Found Object: Painting from Dream to Reality

This five-day workshop is for all levels working with acrylic or oil mediums. Each class will begin with an introduction to contemporary artists whose works relate to themes such as, dream diary, object painting and found-material art. For an hour or two, students are to walk about the Town of Lunenburg (which is the Campus of the School), to gather found objects, sketch or photograph and bring their experiential journaling back to the studio; these ideas and materials will be used as objects for their mixed paintings. This will allow students to use many un-traditional everyday materials, vision and imagination, story telling and a sense of place in order to create art. Through this daily practice, students will conceptually challenge themselves in using and interpreting non-traditional materials as objects for artistic expression. Most importantly, students will expand their exploration of media techniques and processes by choosing and working with unusual subject matters, symbols and ideas. No experience necessary, all levels welcome.


Students should bring the following:

  • Sketch book (small/medium 8.5×11 will be good) or diary book with plain pages
  • Brushes Round and Flat – Sizes: 4, 6, 8, 10, or 12
  • Acrylic Paint 
- Colours: white, black, magenta red, yellow, cobalt or phthalo blue, green, brown, etc..
  • Colour palette
  • Bottle for washing brushes
  • Paper towel
  • Palette knife for mixing color
  • Canvas (available at Printers Corner, DeSerres or Dollar Store).
    Sizes: two small (24’’ x 18’’) or (24’’ x 24’’); one large (36’’ x 36’’) or (40’’ x 40’’).
    The square format will be challenging, but is OPEN to you to explore
  • Photo Camera or your cellphone camera works too
  • Bucket hat for sun protection
  • Apron
  • Tote Bag (not plastic bags)

About Hangama Amiri:

Hangama graduated from NSCAD University with a BFA (Major in Fine Arts) in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 2012. She was a Fulbright Scholarship student at Yale University in New London, Connecticut (2015 – 2016). Hangama has exhibited her paintings nationally and internationally, recently in New York, Toronto, and London. Her collaborative project, “Dome of Secret Desires” was shortlisted at 5th Passion For Freedom Festival London (UK), 2013, and at Arte Laguna, Prize in Venice Italy (2013), and her recent collaborative video project, “My Motherland” 2015 was premiered at Aga Khan Museum in Toronto.

Amiri has won the 2011 Lieutenant Governor’s Community Voluntarism Award, the 2013 Portia White Protege Award, and in 2015 her painting “Island of Dreams” was one of the two runners-up in the Royal Bank of Canada’s national RBC Canadian Painting Competition. Hangama is an Artist-in-Residence at our School during the month of June 2017.