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Storytelling Through Light

January 24 @ 1:00 pm March 27 @ 3:00 pm UTC-6

Weekly on Wednesdays.

$150 ($15 per session, scholarships available for 100% coverage)

The light within a photo can highlight and share details that are important for the artist and viewer. When you snap a photo of someone you think about how they will look in the photo. The background, colours and the clothes they are wearing all tell a story.

Guest facilitator nicole kelly westman will lead our group through the process of setting up a photo to tell the story you want to share. Each artist will transform a fabric backdrop through fabric dying, painting or collage that will sit behind them for dedicated self portrait sessions. Each artist will receive copies of their self portraits and a better understanding of photo processes.

This class is open to mixed ability participants ages 16+.

There is financial support available through scholarships. If you are interested in applying for financial support, please contact Kylie Poppe at 403-253-3174 ext. 0 for scholarship information. Scholarships will cover 100% of the class fee.

nicole kelly westman

nicole kelly westman is an artist, writer, organizer, poetizer, and Aunty of Métis and Icelandic descent who lives with the chaotic pleasures of a dyslexic mind. She is surrounded in support by the interconnected care and plurality of her community. As an artist, she is indebted to the creatives that came before her and strenuously forged space, the curators that place care at the fore of their labour, and the communities that foster confidence in her practice. Westman holds a BFA in Photography from Emily Carr University (2012), and has recently returned to Mohkinstsis.

Richelle Bear Hat

Richelle Bear Hat is a Calgary based Blackfoot/Dane-zaa Cree artist. She graduated from the Alberta College of Art + Design with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drawing in 2011. Bear Hat has since gone on to work with the Banff Centre as a Collections Practicum (formally work study) with the Walter Phillips Gallery, TRUCK Contemporary Art in Calgary as Engagement Coordinator and is currently Coordinator of Indigenous Programs at the National accessArts Centre. Bear Hat is interested in the many ways knowledge can be exchanged within family mentorships and in return translated and honoured. Video, text, sound and paper-based works are the materials and means of production she uses as a platform for storytelling. 

National accessArts Centre

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