NaAC’s Artist Practicum Program
We are so excited to announce NaAC’s first ever Artist Practicum Program! This program builds the capacity of NaAC artists to move further in their professional careers. With a focus on technical training and studio operations, practicums will gain skills that will increase their understanding of their artistic medium, confidence, and employability in the arts.
Each practicum will work directly with a mentor who will teach them skills in their chosen medium. In the first half of the program, the focus will be on shadowing their mentor and assisting in the studio with hands on learning. In the second half of the program, practicums will focus on assisting and applying their skills to their independent studio practice.
At the end of the program, the practicums will show their work in an exhibit at the NaAC. They will work with the team to learn hands on about installing and designing exhibitions.
There are 4 practicum positions:
Drawing & Painting Practicum
This practicum will explore painting, drawing and photography. They will work in assisting in the 2D (painting & drawing) portion of the studio learning about the different materials that artists can use including paper, canvas, acyclics & mediums, water colours etc.
This practicum is best for artists who like to keep things organized and try out new painting and drawing materials & techniques.
Mentors: Carlos Artega & Raewyn Reid
Weekly Session: Thursdays
This practicum will explore painting, drawing and photography. They will work in assisting in the 2D (painting & drawing) portion of the studio learning about the different painting and drawing materials. They will also work in the Darlene Murphy Photography Studio learning photography basics and how to photograph artwork.
This practicum is best for artists who like to keep things organized and are interested in learning some of the details about using cameras and lighting.
Mentor: Jarret Hlady
Weekly Session: Fridays
This practicum will work in the ceramics portion of the studio, learning how to prepare clay, take care of artwork in progress, manage glaze and organize artwork to fire in a kiln.
This practicum is best for artists who like to get their hands dirty and help keep the studio clean, those who like to work with their hands.
Mentor: Jen Wharton
Weekly session: Tuesdays
This practicum will work in the fibre portion of the studio, learning different ways to work with fibre (stitching, embroidery, rug hooking, sewing, felting etc.) This practicum will also learn how to prepare and finish projects. They will also learn about the sewing machine and how to set up for projects like loom weaving, pattern drafting and dyeing.
This practicum is best for artists who like to work with fine detail.
Mentor: Wednesday Lupypciw
Weekly Session: Wednesdays