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Artist John Hartman inspired Grade 5 art students during his visit this month.
February 26, 2013
Renowned Artist Gives Grade 5 Students a Colourful Lesson
Canadian artist John Hartman brought his passion for painting to Branksome Hall this month.

The accomplished contemporary artist talked about his life as an artist and shared techniques with Grade 5 art students during a classroom workshop arranged by Branksome parents Maria Smith and Eric Tripp, who are friends of Mr. Hartman.

The artist's visit was "very intriguing," said Grade 5 student Rebecka following the February 15 visit. "I got to find out another way of making art."

That unique approach involves first capturing subjects from a bird's eye view. Mr. Hartman told students how he uses helicopters or airplanes to scout out his subject, which he then photographs before putting brush to canvas. He also invests time on the ground, scouring city streets to fully understand a site before he paints it, he explained.

The artist has been known for his landscape paintings, which recently have included urban landscapes. He is also well known for making drypoint prints, a technique that he shared with students during his visit.

"I loved my day of teaching at Branksome," Mr. Hartman told Junior School art teacher Jacinthe Roy. "The students made wonderful drawings. Throughout the class, they were bright, curious and hard working."

"I had such a fine time being able to draw a drawing of a street with the help of an artist. That doesn't happen every day," said a clearly inspired Rebecka.

"I personally enjoyed this experience, because I like how he captures his view of landscapes and I was very excited to work with him in class," added Alexa.

Mr. Hartman's work is influenced by the art of David Milne and earlier inspiration includes landscapes by the Group of Seven. A native of Midland, Ontario, who studied fine arts at McMaster University, Mr. Hartman held his first one-man art show in 1979. His paintings now hang in public and private collections in Canada and around the world, including the Art Gallery of Ontario, the McMichael Collection, in Kleinburg, Ontario, Calgary's Glenbow Museum, the British Museum in London, England, and the Royal Library in Copenhagen.

To see samples of John Hartman's work, visit www.johnhartman.ca.

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