Archive for July, 2009

Mural Painting at George Brown College

Mural Painting at George Brown College

A New Continuing Education course – Code ART 9058

Learn how to transfer your ideas from a collage maquette to a large-scale canvas mural. Learn about composition and colour theory using a hands-on approach. This course introduces brush and airbrush techniques while exploring different themes.

Fee: $503.00

Hours: 42

Instructor: William Lazos

Location: St. James Campus, 200 King St. E., Toronto

STARTS SEPT. 13 – Sunday 12 noon – 4 p


Impressions of an Avenue and its people planted in Parkdale


Kate Young and Jim Bravo are well into an art project that will eventually see a series of photos of Parkdale people and places put on tree planters along Jameson Avenue between Queen and King Streets.

New outdoor art project stars the residents of Parkdale

Beautiful, glorified passports – that’s how artist James Bravo describes the series of photographs that will soon line the planter boxes running along Jameson Avenue in Parkdale.

Sixty-five tree planters were installed on Jameson Avenue between King and Queen streets after the recent resurfacing of the road and it’s these planters that will soon become an outdoor art gallery titled Jameson Avenue Impressions.

The City of Toronto, in partnership with Mural Routes, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of wall art as a public art form, launched Jameson Avenue Impressions. It’s a public art project to gather a photographic record of the community, and then create a permanent outdoor gallery.

In this project each of the planters will have a series of ceramic tiles, on the north and south sides, baring photographs of people and places in Parkdale.

Bravo, the artist spearheading the project, is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art and Design where he majored in drawing and painting. Born in Ecuador, South America, Bravo was raised in the west end of downtown Toronto.

“I think of Jameson as this launching pad, people come here and you have different languages and cultures,” Bravo said. “So why not try to capture those kind of people and do a passport-style idea?”

With the help of Calgary-born photographer Kate Young, Bravo is creating the tiles.

Young, who now lives at Queen Street and Jameson Avenue, is in the process of taking the more than 500 photographs needed for the exhibition.

The pair has organized booths and are tagging onto local events to source out the people to photograph.

“We are trying to get as many local characters and portraits and people as we can get,” Young said.

Bravo said he hopes to have the entire project completed and installed by fall.

The Jameson Avenue art project is a Clean and Beautiful City project run through the City of Toronto. Clean and Beautiful City aims to renew public spaces with the participation of everyone who lives and works there. Mural Routes invites Jameson Avenue residents of all ages to participate in a photo shoot. For information, email or call 416-698-7995


Mural Festival

Group of Seven Mural Festival annual event that encourages public participantion. Seven Artist painting seven murals for all to see. Festival began Friday June 26 and will continued on a daily basis until July 5 2009. Tom Thomson statue invites the public to slap on some colour to the Main Street Mural at the Town Hall. Day camp group were painting as well as a mother and daughter from Finland and finally Rob Saunders of Huntsville Rotary Club and organizer of The Summer Festival of the Arts.

Shot by: Brian Hayden (InterHaydn)