Jen Clark was invited by the City of Surrey Hang Out Make Art youth program to participate in a series of outreach art making activities aimed at encouraging connection between local artists and youth. Jen has planned and carried out (with the support of staff from this program) several art activities in relation to her own art making approaches. There have been a series of workshops at several high schools in Surrey as well as Chuck Bailey Recreation Centre. Youth are also being recruited to sit on a selection committee to vote for a mural design to go up in Clayton Heights. Jen was one of five Surrey artists asked to design a mural of which the youth will vote for.
An example of one of the projects created by students from Ecole Salish Secondary is a large portrait banner entitled: Self: Present, Future. They were asked to create an abstract self-portrait of themselves presently and then one imagining themselves in the future. All of the portraits were then combined together with shapes to create the large piece. Both banners were hung in the lobby of the school. This activity was inspired by Jen’s “Planet” series.
Mind the Weather: Artist Talk & Plein Air Painting
Youth from the “Hang Out Make Art Program” (City of Surrey) came for an artist talk at Jen Clark and Mel Yap’s exhibition “Mind the Weather” at the Crescent Beach Pop-up Gallery. After the talk the group went to the beach to paint plein air, inspired by the exhibition.