My temporary studio in China was in a former market building and I occupied one of the stalls where they once sold warm soy milk, and scallion pancakes. My studio mate was a massive wooden sculpture of (what I think is) Hotei, the laughing Buddhist monk, carved from an enormous burly trunk. He did his best to keep me smiling throughout the trip. Seen here are some images of the studio building (which I also shared with 7 others) as well as some details and the lovely view outside my little window. #artistresidency #china #travelphotography #art #canadianartist
For the 2018-2019 academic year, I’ve redesigned my course offerings at Avenue Road Arts School to include a new Intermediate level in addition to my Advanced and Beginner programs! Here is a brief summary of the new course offerings:
- Digital Photography for Beginners – for new photographers, we will cover the basics of digital photography (aperture, shutter speed…etc.). Also ideal for those with previous experience who would like to refresh their technical knowledge.
- Intermediate Digital Photography – for adept photographers who would like to further develop their technical skills and introduce an ideas and concepts to their image making practice.
- Advanced Digital Photography – for photographers with an established practice who would like to work on honing their approach and building a specific body of work or portfolio.
For complete course descriptions and registration information visit www.avenueroadartsschool.com. If you sign up before September 16th, you’ll get $25 off!
Every now and then, I get the rare opportunity to work with a group of youth so enthusiastic and dedicated, my own commitment to leading community based art programs is reaffirmed and energized – and the youth at Mount Dennis Public Library did just that. This past spring I had the privilege of working with a stellar group of 8 young photographers, all under the age of 14. We met once a week over two months and although our time together was short, we covered a lot of information and the resulting work they produced was absolutely astounding. Thanks so much, to the participants, library staff, and staff at Vibe for making this an incredible program.
To any of my young photographers reading this: remember, you don’t need a fancy camera to tell a great story. Just keep taking pictures!
This project was organized and funded by the amazing people at Vibe Arts
A few months back, Jacqueline Valencia interviewed me for Broken Pencil Magazine and the issue is finally out! You can pick up a copy at your favourite bookseller today!
In the coming weeks, I’ll be offering some short photography workshops for adults and teens at the Avenue Road Arts School!
The first is a three session Night Photography workshop. Through a combination of in-studio and field trip sessions, we’ll work on nighttime street and city scape photography, as well as some strobe, shutter drag, and light drawing techniques. Night photography field trips are always so much fun and I’m terribly excited to be able offer this as a dedicated workshop. You can join us here!
The second is an Architectural Photography workshop where for the first time EVER, we’ll have an opportunity to photograph the gorgeous interior of the grand Victorian building that houses the Avenue Road Arts School…including the secret room! If you love beautiful wood work and the charm of old Toronto architecture, you’re not going to want to miss this. You can join this program here!
Note: For both of these programs, you’ll need to bring your own camera capable of full manual control, as well as a full size tripod. Once you’ve enrolled, I’ll be in touch with through the school with more details. Hope to see you there!
This summer, I’ll be participating in a residency at the Gardiner Museum as part of the “Make it Real Project.” During the week of August 29th to September 4th, I’ll be working in the museum with artist Amanda Foulds on a collaborative photo based artwork. Come by for a visit during the week, and/or join us for our grand finale celebration on the evening of the 1st!
More information about the program can be found here.
Reserve your tickets here.
Here’s our statement from the website:
LOST AND FOUND with Jennifer Chin and Amanda Foulds
Museums house an archive of objects from civilizations past and present with the expressed intent of learning from these artifacts the stories about the peoples that made them. But not all of the museum’s collections are documented. The museum’s lost and found can be viewed as an unconscious community collaboration of sorts. We hope to work together to study, photograph, and interpret the objects left at the gallery to learn more about the visiting public. The objects will be photographed as though they were accessioned by the museum and then curated into narrative groupings lending themselves to an exploration of questions about ownership, aesthetics, authenticity, and cultural values.
I’m pretty darned excited to see what we find in the lost and found and what work we come up with!
Don’t forget to mark your calendars and join us!!
It’s summer and I’ve finally found some time to update my website! If you haven’t seen it for a while, you’ll notice some new work up, specifically in the Morphology of Luxury section. I’ll be continuing to work on the site through the summer so please swing on by and have a look!
Also, there’s some pretty exciting news coming on the studio front so stay tuned.
If you’re familiar with my blog, you’ll know that one of the organizations I frequently work with is Vibe Arts. Each year, they hold a spectacular annual showcase of artwork created by youth and just looking at the schedule, this year looks like it’s going to be even bigger than the last!
I’m thrilled to announce that one of the projects I’ve facilitated is going to be on display there. The project wrapped up just last week and I’ll be blogging about it soon, but if you’re in Toronto this week, come check it out in person!!
After a long, long winter here in Toronto, spring is finally here and it’s field trip season once again! Whenever I can, I take my Avenue Road Arts School students on field trips across Toronto. We’ve gone all over the city from Centre Island, to the Toronto Zoo, Guildwood Park, and we once had a photo tour of Spadina House Museum where we were allowed to use our tripods (very exciting!). While my primary concern on these trips is always to help my students with their photos, there are moments when I get to shoot too! To give you an idea of some of the places we’ve gone, here are some of the photos I’ve taken. You can view the rest of the album here.
Ward’s Island Beach
Distillery Christmas Market
The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair
Spadina House Museum and Gardens
High Park for the Sakura Blossom
I’ve been on a hunt for more murals on my TTC trips over the last few weeks and I’ve spotted a few more from programs that I facilitated! All of the young artists were so dedicated and their efforts certainly paid off. Well done, everyone!