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Artist Statement

Life is full of many different elements. I respond through my art accordingly. Movement gives me energy, energy fuels my imagination. Imagination flows with my my response to the element. Colours give me pleasure. I combine these elements to produce my art as I work directly on paper, canvas, wood or metal.

The land, sky and water inspire me. Its many shapes, colours and weather condtions move me. I thrive being a part of it. Through my work I relive my time spent moving through living landscapes as I create my vision of them, both emotionally and physically.

The mediums I choose reflect the effect I’m seeking. I create original prints in relief, dry point, watercolour monotypes and intaglio. My paintings are in watercolour, acrylic or oil paints.

Exhibitions

Gallery Exhibition
Colborne Art Gallery, Colborne, ON 25th Anniversary past members show, May 2017
Colborne Art Gallery, Colborne, ON solo show “Everything Moves” 04/2014; member's show “Trees”   01/2013
Art Gallery of Northumberland, Cobourg, ON solo show “Trees, original prints & paintings” 11/2013
Art In Public Places, Cobourg, ON Colborne Art Gallery Collective Group Show 2012
Ganaraska Art & Framing, 
Port Hope ,ON
“All That Jazz”, group show, 09/2011
The Pilot, Toronto, ON solo show  “Abstracted View” 08/2010
Colborne Art Gallery, Colborne, ON solo show “Edges” new prints & paintings
Station Gallery, Whitby, ON “Drawing for Art” group shows 04/2010,11,12
Los Angeles Municipal Gallery,
Los Angeles , U.S.A.
“Los Angeles Printmaking Society 20th Annual National Exhibition” 10/2009
The Dental Lofts, Toronto, ON “Three Perspectives” three-woman show 01/2009
Colborne Art Gallery, Colborne, ON collective gallery on going members’ group shows, every 6weeks 1998-2013
Art Gallery of Northumberland, Cobourg, ON Regional juried shows 1998-2013

Quinte Arts Council, Belleville, ON

“Expressions” juried show 04/2006
Lygtsome Gallery, Antigonish, NS “Outside The Borders” printmakers show 04/2006
Upstairs Gallery, Port Hope, ON Group Shows, 2005 & 2006
Gallery On John, Port Hope, ON solo show “Recent Works”  09/2004
Lygtsome Gallery, Antigonish, NS Printmakers 22nd Annual Exhibit  09/2004
Station Gallery, Whitby, ON “Minature Show”  10/2002
Rails End Gallery, Haliburton, ON Haliburton School of the Arts “Faculty Show” 2002 & Minature Show 2001
Micheal Gibson Gallery “Minature Show” 1995-2001
Galerie d’Art Jean-Claude Bergeron, Ottawa, ON prints, group showing 1999, 2002
Toronto Outdoor Exhibtion

prints & watercolours , 07 /1999

Resume: Avril Bull–Jones, Visual Artist / Educator

Education

  • Arts In Education Foundation Certificate - Royal Conservatory
  • Expressive Arts  Post Graduate Certificate – Haliburton School of the Arts
  • A.O.C.A. , major printmaking – Ontario College of Art and Design
  • Printmaking - Independent Studies , French courses – University of Guelph
  • French Immersion summer course - University Laval, PQ

Teaching Experience

Av’s Art & Adventure – circa 1992 to present. Summer arts-based day camp.

Weekly camps for ages 4 – 18 yrs. The camps give hands on instruction in clay, drawing, composition & painting , printmaking and painting with multiple paint mediums plus textile and nature crafts. Environmental awarness taught through outdoor games and hikes and using the outdoors as a springboard for project ideas and supplies. More on info my website, www.avrilsart.ca

There are also private classes offered for adults and children, weekend workshops in expressive arts, printmaking & painting.

Kawartha Pine Pridge District School Board

  • Watercolour painting, Night School
  • French Supply teacher  for 10 years
  • Educational Assistant 17 years

Workshops

  • Steamroller Print Festival, vendor and workshop presenter, Port Hope, ON, Sept. 2017
  • Inside Out Conference –B.C. Teachers Ass. & Canadian Society for Education Through Art , Vancouver , BC- presenter for “Colour Quilt and Drawing , primary division. Intergrated Arts , primary/ junior division.
  • Arts Retreat Weekend – E.F.T.O. ,Viamede Resort ,ON .Workshop leader for Colour Quilt and drawing, Intergrated Arts primary/junior division.
  • C.R.Gummow P.S. Gr. 8 graduating clases collective painting project .
  • Grafton P. S. – relief printmaking with linoleum , grade 6.
  • Grant Sine P.S. –Intergrated Arts workshop ( sculpture , music & dance piece).
  • Burnham P.S. – Gr. 2/3 class flag project with parade finale on last day).
  • Baltimore P.S. Gr. 1 Colour Quilt , primary colour project.

Art Highlights

Visual Arts

  • My art work has been exhibited in numerous solo and groups shows.
  • Art work in the permanent collection of Art Galleryof Northumberland , St. Micheal's Printshop, Memorial University NFLD and many private collections.

Carousel Projects

  • Assisted carving, designing and painting wooden full scale horses for two carousels “The Canandian Ride" & “The Wild West”—both for Conklin, 1993-1996.
  • Painted the rounding boards for The Roseneath Carousel Restoration project, 1995.
  • Restoration of a carousel organ façade, private collector,1996.
  • Restoration of 14 carousel horses, structuraly & painted designs, Roseneath Carousel, Roseneath, ON,
    2009–2012.

T-Rex Sculpture

Co-created (with sculptor Konstantin VonValdburg) an 11’ high T-Rex dinosaur for a Japenese theme mall,1996 .

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Volunteer Work