Joshua Creek Heritage Art Centre

COMMUNITY LIVING ARTISTS OF OAKVILLE

Whether illustrating a story or making a picture quilt, the result is always the same. A direct response to the challenge, personal and impactful. Working together on a project invites invention and laughter.

THE ARTISTS

Kathy Ashwell

Art relaxes me, makes me happy. It inspires and takes me to my own world full of colour.

Connor Bourret

I was self isolated. Now I am not.

Heidi Burt

I like art because it helps me to express myself.

Anthony Liszega

Art is my life. Art is my therapy. Art is my world.

Antonio Morra

Art is my passion. When I paint, I am in another world.

Owen Ramcharan

Everything in life is art.

Ben Rampen

Joey Whiting

I like going to art. It makes me happy.

THE INSPIRATION & THE ART

HATCH.
An egg is the most perfect shape,
a source of new life.
When hatched, it sits on a raft
in the sea of life,
where woe brings joy,
and joy brings woe.

Owen Ramcharan

Kathy Ashwell

FLOATING CIRCLES.
Be inspired by hand-blown glass balls
hanging in a window,
where colour is suspended in the light
of the rising sun.

Kathy Ashwell

Antonio Morra

STONE SPIRIT.
Hold a smooth, rounded Lake Ontario stone in your hand.
Feel its million years of water-washed shape.
Allow its energy to enter your Artist Within.
Be curious.
Think what could possibly be Inside!

Antonio Morra

SEEING GREEN.
The pulse of nature surrounds us.
Look at trees dressed in green.
The shape of their leaves tells us who they are.
Pick some.
Outline them with pen on paper.
Play with them.
Love them.

Kathy Ashwell

Anthony Liszega

COVID.
In the midst of battle during WW1, my father would pick a flower for the day.
During this pandemic, we can pick a colour for the day.
Make Covid puddles with your special colour.
Splatter a virus over the puddles by flicking paint from a tooth brush.
Eye-dropper spots of ink here and there.
Blow an inky black spider’s web of fear and disease over it.
Then have a cup of tea.

Antonio Morra

Ben Rampen

ME THE TREE.
Trees in winter when branches are bare,
are a miracle of linear tracery.
Pick your favourite:
willow, oak, maple, poplar, spruce, pine,
beech, walnut, chestnut, hickory, apple, plum, peach?
Then,
Be a Tree.

Antonio Morra

Anthony Liszega

CHINESE ZODIAC.
Centuries ago the Chinese invented the Zodiac,
giving years to specific animals,
along with messages as to their meaning.
The twelve animals are:
dog, pig, rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon,
snake, horse, ram, monkey, rooster.
Find your Zodiac sign using the year you were born.
Find out who you are!

Joey Whiting

Heidi Burt

Owen Ramcharan

AUTUMN LEAVES.
Choose and iron leaves flat
between wax paper.
Print a background.
Arrange you leaves on top.

Connor Bourret

Heidi Burt

THE LOTTERY.
You have just won the lottery!
Where would you like to live?
In a castle, a palace, or on a yacht?
Do you like gardens, dogs, cats, horses?
Draw your dream house!
Open the door.
Say hello to your Artist Within!

Antonio Morra

Owen Ramcharan

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE
BETWEEN A STONE AND A LEAF?
A stone is cold and grey.
A leaf is alive and green.
Outline their shapes
Colour them.

Heidi Burt

Joey Whiting

STRAIGHT LINES
“I am not an artist. I cannot draw a straight line.”
 This is the most ridiculous statement.
The answer is, “Use a ruler.”
The Straight Line Challenge.
Draw three sets of straight lines;
Foreground with the thickest Sharpie,
Middle ground with a medium Sharpie,
Background with the thinnest Sharpie.
Think near and far, think aerial perspective.
Draw a surprise on top of each line.
Now you are an artist!

Heidi Burt

Kathy Ashwell

FLOAT, STROKE AND EMBOSS
Paint and puddle colour on a gummed plate. Let it dry.
Emboss:
Play with salt, string, dried grasses or eggshells on the plate.
Roll through the press onto wet blotted paper.
Amazing things can happen.
SURPRISE!

Connor Bourret

DOODLE CRITTERS
Doodling can become a diverse and addictive pastime. All you need is paper and a pen.
Hold the pen vertically.
Focus on drawing a long continuous line.
Walk a dog all over the paper.
Come back to where you started.
THEN
Go on a critter hunt.
Find and draw eyes, add the odd foot, ears or even a tail. Play with colour, think shading.
The background is important.
Connect it to what is happening to you now.
Give it a title!

Kathy Ashwell

Owen Ramcharan

ALTAR
We all have a private altarpiece.
A place for things that we cherish.
Think about your life
What do you like?
Keep on collecting.
You are your own altarpiece.

Antonio Morra

Owen Ramcharan

THINK BLUE
We are surrounded by blue:
Madonna blue, ice blue, inky blue, navy blue, sky blue.
Blue paint: Ultramarine, Cerulean, Prussian, Indigo.
Some blues are warm, some cool; others can be fierce.
Blue your plate. Let it dry.
Paper: Gesture draw with ink and a stick to make a line.
Sprinkle salt on the plate for texture.
Print. Melt crayon on baking parchment on a warm stove.
Hold melted wax flakes.
Place bits on your print, and melt again.
MAGICAL!

Heidi Burt

Heidi Burt

STONE PLAY
Lake stones come in many shapes and sizes.
Choose four stones.
Place them carefully.
Outline with a Sharpie.
Create!
Bumble Bee!

Joey Whiting

WATERCOLOUR PRINTMAKING.
Watercolour printmaking is a technique for all ages and stages.
To access your Artist Within you will need:
sanded plastic plate, watercolours, and a printing press.
Cover the plate with a thin layer of Gum Arabic or detergent.
Puddle or draw colour on the plate.
Let it dry.
Paper: Gesture draw with a stick and black ink or a Sharpie.
Colour with resist pigments: coloured pencils, wax crayons, oil pastels.
Wet and blot the paper.
Place embossing materials on the plate.
Print.
It is a masterpiece!
But if not,
Take it to the Fix-It Garage.
If that does not work,
try Desperate Measures.

Antonio Morra

Kathy Ashwell

HEARTS
Joey is a heart.

Joey Whiting

FLOATING SQUARES
Outline three squares.
Transition primary colours through secondary colours,
shading carefully from.
Yellow through orange to red, Yellow through green to blue
Red through purple to blue.

Kathy Ashwell

SHAPE DATE
Shape play can lead to many adventures.
Draw three shapes on thin card.
Cut them out.
Place, outline and colour.
Draw with a string to connect them. Print.
Spat colour on top.
Highly entertaining!

Kathy Ashwell

DOORWAY
Step through a doorway and what do you see?
Try a few doorways; find one that inspires you.
Translate what you see into shapes and lines.
Draw first in pencil, then pen.
Play with colour and texture.
Add it to your memory.

Kathy Ashwell

WORD PICTURES
You can have fun with a play on words:
Cowbird, catfish, potato bug, rabbit ears, swordfish.
Make it a game with friends.
You could fold a story board.
Draw your word plays on each fold.

Kathy Ashwell

Antonio Morra

TEAR WITH CARE
Tearing up an old print or coloured paper
can be good beginning.
Tear a shape.
Keep on tearing shapes.
Lay them on a background, piece by piece.
Watch as they take on a new life.
Keep on keeping on.
AHA!
Let your Artist Self shout
HURRAH!

Kathy Ashwell

THE ME-DALA
The Me-dala is different from the Mandala.
Start with a heart in the middle.
Draw your Chinese Zodiac symbol in the centre.
Surround it with a circle of things that you love.
Make an outer circle of wishes.

Kathy Ashwell

EXPLODE A TURTLE
Turtles carry their house on their backs,
and move slowly.
Draw and paint a turtle.
Slice it up carefully, keeping the slices all in place.
Move them apart, keeping the sequence.
Exploding a shape can be entertaining.
Especially if you are a turtle.

Owen Ramcharan

COSMOS
Hubble took pictures of the spinning earth.
These can become an inspiration.
Imagine you are inside a bubble
Floating in space.
Be sure to take your favourite things with you.

Antonio Morra

Heidi Burt

TOTEM
People all over Canada are celebrating
the 150th Anniversary of Canada.
Make a Totem.
Honour the First Nations
who were here first.

Owen Ramcharan

MASK
Outline a giant poppy leaf
on brown paper.
Wax it with an iron and candle.
Cut it out.
Decorate it.
Glue on a popsicle.
Hold it in front of your face.
Your mask!

Owen Ramcharan

Scroll to Top