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July 22, 2017 @ 10:00 am - July 23, 2017 @ 4:00 pm



Generating Ideas and Energy
We are excited to announce artist John Kissick will be leading a masterclass in The Languages of Abstraction this summer at the Elora Centre for the Arts. A longtime supporter of the ECFTA, Kissick was the first artist to set up a studio in the old schoolhouse shortly after it opened its doors as a not-for-profit art centre in 2002.

The Languages of Abstraction is an intensive two-day workshop to help develop strategies for painters. For artists working outside the academic or gallery environment, opportunities for critical feedback are limited. This workshop will focus on developing an intellectual and imaginative process for self-critique in the absence of discursive practices. Participants will be asked to show a recent work for an initial critique and the class will include lectures on the history of abstract painting. Students will be doing a series of extended studies and experimenting with a variety of painting scenarios.

July 22 & July 23, 2017
10AM – 4PM daily
Members: $265 + tax Non-members: $275 + tax

Known primarily as a painter and writer, John Kissick’s exhibition record includes over 30 solo exhibitions in Canada, the USA and Germany. His work has been included in a number of important survey exhibitions on contemporary painting and is held in numerous public collections.

Kissick is also the author of Art: Context and Criticism (1992), was editor of the Penn State Journal of Contemporary Criticism from 1990 to 1995 and was a regular contributor to the New Art Examiner from 1990-2000. His academic background includes posts as Head of Critical Studies at Penn State University’s School of Visual Arts, Dean of the Faculty of Art at the Ontario College of Art & Design, and Director of the School of Fine Art and Music at the University of Guelph from 2003 – 2014. He was elected into the Royal Canadian Academy for the Arts in 2005.


July 22, 2017 @ 10:00 am
July 23, 2017 @ 4:00 pm
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Masterclass Kissick Class$275.00

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