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Artspace Summer Arts Program Teaching Artist: Gabriella Corter

Spotlight on Artspace’s Teaching Artists

At the Artspace Summer Arts Program, each class is taught by creative, fun and talented artists. Follow along as they tell you a bit more about who they are and what they do.

Our first feature is on Gabriella Corter, who will be teaching four classes at Artspace this summer.

GabASAP1) When did you know you wanted to be an artist when you grew up?

I didn’t know I wanted to be an artist but found myself taking seven years of art classes in various art schools after I graduated from university.  I guess I just transitioned from student to artist after my first graduation show in Toronto. I haven’t stopped creating art since then, and I still can’t stop the ideas from coming in!

2) What inspires you most about working with kids? 

Octopus Volatilis by Gab CorterI love working with kids because they rarely get frustrated in the outcome of their art. They just accept it and enjoy it instead of reworking it and being critical. Their egos don’t get in the way of their creations.

One of my students painted ideas from a dream that they had had. It was in my “Paint Your Dreams or Your Nightmares” class. The painting was very successful and I liked the idea that she will always (hopefully) have that concrete evidence of a powerful dream from her childhood.

I wish I had painted some of my dreams as a child. But then how do you represent on canvas your dog’s severed foot slowly climbing the staircase and walking into your room while you hide under the covers with the lights out?

3) What is your favorite thing about teaching at Artspace? What are you most excited about this summer?

Teaching at the Artspace Summer Arts Program is great because all the children bring so much energy into the class and they all come ready to create something new and different and amazing. I like how dedicated even the youngest children are to completing their ideas. I look forward to seeing new ideas and new faces and new projects!

Gabriella is teaching four classes for 3rd – 10th graders at Artspace this summer.  Find out more about the classes she’s teaching and register now!

Clay Expressions for 7th – 10th grades – June 15 – 19 – Students will use the basic essential hand-building techniques in this class to explore our creativity. Create a functional tea pot or pitcher, an imaginative clay sculpture, a mini sarcophagus to hold personal treasures and more. Students will also use colorful underglazes and learn Sgraffito.

Clay Creations for 3rd – 5th grades, July 20 – 24 – Design and create wonderful hand-built pottery using various techniques such as slab construction, coil pots, pinch pots, and clay impression. Students will experiment with colorful underglazes for decoration.

Clay Creations for 6th – 8th grades – July 27 – 31 – Design and create wonderful hand-built pottery using various techniques such as slab construction, coil pots, pinch pots, and clay impression. Students will experiment with colorful underglazes for decoration.

Mix It Up! Mixed Media for 3rd – 5th grades – August 10 – 14 – Mix and mash with us! Students will use classic materials in non-traditional ways to create unique paintings incorporating a variety of textures, colors, and materials.

Learn more about Gabriella and her artwork: www.gabriellacorter.com

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