November 2012 e-newsletter
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Sydney Lancaster

Harcourt House 2012 Artist in Residence Exhibition
NEST by Sydney Lancaster

October 18 - November 24, 2012

Sydney Lancaster is an Edmonton-based mixed media visual artist, writer and musician. Her work examines how humans negotiate the intersections between private and public stories through objects, images, words, and actions.  She is fascinated by the ways in which we ‘map’ our sense of place, security, and belonging – or lack of it – through objects and markers
of place.

Her residency has been dedicated to the development of an entirely new body of work in various media that consider the nest as an object in space and time, but also as a marker of symbolic and emotional content. NEST explores the human relationship to birds’ nests as both objects and emotional spaces. These are liminal and contradictory things: nests are a source of protection and contain the potential for growth and renewal, but nests also remain exposed to the elements, placed in precarious locations, positioned between earth and sky.

The work created for NEST is the basis for further written and visual explorations of these ideas in collaboration with Vancouver poet Catherine Owen (

A word on the Residency from Sydney:

“The Artist-in-Residence Program at Harcourt House is a tremendous opportunity to devote an entire uninterrupted year to the production of a coherent body of new work. It is a rare thing for an artist to be provided with the the kind of support Harcourt House provides through this program.  It provides support for artists to take real risks and develop their practice within a creative community. I feel very fortunate to be granted this opportunity to be a part of the Harcourt House community, and to be contributing actively to it now and in the future.”

Front Gallery

Front Room Gallery
October 18 – November 24, 2012
IcarusCar by Evann Siebens & Keith Doyle 

IcarusCar is a screen-based sculptural installation involving the myth of a flying car. Inspired by the real history of Molt Taylor’s 1949 Aerocar One and the folly of Icarus, an abstract narrative is created with four channels of video and sculptural artifacts from the film.  Using a full-sized 1969 MGB GT and a scale model of the same, the media is set in the rural southern Alberta winter landscape, where an old crumbling barn and long desolate roads provide the place for subject and setting. Nostalgia for another time in history, the relationship between the automobile, the Canadian prairie landscape, and the inventor or artist are all part of the dream to push beyond gravity and use human ingenuity to create something new, to fly…

winter classes

New Winter/Spring Classes

We are right in the neighborhood and have several new exciting art classes and some classic favorites for children, teens and adults. Classes are suitable for beginner artists to advanced artists looking to pick up a new technique. All of our classes are reasonably priced and taught by local, professional artists.

Harcourt House Artist Run Centre runs a variety of art classes and workshops for adults, teens and children, as well as uninstructed drop-in drawing and sculpture sessions with
live models.


Handbuilding: Slip, Stain and Glaze: Instructor: Joanna Lange | 6 Tues | 6 – 9pm | January 29 – March 5, 2013

Printmaking: Beginner Silkscreen: Instructor: Stacey Cann | 6 Mon | 6 – 9pm | February 4 – March 11, 2013

Portrait Drawing from a Photograph: Instructor: Patrick Higgins | 6 Tues | 6pm – 9pm | February 19 – March 26, 2013

Mixed Media: Instructor: Madonna Mikhail | 6 Mon | 6 – 9pm | February 20 – March 27, 2013

Figurative and Perspective Drawing: Instructor: Helen Muskal | 6 Thurs | 6 – 9pm | February 21 – March 28, 2013


From Clay to Castles… Fantasy Sculpture: Instructor: Melissa Baron | Age: 11 – 15 yrs | 1 Saturday | 1 – 4pm | March 9, 2013

Printmaking: Monoprinting Workshop: Instructor: Stacey Cann | 1 Sunday | 10am – 5pm | March 10, 2013

Birdhouses: Instructor: Melissa Baron | Age: 11 – 16 yrs | 1 Saturday | 1 – 4pm | April 27, 2013

Clay Mask Making: Instructor: Joanna Lange | Age: 16+ | 3 Saturdays | 10am – 3pm | March 2, 9, & 16, 2013

Call us at 780.426.4180 or email us at if you have any questions or would like to register for a class / workshop!


Art & Mind Yoga

*NEW Saturday Classes
10:30am - 11:30am

Spanning from beginner to intermediate this basic class is a time to play with a variety of postures where modifications will be shown to allow for a slow ease into the final form.  A creative way to find the perfect stretch in strength based and softer poses alike, helping to build confidence in your body
& its abilities.

Volunteer with us


Please contact us to see how you can help out! We would love to hear how you could give our team at Harcourt House a hand!

For more information, please contact:

Alexandra DesCotes

drop in classes
Drop in drawing & sculpture are uninstructed sessions with live models. Payment can be made upon arrival to a drop in session.

Fee: $10 per session
$70 for block of eight ($63 members)
No Class on holidays

Life Drawing: Monday,
1- 4pm, Wednesday & Friday,
7 - 10pm

Long Pose Life Drawing: First Sunday of the month, 1 - 4pm

Sculpture: Monday, 7 -10pm

Draw ’till You Drop: October 28th and November 25th from 9am - 6pm
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