In the magnificent natural setting of Rouge Park, selected artists and creatives will camp and create in the natural environment of Canada's premier urban wilderness park. During this trip, participants will explore their creative practice in the outdoors, connect with the local arts community, and enjoy outdoor activities in the park. In partnership with Toronto’s Surf the Greats, participants will have the opportunity of engaging in guided stand up paddle boarding and yoga.
The Outdoor Studio program is designed to facilitate time for personal reflection, while supporting artistic exploration and the development of creative pursuits. An artist mentor will provide guidance to the multi-disciplinary group of artists and creatives. The group will receive an introduction into camping skills, environmental stewardship and best creative practices for the outdoors.
Participants will have the opportunity to showcase their work created during and inspired by their adventure with Outdoor Studio in a curated exhibition in 2018.
DAY 1 (SATURDAY, JUNE 17)
Selected participants will arrive and meet at the Glen Rouge Campgrounds. The first day will be focused around creative intention-setting, getting connected with each other and our environment. Initial outdoor studio exploration and creation will take place .Just before sunset, participants will make dinner over campfire and have time to share, unwind or continue to create for the rest of the evening. .
DAY 2 (SUNDAY, JUNE 18)
Following an optional sunrise yoga session, Day 2 begins by cooking and enjoying breakfast at camp. A collective creative jam session will kick start our making for the day, followed by individual studio time. In the afternoon, an optional tree identification hike will take place. Participants can explore the park and work on their creative projects for the remainder of the afternoon and early evening. Individual meetings and critiques with the artist mentor are optional for participants wishing to receive feedback on their process work. Dinner will take place around a campfire by the river, followed by a collaborative activity and free time.
DAY 3 (MONDAY, JUNE 19)
After an early breakfast, participants will spend the morning on the river with Surf the Greats, who will be instructing a stand-up paddleboarding class (weather permitting). Participants will have the rest of the morning to continue working on their creative projects. Camp take down will happen after lunch, and a time of sharing and informal critique will take place before heading back to the city in the late afternoon.
Itinerary is not final, and is subject to change.
* Fee includes overnight campground fees, activities, food and some gear. See FAQ for more.
* Fee does not include transportation to and from Glen Rouge Campgrounds.