Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Art Workshops at Max Ottawa!


If you're a guy who is into guys and looking for a relaxing social activity away from the bar scene, join us at Max Ottawa (251 Bank St.) on the 2nd Tuesday each month for a free art workshop! No experience is needed! Come out and try something new, make your own creation, or just have fun making a fabulous mess! :) All supplies are provided. 

I'm quite happy to be involved with Max Ottawa as the organizer and presenter of these art workshops. We do a variety of art projects, so I explain the step by step instructions for the group to follow, and help out wherever needed. By the end of the workshop you'll have your own creation to bring home!

Projects we've done in the past include painting on canvas, drawing muscular male superheroes, creating Christmas lantern houses, making custom leather studded wrist bands, fabric projects using a sewing machine, and puppet making!

All workshops are free for guys who are into guys, who live in the Ottawa-Gatineau area. So don't stay cooped up at home by yourself, come on out and join us! Whether you're a shy guy (like me!) or outgoing, young or young at heart, we look forward to meeting you

Please don't hesitate to contact me with any questions, I'm happy to hear from you! 
Contact: mikey@maxottawa.ca



The above post was last updated Feb 1, 2019


Saturday, September 1, 2018

Max Ottawa Pride Parade Puppets!!!

Here are the two giant puppets that I made for Max Ottawa with help from Max Ottawa's awesome volunteers! Max Ottawa is a gay men's heath organization that I did some art workshops for over the summer. The puppets were built in July and Aug 2018 for the Pride Parade held on Sunday, August 26, 2018.

The pink puppet on the left of the photo is named Eric, after Eric Levitt, the super, terrific, awesome, coordinator of this puppet project for Max Ottawa! The blue guy is Max himself! The cool dude in the bottom left corner is Lucien, one of the many volunteers who helped to build and paint the four puppet hands, and paint the blue head and neck. They also sculpted and painted some emoji shapes (a peach, an eggplant and some water drops). I sculpted the heads and made the bodies of the puppets. Lucien also helped to operate the blue puppet's right hand during the parade, while another volunteer, David, was on the left hand. The Pink puppet was operated by volunteers Steve, Joel, and Nathan as well as Eric. In addition Matt Harding, Community Coordinator for Max Ottawa, played a big role in making this project happen, and he even helped to make the puppets too. Everyone did an amazing job! This was a fun project and I'm very greatful that Max Ottawa gave me this opportunity to build some giant puppets for them. :)
 
Another view of the puppets to show that they were mounted on trollies.
You can also see the arm rods in this photo.