About
Otter Art 
Club

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The Conversation, Oil on Canvas, Travis Shilling

Otter Art Club is a youth art collective that was founded in 2018 by Acclaimed Ojibwe Artist and Director Travis Shilling and his partner, Professional Photographer Naomi Woodman.  In their small hometown of Chippewas of Rama First Nation and Orillia they started the club as a way to give local youth the opportunity to work in a real studio setting while giving them access to professional grade artist materials.  Instead of telling their students what to do with their time and materials, they give them the freedom to pick their own subject matter which allows them to develop their own style of creating.  Otter Art Club believes that art is not a subject, but a way to understanding who we are.

Over the past four years Travis and Naomi have built the club from small groups at the studio to a waiting list for classes, workshops for Elementary and High Schools, collaborations with their local Youth Centre, a feature on CBC, and an award for Education in the Arts, Culture and Heritage.  In January 2021 Otter Art Club launched their first online program for youth, Bear Builds a Beaver Dam.  This online platform inspires thoughtful conversations and builds an appreciation for art, nature and community.

 

Last year Otter Art Club expanded their reach with their first Adult Program, Crow Road.  Crow Road was developed while working with people in recovery and Travis and Naomi quickly realized the benefits of this program are universal.  Being part of a global pandemic has effected us all and we must now begin our healing journey.

Otter Art Club continues to bring new and exciting live online workshops to all ages across the world.  We welcome you to join us because we are all artists now.

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Meet the Team

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Travis Shilling

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Naomi Woodman