In one week, December 18, 6-9pm, we open our doors to the public for the first SKETCH Open Studio: a community showcase at our new site at Artscape Youngplace. Not only will it highlight the creativity from this fall’s art sessions, but we will celebrate rising youth leadership in community arts. We hope to make these Open Studios happen after each 10-week session. Please drop by and join us.
There’ll be emerging artists exhibiting and selling their work, live music, performances, and much more!
Here’s some of what we’ve been up to during our fall module:
1. In Vocal Jam Choir, youth made rhythm, sound, beats and song in a dynamic intergenerational community experience that draws from traditions of circle singing, improv, body percussion and creative sound play. They learned how to lose inhibitions, make music with others and set their voice free in a fun and supportive group environment led by vocalist, artist facilitator (and collaborator with SKETCH), Ella Cooper.
Affirmation boxes from Krafty Queers session
2. Krafty Queers is an arts and crafts jam for LGBTQ* youth to Konnect and Kreate. It is an affirming space where youth can explore various crafts and enjoy sharing space with other queer and trans youth. In this module we have been exploring various crafts under the themes of healing, recollection and chosen family such as decoupaging journals, sewing affirmation pouches, making affirmation boards and boxes, stenciling, book binding, pottery, cookie decorating and making holiday cards. Krafty Queers is a developing initiative on the mentorship platform of SKETCH.
Mask from Procession Project
3. Procession Project investigated “an artist’s practice”, through gallery visits, artist talks, and studio discussions on how ideas are conceptualized in various media. On scheduled days, space was offered in visual arts, for small independent creation of work where artists dove into printmaking, drawing and painting. These pieces will be part of the key components of a procession being formed for a major Toronto-based production in 2015 in connection with the Pan Am/ParaPan Games. This collaborative work is being directed and inspired by the Mas Work of artist Marlon Griffith.
4. The Community Artist Program has had a full and fabulous fall season! Community Artists in-Training Cody, Claudinne, Nakisha, Oddane, Kiana & Verity have been working alongside SKETCH coordinators to support running the weekly arts opportunities in the new fall session pilot and building great connections with participants. Most excitingly, CA’s have been hard at work in the SKETCH studios building their own creative portfolios in mediums ranging from jewelry making, illustration, portraiture, video, musical theater, rap, and more.
5. The Circles of Influence Project is a collaboration between Canadian Roots Exchange, artists Liz George (Aanishnawbe, German/Dutch) and Lindsay DuPré (Métis-Cree), and SKETCH. Six youth artists from Toronto (Indigenous and non-Indigenous) have been bringing together an exchange of ideas, knowledge, experiences, and personal stories, to create a leather-based installation. (More on this project in the New Year)
This is just a taste of some of this fall’s initiatives that will “open their studios” to us all next Thursday. So come to wear some masks, sing with Ella and the Vocal Jam Choir, or hear the sounds of our SKETCH Jam Band! See what’s possible when we get together to make things in the arts!
-By SKETCH Team
LGBTQ* – an abbreviation of LGBTTIQQ2SA