Based in Halifax, Ian Funke-McKay attended NSCAD University (BFA 2014). With a focus on painting Ian builds specialized emblems, figurines, and displays, that are combined for exhibition purposes. His projects have received the support of Arts Nova Scotia, and he works seasonally as a visual arts instructor at the Ross Creek Centre for the Arts.
Workshops and Activities
My visual arts practice stems from painting but draws from numerous methods of production some of which include: sculpture, installation, video games, collage, drawing, and design. In my work I draw from historical medieval sources and use these to craft new displays of pattern, colour, and symbol. I have prepared workshop materials that can be used for both larger participatory group projects of mural and monument, to more individual studies of introductory theory in craft and design. I believe it's important to host our discussions of craft and art within the group as an inter-disciplinary pursuit. So for example we may look at how a two dimensional drawing can be used as data to build a three dimensional virtual model on the computer. Or we may look at how decorative approaches to painting are used for propaganda and revolutionary symbols of flags, banners, brooches, and posters. Additionally I'm open to run more traditional workshops such as studio drawing, where we begin by producing our own drawing charcoal from a selection of local woods to experiment with the history of pigments and papers before drawing from observation and imagination. Most importantly I enjoy collaborating with students who would like to bring their own interests and curiosities to the working environment so I'm always keen to tailor workshops for a particular group.
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Primary – 3, 4 – 6, 7 – 9, 10 – 12
Areas of Expertise
3D/Sculpture, Collage, Drawing, Painting, Mixed Media