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The Bay School of Art has opened it’s Doors (Posted On: Tuesday, August 22, 2006)

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The Bay School of Art is a beautiful, newly renovated studio space located in the heart of downtown Collingwood on Hurontario Street. A variety of art classes are offered throughout the day for children, teens and adults.

The Bay School of Art began as a result of a request from a parent who was looking for an enriched art program for her children. Once word got out, the number of children quickly grew. It wasn't long before Michelle began teaching art to the parents of some of my students.

Michelle Flemming graduated with honours from Ontario College of Art and Design as well as receiving my Honours Bachelor of Fine Arts from Guelph University. She has been an art educator for over twenty years, both in public and private schools.

“Everyone, regardless of their age, benefits form tapping into their creative resources and expressing their creative spirit. Being inspired and allowing that inspiration to take form is one of the most deeply fulfilling pleasures known. From cave painting, to the Renaissance, to Modern Art, to the present day, people are compelled to communicate through a visual language. Giving ourselves and our children the time and opportunity to create enhances our visual awareness, stimulates our imagination and boost our self-confidence as we begin to trust ourselves, our creative instincts and have fun developing our skills as artists.”

The following is an overview of the courses offered.

KINDER ART, Mon. Tues. Wed. Thurs. and/or Fri. 9am - 12pm.
This program includes visual arts, drama, puppetry and music. Children ages 3-5 years will explore different themes from their imagination and environment. The focus will be on the development of their emerging social and artistic skills while building individual self-esteem.

CHILDREN AND TEENS, Tues. Grades 1,2, & 3; Wed. Grades 4,5, & 6; Thurs. Grades 7-10.
Students will use a variety of media and techniques which include drawing, painting, collage, mixed media and sculpture while applying the elements and principles of design. This course is designed to encourage the students to have fun while expressing their unique creative vision.

ADULT COURSES, Monday - Friday 1pm -3pm.
Monday - Art History: Art of the Ancient World includes Egyptian, Near Aegean, Greek, Etruscan, Roman, Early Christian and Byzantine art.
Tues. Wed. and/or Thurs. Drawing and Painting: Learn to enjoy and trust your creative instincts while developing your artistic skills. Sources of inspiration will include time-honoured techniques of famous painters, use of still life, models, the landscape and photo references.
Friday - Watercolour: Learn about colour, composition and a variety of watercolour techniques. Classes will include demonstrations and individual help. Whether a beginner or advanced, each student will be encouraged to develop a preferred personal style from a great variety of skills presented.

“I look forward to having you and your children join me and the gifted, supportive instructors at The Bay School of Art for a wonderful adventure expressing your own unique inner landscape and the world around you.”

See you soon!

Michelle Fleming
Director of The Bay School of Art
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