Many Eastside schools are designated as inner-city and have little exposure to the visual arts and the art-making process. Studio 101 brings local school children into artist studios for free workshops with professional artists. For many participants, it is their first time connecting with professional artists and arts experiences. The program aims to help young people gain an understanding of all phases of the creative process, while promoting creative confidence and fostering an appreciation of the visual arts.
In 2016, Admiral Seymour Elementary students from grades 4– 7 visited William Clark Studios to create paintings, fibre arts, animation and other mixed media items. Students worked alongside Eastside Crawl artists Jenn Brisson, Dzee Louise, Susan Patterson, Zed Payne, and Geemon Xin Meng. In collaboration with Cineworks, students will also collaborated with multidisciplinary artist and filmmaker Nisha Platzer.
Studio 101 is coordinated by Laura Aliaga. The program was conceived in 2007 by long-time Crawl artists Mira Malatestinic, Richard Tetrault and Kathryn Youngs, and is proudly supported by the ECCS and Opus Art Supplies