Drawn to Fire: Charcoal Rubbings and Sowing Seeds is an online art workshop created and hosted by artist Alana Bartol and artist, botanist, educator Latifa Pelletier-Ahmed—both based in Mohkinstsis (Calgary)—in collaboration with the PHI Foundation’s education team. The live event will take place on Sunday, May 2, from 2 PM to 4 PM EST and is offered in conjunction with the exhibition Lee Bae: UNION, which runs from February 24 to June 20, 2021 at the PHI Foundation.
This online art workshop draws upon Alana’s explorations of former coal mining operations in the Crowsnest Pass, from which she creates artworks that respond to the past, present, and future of coal mining in the region. Workshop participants will be introduced to several artworks in Alana’s current exhibition, Processes of Remediation: art, relationships, nature at University of Lethbridge Art Gallery, which are centred around the site of the proposed Grassy Mountain Coal Project in the Crowsnest Pass, Alberta. As a way to further explore a connection to Grassy Mountain, Alana is collaborating with Latifa to prepare seed packets of plants that grow, or have been known to grow, on Grassy Mountain for participants to plant and take care of.
The guided art workshop Drawn to Fire: Charcoal Rubbings and Sowing Seeds will last 2 hours and will unfold in two parts. During the first part, participants will be offered the opportunity to learn about Alana's artworks responding to the Grassy Mountain Coal Project. They will then reveal one of Alana’s ‘invisible’ milk drawings, that represents the westslope cutthroat trout, through charcoal rubbing. Critical habitat for the westslope cutthroat trout sits within the proposed Grassy Mountain Coal Project footprint. These fish are just one of the many species at risk threatened by open-pit coal mining in Alberta. Participants will then be encouraged to create a milk drawing of something disappearing from the environment.
During the second part of the workshop, Latifa will present the Seeds for Grassy Mountain project. She will discuss some of the plants in the project (fireweed, yarrow, lupine, paintbrush, tufted hairgrass) and the importance of native plants. Participants will be provided with native seeds and will be introduced to methods of seed preparation such as cold moist stratification and seed scarification. At the end of the workshop, participants will reveal their milk drawings with charcoal and share what they drew and why.
Sunday, May 2, 2021
2 PM to 4 PM EST
Reservations required: [email protected]
Before reserving, please see the list of materials provided and required. Materials provided must be picked up at the PHI Foundation. If this is not possible, please advise us. We will evaluate on a case-by-case basis and contact you.
Capacity: 60 participants
*Update April 21, 2021: This event is fully booked.*
The workshop will be offered in English. A French live translation will be provided through Zoom.