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Back to this year's Conference & Art Show

Art For All Canada
presents
AFAC 2010 Conference for Artists and Art Show
a not-for-profit event for artists by artists
Conference: 6-7th March, 2010, 10am-4pm;
Art Show: (unattended) 6-13th March.
at
Metro Hall (between Wellington and King Streets), Toronto

AFAC 2010 Art Show: 6-13th March, 2010. Cost: FREE ADMISSION.
Featuring works of the first 150 artists who register to attend conference;
Venue: Rotunda, Main Floor, Metro Hall, King Street, Toronto (visited by over 3,500 persons per week).
The first 150 artists who register to attend may display one of their paintings framed sculptures or photographs (up to framed 20"wide x 24"high in size) in the Art Show 6-13th March. Bring your art ready to hang and with identification (title of work; your name and contact information attached) on first day of conference; it will be hung for you. Artists must sign liability waiver. Buyers will contact you directly. Art For All Canada (AFAC) does NOT charge artists any commissions on sale of their work. 

AFAC 2010 Conference, 6-7th March, 2010 - Great lineup of speakers and demonstrators!!!
Tons of learning opportunities, free samples and prizes to win. Complimentary Networking Lunch each day.
Venue: 3rd Floor, Metro Hall, King Street, Toronto.
Cost: only $199 early booking 2-day Conference Fee; until 31st January, 2010; ($250 after 31st January).


"Empowering Artists in Toronto" is the theme for the AFAC 2010 Conference agenda which is packed with educational presentations and workshops by highly successful professional artists as well as product demonstrations from leading art materials suppliers. Artists attending will learn how they can become more successful, how they can learn new techniques and sharpen their skills, discover and benefit from better marketing opportunities to show and sell their work.

Attend both days to see as many different presentations and demos as possible. There is an option to attend for only a single day at a cost of $125 (until 31st January; thereafter it is $150). Don't miss this once-a-year opportunity to network with your peers over a complimentary buffet lunch each day.

AFAC 2010 Conference Agenda "At A Glance"
(subject to change without notice).

The conference will have presentations, demonstrations and workshops in Rooms 304, 303 and 302 in Metro Hall, King Street, Toronto. You may attend as many sessions as you wish. Note: seating is limited to 50 per session.

Day 1: Saturday 6th March, 2010
8:30 - 9:45am Artists Deliver Paintings to Art Show in the Rotunda and Registration Opens in Room 308
9:45am Opening Remarks in Room 308 by Sheila J. Mitchell, Executive Director, Art For All Canada, Inc.
10:00-11:15 R304 Understanding the Properties of Pigments in Watercolour by Doug Purdon, Winsor & Newton
11:15-12:30 R304 Jazzing the Modern Medium: understanding Acrylic paints and Mediums by Rheni Tauchid, Tri-Art
10:00-11:15 R303 Abstract techniques demo using oil paint with cold wax by Barbara Chappell
11:15-12:30 R303 Painting demo with water-based oil paint brush and palette knife by Valerie Kent
10:00-11:15 R302 So You Want to be a Professional Artist - What's Next? by Cathy Groulx, CSA
11:15-12:30 R302 You deserve the front cover too! How to get exposed as an Artist by Ashley McKenzie-Barnes

12:30 -1:30 Buffet Lunch and Sponsor Exhibits (Room 308)

1:30-3:00 R304 Encaustic Painting demo by Kathryn Bevier, Enkaustikos Wax Supplies, Rochester, N.Y.
3:00-3:30 R304 Why Use Good Stretchers to Support Your Art by Donato Cianci, Upper Canada Stretchers
3:00-4:00 R303 Crystalline and Brayer Paper Demonstration by Valerie Kent
1:30-2:30 R303 How to prepare an effective Artists Statement by Valerie Kent
1:30-2:00 R302 Art Education: the great loss in our schools by: Edwin Longueville
2:00-3:00 R302 Art History: The Conspiracy of Silence by Suzanne Tevlin
2:30-4:00 R302 Demosnstration TBC by Ed Yaghdjian

Day 2: Sunday, 7th March 2010
8:30am Registration Opens in Room 308
9:45am Opening Remarks in Room 308 by Sheila J. Mitchell, Executive Director, Art For All Canada, Inc.
10:00-11:15 R304 Encaustic Painting demo by Kathryn Bevier, Rochester, N.Y.
11:15-12:30 R304 Pastel Portrait Drawing and Pet Drawing by Soudabeh Majidi
10:00-11:15 R303 SPEAK UP! How to Talk About Your Art So People Listen by Heather Stubbs
11:15-12:30 R303 So You Want to be a Professional Artist - What's Next? by Cathy Groulx, CSA
10:00-11:15 R302 Market yourself effectively as an artist or a photographer using the Internet by Joanna Turlej
11:15-12:30 R302 Marketing Your Art without Selling Your Soul by Helen Walter

12:30 -1:30 Buffet Lunch and Sponsor Exhibits (Room 308)

1:30-3:00 R304 Introduction to new Artist's Acrylic by Doug Purdon, Winsor & Newton N.J
3:00-3:30 R304 How to use Good Stretchers to Support Your Art by Donato Cianci, Upper Canada Stretchers
1:30-3:00 R303 Creative thinking for artists. Thinking outside the box by Liv Babra
3:00-4:00 R303 Framing your Masterpieces by TBC
1:30-2:30 R302 Painting, Drawing with Japanese Paper by Nancy Jacobi
2:30-4:00 R302 "Drawing from Experience - A Life in Cartoons" by Bruce Outridge

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AFAC 2010 Conference Agenda
(subject to change without notice)

The conference runs from 10:00am to 4:00pm daily and presentations, demonstrations and workshops following different tracks will be presented in rooms 302, 303 and 304 in Metro Hall, King Street, Toronto. Registered attendees may choose and attend as many sessions as they wish. Note: seating is limited to 50 persons per session.

Day 1: Saturday 6th March, 2010

8:30 - 9:45am Artists Deliver Paintings to Art Show in the Rotunda; Conference Registration in Room 308

9:45am Opening Remarks in Room 308 by Sheila J. Mitchell, Executive Director, Art For All Canada, Inc.

10:00-11:15am in Room 304
Understanding the Properties of Pigments in Watercolour by Doug Purdon, Ontario Education Consultant, Winsor & Newton, N.J.
Learn how to use the various new pigments now available in watercolour to achieve brilliant effects in your paintings. You can produce exciting new colours by mixing them with each other or by combining them with traditional pigments to produce special effects. You will also learn how to use watercolour mediums to alter the working properties of your paint.
Doug a professional painter and is Educational and Technical Advisor for Winsor & Newton. He lectures on painting materials and techniques at colleges and universities. He teaches at University of Toronto's School of Continuing Studies and Loyalist College. His work is exhibited in galleries in Canada, US and Britain.

11:15-12:30pm in Room 304
Jazzing the Modern Medium by Rheni Tauchid, Tri-Art
A broad scope presentation on understanding Acrylic paints and Mediums, and an exploration of improvisational application methods and techniques. Knowing your materials is imperative to using them with both facility and confidence. Acrylics are a revolutionary medium, an evolving material. Understanding the way they work, and how acrylic mediums can be used to manipulated and dictate the behaviour and appearance of the acrylic surface will enhance every painters creative process. The emphasis of this presentation will be on high viscosity and Liquid acrylic colours as well as a large array of acrylic mediums and additives.
The author of "The New Acrylics" (Watson-Guptill 2005) and it's sequel, "New Acrylics Essential Sourcebook" (Watson-Guptill 2009), Rheni Tauchid has an extensive working knowledge of acrylic paints from the point of view of a painter, manufacturer and researcher. Materials consultant and Acrylic Education program director for Tri-Art Manufacturing, her passion is to paint, and to impart knowledge on the Acrylic materials.

10:00-11:00am in Room 303
Abstract techniques demo using oil paint with cold wax by Barbara Chappell
Barbara has returned to oil paint and pure abstract work, experimenting with oil and cold wax as a medium on substrates of cradled wood or canvas.
Barbara, a painter and ceramic sculptor, describes herself as "just an emerging artist who has found a new direction for her work".

11:00-12:30pm in Room 303
Painting demo with water-based oil and palette knife by: Valerie Kent
This back to back demonstrations shows the versatility of watersoluable oil. The Palette Knife demonstration focuses on a thick and juicy layer application for impasto.
Valerie Kent is an experienced artist and teacher. She studied at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Montreal, Concordia University, the University of Iowa, York University, Ryerson, Saint Francis Xavier University, University of Toronto and Ontario Studies in Education. (B.F.A, B.Ed. M.F.A. Valerie facilitates workshops and courses in Canada and Europe.

10:00-11:15am in Room 302
So You Want to be a Professional Artist - What's Next? by Cathy Groulx
Cathy discusses all of the important issues that need to be addressed once you decide to become "a professional" including: your art background, future needs, classes, instructors, setting goals, documenting your work, importance of networking, product quality, location and safety of your workplace; and, building a CV / resume.
Cathy is a member of numerous art organizations, including The Ontario Society of Artists. She has won numerous awards, curated and exhibited Internationally. During her career as a professional artist over 20 years Cathy has had 23 solo exhibitions, over 175 group shows, her art is in numerous co-orporate and private collections in nine countries. Cathy teaches, lectures and judges art and photography competitions.

11:15-12:30pm in Room 302
Visual Artist deserve the front cover too! How to get yourself exposed as an Artist by Ashley McKenzie-Barnes
This presentation is focused on showing visual artists how to market and brand themselves in a way that will get them public exposure as well as how to position themselves to attract media attention. This will include a presentation on different means of social media, print, PR and word of mouth.
Ashley graduated from Cardinal Carter Academy for the Arts, with a major in Visual Arts; she obtained certificates in Graphic Design and Desktop Publishing from Centennial College and graduated in 2005 with a diploma in Advertising & Graphic Design from the Humber College School of Media Arts.
Ashley has captured the attention of several internationally acclaimed personalities (including director LilX, screenplay writer/actress Trey Anthony, CBC Radio's Garvia Bailey, and has been featured in a number of magazines including CREAMWORLD, Caribana, Share, PEACE and SWAY magazine. As well, she was featured alongside her Art Collective (SIXAHWI) as one of the official project artists in Toronto's 2009 Scotiabank Nuit Blanche contemporary Art showcase.

12:30 -1:30 Buffet Lunch and Sponsor Exhibits (Room 308)

1:30-3:00pm in Room 304
Encaustic Painting demo by Kathryn Bevier, Enkaustikos Wax Supplies, Rochester, N.Y.

3:00pm in Room 304
Why Use Good Stretchers to Support Your Art by: Donato Cianci, Upper Canada Stretchers

1:30- 3:00pm in Room 303
Crystalline and Brayer Paper Demonstration by Valerie Kent
What is beautiful about Crystalline paper is that it has a sleek transparency. It is made with tissue paper covered with acrylic gloss gel. After it has dried, acrylic paint is then poured on and manipulated, introducing the possibility of adding other media to it, such as inks, glitter and specialty acrylics. There is a gem-like quality to this type of work. Both negative designs and positive images put on with stencils also are possible and desirable.
Brayer Paper is opaque but is no less beautiful. It is created by using tissue paper covered with gesso and the more coats, the more leathery the texture. Color after drying is rolled on in glazes and texturizing materials added to it providing a very different feel and look. Again inks, glitter and specialty acrylics give it a totally unique appearance. These papers can be used alone, or can be incorporated into collages or other mixed media pieces. They are what the Cheshire Cat is smiling about!

3:00pm in Room 303
How to prepare an effective Artists Statement by Valerie Kent
This workshop concentrates on how to be ready when opportunity presents itself and your information is needed. Artists must promote and self advocate. Important documents for your personal repertoire are: press releases, statements of personal philosophy, artists’ statement, and 50, 100 and 200 word bios. Template kits provided.

1:30-2:00pm in Room 302
Art Education: the great loss in our schools by: Edwin Longueville
We have all but abandoned Art education in our schools, in grade school it is very much left to the individual teacher, and in high school it is an elective, we are heading towards an inartistic society. As Artists we have to step up to the plate.( I will explain what I do and hopefully motivate others)
Born In Belgium and Graduated with a M.A. in Art History, trained in painting, sculpture, etching Edwin worked as High school Art Teacher in Australia, Taught Pottery for Fleming college in Ontario and now operates his own pottery studio and School, with the aim of training the future generation of potters.

2:00-3:00pm in Room 302
The Conspiracy of Silence: Gericault's Raft of The Medusa and the Abolitionist Movement by Suzanne Tevlin
Art history is incredibly exciting in its current state of flux. After centuries of “almost dead white guys in suits”, the profile of the art historian is changing. Students of every gender, race, and persuasion have been set the task of redefining the narrative - for new questions require new research, new ways of reading imagery and ultimately new answers. A new history of art - what a concept!

The research done over the past several years on Theodore Gericault’s, Raft of The Medusa, is a perfect example of this phenomenon. We now know that in painting this work, Gericault was taking a daring and controversial stand in firm support of the Abolitionist Movement. He not only prophesizes, in this painting, the necessary and imminent success of the movement, but also the eventual triumph of the African race. Talk about rocking the boat! But don't kid yourself - he paid for the privilege, it took just about 200 years for this information to surface. But the truth will out and it's fascinating! More conspiracy theory - just like the old days!
Suzanne Tevlin is an artist, art historian and writer. She has lectured on the history of art at the University of Toronto for several years, as well as at USMC, OCAD, Parsons-Paris, and Le Musee Ephrussi de Rothschild. She has had exhibitions in Paris, Monaco, along the Cote d'Azur, in London, and in Canada. She is represented in collections throughout Europe and North America.

3:00pm in Room 302 TBA by Ed Yaghdjian

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Day 2: Sunday, 7th March 2010

8:30am Conference Registration in Room 308

9:45am Opening Remarks in Room 308 by Sheila J. Mitchell, Executive Director, Art For All Canada, Inc.

10:00-11:15am in Room 304
Encaustic Painting Kathryn Bevier, Rochester, N.Y.

11:15-12:30pm in Room 304
Two drawing presentations in Pastel Portrait Drawing and Pet Drawing; by Soudabeh Majidi
I will start with a painted Canvas (previously acrylic coated canvas, with a bright colour i.e. red). Then, using a printed photo as my reference I will draw with a different colour acrylic on the canvas (breaking the anatomy in geometrical shapes); refine the blocks of geometric shapes adding the curves; mix paints, one representing the light and the other representing shadow; Indicate the light and dark area with just two colors; add the mid tone in between the dark and light colour and show how to blend; then add details.

Soudabeh has been pursuing her love of painting since early childhood. She began her work in traditional painting under tutelage of several Iranian Artists/instructor - Soheil Foroutan(Portrait and still life in oil), Rooin Pakbaz(basic design), Ammamehpich(drawing) and Idin Aghdashloo( water colour).

Following these explorations, after residing in Canada, she enrolled in OCAD where in addition to extensive studio practice in life drawing and painting, she was exposed to several different disciplines in art, such as: print making, multi media and three dimensional designs. She has had several group and solo shows in Canada and Iran, and has taught painting for many years.

10:00-11:15am in Room 303
SPEAK UP! How to Talk About Your Art So People Listen by Heather Stubbs
Effective communication combines inner confidence and outer expressive skills. Develop speaking confidence through a new perspective: re-define your audience from adversary to partner. Polish your presentation with no-fail techniques to connect with your listeners. Let a professional performer show you how to catch your listeners’ attention and keep it.
Heather has Bachelor of Music, Performance Major, UBC; graduate of London Opera Centre, England. Performed leading roles in opera and musical comedy in Canada and England. Did extensive concert touring throughout Canada and northwestern United States. As a speaker and presentation skills trainer, Heather draws on a lifetime of performing experience.

11:15-12:30pm in Room 303
So You Want to be a Professional Artist - What's Next? by Cathy Groulx
Cathy discusses all of the important issues that need to be addressed once you decide to become "a professional" including: your art background, future needs, classes, instructors, setting goals, documenting your work, importance of networking, product quality, location and safety of your workplace; and, building a CV / resume.
Cathy is a member of numerous art organizations, including The Ontario Society of Artists. She has won numerous awards, curated and exhibited Internationally. During her career as a professional artist over 20 years Cathy has had 23 solo exhibitions, over 175 group shows, her art is in numerous co-orporate and private collections in nine countries. Cathy teaches, lectures and judges art and photography competitions.

10:00-11:15am in Room 302
Market yourself effectively as an artist or a photographer using the Internet by Joanna Turlej
Many ways to use internet to market yourself as artist or photographer will be discussed and demonstrated: Well designed Web site, building of email database, periodic e-newsletter, society memberships with gallery presence, Linkedin profile and Linkedin groups, blog, Facebook, Twitter, Internet research and gallery direct contact.
Joanna Turlej graduated from O.C.A.D., where she studied graphic design and fine art. She has a graphic/Web site design business and she is a watercolour artist. This unique position, allows her to understand artists’ need to market themselves effectively. Joanna designed many artists' Web sites which contributed to their success.

11:15-12:30pm in Room 302
Marketing your Art without selling your Soul by Helen Walter
Selling your art is a business. Selling your soul is not required. Attendees will come away with a clearer understanding of buying motivations and how to approach marketing their art. Topics covered include target markets, research, the written word and persuasive communications.
Helen started Capstone Communications Group, a marketing company, with her partner in 1982. Capstone designs and develops marketing (websites, logos, brochures, posters, postcards and complete campaigns) for large and small companies in wide array of industries. Helen is also a landscape painter and understands and sympathizes with the artistic mind.

12:30 -1:30 Buffet Lunch and Sponsor Exhibits (Room 308)

1:30-2:30pm in Room 304
Introduction to new Artist's Acrylic by Doug Purdon, Ontario Education Consultant, Winsor & Newton, N.J.
Winsor and Newton has just introduced a New Artist’s Acrylic. Learn the exciting new properties of this paint and how you can take advantage of them in both non-representational and realist painting. You will also shown the exciting new pigments now available and how they can be used in your paintings.
Doug a professional painter and is Educational and Technical Advisor for Winsor & Newton. He lectures on painting materials and techniques at colleges and universities. He teaches at University of Toronto's School of Continuing Studies and Loyalist College. His work is exhibited in galleries in Canada, US and Britain.

2:30-3:00pm in Room 304
Why Use Good Stretchers to Support Your Art by Donato Cianci, Upper Canada Stretchers

3:00pm in Room 304
Creating Magic from Photographs by Elaine Hunter
Sometimes we destroy or ignore our evnironment and its natural beauty often drive quickly past something that is extremely beautiful without even a second thought about it. My photographs are digitally enhanced to get viewers to take a second look at something previously ignored. Elaine is an internationally renowned, multiple award-winning dancer and creative photographer. She lives in Halfmoon Bay, B.C.

1:30-2:30pm in Room 303
Creative thinking for artists. Thinking outside the box by Liv Babra
In this workshop artists will identify their "box" and how it was created. With the aid of thumb nails and other exercises one learns the process of creative thinking. To participate fully in this workshop everyone must bring a 2 B pencil and a sketch pad.
Born in Kenya, Liv Babra grew up spending holidays on the grand foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro, where his grandfather owned the local sawmills. It was here in the tradition of family craftsmanship that he discovered his deep appreciation and passion for wood. In this youthful time of learning, Liv was also exposed to the fine art of African carvings, which left a profound impression on his imaginative mind. He earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Corcoran School of Art, in Washington D.C. His creative energy is devoted to sculpting in wood and stone at his Studio.

2:30-3:00pm in Room 303
Framing your Masterpieces by TBC

1:30-2:30pm in Room 302
Painting, Drawing with Japanese Paper by Nancy Jacobi
After looking through images of the time-consuming technique of making washi and seeing examples of its innovative use in many contemporary artworks including painting and drawing, artists will be inspired to use this sustainable, flexible material in unique ways. If you are looking to take your work to fresh uncharted territory, don’t miss this presentation.
Nancy Jacobi is the president of The Japanese Paper Place, the world’s largest distributor of washi. Thirty years ago in Japan, she first discovered, and became intrigued by Japanese paper and its creative potential. Since then, she has documented her frequent visits to the papermaking villages, organized exhibitions and travelled around the world to encourage artists to get to know this important resource while it is still available.

2:30pm in Room 302
 "Drawing from Experience - A Life in Cartoons" by Bruce Outridge
Learn how to use the experiences in life to create a unique career from your art. Illustrator Bruce Outridge will show you how to use your past experiences to create unique works of art. Using his former career as a basis for his art Bruce has developed a career revolving around caricatures, comics, and cartoons. Unleash your unique take on life through the world of art through this unique presentation.

 

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