Artist Programs 2020
Some of our artists this year include
Faye and Skye are leading the campers in natural Indigo dying of paper and fabric. Making masks or decorating books and other creative projects with the Indigo paper and cloth TBD. We are very lucky to have this dynamic duo at Artworth this year.
Faye Jacobs is a Canadian textile artist with over fifty years of experience. She studied Fiber Arts in Boulder, Colorado and Berkeley, California. Faye leads the Jacquard Loom restoration at Lang Pioneer Village Museum, receiving an Ontario 150 Volunteer Service Award. She is a sought-after workshop leader in Natural Dyes, Papermaking and Specialized Weaving.
Faye and Skye are leading the campers in natural Indigo dying of paper and fabric. Making masks or decorating books and other creative projects with the Indigo paper and cloth TBD. Skye is also silk-screening with the Teens during the leadership program.
Skye Morrison Canadian educator, researcher and designer with a lifelong interest in traditional crafts. She received her Ph.D. in Folklore Material Culture) from the University of Pennsylvania. Her MA in Design and Environmental Analysis from Cornell University and her Diploma in Design (Textiles) from Sheridan College, Canada. She was a professor at Sheridan College School of Crafts and Design from 1978 to 2002 when she left full time teaching to pursue research projects. Skye Morrison is an Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Fine Arts at Concordia University, Montreal, since 2007.
Aubrey is back at Artworth by popular demand to lead and inspire campers in rhythmical explorations through hand drumming. He will also be collaborating with Robyn Smith to combine drumming with movement and dance, including a performance on the last day of camp.
Aubrey Dayle’s musicianship began at the age of 5 when he started to study the accordion and the piano. Formally trained at McGill University and Manhattan School of Music, in classical and jazz percussion, Aubrey has performed in a variety of diverse situations. He has toured with James’ Blood’ Ulmer, Hassan Hakmoun, God Street Wine, Sam Rivers, and Ernest Ranglin. As part of the John Popper Band, Aubrey played on both the David Letterman and the Jay Leno shows. He has also performed at Carnegie Hall with the New York Metro Mass Choir. Aubrey teaches private drum lessons through his studio and has been facilitating drum circles for the Durham public and Catholic school boards from 2014 to the present.
Monica will be leading a “Wild Things” pottery project. Ideas to date include the campers making wild creatures in clay from their imaginations. The pottery creations will be decorated, glazed and fired. We are so happy to have Monica back teaching at Artworth.
Monica Johnston is one of the original founding members of ArtWorth. She has been a full-time potter and pottery teacher for 35 years. Monica has been inspiring people from the ages of 5 to 88 to get creative in clay. Monica’s studio is in the village of Warkworth at Frantic Farms Clay and Glass and Gallery. There, people can watch her work, see a class in progress or peruse the variety of artworks in the gallery.
Amanda is leading a handloom weaving project and a nature connection adventure this year. She was the Artworth camp manager in 2019 and we are positively thrilled to have her back.
Amanda O’Rourke – Handloom Weaving and Forest Learning – Bio Coming Soon
Robyn, our performance facilitator extraordinaire from 2019, is back again this year to lead the campers in movement dance and performance.
Robyn Smith grew up in the small village of Flesherton, where she caught the creative bug from the many artists, musicians and theatre folks in her community. Robyn has taught dance and drama through community programs in Peterborough and Flesherton and has performed with Atelier Ludmilla, Nozhem Theatre, the Motley Collective the Theatre on King, appearing in a number of productions including events such as the Precarious Festival, the Bernie Martin Festival, and Public Energy’s Emergency dance festival. Robyn moved to Peterborough in 2006 to pursue a degree in Indigenous Environmental Studies then a B.Ed from Trent University, and now lives in Havelock. Robyn is a French Immersion teacher and arts infusion and environmental education are a strong focus in her kindergarten/grade 1 classroom.
Jeffrey is leading the sketching and painting sessions this year and we are so excited to have him share his amazing talent with the campers. He has designed a horse project and a self-portrait project with the campers as well as building wild frames for their paintings. More details to be determined soon.
Jeffrey Weekes is a Toronto born artist whose achievements have spanned more than 2 decades. A self-taught artist, he has explored the world of Surrealist oil paintings, landscapes, large scale paintings & murals, reproductions, illustrative works, mosaics and portraiture with completed commissions ranging in media from pen & ink, graphite & charcoal, coloured chalk pencil, oil, watercolour, acrylic, and woodwork & furniture design.
Lise has invited campers to visit her farm at the edge of town to sketch Pearl (pictured here) a 2-year old wild Pinto from Chincoteague (now tamed) and a heard of mini-horses. The campers will sketch the horses and dig clay for sculpting and hear inspiring stories about the wild ponies of Chincoteague.
Lise Varrette is a photographer and lover of wild horses.
Anna is our camp manager in 2020 and she couldn’t be happier to be overseeing ArtWorth’s 15th anniversary, with a focus on The Wild Things. She will also be leading the campers in forest forays and facilitating creative activities and games.
Anna Silverstein comes to ArtWorth with a background and love for nature and the arts. During the school year, Anna is an educator at an outdoor school in Toronto (Tamarack West Outdoor School) where the forest of High Park is the classroom. Her education spans a number of disciplines, from the study of architecture in Nova Scotia, to organic farming in British Columbia, and most recently a Masters of Arts in Child Study and Education from OISE at the University of Toronto.
Lesley will be facilitating nature connection activies during the teen leadership program and field trip to Rhythm Hills forest.
Lesley Blaney is a certified nature and forest therapy guide.