Focussed Mentorship: Painting and The Studio with M.E. Sparks

  • Application Deadline
    Wednesday, April 12, 2023 at 12:00pm
  • April 2023 – May 2023

Saturdays April 22, April 29, May 13, 10am - 1pm
Application Deadline: Wednesday, April 12 by noon
In-Person Studio Sessions at 90 Annabella St. (accessible)
For women and gender-diverse MAWA members with painting practices.
Cost to successful applicants: $75
plus materials

This focussed mentorship will provide a space for early-career artists to expand their painting skills and develop an informed, thoughtful approach to building and maintaining a studio practice. In-person studio sessions will explore methods of observational painting through both traditional and expanded approaches to the medium. Participants may choose to work with oil and/or acrylic paint. A list of basic materials will be provided in advance. These sessions will include material demonstration and exploration, canvas stretching, group critique and discussion. A selection of short readings and artist talks will allow participants to contextualize work within a broader painting discourse. Additional shared resources will introduce ways to support a studio practice through grants, residencies and exhibition opportunities.

Please send three images of your work and a paragraph explaining your interest in this Focussed Mentorship to Adriana at [email protected], with “Painting and The Studio” in the subject heading. Sparks will select a limited number of participants. There is no fee to apply, but you must be a MAWA member. Successful applicants will be charged $75 for the program. If finances are a barrier, please speak with MAWA staff.

  • M.E. Sparks has a studio practice rooted in mixed emotions: an unrelenting infatuation with painting and a critical distrust of its dominant history. As both inheritor and perpetuator of this history, she often considers this internal conflict a generative place to begin. She holds an MFA from Emily Carr University and a BFA from NSCAD University, and has exhibited across Canada.