An example of this fascinating art form.
The City of Leduc is really getting creative with some of their summer programs this year. For the first time ever they are offering a four day art camp for teens 12-18, teaching them some of the basics of graffart.
Graffart is the shortened version of graffiti art, which has become a legitimate art form, and can even be seen hung in some galleries in major cities. For us middle aged fogies who are still unsure of what graffart is, it is best described as the amazing murals that are seen behind Rick Mercer on the Rick Mercer Report, as he walks and does his rants on the streets of Toronto.
Well known Edmonton graff artist A.J.A. Louden, who has worked with the City of Leduc before, most notably with the Rock the Rails event that happens every summer at Leduc's skate park, will be the instructor for the sessions. The students will be working with markers and aerosol paints, and will be encouraged to explore their artistic sides with unconventional tools, but with a structured approach.
In a quote taken from a media release sent out from the City of Leduc, the Manager of Community Development and Support Planning, Cristal Bole, stated, "We (the City of Leduc) believe by investing in local culture and art programming, it will help expand minds and and meet the basic needs of all residents. It's about creating a well rounded, inclusive community for residents of all ages."
Examples of A.J.A. Louden's work can be seen at www.ajalouden.blogspot.ca. There are a limited number of openings for this ‘aerosol academy’, and participants must be registered by July 16th. The four day program will be held at Alexandra Park, weather permitting, with a wrap up event taking place at Rock the Rails at the Leduc skate park on August 23rd, for all the participants. The cost for the program is $225.00 for LRC members, or $250.00 for non LRC members, however, participants can contact Creative Culture Connections at 780-980-7177, who can provide one-time funding of up to $200.00 for art/cultural programming in the community.
Registration can be completed at the LRC or by calling 780-980-7120.