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Freeze Up, Artist Talks, Working with Glue, Life Drawings

Hello all and welcome to this week’s blog posting. My name is Robert. I am a Foundation Year SOVA student and I will be taking you on a virtual tour of this past week at the Yukon School of Visual Arts.

Yukon River freezing

Well there’s no denying that winter has arrived in full force. The ferry has been pulled and the Yukon river has transformed itself into a floating parade of ice chunks. With temperatures dropping below -25 Celsius it is time to hunker down and embrace the cold dark winter.

That being said the creative energy flowing from the 2D studio couldn’t be warmer. We are nearing the end of ‘Life Drawings’ as part of our 2D course work. The results and progression made by SOVA students have been nothing short of fantastic! We have been experimenting with new mediums and pushing ourselves beyond the familiar and comfortable. I guess you call this personal growth…

Life Drawings

We have been challenging convention in our 3D lab as well, working with hot glue, wax, clay, and Sculpty. We’ve been producing works along the themes of transformation, hybrid forms, body parts, and wax forms. This is my first time experimenting with these mediums and have enjoyed the challenges and limitations of each material. The diversity of the finished projects are quite the eyeful. From sculpted hermaphrodites to wax flower arrangements, our 3D class is full of surprises.

Working with glue

Dawson City was very fortunate to have KIAC Artist in Residence Sarah Burwash speak at the Odd Fellows Ballroom on Thursday night.  Sarah’s presentation involved a slide-show showcasing some of her work, and stories of her creative journey through her artistic career.  Sarah’s presentation was interesting and impressive. I really enjoyed her style of work  and was definitely feeling inspired after I left. Great to see such a good turn out.

Sarah showed a brief clip from her animation "Salty." See more of her work at

Thanks very much for reading. Check out next week’s blog with more stories and events happening at SOVA. Cheers, Robert.

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