Pre-Registration Night

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For the first time ever, we are having a pre-registration evening on the same night as Grade 8 night! It’s going to be crazy! But fun! The great news is that, also for the first time ever, we are having Grade 9 Enriched program interviews on the same night as the Senior Multi-credit portfolio reviews.

Grade 9 candidates should bring the completed questionnaire (or we can complete it during the interview).
Senior applicants should bring:

A portfolio consisting of:
– 10 artworks
– Works may be unfinished or exploratory
– Sketchbooks
– Sculpture, Drawing, Painting, Photography, Computer based art, collage etc.
– Large works that are not portable should be documented digitally. Bring your computer to show your work.
– A portion of the portfolio should reflect your interests and style of creativity
– Keep works flat (don’t roll up your work)

We’ll be here from 7-9PM. First come first served. See you there!

Grade 8 Open House

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If you are interested in coming to Beal in September 2013, then this is your chance to check out what the school has to offer. Not just art, but the whole enchilada. The evening gets started in the auditorium at 7, followed by tours and walk-throughs. Bring your questions and speak to the teachers in all the departments. Don’t forget to come and visit Bealart in the basement.

Come early for parking in the King Street lot, or park on one of the side streets (Maitland, or William) or on Dundas.

Just so you know, I take milk in my coffee.

Bealart Grad Wins!

Paula Rayo

We recently ran into on of our Grads from a few years back an was able to catch up on what she was doing with herself. Turns out she is Canada’s Best Young Artist! Here’s what Paula had to say….

 

I want to share how I was able to win Canada’s best young artist this past year:

200 contestants ranging from ages 16-19 across all of Canada entered the contest. The first phase was to submit an art piece into the contest. The second phase was to get as many people as possible to vote for your art piece on their website. The 12 people that received the most votes would have a chance to display their art at the National Gallery of Canada for an entire month. So I was one of the top 12 and from those pieces that were displayed, various judges across Canada came to determine who would win first, second and third place. They chose my piece as number one, as Canada’s best young artist.

They flew me out to Ottawa and I spent two nights and one day there. Upon my arrival, they gave me a few gifts, including a gift certificate for art supplies to further my art career. Then they gave me a “behind-the-scenes” tour, which allowed me to see how the entire gallery works and where and how they store and conserve the art. They took me into various vaults, some which were as cold as a freezer to conserve the art properly. I saw from ancient to contemporary pieces including paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, sketches, sculptures, etc.

One of my favourite things that I saw was some of the group of seven’s sketchbooks. It was quite messy but I loved it. It was not just a book, it was more like scraps put together very neatly placed in a box to conserve it. They also showed me all the techniques and technology they use to store the art. One machine detects the drawing behind the paint in a painting. It takes around 350 very knowledgeable employees to run the gallery. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to take any pictures in the vaults.

Then I was able to see the Van Gogh show and it was incredible! To be able to see so many of his original pieces all at once was amazing.

Finally, the best prize that I received was a portfolio review with the gallery’s curator, Jonathan Shaughnessy. It was such a privilege and amazing opportunity to be able to speak to him. He gave me a lot of helpful insight and advice for my future art career.

Overall, it was just one of the most incredible experiences of my life and I feel really lucky to have gotten the opportunity.

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New Program Options

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Bealart is proud to offer brand new programming for the 2013 – 2014 school year. For the first time ever we are offering studio based courses for our Grade 9 & 10 students! This means that our junior art students will be able to experience the unique facilities that Bealart has to offer as soon as they arrive to Secondary School. Please click the Programs link in the main menu for details!

More Pre-Registration Dates

If you are interested in attending the program next year, here is your chance to register early!

Bring a portfolio consisting of:
– 10 artworks
– Works may be unfinished or exploratory
– Sketchbooks
– Sculpture, Drawing, Painting, Photography, Computer based art, collage etc.
– Large works that are not portable should be documented digitally. Bring your computer to show your work.
– A portion of the portfolio should reflect your interests and style of creativity
– Keep works flat (don’t roll up your work)

We will be holding multiple pre-registration dates throughout the winter!
Thursday November 29 – 7-9pm
Thursday December 6 – 7-9pm
Tuesday January 15 – 7-9pm

In February we will be holding our annual portfolio review/registration sessions every Tuesday 4-6pm and Thursday 7-9pm

Lighting Studio Action

The Senior photo class was given a demonstration in the lighting studio a couple of weeks ago, and they have wasted no time in getting in there with models and lights and all!! It’s great to see them working with equipment so foreign to them, and making it look so easy! Good work to all!! Here’s hoping that there are many excellent negatives to print up in the darkroom. I’ll get some images posted as soon as they become available.

Juozas Cernius Lecture

On Wednesday, November 14, we had the pleasure of hosting one of our alumni for a lecture and overview of his work. Juozas gave an excellent talk about what it means to him to be an artist as well as what it takes to make being an artist a viable business. We took a look at some of Juozas’ work and he gave us stories about where he has been (all over the world). Students were interested in gaining some insight into what schools Juozas had been in, where he found his inspiration and what cities he liked living in most of all. It was a great talk, and a great reason for the entire department to get together!

Thanks to Juozas for coming in, and thanks to all the students for participating!