Discipline: Visual Arts
Homebase: Port Coquitlam
Adrian Walker is an artist with a multi-disciplinary background and a passion for teaching. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Simon Fraser University, a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of British Columbia and a Bachelor of Education degree from UBC. Adrian taught fine art, photography and digital media at York House School in Vancouver for 11 years. He left teaching to pursue his visual arts career. Adrian has extensive experience working in acrylic and oil paint, as well as graphite and digital photography. Adrian's own art practice examines the world around us through representational methods of visual analysis. His work at times also blurs the lines between abstract and figurative art. With his multi-disciplinary approach to art making, Adrian provides a range of innovative and interactive experiences for new and emerging artists.
Leigh Square is proud to have chosen Walker for his distinct art style and dedication to bringing new ideas and aesthetics to the community. Adrian Walker has been a vital asset to the cultural and artistic core of the City of Port Coquitlam. Oliver McTavish-Wisden, Recreational Leader, City of Port Coquitlam
In this course, students will have an opportunity to explore how artists have historically captured an authentic reflection of themselves. The advent of social media and innovative image capturing devices has created a fascination with the 'selfie'. From Andy Warhol to Cindy Sherman, artists have found ways to use their own faces as stepping-stones to explore dimensions of their own characters in a variety of defining poses. This project attempts to challenge the student to explore his/her own identity through imagined visual scenarios that will be brought to life with the aid of digital imaging.
This course intends to look into and beyond the fascination with the painting style of Jackson Pollock. Adrian will create a lesson plan that engages students in creatively exploring the fine arts with a multi disciplinary approach. Students will be given a lesson on the now notorious style of the modern painter, supplemented by an art history lesson. Students will create a work in the style of Pollock that incorporates his figurative as well as abstract methods of working. Much of Pollock's style has relied on the drip painting method without acknowledging his earlier forays into representational and symbolic image making. This course will provide students with an opportunity to delve into both. This course has been extremely successful with both younger painters and older painters and can be tailored to meet the requirements of every age group.
Students will learn to use additive and subtractive methods of art making to capture the atmosphere of mist in a landscape. This technique explores the division between representational art and abstract art and introduces a topic for discussion that has long been debated in modern art. Using photographs as a source of inspiration, students will learn to apply dry paint pigment to paper using innovative applicators and tools. The emphasis is on the art making process and students will learn a technique that is highly impactful. Through the subtractive process, students will also learn to embrace 'mistakes' in art making which inevitably make for a better final product. The final image is a stunning vision of a landscape similar in style to that of European artist J.M.W. Turner.