Southampton Art School; art school and co-operative gallery
The Southampton Art School is found along Hwy 21
as you enter Southampton's downtown core.
An art school since its founding in 1957 by Group of Seven members A Y
Jackson and Arthur Lismer as well as Alex Colville and Lawren P Harris,
there are programs running Spring, Summer and Fall.
Art School is a not-for-profit
charity that also features a co-operative gallery shop and is bustling
in the summer months when cottagers bolster Southampton's population
The artists featured at the Art School gallery and teachers in the
school vary as widely as the mediums with which they work. Find pottery
and rug hooking, oil paintings and stained glass.
Art School and Gallery Buildings
Not all the artists featured in the gallery double as teachers in the
school but many do teach a program.
You might notice aspiring artists around Southampton, particularly near the waterfront,
learning to paint landscapes or Chantry Island.
One of my paintings via my class Macro Blooms with Marianne Broome
I have taken a number of classes over the years and can attest to the
I have taken a range of classes from sculpture to watercolours and oil
Another one of my Marco Blooms
In addition to the art school and gallery, there are a number of events
the Art School is involved with, most notably the Lantern Festival
held annually at Fairy Lake.
The Lantern Festival is a community event held in August featuring not
only artisans but also local music talent. Definitely an event not to
Not quite finished but another Macro Bloom
The Art School also holds the Up Your Alley outdoor art show and sale
Also watch for special art exhibitions like 2010's Shilling Experience
featuring Canada's foremost Aboriginal artists Arthur Shilling who
studied at this school in its inaugural year.
The Southampton Art School has been tied to the Canadian art scene since
its founding by acclaimed Canadian artists. It continues to be a
artistic hub and draws artists and art enthusiasts alike to Southampton