Allison Fagan is putting her students’ work on display.
The Katimavik artist and teacher is hosting an open house which will showcase the works of her art students for the first time, on Dec. 1.
“It makes it more professional,” said Fagan, who has been teaching artistic techniques for 15 years. “They get to see their work framed and matted.”
The Student Showcase will feature works from about 10 of her students in Fagan’s Katimavik home, located at 40 Drainie Dr. The open house will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
“It gives them a goal to aim for,” said Fagan of the inaugural event. “There’s that pride for going that extra creative step.”
Fagan, who works in coloured pencil, said she challenges her students to take their own photographs and create original works instead of copying something they’ve seen elsewhere.
“Then you become an artist,” she said. “Otherwise you’re a copyist (because) someone else has already composed the photograph.”
She said it’s important to push her students to be creative so they can develop their own artistic sense of style.
“My students are so important to me; creating art is an emotional journey and we have travelled together, in some cases for years, to get where my students are today. We work, laugh and sometimes even cry together working through projects, which often the students are doing as a special gift for a loved one,” she said. “I push this group out of their comfort zone on a regular basis and now I want to acknowledge and honour their artistic achievements. I am very proud of their work.”
The public will have the opportunity to vote for their favourite artwork and nominate artists for prizes and awards, donated by the Sanford Company.
“The awards they provided will be presented to outstanding work, chosen by the public,” said Fagan, a founding member of the Kanata Civic Art Gallery and the Kanata Artists Studio Tour. “This open house at my home studio will allow the public to see what can be accomplished by those who didn’t think themselves capable of even being artistic.”
Donations of non-perishable items for the Kanata Food Cupboard will be accepted at the open house.
Fagan will be offering new workshops beginning on Jan. 19. For more information, visit allisonfagan.com or call 613-592-6959.