Posts Tagged ‘printmaking’

TDSB Open Exhibition

The Learning Zone is now featuring OPEN, our annual exhibition of art by Toronto District School Board Secondary Students. It was awesome that so many teachers, parents and students came out to celebrate the opening reception with us. The opening reception featured a panel discussion where OCADU profs and students had the opportuntity to share their wisdom and advice.

OCADU profs Simon Glass and Glenn McArthur discussed the importance of tapping into the community and getting involved. The positive experience they have had teaching has been inspirational to them as artists, particularly through the opportunities for teachers and students to collaborate and learn from each other. Simon also discussed his experience starting Gallery 44 with his teacher and a group of students as a space to show their own work and explained how it grew with others from the community getting involved.

OCADU student Cayla Christiansen discussed how it is important to get out of your comfort zone, pursue things that scare you and take classes that intimate you. She discussed how often you will get the most from these experiences. She also talked about the importance of taking bits and pieces from what you learn rather then becoming a clone of your profs and the significance of finding your own voice. OCADU student Andrea Manica spoke about having fun while doing your work, working on projects that are meaningful to you and that students should take advantage of the resouces available to them while being in school.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank Jan Sage and Jill Patrick for their opening remarks as well as the profs and students from OCADU who participated in the panel: Pam Patterson, our moderator and co-organizer, and the panelists Simon Glass, Glenn McArthur, Cayla Christiansen and Andrea Manica. From TDSB we would like to thank Lisa Sanders: head of the steering committee which organized the exhibition, Visual Arts and Media Arts Instructional Leader, The Arts Department of the TDSB. Christine Jackson:  Program Coordinator of The Arts with the Toronto District School Board (Visual Arts, Media Arts, Drama and Dance) and Robert Murphy: Exhibition Facilitator for TDSB Arts Department. As well as the steering committee of teachers Christina Yarmol, Yolanda Mak , Andrea Rappos, Trish Boon, Tony Caputo and TDSB Intern Shannon Dickie.

The exhibition runs from May 26th- June 6th in the Learning Zone, 122 St. Patrick Street, Level 1. Our hours are 10am -6pm Monday to Friday. We look forward to seeing you!


06 2011

Student Profile : Daniela Jordan-Villaveces

LZ: Can you tell us a bit about yourself (program, year, etc.) and the art you create?

DJV: I’m from Colombia in my fourth year majoring in printmaking and I am currently doing my thesis. I mostly use printmaking techniques but I am specifically geared towards screenprinting, letterpress, digital prints and bookbinding.

What influenced your decision to major in printmaking?

I wanted to learn skills that I hadn’t had previous training in. I also really like the sense of community in the program.

Where does your inspiration come from? What are you really into right now?

I look at a lot of artist’s works and take from that, design work and everyday vernacular culture. Lately, I have been doing a lot of collaborative work and its really great because you can incorporate doing homework with having fun with your friends.

Where are you most productive? Tell us a bit about your creative space?

I do a lot of work at home. I find it really relaxing to draw when I watch movies or hang out with my friends who are artists.

What 2 art supplies could you not live without?

Black 0.05 pen and paper. Just 2? I want to say Photoshop too.

What is your favourite technique that you use in your work?

Everything I do relies on drawing first then branches off into books, prints and objects.

What is it that excites you most about the material you work with? Is there another medium you would like to work in?

Printing is magical you can do so many things and get so many outcomes and unique presentations of your work. It would be interesting to do some textile and more design based work.

What is your working style (do you work on multiple pieces at once, work best under pressure, etc.)?

I’m a mess; I work really well under pressure right up to the last minute. Stress is a huge part of my life. Too much unnecessary stress. If I were better at time management and more organized there wouldn’t be so much stress in my life.

Do you set goals for yourself?

Yes, my goal for now is to work with people I really admire, travel more and grad school but that is a really scary goal.

How do you promote yourself?

I promote myself online like crazy and comment on other peoples art through places like Flickr and blogger. I do every call for submissions possible. Be in art, book and zine fairs.

What advice would you give people considering enrolling in art school?

Give every project your best. More for you then for a mark or to please a professor.

What upcoming projects can we look forward to seeing from you in the future?

I am going to be in the OCADU zine fair and I have a show at XPACE coming up in March.

What music are you listening to at the moment?

The last 2 months my friends and me are always playing this guy called El Guincho. It’s been really intense, every day on repeat.

What is your favourite place to eat around OCAD?

I never get tired of Pizzaiolo but homemade meals are always a better option

What is your favourite thing about studying in Toronto?

I think it’s the best place to study art and design in Canada and I love this city. I feel really comfortable in it. I just wish it wasn’t so expensive.

What are your plans when you graduate?

I have some internships planned and I want to go to some artist residencies and work on some projects. This way I get to travel and improve my resume and portfolio so I can go to grad school in a year or two.

What is your dream job?

I would like to have an independent publishing company and run it. Mostly art related books varying from zines to actual art books and catalogues.

Check out more of Daniela’s work :


02 2011

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