Sunday, May 6th from 10 until 4:30 at the Qu’Appelle Valley Centre for the Arts, Fort Qu’Appelle
$75 per person or $130 when two people register together. There is also a sliding scale from 0 to the stated price with a warm welcome to all who want to explore creatively irregardless of your ability to pay. Pre-registration is required. No deposit is required but please let me know what your favourite tree is.
Think of the patience of trees; year after year of stretching up to the light, keeping a life line open between the dark night of the clay and the blue shimmer of the heavens
What is your relationship with trees, or with a particular tree? Have trees held significance for you? Perhaps a symbolic tree symbolizes something essential for you?
I have always loved trees. As a small girl in Ontario, I used to hug the slender white trunks of birch trees and look up through their foliage to the blue sky above. I considered the trees my sisters. I am so grateful that the nearby coulees and Qu’Appelle Valley are also home to birch trees. I have had many tree friends in my life – trees that I climb, that I sit by, that I like to visit. Trees that I use for medicine, or incorporate into my art. When I worked with youth, I learned that almost everybody has at least one special tree.
In my art explorations, trees have been a way to explore the world imaginatively. I have particularly loved the way trees connect earth and sky (as in John O’Donohue’s words above). Many of my tree pieces show the roots even though in the real world, they are only partially seen.
During our day together, we will celebrate and explore a real or imagined tree in your life through the medium of paper collage. We will share some of what trees mean to each of us. Simple drawing exercises, designed to help us see what is unique in the posture and form of individual trees will warm us up. If the weather is favourable, we will enjoy a walk near the art centre to look at the trees all around us with fresh eyes.I will have examples of possible projects.
Bring your own lunch, and any papers you may wish to contribute. Scissors and glue, as well as a variety of papers including fine papers, and found papers will be provided. Simple snacks will also be available.