Artist Directory

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Mahone Bay
Areas of expertise
3D/Sculpture, Cartooning/Animation, Photography, Mixed Media, Other
Grade Levels
4 – 6, 7 – 9, 10 – 12
Workshops and Activities
I like to do programs and/or projects that go from cradle to grave. An example being to design a puppet theatre show, going through all of the aspects of designing a production from story creation to designing characters and sets, closing with performance. This concept can be populated with an unlimited variety of creative forms and methods, from term long programs to micro workshops. I like to try to tie into the current class curriculum and pull in history, science and applied engineering principles whenever I can. The key is to give students the flexibility to experiment and give life to imagination while working on a timeline in a team setting. The end goal being a hands on demonstration of the importance of art and creation as a practical application in everyday life and as a viable career choice.
Halifax
Areas of expertise
Cartooning/Animation, Drawing, Bookbinding, Illustration
Grade Levels
Primary – 3, 4 – 6, 7 – 9, 10 – 12
Workshops and Activities
As a PAINTS Artist, I would love to share my passion for illustration and comics. I would be happy to collaborate with teachers to create exciting and engaging workshops around drawing/illustration, daily journaling and comic art. In my practice, I use comics as a form of daily journaling, documenting moments within my life. I want to inspire creativity in everyday life and show students that everybody has a story that they would like to share. No story is too small! Some project ideas we could explore are daily journaling (relating it to comics and drawing emotions), creating a class comic book (allowing collaborative art-making) and making zines (where I can share basic bookbinding techniques). During the workshops, I will share my work with the students. I will also show other examples from other genres, exploring all the possibilities of comics. I will provide guidance and encouragement as they put their ideas to paper, sharing helpful tips and suggestions. The projects for each workshop can be tailored to the time limits within each classroom, with workshops being around 1-3 hrs.
Halifax
Areas of expertise
3D/Sculpture, Textiles/Fabric
Grade Levels
Primary – 3, 4 – 6, 7 – 9, 10 – 12
Workshops and Activities
My passion for felting stems from a love of wool. Sheep’s wool (and other natural fibres) is an incredible, renewable, diverse, biodegradable, beautiful thing! Working with fibre, and wool in particular, goes back in our DNA to the start of humanity. Handmade felt (what I will be teaching) is the first known fabric: it is made by agitating unspun fibre (wool not yarn). That is the basics. The classes I am offering will take students from the processed fibres to a finished fabric in a matter of hours. Students will learn about the properties of wool and I will offer discussion points regarding fabric choice in our daily lives as we keep our hands busy and our minds open. My interest when creating fabric and sculpture stems from nature in both movement, connections and form. I grew up thinking that I was not artistic... it just took me decades to find my medium. I want to offer students the opportunity to work in a creative form, often unknown and, if known, not seen traditionally as art, which is OK. My goal with these workshops is to introduce students to felting as a form of expression and creativity. There is no right or wrong way: as long as we have three elements - wool, soapy water and friction - we are felting! I will provide all the wool while students are asked to bring basic materials from home (towels/bubble wrap - see class details for specifics).
Sydney
Areas of expertise
3D/Sculpture, Textiles/Fabric, Collage, Pottery, Mixed Media
Grade Levels
Primary – 3, 4 – 6, 7 – 9, 10 – 12
Workshops and Activities
Collaging the Works of Emily Carr from the teaching website of the Vancouver Art Gallery we will explore the works of Emily Carr with a visit to the online gallery and discuss her work. From here Nancy will introduce collage and her work from her digital portfolio discussing her process and materials. Nancy will create an abstract landscape collage using handmade papers. Finally, the students will create their own abstract collage. Self Portraits in Clay; the student will be taught to create a pottery tile using simple materials (like baking a pie) and provided clay. Once the tile is created we will set it aside to firm up (leather hard carving stage). The students will then create a self portrait pencil drawing matching the size of the tile. Next we will use underglaze (which is like acrylic paint) and apply this to our hardened clay tile. Once the underglaze sets up the students will place their drawings on top and trace their self portraits to create a simple line drawing.
West Arichat
Areas of expertise
Textiles/Fabric, Collage, Performance/Installation, Print Making, Photography
Grade Levels
Primary – 3, 4 – 6, 7 – 9, 10 – 12
Workshops and Activities
I offer workshops that are themed to match curriculum or general interest lessons. I am a textile artist specializing in natural and plant based dyes. I do hand painting, block printing, stencil printing, as well as shibori, which is similar to tie dye. My work is relevant to a variety of curriculum. What a lot of people may not know is I use math and chemistry in my daily work. ( use of different acids and bases. I also use geometry and block repeats when I make prints) There is also a historical/heritage component to my work. The dyes I use were often used by pioneers and early settlers. Dyes that I use such as Indigo and logwood bark also have important roles in the history of trade. Silk Road, Ancient societies etc
Halifax
Areas of expertise
Digital Imaging, Drawing, Print Making, Illustration
Grade Levels
7 – 9, 10 – 12
Workshops and Activities
As someone interdisciplinary at the core of my practice, I love the specific technique of trace monotype for its natural fluidity of form, material, and concept. Trace monotypes are a hand-printing technique, devoid of presses and expensive tools. In these prints, the pressure of a utensil tracing a reference image pushes the underlying ink onto paper above. Typically, when I create these monotypes, I use intaglio ink and Japanese washi to generate delicate, sophisticated, and one-of-a-kind prints. However, I have taught kids as young as five to create them with printer paper and oil pastel. I also have an upcoming workshop to teach these to older folks. I love spreading the word about these easy prints because they really can accommodate all skill levels while always delivering on an impressive end result. Typically, with PAINTS, I would love to work with older kids so I can use the proper printmaking materials. There is also a bit of an edge to the final visual of these monotypes that I think would lend well to the concepts in teenagers' minds.
Halifax
Areas of expertise
Textiles/Fabric, Bookbinding
Grade Levels
Primary – 3, 4 – 6, 7 – 9, 10 – 12
Workshops and Activities
I am happy to collaborate on any textiles based project. I will do projects that are purely art based or will work with teachers to adapt the textile projects to suit specific areas of classroom study. I truly enjoy the problem solving aspect of creating tailored projects to address particular learning needs. Some project ideas we could explore include (but are not limited to): making a class quilt (community art/collaborative making) weaving (perhaps woven timelines where the proportions of colours used relate to specific events/milestones or something similar) ice dying, sun printing or fabric stamping (could link into a nature study) stitching with recycled materials (trying to be more environmentally aware) embroidered hoop art or stitched messages (exploring craftivism) Creating journals with fabric covers to house an upcoming writing project or simply any number of hand sewing projects aimed at having fun and learning a new skill. I have also done a series of workshops for elementary aged children titled "stitch me a story" in which we create a project based on a picture book or story shared with the children, and would be happy to adapt this to a school setting. Most of my classroom projects would be designed to be completed in one 3hr session or over a maximum of 3 separate classroom visits not to exceed 3 hours each.
Greenwich
Areas of expertise
Textiles/Fabric, Collage, Drawing, Painting, Mixed Media
Grade Levels
Primary – 3, 4 – 6, 7 – 9, 10 – 12
Workshops and Activities
Teachers are constantly feeling overwhelmed by art. They feel guilty for not doing art enough with their class due to lack of time and/or fear of inadequacy. Sometimes, they simply don't want to deal with the mess and have no idea where to begin. I want to come into the class and take the stress off the teacher! Teaching in schools, art classes and art camps over the years have provided me with a lot of ideas and experience. I have many art lessons that I would love to share and would be happy to design a project for individual classes and/or schools! I can provide the students with a fun and educational art experience. I will encourage confidence through direction but also allow certain freedoms to make their art piece unique and individual to each student. I love leading classes through rewarding processes like: *making a textured canvass painting *creating a mixed media painting *combining collage and painting *sketching with highlights and shadows *creating art with wool through felting
Little Brook
Areas of expertise
Collage, Contemporary Art Practice, Performance/Installation, Print Making, Other
Grade Levels
4 – 6, 7 – 9, 10 – 12
Workshops and Activities
I like mixing it up, and am interested in: - craft to portray subject matters - abstract art,and layering using usual as well as innovative materials (abstraction in varying degrees from recognizable representation to total abstraction) - innovative 3d installation that is versatile and collapsible for storage/ transport and play (and which can portray, and/or be pertinent to exploring subject matter) - also in creating small transformative spaces with movable walls, floors, ceilings etc. - I am interested in helping create portable labyrinths.
Halifax
Areas of expertise
3D/Sculpture, Drawing, Painting, Paper Mâché
Grade Levels
7 – 9, 10 – 12
Workshops and Activities
This workshop will allow students to become more confident in their abilities to draw and/or paint from complex perspectives. I will show students a tool which has been used by famous artist throughout history such as Leonardo Da Vinci, Vincent Van Gogh and even the ancient Egyptians. This tool is called the grid method and is used to transfer an image onto another surface. By using a grid with a 1:1 ratio I will show students how to transfer a reference photo onto paper or canvas. Once the student is finished the base sketch of this transfer they can simply erase or paint over the grid lines and work on their painting or drawing which will then be in perfect proportion. This workshop will help to train the eye of students to recognize simple shapes from complex perspectives which is necessary to create realistic images. By using the grid method students will be able to taking it one square at a time so that what would initially appear as daunting task is fun and rewarding.
Windsor
Areas of expertise
Drawing, Contemporary Art Practice, Painting, Other
Grade Levels
7 – 9, 10 – 12
Workshops and Activities
Please note that with both talks and workshops I am available to do so in person or remotely - I have experience with conducting live virtual workshops and have extensive lesson plans that I can forward to the teacher in advance so they can follow along as I teach.weather in person or remotely I like a lighthearted approach and try to instruct with positive reinforcement and happy energy Talks: I speak about how you can make it as an artist in today's fast changing economy. I cover things like social media and putting yourself out there - I bring real life experiences into it and hope to fuel a passion for the arts in either their career or as a part time interest. I also talk about my own work, the materials I use and the challenges I have faced. Teaching/acrylic : for 1 day classes I focus on a simple subject and create with them - allowing each to finish each step prior to continuing. Everyone is at different levels - but a slow steady pace will allow those that are fast to focus on details while those that might be struggling can have more time and not be left behind. For multi week classes I have lesson plans with detailed steps that involve both painting and informative lectures and home work is usually assigned. I try and get the students to understand a bit more about colour theory and composition. Art should evoke joy - not frustration :)
Fall River
Areas of expertise
Cartooning/Animation, Digital Imaging, Drawing, Illustration, Other
Grade Levels
Primary – 3, 4 – 6, 7 – 9, 10 – 12
Workshops and Activities
My name is Zen Rankin. I am a freelance Illustrator. I have been running my own freelance services company from my home for over 10 years. I have a breadth of experience with part-time instruction for over 10 years with various arts galleries/institutions and portfolio building schools, but more specifically working with schools to support their creative programs and endeavours. As a freelancer I am contracted to help solve various visual problems on behalf of my clients, which I translate directly to the classroom as a basis for any activity. I also help to build student portfolios to help prepare them for post-secondary art careers. I enjoy bringing art and creative expression to the learning process any way that I can. It is my calling to help unlock creative voice and/or potential in others. In my career I have made comics, helped develop video games and animated TV series, as well as taken part in entrepreneurial pursuits such as subscription box services and education of art students privately. I have worked on countless projects. Here are a few favourites: -Canadian History Comics, illustrated by students. -Art-directed a student run reconciliation magazine and YMCA native youth exchange program involvement which caught the attention of Canadian Parliament. -Real-life room-sized board games and activity rooms. -Rebranding of the school logo or mascot illustrations by committee, with entire school involvement. -School-wide fundraising with silk screening posters and t-shirts. Give me a shout. Let's work together.
Halifax
Areas of expertise
Drawing, Print Making, Stained Glass
Grade Levels
7 – 9, 10 – 12
Workshops and Activities
STAINED GLASS (12 hours) 4x 3 hours/class Choose from several patterns provided, or make your own with guidance. Learn about different types of glass and how to cut pieces to fit your pattern. Assemble and solder your pieces together into a beautiful stained glass window. This remarkable craft is simple enough to learn the basics, and complex enough that you can increase your skills and understanding with ongoing classes. All skill levels welcome in all classes. MOSAIC (6 hours) Mosaic is a great way to play with glass and found objects. Working to a simple pattern you will build your image bit by bit on your board and let your imagination lead you. Mosaic is fun and relaxing with astonishing results first time. In this class you will learn how to score and break glass with pliers and nippers. You will be guided to utilise found pieces and pieces you cut to create your image. Finally you will learn to grout your mosaic.
Hantsport
Areas of expertise
3D/Sculpture, Drawing, Painting
Grade Levels
Primary – 3, 4 – 6, 7 – 9, 10 – 12
Workshops and Activities
I have given art workshops through PAINTS, in both English and French, to all ages of students, from grade primary through high school. I enjoy the engagement of the teachers and the excitement of the students in having an artist in their midst, and have always found it a rewarding collaborative experience. Here are some of my most popular workshop themes. CLAY SCULPTURE: Introducing very young children to the possibilities of this delightfully messy material is great fun and many supervising teachers and EA’s have been drawn into the hands-on process. Older students are surprised by the results they can achieve in a short time. PORTRAITS (ages 8 and up): Students have fun being "models" for each other. We learn about proportions but also about expression and caricature. HOW TO DRAW ANIMALS: I use this popular theme as a way to experiment with different drawing materials. PEN AND INK DRAWING (ages 10 and up): The “old fashioned” technique, using real nib pens and bottles of ink. Students find that it frees up their gestures and gives very pleasing results.
Halifax
Areas of expertise
Collage, Drawing, Print Making, Other
Grade Levels
Primary – 3, 4 – 6, 7 – 9, 10 – 12
Workshops and Activities
As an experienced facilitator in art and cooking I am passionate to help people to discover a deep appreciation for food and at the same time find their personal expression as an artist. Over the past twenty years I have worked with children ages 4-16 offering workshops in book arts, collage, printmaking and baking. Projects that integrate a diverse use of art materials with educational themes of nutrition and food is particularly interesting to me. Sharing my experience as a collage artist and chef with school age students would be a perfect way to explore themes of food, identity and place. I have experience creating projects that allow students the opportunity to explore new materials while fostering their personal artistic expression. I would like to work with individual teachers to come up with projects that would suit the needs of their students. I am excited and believe that within the process of collaboration magic happens!
Truro
Areas of expertise
3D/Sculpture, Textiles/Fabric, Painting, Print Making, Mixed Media
Grade Levels
Primary – 3, 4 – 6, 7 – 9, 10 – 12
Workshops and Activities
I love to share the magic of creativity with those around me. A selection of my workshops explore: - Screen and block printing on fabric, - Fabric dying using natural processes, - The art of shibori (tie dying) with indigo dye, - Embroidery and the art of repair - Creating 3D sculpture using fabric and mixed media - Painting and colour theory. Workshops can also be tailored to individual or class preferences. Activities are complemented with art theory and history which allows the children to learn about the technique and further their education in art.