Fri. Feb 23rd, 2024

Finding artistic inspiration in Ontario parks is nothing new.

Artists have been attracted to provincial parks since the early years of the park system.

Artistic inspiration

If someone asks about the importance of Algonquin Provincial Park, it won’t take a minute of conversation before Tom Thomson is mentioned.

A quick Google search of the park will turn up paintings by Thomson and the Group of Seven sharing the same screen with an iconic Algonquian loon or moose.

Art and nature, particularly in Ontario parks, are complementary mirrors: a reflection of intertwined beauty.

Canadian landscape painting was quickly turned upside down by the Group of Seven’s radical interpretation of Algonquin colours, patterns and textures in the 1910s. Capturing the Light, a new impression of painting, was born based on the rugged nature of the Canadian wilderness.

two women sitting at a picnic table, painting

As a founding member of the Group of Seven, AY Jackson was quite ironic in declaring that Canadian landscape painting up to that time imitated European traditions and was “all windmills and cows.”

A new generation

Art in the park is a natural thing; It is a fundamental part of Canadian identity. This complementary relationship was celebrated in the OP125 program. Go crazy about art A multitude of art-based programs were held in select parks this summer.

It has been piloted in Awenda Provincial Park in a long-standing partnership with the Ontario University of Art and Design, one of Canada’s most recognized arts institutions.

Woman standing with beach shore paint on the beach shore.

This September was the ninth year that students made the pilgrimage to Awenda to paint and draw (and photograph!) outdoor, like their artistic ancestors.

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Forty-seven students and two teachers traveled to the park for a day trip and were inspired by a varied fall day with moving clouds and the rugged coastline of Georgian Bay.

A large group of people standing under the banner.

After seeing him in the park, the students returned to the city to complete their work.

Support the arts!

From November 19-24, her finished artwork will be on display in OCAD’s Ada Slaight Student Gallery.

If you’re in Toronto, venture to the university, a stone’s throw from the Art Gallery of Ontario, where some of Canada’s masters are enshrined.

See a new artistic vision of the Canadian landscape represented by a new generation of artists, whose artworks are inspired by the same coastlines that were once muses of Thomson and the Group of Seven.