LSA re-opening with summer programs

by Gayle Wilson

  • <p>CONTRIBUTED PHOTO</p><p>The LSA&#8217;s Youth Art Week has proved popular in the past. Instructors for this year&#8217;s Every Child Is An Artist theme are Jason Skinner and Ali Eisnor.</p>
  • <p>CONTRIBUTED PHOTO</p><p>Heather Sayeau&#8217;s oil painting image for the LSA&#8217;s <em>Paint the Town! </em>oil painting workshop.</p>
  • <p>CONTRIBUTED PHOTO</p><p>Michael Peter&#8217;s watercolour image of Ritcey Cove in Lunenburg serves as an inspiration for the How to Paint in Watercolour workshop.</p>

It's become emblematic of summer locally to see painters, young and old, poised next to easels, concentrating on capturing the character and beauty of the Lunenburg area.

As things begin opening up post-pandemic, this year will be no exception.

The Lunenburg School of the Arts (LSA) has announced it is re-opening and launching its summer program of workshops beginning July 13.

"I know that there have been a few of our long-standing festivals that have been cancelled, so, you know, we really worked at trying to make ourselves ready and to be able to carry on. And we're so happy to be able to do it," Wilfred Moore, LSA's volunteer chairman, told LighthouseNOW.

However, Moore emphasized that the programming will adhere to provincial health guidelines. Class sizes are limited to 10 people each, including the instructor; social distancing will be required and facilitated, and participants will be given hand sanitizer as well as face masks should they wish to use them.

The youth program involves two adults, so only eight students are accepted in the Youth Art Week workshop.

"We don't want a second bubble. So we're sticking to the guidelines. We have spacious studios and we want our people who attend to be comfortable and to feel safe ...We've taken those precautions and we're not going to be lax about it," said Moore.

The studios allow for six feet separation between students, painting tables and instructors, he added.

"We've been working on this and staying ahead of it, so we think that we've taken into consideration the concerns that students may have."

And as with previous years, there will be plein-air activities as well.

Although the doors of the school on Lunenburg's Prince Street were closed during the lockdown, the LSA has been active on social media.

It launched an online art competition recognizing the school's fifth anniversary, which drew 50 different entries, according to Katie Hall, LSA's operations coordinator.

The school is hosting another such competition now. Inspired by Lunenburg's seafaring history, its theme is the humble cod fish. Participants have until July 11 to get their entries in.

The LSA's summer schedule of workshops kicks off July 13 to 17, with an oil painting workshop led by artist Heather Sayeau. Coinciding with that will be a workshop on texture, colour and line, focusing on clay surfaces and led by Marla Benton.

According to Hall, the How to Paint in Watercolour workshop, led by Michael Peters, is fully booked as is the Youth Art Week.

Hall says the workshops draw art enthusiasts from near and far, and she was pleased with the recent news that people will now be able to travel between Atlantic provinces.

"We do have people from all over Nova Scotia coming in. And we're very happy with [August 24's ]announcement of the Atlantic bubble opening up. We do have some people registered from around Atlantic Canada that now will be able to attend," said Hall.

A full list of workshops and registration details are available at https://lunenburgarts.org/programs/

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