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Grumpy Cat Café

PROFESSIONAL ARTIST SKILLS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM FOR SPECIAL NEEDS YOUTH


PROGRAMME DE DÉVELOPPEMENT DES COMPÉTENCES DES ARTISTES PROFESSIONNELS POUR LES JEUNES AVEC DES BESOINS PARTICULIERS

10 weeks of mentorship  
Dix semaines de mentorat

CURRICULUM

Lesson Format

Each one hour session is divided into a half hour inside, a half hour outside.

30 minutes of “sit down and chat” in the studio and 30 minutes walk/activity outside.


Lesson 1 

In studio: What does it mean to be a professional artist ? 

Checking out the GSC gallery and artwork.

Outside: Walk by the Hubtrail to arrange sticks and leaves into a drawing.


Lesson 2 

In studio: Documenting your work. Websites and catalogues. 

What is important to talk about when documenting your work.

Outside: Walk by the Hubtrail to draw with charcoal on concrete.


Lesson 3

In studio: What does an Artist cv look like ?

Outside: Story telling, recording stories while walking.


Lesson 4

In studio: What does a grant look like ? Looking at the Materials Grant (Indigenous)

Outside: String, what sculpture can you make with string outside ?


Week 5 - Self Study

How are things going ? What can we do better ?

Lesson 5

In Studio: Indigenous artists in Bawaating. Thomas Sinclair, Lucia O’Connor, Mique Michelle, Shamia Nelson (Light boxes with Visual Arts/City Murals)

Outside: Go see these artists’ works, murals, light boxes, paintings.

Lesson 6

In Studio: Writing an artist statement, types of exhibitions.

Outside: Visit to the Sault Museum.


Lesson 7

In Studio: Working with video, imovie app. Building a story

Outside: the street, identifying art on the street. Graffiti, sculptures, signage, landscaping, decorating. Molding on buildings, different materials for house coverings, like cement, stones, planks, bricks, metal.


Lesson 8

In Studio: Working in series. Building a series of work.

Outside: A visit to the Sault Museum.


Week 10  Self-Study. What did the student learn ? What did the student like best ? What skills are transferable to business settings?

Photo credit: Melissa Cadreau, Grumpy Cat Café, Charcoal drawing on Concrete, Bawating, 2022. Photo: Isabelle Michaud.

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