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Saturday Studio at Home  - June 2020

Featured Artwork for June

 

 

Jin-me Yoon, Souvenirs of the Self, set of postcards, 1991, Gift of the Artist

This postcard series is an important early work by Jin-me Yoon that depicts the artist standing deadpan at iconic tourist locations in the Canadian Rockies. Souvenirs of the Self takes a humorous approach to serious questions about identity and belonging. Yoon donated this work on the occasion of her 2017 solo exhibition Spectral Tides, and it was exhibited as part of the Gallery's series "Notes from the Collection." Yoon also donated two copies of her 2017 postcard series Long View. 

Artist Jin-me Yoon was born in Seoul, Korea in 1960 and emigrated to Vancouver as a child in 1968. She currently lives and works in Vancouver and teaches at Simon Fraser University’s School for the Contemporary Arts. She explores themes of identity, place, belonging and migration in her work through the language of photography, video and installation. Jin-me has worked with us here at the Nanaimo Art Gallery and provided inspiration and instruction to the many youth that have attended our teen art immersion programs. She has won many prizes for her art and has exhibited at the National Gallery of Canada and the Vancouver Art Gallery, as well as internationally.

Investigate together!

Spend some time looking at Jin-me Yoon’s photographic work in her postcard series Souvenirs of the Self and Follow the See | Think | Wonder routine, developed by Havard Project Zero, to investigate!

What do you see? This artwork consists of a series of photographs placing herself in the Canadian landscape. Do you recognize where the photos are taken? What is the same in each photo? What is different?

What do you think about that? Does it remind you of a trip or vacation you took with your family? Why do you think the artist is taking these photographs in tourist locations? Do you think that these photos are reminders or perhaps a way to hold on to memories?

What does it make you wonder? What questions would you ask the artist about her work? Do you think the work is funny or sad or maybe both?

Create! 


 

Saturday, June 27 ~ Memorable Places 

 

Even though we are staying at home and not travelling around as much as we normally do, we all have memories of special places we have been. In Jin-me Yoon’s Souvenirs of the Self, she travels around and records iconic landscapes in Canada. In our mind’s eye, let’s travel to some of our favourite landmarks and paint the memorable landscapes we’ve visited in the past! 

 

You will need:  

  • watercolour paint (or watered down acrylics)
  • soft brushes, varying sizes
  • watercolour paper (sturdy paper or cardboard will also work)
  • container of water
  • paper towel or tissue
  • pencil
  • masking tape

1. First imagine the landscape of your favourite summer holiday - maybe when you went camping, to a cottage, a beach or travelled to another part of the country to visit family or friends.

2. Tape your paper to a board and prop it so it is on an angle (like an easel). We will start off with a watercolour wash from the top of the paper to the bottom. An important trick to remember is the more water you use with the paint, the lighter the colour will become. Start off with a lot of colour at the top and keep adding water as you brush across the paper from top to bottom. 

 

 

 

 

3. Then take your pencil and very lightly sketch out the landscape - usually we can divide the paper into different areas of land, sky and sea (lake or river). This step is optional, you can skip the pencil and go straight to paint!  

 

4. Using a larger soft brush, choose your colours for the different areas of the painting - the lovely thing about watercolour painting is transparency - you can layer your shapes of colour to build your landscape. Try using masking tape to create hard edges in your painting alongside softer edges.

 

 

 

 5. Notice the difference in how the paint moves when you work wet on wet or wet on dry - use these different approaches for different effects. 

 

 

 

6. Add details in the landscape with smaller brushes such as trees, plants, clouds, boats, house or cottage etc. When it’s dry gently pull the tape and you’ll have a white border around your painting! 

 

 

 

7.  Sometimes less is more - keep the work simple with an emphasis on colour and shape. Try this exercise a few times - the same subject and approach can turn out so differently each time!

 

 

Share with us! Take a picture of your artwork and email it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or tag us on social media #artlabnanaimo for a chance to be featured on our channels! 

Have fun, stay connected and stay safe! 


 

Saturday, June 20 ~ Me in the Mirror!

There are many ways to create self portraits! The featured artwork by Jin-me Yoon Souvenirs of the Self uses photography to explore identity. This week let’s use the traditional pencil and paper approach. Drawing a self portrait can be sooo fun and is a great way to slow down and creatively explore what we see. All we need is a large piece of paper, pencil and a mirror - let’s get started!

1.Sit in front of the mirror and take some time to observe your facial features. Look carefully at the details of the eye: the iris, the lids, the eyelashes along with their functions. What does an eye do? An eyelash? The eye is not just a circle with a black dot in the middle - what other lines and shapes do you see? Look at all your features carefully before you begin. 

  

 

2. Start by drawing the features - eyes, nose, mouth and ears. Take your time and remember that we are not perfectly symmetrical - there is beauty and weirdness in the details of our features from tiny wrinkle lines near our eyes to taste buds on our tongues. Even our eyes are not identical!

 

 

3. Draw the shape or your head - notice it is not a perfect circle and that our eyes, ears, nose and mouth are in the bottom half of our head. Surprisingly our forehead and hair take up a lot of space.

 

 

  

4.Draw your neck and shoulders right to the edge of the paper so your head isn’t floating in space. Then draw what you are wearing and the details of your clothing and jewelry.

 

 

  

5.Consider your background - you can keep it blank or draw what is around you. Add as many details to your self portrait as you can - your drawing will give us clues about you!

 

 

  

6.Remember - drawing is not only about observing, it is also about the artist’s imagination. Now that you’ve studied yourself in the mirror, try drawing a self portrait without the mirror. You can draw from memory and touch - remember what you have learned and that you are the artist - use your imagination!

 

Share with us! Take a picture of your artwork and email it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or tag us on social media #artlabnanaimo for a chance to be featured on our channels!

Have fun, stay connected and stay safe!


Saturday, June 13 ~ Perform, Record and Share!

Artist Jin-me Yoon uses photography to capture her performance art - photography has been used to capture performances since its invention – from the Victorian era to the art happenings of the 1960s, right up to today’s trend for selfies. What is performance art and what does it do?

Let’s take inspiration from Jin-me Yoon’s work, Souvenirs of the Self. Her series of photos make you stop, think and ask questions; what is she doing? Why and who is she with? What are ways we can tell an interesting, new or funny story through performance or gesture? Sometimes performance art is spontaneous and other times it is very carefully thought out. It can be about movement or no movement at all. Performance provokes curiosity - let’s try it out!

  1. Choose a location in your home or outside. Give yourself plenty of room to move and keep the same location for all the photos.  
  2. Look around your home or yard and choose an object to interact with. It could be anything; shovel, plant, your favourite stuffie, badminton racquet or tree branch. 
  3. Ask a family member to take photos of you using their phone or a camera. Try a number of different still poses with an object - think about facial expressions, try taking photos close up and further away. Experiment - let yourself be silly or serious!
  4. Next do a series of photos that capture movement. Using the same object in the same location, perform different actions: jump, run, hide, keep moving and interacting with the object while your photographer takes pictures.  
  5. Review, compare and choose the photos you think work best. Give your series of performance photos a title. We would love to see your performances so please share with us!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Share with us! Take a picture of your artwork and email it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or tag us on social media #artlabnanaimo for a chance to be featured on our channels!

Have fun, stay connected and stay safe! 


Saturday, June 6 ~ Postcard Connect!

Let’s create, share and connect through the mail! What stories can we tell about ourselves and share with others? Jin-me Yoon’s postcard series uses photography to ask questions about who we are and where we belong. Similarly, we can use photo collage to create an interesting and unusual series of postcards to send to friends and family!

You will need:

  • Cardstock
  • Pencil or pen
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Magazines
  • Family photos

1. Cut cardstock into postcard sized rectangles - cut six to eight postcards to create a series. Using a pen or pencil and a ruler, draw the postcard template on the back.

 

  1. Begin by cutting up images and text from magazines and photographs (ask your parents which photos you are allowed to cut up and use for this project).

 

 

  1. Play around with cut up photos - arrange and rearrange your collage. You can work on more than one collage at a time. Put images together that might not normally go together - it can be more interesting!  Sometimes the best part is cutting and collecting images for your project.

 

 

 

 

  1. When you think you are ready, glue them down. If you have clear drying glue, brush over the entire collage to add a nice glossy coat and to be sure it stays together.

 

 

 

 

  1. Choose who you would like to send your postcard art and write them a message! The last thing you need is their address, a stamp and it is ready for the mail. Here are some more examples of another artist you might know - Amber Morrison! She is part of the Boxcarsix postcard project. Check it out - their work is so inspiring!

 

 

If you don't have art supplies or access to supplies for this project feel free to contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we can arrange for an art drop off.

Share with us! Take a picture of your artwork and email it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or tag us on social media #artlabnanaimo for a chance to be featured on our channels!

Have fun, stay connected and stay safe!

 


 

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