their own abstract paintings with the aid of McKnight and Beyea, in a fun and relaxed environment.
The monthly series will continue throughout 2012, with other artists leading the talks and workshops. Upcoming artists include: Maryanna Hardy, Jess Riva Cooper, Stewart Jones, Nicole Aline Legault, Niall McLelland, Jeremy R. Jansen, Rob Macinnis, Lisa Cristinzo and Tibi Tibi Neuspiel.
Fine Oak Art School has been teaching adults who haven’t picked up a paintbrush since grade school and art-school dropouts since September 2011. Founded by artist Erica Beyea, Fine Oak employs active artists to teach adults how to make great art of their own. Aside from workshops, Fine Oak also runs a variety of eight-class courses with a maximum of seven students in each course.
Contact: Erica Beyea // 416-827-9739 // firstname.lastname@example.org