Creativity meets innovation as SAC hosts CIS Visual Arts Festival

Art is on the agenda as St. Andrew’s hosts the CIS Ontario Visual Arts Festival.
We are expecting more than 100 of the top art and design students from independent schools on campus Tuesday, January 15 to explore new media and innovative approaches to art making.
The theme of the third annual festival is Creativity X Innovation and festival organizer, Matt Wyatt, SAC’s Upper School Visual Arts teacher, says the underlying desire is to introduce students to new media and innovative ideas.
Workshops will be held in the morning and afternoon lead by guest artists, including three Old Boys:
  • Alec Mulder ’14 is a new media artist who works in a creative technology studio creating custom experiences for brands and agencies. He will lead a workshop on maker culture and robots.
  • Ricky Reininger ’04 is an industrial designer who will assist participating young artists in learning or further developing their digital drawing and sketching skills.
  • Chris Roberts ’87 developed an interest in painting en plein air while studying at the Ontario College of Art. Participating students will be able to try out some radical action painting techniques in Chris’s workshop.
Other workshops are devoted to such disciplines as clay sculpting, ephemeral art, filmmaking, and printmaking.
The day is also about helping students network and learn about career paths in creative fields. There will be a noon-hour art and design university fair held in Staunton Gallery with displays and demos.
This career fair is new to the festival this year. “Our desire is to give kids a stronger sense of a future in creative practice,” Mr. Wyatt said.
He added that students who have a desire to pursue their creative side in post-secondary education don’t need to confine themselves to traditional art streams. He cited tech-based design as a growing field, one that will be in the spotlight Tuesday in Alec Mulder’s workshop, which is being held in the robotics lab with help from Terry Prezens, SAC’s Course Director of Computer Science and Engineering.
In fact, the arts festival will mark the debut of the School’s new laser cutter, one of the cool new tech components of our makerspace, now in the planning stages.
The is the third year for this visual arts extravaganza. The first two festivals were hosted by Trafalgar Castle School in Whitby, Ont. Next year, the festival will move to Appleby College in Oakville, Ont.

The CISVAF organizing committee members are: Matt Wyatt (chair), Randi Berman (SAC Arts Coordinator),Sam Welbourn (Trafalgar Castle School visual arts teacher and CISVAF co-founder), Sarah Craig (Executive Director, CIS Ontario), Stephanie Seagram (art teacher at Appleby College), and Yvonne Hildebrandt (CIS Ontario).

Click here to learn more about the festival.
Story by Julie Caspersen
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