Visit to Maison des métiers d’art de Québec

Weaving studio with jacquard and dobby looms

Last week I had the opportunity to visit the Maison des métiers d’art de Québec, a school of applied arts in Quebec City offering courses in ceramics, textile design and sculpture. I was given a tour of the school by it’s director, Carole Baillargeon.

Ceramics studio

The school offers a Techniques de métiers d’art professional training program, leading to a Diploma of College Studies in partnership with CEGEP Lemoilou.

Sculpture studio for stone carving

Students are encouraged to develop technical and artistic skill in an environment that fosters entrepreneurship and professional practice. The daylight-flooded studios are well equipped and open to graduates for a time after school to provide much needed support as they transition into a career as an artisan/creator.

Artist J. Penney Burton working in her studio during her June residency at MMAQ (Burton’s Piece Flax into Gold is currently exhibited in Lieux de Memoire, part of the Biennale international du lin)

The school also offers a residency program available to both young artists and established professionals from Canada and abroad. Residencies take place from September to June from 4 to 6 weeks in duration. Proposals may be submitted anytime.

25. June 2009 by Mackenzie Kelly-Frère
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