In spite of bad weather and almost impassable roads, about 50 persons attended the two-day Art School which was jointly sponsored by the Porcupine Art Club, Community Programmes, and the Timmins Community Activitees Committee at the Masonic Hall on Saturday and Sunday March 26th and 27th.
The course excellently instructed by Major G. L. Cassidy, D.S.O. of Cobalt, was conducted mostly for beginners and inexperienced artists, but also served as a splendid refresher course for experienced artists.
In opening the school, R.E. Sturgeon, Director of Recreation, introduced Major Cassidy and spoke of his war record with the Algonquin and of his ability as an author and an artist.
Major Cassidy not only and outstanding artist, but an excellent teacher as well, in the briefest manner possible gave the class a good grounding in basic colour, composition and technique.
During the classes, to emphasize points of interest, Major Cassidy made a painting in tempera (show card paints) winter scene, which he kindly presented to the Porcupine Art Club at the conclusion of the school.
Mr. E.T. Turner, president of the Porcupine Art Club, experienced the thanks of the members for his fine demonstration of tempera painting and splendid teaching. He issued an invitation to all those who were not already members of the Art Club to become members and spoke of the Wednesday night sketching classes being held at the Log Cabin. He pointed out that courses of this type are only possible if all those interested work together and mentioned that the Porcupine Art Club is planning another week-end course in the near future.