Fine Arts Open House
Winter is a great time to explore your artistic side! Beat the winter blahs by taking courses in Continuing Education’s building dedicated exclusively to the arts. With 30 fine arts courses and two certificates, there’s a lot to choose from.
A great way to learn more about these fine arts offerings is to join us at our Fine Arts Open House on December 11. An exhibition of works created in the past semester by students registered in Fine Arts courses will be on display and instructors will be on hand to answer questions. The open house will run from 2 – 5 pm in the Fine Arts Building located at 207 Adelaide Street East.
The building itself features classrooms designed specifically for fine arts instruction, but it also has a built-in gallery space.
“The gallery gives our students the experience of running an exhibition,” says Stefan Galvanek, an instructor who has been with the school for 20 years and who helped design both the space and the fine arts courses. “It gives our student artists a real art world experience and gives them a chance to meet the public, talk about their work and, hopefully, open doors to future exhibitions.”
“Classes at George Brown are part of my ongoing education, as studying and doing art since 2005 is a pivotal dimension of my life,” student Sara Machin says. “Connecting with teachers and students that love what I love gives me a sense of community.”
While discussing her participation in previous student exhibitions, Machin remarks, “It is really encouraging to be validated and supported by the school.”
Students pay for courses individually and may apply them to the corresponding certificate. Day, evening and weekend classes are available. There are also open studio sessions available every Sunday, from 2-5 pm. These independent sessions, which cost $7 per visit, are not instructor-led and allow you to work on your pieces at your own pace. The college provides easels and a model.
“George Brown College offers affordable and accessible drawing opportunities which have allowed me to do what I really love in a welcoming environment,” says Susan Middleton, a Fine Arts student. “The Fine Arts Building is an inclusive environment where anyone who loves to draw and make art can do just that. The classes focused on drawing from life and observation and have helped me develop my skills and fulfill my dreams.”
Learn more about the fine arts courses and certificates.