The ART for Cancer Foundation runs free art workshops for those who have had or are living with cancer. The workshops provide a means of creative expression, as well as giving the participants a chance to step away from the day-to-day of their illness.
This day, Laurie Stein, a respected illustrator and painter, is instructing a small workshop of five for the ART for Cancer Foundation’s first Paint Along Teddy Bear video shoot. We have set up two Canon DSLR cameras for video recording, and a Zoom H4N recorder for audio. Natural light is all that is required, as the room is bright and the walls are white.
Aside from a brief intro and extro from ART for Cancer Foundation’s founder Cid Palacio, and a personal commentary from each of the participants, the content for the workshop is taught by Laurie.
Using only dollar-store paints in colours of red, yellow, blue, white and black, the artists will select and blend their preferred colours for their teddy bear on an 8 x 10 canvas.
The straight-forward instructions allows each of our participants to complete a painting in about an hour.
The purpose of the video is to give those at home an opportunity to paint a simple yet creative painting within the hour.
While centred in Toronto, the ART for Cancer Foundation is extending its reach through the application of this type of online video programming in partnership with the Canadian Cancer Society.
The Paint Along Teddy Bear video can be found here