A few lucky art students are spending eight weeks with artist Tara Nicholson, who will be teaching them how to work with oil paints. The students had their first session this week, where they saw examples of oil painting – a medium favoured by the Group of Seven – and had a chance to experiment a bit with this new medium.
Tara, who works for the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria is visiting SMUS through the New Extremes program. Through New Extremes. students are mentored by a guest artist to create a piece for display at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. Students also learn how to write an artist’s statement and to present their work professionally. This is the third time that SMUS has been involved with the New Extremes program and SMUS is one of only five schools in Victoria chosen for the program.
“We find the program, which comes to us free, is enormously worthwhile,” says Head of Art Anna Forbes. “We want Tara to work with oils because we don’t normally use these in the curriculum and it is giving a new dimension for the AP students to expand their portfolios.”
Instructor Tara Nicholson has her BFA from Ryerson and her MFA from Concordia, and her work from her thesis was exhibited in Montreal. The students pieces created through this project will be on display in March.