23/10/2014

Practicum Opportunity! Visual Arts Sculpture Studio Practicum

Studio Practicum programs are internship-style opportunities that expand and enhance participants' technical skills and increase knowledge in the various mediums supported by the Visual Arts department. The Sculpture Practicum program offers practical experience in the areas of tool maintenance and safety, woodworking with hand tools and heavy equipment (table saw, band saw, planer, jointer, miter saw), metal working and metal casting (bronze and aluminum), kiln firing (electric, gas, raku, salt), various ceramic techniques, and video production and post-production. Approximately 80% of the program will be based in the sculpture studio, with 20% of time spent working in the ceramics area.

Practicum participants will receive regular mentorship and feedback from Studio Facilitators in support of their professional development. Under the supervision of experienced mentors, Practicums assist staff in the delivery of Visual Arts programs learning about maintenance and safe operation of studio facilities and by offering studio assistance to artists participating in creative residency programs.

Practicum programs offer a dynamic combination of learning opportunities through workshops, demonstrations, and presentations; contact with professional staff, visiting artists, and faculty; and collaboration with facilitators in Visual Arts and other Banff Centre arts programs. Learning objectives are agreed in consultation with mentors at the start the program. Although the primary focus of this Practicum is sculpture, learning opportunities will also be available in other Visual Arts disciplines.

Learning opportunities are primarily practical, hands-on experiences arising from the participant’s support of the Visual Arts residency programs. This provides participants the opportunity to improve their technical and artistic knowledge, decision-making and problem-solving skills, communication, critical thinking, teamwork, and leadership skills. In addition to the everyday responsibilities, participants will have dedicated time to realize their individual learning objectives.

Eligibility: Candidates for the Sculpture Studio Practicum program must possess a solid foundation in various woodworking techniques including an intermediate level of experience in at least TWO of the following areas: ceramics - kiln firing, glazing, fabrication techniques; use of heavy woodworking equipment, foundry techniques, metal fabrication (welding, cutting, etc.); digital fabrication, or mold making (plaster, rubber). As Visual Arts is a multi-disciplinary facility, it is an asset if candidates have foundational skills in another studio area (ceramics, photography, printmaking, papermaking,performance, digital video and sound editing).

Artists from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply, with a special invitation to artists of Indigenous descent.

As this program exceeds 6 months in length, enrollment is limited to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada. This is due to changes made by the Government of Canada to international student visa regulations, effective June 1, 2014.

Applicants or leaders from professional arts organizations, other training organizations, colleges and universities, research centres, and labour and government agencies are encouraged to contact Visual Arts to create Practicum partnerships.

For more information please visit: http://www.banffcentre.ca/programs/program.aspx?id=1541