I could not anticipate how difficult and hilarious it would be to simply “set up” for a workshop with 10+ cats! If it fits, it truly sits. Oh a piece of paper? Chew. Oh a box that you are trying to unpack? Sit. Oh a glass of paint water? Lick. Oh a jar of paintbrushes? Spill! Oh you’re trying to talk? Let’s whack those toes! It was quite the experience! And we can’t wait to do it again.
UPCOMING EVENTS AT THE AGNES ETHERINGTON ART CENTRE AT QUEEN'S
I'm thrilled to announce I am kicking the new year off with the Agnes Etherington Art Centre at Queen's University. I'll be instructing and facilitating a range of creative programs for kid's, youth and families this winter + spring! I invite you to join + share the word! Read more below.
Saturdays, 3 February–10 March, 11 am–12:30 pm
Fee: $130, $100 members. Materials included.
Danielle Folkerts teaches a medley of visual art forms in Saturday morning sessions for 6-12 year-olds. Classes are process-focused, exploring materials and methods in paintings, drawing, sculpture, and printmaking. Kaleidoscope offers foundational art skills while promoting self-expression, confidence and problem-solving.
Danielle Folkerts is a modern painter, textile artist, and art educator living in Kingston, Ontario. After graduating from the Alberta of College Art + Design with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting, Danielle has spent her time travelling the globe, creating art, attending artist residencies, and developing and instructing creative workshops.
The Agnes is committed to making arts programming accessible to children and youth in our communities. Our bursaries allow opportunity for participation in art classes and camps based on financial need. This program is made possible by the Iva Speers Fund for Art Education.
FREE YOUTH PROGRAM
Thursdays, 3 to 5 pm
15 February–26 April 2018
Shaped by teens, Crash Studio brings forth a collision of creative minds who find common ground through art making. Responding to the visual culture in the galleries and to social issues faced by teens, Crash Studio is a platform for self-expression across art media. This free, drop-in program is facilitated by local artists, and is made possible by the generosity of our members and donors.
FREE FAMILY PROGRAM
Log Cabin Quilt Square
Sunday 18 February 2018, 2–4 pm
Drop-in to the Andre Biéler studio, with Danielle Folkerts, for a creative project inspired by our exhibition Log Cabin: A Canadian Quilt. Families explore the rich history of log cabin quilts through colour, texture and materials while working together to create a quilt square of their own. This program is free, register online to reserve your spot. Indicate the number of family members coming in the notes section on the “Place Order” page.
The Log Cabin quilt is as distinctive in design as it is in versatility. Strips of fabric, or “logs,” are stitched around a square “hearth” to form a block, or “cabin.” Depending on how logs are pieced and blocks arranged, a Log Cabin can take varied forms, such as Barn Raising, Straight Furrow, Sunshine and Shadow, and Pineapple. In the nineteenth century, the Log Cabin quilt pattern was described as “Canadian patchwork,” evoking the colonial homestead. Log Cabin quilts, however, have broad cultural presence—as a nexus of trade networks, artistic exchange, community building and contemporary expression. Featuring quilts from the Heritage Quilt Collection at the Agnes, along with special historical and contemporary works from other collections, this exhibition reveals the many ways in which a Log Cabin can tell a story and embody meaning within regional, national and global contexts.
Curated by Alicia Boutilier, with the assistance of Sheilagh Quaile, as part of an Art History practicum course.
36 University Avenue
Kingston, Ontario, Canada
The Travelling Artisan Weave & Go Kit!This kit was designed for makers on the go. We have busy lives, and it's important to carve out time for art making. I've put together a comprehensive tool package for you to get started on your weaving journey. Kit's are laser cut in Kingston, Ontario. This starter kit is perfect for making small wall hangings, coasters, decorations, small cushions, you name it. It makes a great gift for yourself, or a friend!
For Lululemon Kingston I created a vibrant, intricate, and clean art install. The painting itself consists of thousands of expressive brushstrokes, blooming out in a stunning translucent color gradient. I hope this installation captures your attention from afar, inviting you closer, to appreciate the small details and take a look at what’s inside. One of my favourite elements of this installation if how much it changes from the inside and the outside, depending on the time of day, it's mesmerizing....
I'd like to personally invite you to check out a curated collection of my artwork at Crave Coffee House! The show is currently up and runs for the next several months. I couldn't be happier to have my work up at one of my favourite cafes in Kingston. Just ask them, I probably pay their rent in m&m cookies and cappuccinos every week. Do I have a problem? Probably....
I was so beyond excited to head out west again with my other half! This summer has truly been a whirlwind. We drove out to Vancouver Island, stopped in Victoria and Nanaimo, and slowly made our way up and through the island all the way to Campbell River and Strathcona Park. We visited friends along the way, jumped in the water every single day, enjoyed a multi-day kayaking trip, and made some pretty incredible memories. Vancouver Island never ceases to be one of my favourite destinations, and a place I look forward to going time and time again.
It all transpired rather rapidly, one minute I was welcoming Andy home from being on course, the next we were packing our bags and waking up at 5 am to hit the road. With a lengthy drive under our belts! Spotting orcas on the ferry ride over started the trip off with a bang. Vancouver Island is one of our favourite places, its home.
With that all said, it's been brewing in the background for quite some time now, and I've been excited to have finally launched my first adult watercolour workshops at The Kingston Collective! I've taken all of my favourite techniques, broad experience and product knowledge and complied it together to create a comprehensive beginners class. This spring I hosted 2 SOLD OUT Modern Watercolour Workshops, and boy did we have fun. I'm always blown away to see so many different personalities and talents shine bright through painting. That is simply the magic of painting.
Kid's are fearless. Yes they can get nervous, aren't sure of themselves, or may be a bit timid towards art, but at the end of the day, when you put a brush in one of their hands, they will paint. They will blow you away with their raw creativity, because they just go with it. I may have blabbered on for a few minutes about the project, but they'll take it with a grain of salt, and have fun with it. And isn't that what art-making is all about?
Vernon, BC is a darling city nestled in the Okanagan. I was fortunate enough to return to one of my favourite spots for a month+ long artist residency with the Caetani Cultural Centre. A week in and I was amazed at what I could accomplish working in the studio full time. A lot can happen when you step away, and really focus on creating...
So you are a maker/artist/creative entrepreneur and you've just signed up for your very first creative market? Maybe it's not your first rodeo, but your second or third, or maybe you are seasoned pro. Regardless, our Market Day Musts List looks quite similar! Today I'm sharing with you a helpful checklist for you to cross-off the next time you are prepping for an upcoming event. I always find creating a list keeps me focused, organized, and less frazzled leading up to any event.
As always, each class I am so inspired by my students. At the end of class every painting is so unique and speaks to you each of you as a budding artist. The Wildflower image in particular was more difficult due to its abstract nature... We all started somewhere, and it truly just takes the patience and the willingness to give yourself time and a space to create...
I was able to run two wonderful painting events at the Lacombe Memorial Centre, before I moved out East. I absolutely love planning and organizing these events. It’s a lot of work, but I have so much fun doing it! The minute a class is over, I’m already scheming for the next. I was overwhelmed with all of the support and attendance....
I ran an exciting Paint Night Out! at the Lacombe Memorial Centre!! I need to send out an amazing THANK YOU to all of the wonderful ladies who came out tonight!! It was such a blast to spend the night painting and drinking wine with you all. I was blown away by all of the enthusiasm, talent and courage you all had to try something completely new...