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Artistic Pursuit

  • Maiwa Loft #6-1666 Johnston St. Vancouver, BC, V5L 3M3 Canada (map)

With Rachel Meginnes

$595 [Includes $85 lab fee] Class limit 12. Oct 24-28 (Wed-Sun) 10am-4pm.

There is profound beauty in honing skills and finding familiarity with materials. Tacit knowledge, gained through touch and experience, shapes who we are and how we see the world. As makers, we may find ourselves sticking within the confines of our chosen medium. Perhaps we find safety in belonging to a group or mastering a technique. Over time, though, as our identity becomes linked to specific crafts, it becomes more and more challenging to stray afield or to try something new.

This workshop uses your past experiences as a maker as a starting point for artistic exploration. This class will guide you through the process of finding your voice while gaining confidence in your practice and in your work. Students of all levels who are eager to explore their inner motivations and inspirations are invited to take this course.

By working through a series of writing exercises, material challenges, and slide presentations, students will learn how to trust their intentions and intuitions as artists. The class will incorporate group readings, daily discussions, and project prompts aimed at identifying what makes you excited and able to keep working in the studio. Students will be encouraged to try new techniques and to discern, very specifically, their likes and dislikes while participating in local field trips and one-on-one consultations with the instructor. Goal-setting and future planning will be incorporated into this five-day workshop so that students can leave the class with clear timelines and toolkits to help them achieve their creative dreams. Please bring a willingness to share with others as well as your favourite studio supplies.

Rachel joins us from North Carolina, USA.

Rachel will also give a lecture.

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Rachel Meginnes is an artist and educator committed to the idea that art creates more fulfilling lives. With 20 years of experience in the studio and classroom, Rachel finds that individual strength develops from the ability to dream, propose, commit, create, and share our work with others. She believes that the artistic process directly reflects our broader search for human success and enables us to generate the tools we need to thrive.

Rachel has taught all ages and levels. She has operated her own business for the past 12 years and understands art from the perspective of artist, dealer, and buyer. Her work may be found in corporate, museum, school, and private collections in the USA and around the world. Rachel holds a BA in art from Earlham College and an MFA from the University of Washington. She currently lives and works in western North Carolina.