CaST Summer Arts Programs
Summer Arts Programming at CaST is aimed at connecting high school students with the local arts community. Students will work with working Toronto artists in an experiential format by visiting their studios or in locations around the city. All programs are open to students in grades 8 through to grade 12.
Some workshops may be offered online in a live, synchronous format. In- person workshops will have COVID-19 safety protocols in place. Average class sizes of 3-5 students.
Intro to Screen Printing Workshop
Attendees will learn the basics of screenprinting. They will coat screens with photo emulsion, create a stencil image, expose and create a screen, experiment with gradients, and create a two layer print on paper and t-shirts. Each attendee will receive 3 shirts to print on.
The workshop will run for two days, Saturday July 2nd and Sunday July 3rd
Registration is Closed
Alicia Nauta is a Tkaronto/Toronto based artist. She makes collages from her archive of photocopies sourced from books. The collages are translated to screenprint and risograph in the form of prints, books, textiles, large scale installations and other multiples. Much of her work serves as speculative windows to explore possible worlds. Compositions are inhabited by vegetation, familiar and unfamiliar beings, abandoned architecture and strange, shifting perspectives, suggesting possibilities found in the uncertain and unwritten future. Her work has been shown at the Plumb, Toronto Public Reference Library, the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto Ferry Terminal Docks, Gallery 44, Art Metropole, Burnaby Public Library, Printed Matter and Koganecho Art Centre, and was the artist in residence at the AGO early 2020. She exhibits frequently at art book fairs around the world with her publishing imprint Alicia's Klassic Kool Shoppe. She is a co-organizer of Zine Dream, a long running zine and small press fair in Toronto.
Intro to Chainmail Workshop
Learn ancient chain making techniques including chain mail, box chain, byzantine, persian, helm chain and round box chain.
The workshop will take place over two days, Saturday July 16th and Sunday 17th.
Registration is Closed
Julia Redding is an interdisciplinary artist, educator, and administrator who completed her BFA at OCADU in Drawing and Painting. After graduating, Julia developed strong connections to the Toronto arts community and worked with a number of artist-run centres as an administrator and volunteer. In addition to teaching at CaST, Julia runs a small studio and project space centred on giving support to emerging artists and curators and holds a personal artistic practice in various medias. She started working with chainmail in 2018 and fell in love with the chain making process. She continues to develop and explore jewelry making techniques and creates wearable chainmail inspired jewelry under the name Basically Metal.
Inner and Outer Worlds: A Writing Workshop
An exploration in how writing can generate a rhythm between our feelings and our environments. In these two hours, we will sit down to do personal writing, then take a walk in High Park and take notes, and then remix these two forms together. In this way we can begin to develop as writers whose foundation for our practice is attunement & attention to life in all its multifaceted glory.
Saturday July 23rd
Fan Wu is a poet and creative writing facilitator who's hosted workshops at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Art Metropole, and the Toronto Biennial of Art. He is eternally curious about language and its relationship to our fundamental embodiment and our senses of self. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wet Felting Workshop
This workshop is an introduction to the fundamentals of wet felting techniques. We will walk through a brief felting history, how to lay a sheet of fibre, and how to utilize pre-felt. Learn the magic of moisture and motion that turns a fibre into a fabric with your hands!
Open to friends and family!
Saturday July 30th
Hey there! My name is Anika Cutajar; I am a fibre artist with a Bachelor of Design in Fashion from Toronto Metropolitan University. I also previously taught adults and children in both group and private lessons on a range of sewing, leather working and pattern drafting skills at The Make Den.
While in school I quickly realized that designing garments was not quite my passion, but textiles certainly were. I took as many courses as I could in textile design and fibre arts until I found my love for felting. Learning this ancient practice allowed me to realize my need to work intuitively. I find the physicality and the simplicity of the craft to be incredibly grounding.
Each of my pieces are made from combed, and dyed Canadian sourced fleece, which is either needle felted or wet felted into a functional art piece for the home. The branding is all taken from digital illustrations based on Ichy and Fry (my cats), through the process of writing poetry and then translated into visual art. Ichy and Fry influence my creations as muses in addition to being active participants in my creative process. Their interactions with my work inspire me to be exhaustive in testing and material exploration
Field Rubbing Workshop
Rubbing or frottage is a drawing technique, developed by the Surrealist artist movement, where the impression of a textured surface is transferred to paper by rubbing crayon or graphite onto the paper that is laid overtop of the surface. Archaeologists and other amateurs have used this technique as well.
Open to friends and family!
Sunday August 7th
Morris Fox (he/they) is an artist, writer and educator, born in Tkaronto (1984). He graduated from the Low Residency MFA program at SAIC in 2018, and is an Interdisciplinary Humanities PhD Candidate at Concordia U (Fall 2022). Fox’s work manifests primarily in performance, textiles, video, and writing. Fox’s influences include Stephen Andrews, Joyelle Mcsweeney, Skawennati, Peter Carpenter. Recently Fox performed in VR as a bat for Claudia Hart’s Ludicity (Hyphen Hubs, Mozilla Hubs 2021), created digital avatars and virtual environments for Gothwerk Revelations, curated by Maggie Wong, in Hotwheelz Festival (Chicago, 2020), worked as the textile intern for The Icelandic Textile Centre (Blönduós, 2020), and was curated by Jordan Olivia Turk in An Archive of Feelings (Randolph, VT, 2019). Their show Vestiges and Remains at Artcite Inc. (Windsor, ON, 2022) explored the haunted temperature of archives, community memories and the ghosts of labour. An upcoming show, My Gay Medieval Times at Spacemaker II (Tkaronto, 2022), weaves fictocriticism, queer medievalism, solastolgia through encrypted chainmaille works. Fox has exhibited in “Canada”, The “United States of America'' and Iceland.