I am drawn to nature, the slow opening of a seed, a lizard’s skin, the human eye up close and personal, our planet from space, molecules under a microscope. I am interested in where art comes from, the tools , the materials, and the stepping stones made by other artists before me.
Unlikely Spoon Collection
I am part of the Group classified as the 1% or the people of the Haves. I have shelter, food ,clothes, family, a job, health and wealth. The Syrian crisis led me to thinking about the two main classes: the HAVES and the HAVENOTS. Spoon Collections reside in many homes collecting dust, always unused. This is a testament to being a Haves. If this is spoon collection never gets used, then why not make it out of very unlikely materials; hair, nails, volcanoes, the moon, toxic waste, and concrete etc. This is the beginning thought process for these works. They are conceptual, silly, dark and commenting on what us Capitalist Haves spend our hard earned money on. -August 2016
Sacred Dot Painting
I have always been intrigued with Australian Aboriginal Dot Paintings. The tools they use are round dowels of various sizes. The way of painting takes a lot of guess work out of how to paint but also is an interesting problem. with pattern and design. This is a meditative practise as much as an art form. I started out painting objects that were sacred to me as an artist. Then I branched off to things that I thought were sacred through time, religion, daily life and nation. August 2016
classes with lauren
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ADULT PROGRAMS with the AGO, 317 Dundas West, Toronto (downtown)
Spring Introduction to Painting
March 27 June 12 2017. 10-1pm or 2-5pm (10 weeks, no classes )
Members $360 | Public $425 A great course for the painting novice! Learn various techniques used by accomplished artists. This course will introduce you to various painting styles and approaches in painting and will draw upon AGO’s collection for inspiration. Learn about value and colour, many paint techniques and then create two still life, a landscape, abstracts in series and a self portrait. This is one of our most popular classes!
As the Georgia O’Keeffe sow is on many of the projects will be using her ideas as inspiration
spring City Explorations: Traveller’s Sketchbook – Botanical Gardens
Tuesday, March 28 – April 25 (5 weeks) 10am-1 pm
Members $225+ | Public $290+ not sure of price sorry Travel to select botanical jewels in the city for drawing instruction en plein air. Learn quick drawing and painting techniques in a range of media that will capture your favourite details. Instruction will take place in the Botanical Gardens and in the Art Gallery of Ontario for direct observation. Students are expected to bring the following supplies: a 4″ x 6″ or 5″ x 7″ hardcover, coil-bound sketchbook, a small cardboard viewfinder or slide frame, ballpoint pen/ gel pen, pencils (HB, 2B, 4B), self-contained pencil sharpener, kneadable eraser. A portable sitting stool is recommended. Students are asked to print out a copy of their receipt and gather in the Community Gallery located in the WFLC for the start of the first class. This terms theme is based on Georgia O’keeffe and her work with flowers.
spring Introduction to Painting , March 29- May 31 2017, 7pm – 10pm (10 weeks) Members $360 | Public $425 A great course for the painting novice! Learn various techniques used by accomplished artists. This course will introduce you to various painting styles and approaches in painting and will draw upon AGO’s collection for inspiration.Learn about value and colour, many paint techniques and then create two still life, a landscape, abstracts in series and a self portrait. This is one of our most popular classes!As the Georgia O’Keeffe sow is on many of the projects will be using her ideas as inspiration.
summer Intro to Everything Wednesday 6-9pm August 2-23, 2017.( 4 weeks) Not sure which process is right for you? Here’s your chance to experiment and play in the studio! Inspired by themes in the AGO’s collections and exhibitions, each week students will explore a different art making technique. From printmaking to painting to drawing and sculpture (and more), this is the ultimate crash course in studio sampling. All materials will be supplied by the AGO. This is an opportunity to enjoy process and making! Please note that this syllabus is a guideline only, and is subject to change depending on course progression and student focus.
summer Abstract Painting Thursday 7-10pm July 6-27, 2017. (4 weeks) Abstract painting is a course designed for the beginner or advanced painter who wants to learn more techniques. It is a technique driven class with a variety of techniques and artists explored. Learn about the variety of paint tools and how certain layers impact others. Techniques covered through demonstration will be; graduated blend, scumble, sgraffito, dry brush, dripping, spatter, stipple, graining, sponging, rag rolling, smuffato, impasto, block aging, glazing and hard edge painting with both tape and stencil. The course will also cover how to create an abstract painting from reality and mimicking famous artist styles.
summer Cityscape Painting Thursday 7-10pm August 3-24, 2017.( 4 weeks) For centuries, artists have found inspiration in the cityscape – its buildings, crowds, and more intimate spaces. In this four week workshop, students will create several paintings inspired by the urban landscape and notions of the “everyday”. The AGO’s collections will frame discussions relating to the history, formal innovations, related conceptual and ideological positions of the cityscape, and its potential for both representational and abstract painterly approaches. A basic knowledge of painting techniques is highly recommended. Students are responsible for the purchase of their own materials. A materials list will be provided on the first day of class.
ADULT PROGRAMS with LUCSCULPTURE 663 Greenwood Ave (east end)
Abstract Painting 8 weeks Wednesday from 930-12 pm Fall: Oct.4 – Nov 22, 2017. Winter: Jan. 17-March 7, 2018 . Spring: April 11- May 30 , 2018. Fees: $315 includes hst http://lucsculpture.com/ 663 Greenwood Ave at Danforth, Toronto 416.461.7936
Fall’s Theme will be technique building delving into contemorary artists.
In this supportive, introductory acrylic painting course we will investigate & create abstract works based on many different painting techniques, artists & their styles. Learn a variety of techniques including: graduated blend, scumble, sgraffito, smuffato, masking off, hard edge, stipple, impasto, combing, scraping, dripping, & high relief build up with inclusion painting using modeling paste. Using the principals of design, colour theory, composition & exercises on how to develop abstract ideas, you will develop your own style & body of work. This course is suitable from beginner to an advanced student. Each term we will cover different aspects of painting for those who wish to continue from previous terms
Drawing Explorations Wednesday afternoon from 1230-3 pm Fall Session: Oct. 4- Nov. 22, 2017. Winter: Jan .17- March 7, 2018. Spring: April 11- May 30, 2018. Fee: $315 (includes taxes) for 8 weeks. http://lucsculpture.com/ 663 Greenwood Ave at Danforth, Toronto 416.461.7936
Fall Theme will be starting from scratch- literally. Mark making and building up forms through line and repeated pattern.
Whether you are taking the first step to becoming a drawer or been drawing for years, this course offers a chance to explore different drawing mediums in a nurturing safe environment. Each week different media will be explored from simple graphite pencils, pencil crayons, markers to India ink with nibs, oil and chalk pastel to more unconventional items like coffee grounds, tea bags and graphite powder. All that is needed is a sketchbook, some loose paper and drawing tools from around your house. Lauren will provide interesting forays into using wet mediums, printmaking methods and collage to enhance your images. Drawings will come from direct observation as well as your imagination. Subject matter will include; still life, botanical, architectural renderings , perspective, portraiture and landscape. Depending on the weather some drawings will happen plein air.
Limited to 10 participants
ADULT PROGRAMS with ARTiculations 2928 Dundas St West , Toronto ON (west end)
Abstract Painting Workshop Series
Abstract Painting Workshop Series Offered -4 different themes 1-4pm , 4 weeks Fee $195
at ARTiculations 2928 Dundas St West , Toronto ON M6P 1Y8 416.901.7464 http://articulations.ca/
Fall Session 3 Abstract Painting: Through History – level 3
Friday November 25-December 16, 2016. , 1:00-4:00pm, 4 weeks Fee $195
Lets create Abstract Art through the ages and learn how modern artists reacted to the past. We will be creating four works related to several jumping off points in history. We will start with ancient cave painting and the use of stencils and a limited palette. Then move into Egyptian Hieroglyphs and works by Torres – Garcia and how they are similar. Then we switch continents to Australian Aboriginal Dot painting using dowels and meditation as our main tools, and finish with the impact of African Masks specifically on Picasso and Modigliani. This course is suitable from beginner to an advanced student.
Week 1: Earliest Cave painting
Week 2: Emblems and Stories: Egyptian Hieroglyphs vs Torres –Garcia
Week 3: Australian Aboriginals. Dot painting
Week 4: African Masks vs. Picasso
Winter Session 1 Abstract Painting: From Landscape – level 4
Dates Friday starting Jan 13- Feb 3, 2017. 1:00-4:00pm 4 weeks Fee $195
at ARTiculations 2928 Dundas St West, Toronto ON M6P 1Y8 416.901.7464 http://articulations.ca/
In this innovative, acrylic painting workshop we will investigate & create several abstract works based on transforming a real landscape photograph into an abstract version of it. You can make things more realistic or more abstract depending on your personal tastes. Each week we will explore something different; from technique, depth, different paint strategies and different view points. This course is suitable for a beginner or an advanced student.
Week 1: Technique Building: creating several manufactured landscapes using many techniques
Week 2: Rocks, Sand and Surf : using a beach scene as a starting point
Week 3: Exploring trees: looking at piet mondrien’s apple tree series. We will explore techniques with schlapitka, the signature conifers, dabbing deciduous and palette knifing bark
Week 4:View from above part two using washes and watery paint we will cover our modeling past from last week , we will also finish week 2 and 3 projects .
ADULT WORKSHOPS (east and west end)
Colour Theory for the Practicing Artist (east end)
Saturday November 4 2017 or Feb 3 or May 4 2018 from 9:30 to 4 pm ( bring your lunch and all materials)
Fee $110 (including Taxes) Limited Space Please book Now!
Location: LucSculpture School & Gallery , 663 Greenwood Ave at Danforth, Toronto 416.461.7936
In this full day workshop students will explore how colour works in relation to its neighbors on the colour wheel. We will paint our way through true primary , secondary and tertiary colours along with homologous, analogous and complementary colours. Along the way we will gain some language about colour from hue, warm , cool, tint, tone, intensity , simultaneous contrast, luminosity and what each colours value is on the grey scale. We will also look at Colour Theorists, Itten, Munsell, and Goethe. This is a hands on workshop where you may use the paint you already have to create useful colour wheels and value scales that help you further understand what your chosen palette can do .
If you are wanting to explore colour theory in its truest sense then using gouache** is the best medium to be working in as it dries quickly, matte (with no sheen) , is opaque, and does not flake. Turner and Pebeo are great brands, Reeves is very inexpensive but does flake. We want paint to be ideally opaque and matte so the hue won’t be influenced by the surface or by the shininess of the paint. **Colour theory can be done in any paint medium; watercolour, oil, tempera, and acrylic; however all of them have their own challenges. Watercolour should not have the use of white as the paper acts as the white and paint is transparent but does dry quickly. Oil paint takes a long time to dry and can act quite transparently with a sheen and turns muddy quickly. Also more brushes are needed as clean up is challenging . Acrylic comes in many brands that varies in sheen, transparency and opacity along with “open paints” that are sticky and take a really long time to dry. Tempera of a low quality will mix unevenly with a gritty nature and can flake off after it dries.
2H or HB pencil
Palette that can hold many colours at once (round plastic ones with 6-8-10 wells are great)
#2, #4, talkyon round tipped brush and or #4, #6 talkyon flat tipped brush – it makes a smoother surface than hogs hair brushes
2-3 Water containers
The colours needed for this workshop are: (titanium) white, (ivory) black , primary yellow, primary red/magenta, primary blue/cyan. If true primaries are unavailable then owning cadmium red medium, magenta, lemon yellow, cadmium yellow medium, ultramarine blue, pthalo blue or cyan are your best options .
SUMMER RETREAT at UNICAMP, north of Shelburne
ARTIST’S OUTDOOR RETREAT: Connecting with Nature August 27- September 1 2017.
Unicamp Of Ontario, 638159 PRINCE OF WALES RD, MULMUR ON L9V 0C5
Registration: 519-925-6432 or http://unicampofontario.ca/register
Connecting with Nature with Lauren McKinley Renzetti. Using Unicamp and environs as our inspiration with its picturesque vistas, mossy craggy caves, dappled ponds, rolling hills, fantastic forests and expansive skies. We will explore the perfect location and capture the light of morning, afternoon, dusk and sunset. In three or four sessions a day create a series of studies in your media of choice with on location drawing and painting.These studies can be small and detailed and can then be a spring board for larger works back in your studio or be finished works in their own right. Go off on your own, or stick with the camaraderie of the group. Be introduced to a variety of techniques and strategies to create interesting composition. This retreat is for all abilities, whether you are a practicing artist or just starting out, you set your own pace. Bring your own materials. Unicamp Of Ontario Registration: 519-925-6432 http://unicampofontario.ca
Program Fee: sliding scale $100-150, + Accommodation & Food about $350
Dates: August 27-September 1, 2017 Sunday 4pm- Friday 4pm Limited Space BOOK NOW! ONLY SPOTS LEFT!