Silhouettes and Shadows

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Silhouettes and Shadows

The theme of this 4-hour workshop is the repetition of the figure using simple printmaking and mark-making techniques with collage.

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THIS Gallery 485 Main Street Vancouver, BC V6A 2T7 Canada

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  • 4 hours
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The theme of this 4-hour workshop is the repetition of the figure using simple printmaking and mark-making techniques along with some bits of collage. It is easy, fun, and creative, uses interesting methods and materials, and yields beautiful results. Many past students have framed their finished pieces!

All materials provided. The materials used are: Stonehenge paper, figure cut-outs, brayer, GOLDEN OPEN acrylics, collage paper, stamps, stencils, and acrylic markers.

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About the Facilitator

Sonya Iwasiuk is a contemporary mixed media artist and artist educator who lives and works in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. She spent her childhood years roaming the enchanted prairies of Northern Alberta discovering abandoned homesteads and discarded objects. She realized that these forgotten places were very alive. They speak of people and memory, a silent history of past lives.

Sonya received her diploma in advertising in 1991. An award-winning graphic designer, the spirited artist within her needed to break free and she started to pursue painting. She began to experiment with mediums other than paint and has never looked back. Through trial and error, she has developed unique techniques such as large embossed acrylic skins, mixed media paintings on her own hand-rusted steel sheets, and paintings on engraved plaster. She continuously explores and experiments with new combinations of materials and methods to present her creative vision in a distinctive and contemporary way. This adventuring also informs her art lessons and ensures that her teaching is always unique and fresh.

Sonya’s artworks are often representative of her childhood years. Beautiful prairie landscapes and derelict buildings are portrayed using various media including plaster, hand-rusted steel, found or repurposed objects and gold leaf. She also creates figurative and abstract series based on stories that she comes upon while making her way through the world. Her work has been shown in various galleries and exhibitions within British Columbia and Alberta. She has been selected by a jury to create public art installation commissions as well as to participate in select art shows.

In her spare time, Sonya loves camping alone in the backwoods, foraging for wild edibles, cultural performances and events, and spending quality time with those that she loves.