The artist Carmen Keitchs will teach different painting techniques, including Canadian and Latin American symbolism (with a focus on Inuits, Mayas, West Coast Salish, and Aztecs). The audience will experience 3D art making and learn how to paint based on indigenous symbols, traditions, and history. Each person will create their own painting during the session, which will be showcased on the community wall during the exhibition.
Born in 1967 in the small town of Navolato, Sinaloa, Mexico, Carmen Keitchs discovered her passion for the arts and classical music early in life and was inspired to study theatre, pottery, music, and painting. By the age of 15, the famous painter Hermilo Soto Miller became her teacher and mentor and it was when she was exposed to and influenced by great artists such as Vincent Van Gogh and Paul Gauguin.
Keitchs moved to Canada in 1989 where she began to explore pre-Hispanic folk art combining symbolism, poetry, and color. The history and culture of the native Aztec and Maya peoples of Central America are strongly reflected in her art, but her paintings also display a profound spiritual meaning of her life journey and those around her.
In the summer of 2005, she graduated from the Design Essential Program at BCIT and Emily Carr Institute, thanks to the support of a great friend, Moira Anderson.
Keitchs was a former founder and member of the Steveston Art Society (S.A.S.) collaborating with local artists to create, support and promote community art activity. She is still an active member of the art community displaying her art at local events and, most recently, at the Bicentennial Mexican Independence Day.
Carmen is focused on creating a strong brand for herself, combining her art and graphic design business. Now she is working on a series of unique collectible items that make her art accessible for anyone that falls in love with her style and wishes to take home an original piece of art.
That is what I call my workshop. Each person that participates will have the opportunity to learn and express themselves on canvas using Maya and Aztec language symbols. Materials supplied will be: 1 piece of canvas, carbon paper, acrylic paints/brushes I hope that participants get inspired during the workshop, and create from the heart.
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