Artist Directory

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Halifax
Areas of expertise
3D/Sculpture
Grade Levels
Primary – 3
Workshops and Activities
I am working on collection of jewellery pieces inspired by children’s early drawings, the visual language used represent themselves and their families. Jewellery pieces created from drawings will provide a unique voice to the fanciful imaginations and bright ideas of young artists. The results of the project will be shown at the Mary E. Black Gallery in May 2018 as part of an exhibition called Picture This . I am proposing brief in class exercises, where students will have the opportunity to freely express how they view themselves and their families through drawing while exploring new hands-on art making techniques such as screen printing and basic jewellery making. I plan to photograph the drawings, which will be the inspiration source for sculptural development. If your child’s drawing is developed into a piece of jewellery, it will be theirs to keep after the exhibition is over. In Class Activity Details The activities are designed to take place simultaneously so that students are engaged throughout. Students will take home the work created in class. All materials and supplies are provided. (Duration 1-1.5hours) Project one: This is my Family Create a screen-printed and hand drawn family portrait. ProjectTwo: This is Me Create a personal “people” pendant.
Mahone Bay
Areas of expertise
3D/Sculpture, Drawing, Pottery
Grade Levels
Primary – 3, 4 – 6, 7 – 9, 10 – 12
Workshops and Activities
For PAINTS projects, I have worked with students to create a variety of things. The projects vary in length and can have different levels of complexity. The same project can be applied to the level of a group of primary students and grade 12 students, changing the expectations and amount of detail. Primarily I am a clay artist. Students have created cups, bowls, plates, dragons, wall hangings, self portraits, abstract sculptures and more, all out of clay. I am also happy to work in other mediums for art projects. I am able to make connections to the curriculum and integergrate to classroom subjects easily.
Head of Chezzetcook
Areas of expertise
Collage, Drawing, Painting, Mixed Media, Illustration
Grade Levels
Primary – 3, 4 – 6, 7 – 9, 10 – 12
Workshops and Activities
I encourage most kinds of art making, whether it be connected to a specific focus, such as a puppet play or a book, or whether it is simply to help with the exploration of art media and their potential. I've worked projects as simple as allowing an elementary class to paint still life just for the simple joy of painting to the other extreme which was a full stage rod puppet play incorporating most of the French vocabulary for Grade Four where the students wrote their own music, constructed props, choreographed dance routines, painted sets and designed programs, as well as making life sized puppets. I like to work with teachers so that each project fits their needs. Because I have extensive classroom experience I have a good idea of what works and what can be accomplished within the allotted time. I strive to give the students a challenge as well as a learning experience without being unrealistic in my expectations. I hold the personal satisfaction of each student to be most important in any art making project. For several years I conducted workshops at the NSTALL conference for teachers which enabled them to familiarize themselves with various art making processes. This also helped me to understand more fully what results teachers are hoping for. Also, because I work in several different media in my own practice I'm very flexible.
Halifax
Areas of expertise
Collage, Photography, Bookbinding, Pottery
Grade Levels
7 – 9, 10 – 12
Workshops and Activities
I am interested to teaching students about ceramics, photography and bookbinding as these are my strengths and expertise. I would like to propose a fun filled pottery class that will use inspiration from books, slides, Internet, slideshow, examples and the students’ own stories and imaginations. I will show the students different hand-building techniques such as pinch pots, coils, slabs and sculpting, as well as, some throwing techniques on the wheel to create one or more finished functional and non-functional pieces of art that they will be proud of. I will also introduce some texture applications, carving into slip and other surface treatments that will produce some interesting results. Lastly, I will demonstrate how to decorate and apply glaze to the students’ work. The students will produce awesome pieces of work and gain new and exciting skills in ceramic arts by the end of the week course. I would also like to propose a photography project that could potentially be using analog/film and/or digital techniques depending on resources. We will explore inspiration through a number of avenues and discussions. I will show the students the basic fundamentals of photography and offer a brief history of the medium. The course would be refined and likely have a theme that the students would follow. We will create a finished photography project by the end of the course, that as a class, we can present and discuss.
Halifax
Areas of expertise
3D/Sculpture, Cartooning/Animation, Video, Photography, Pottery
Grade Levels
Primary – 3, 4 – 6, 7 – 9, 10 – 12
Workshops and Activities
My interest is in teaching skills for working with clay to young students. The basic techniques of hand-building pottery, using coils, pinched shapes and slabs will be experienced in the classroom through hands-on learning. Topic lesson plans include a modeling project that is connected to an historic component. This adds context and makes a connection to modern culture and geography. My personal interests in fossil hunting and anthropology have led me to develop lesson plans focused on dinosaurs and the Atlantis puffin. Using a popular lesson plan for a 75 min class with grades P to 6 on the topic of dinosaurs I introduce Nova Scotia pre-history. In response to my recent work at a Dartmouth school, I’ve developed a new concept using the Atlantic puffin as a role model for why we should work together to care for families and protect our communities.
Halifax
Areas of expertise
3D/Sculpture, Cultural/Heritage Arts, Video, Contemporary Art Practice, Performance/Installation
Grade Levels
Primary – 3, 4 – 6, 7 – 9, 10 – 12
Workshops and Activities
My workshops incorporate elements collaborative play, using language and our bodies as the primary media. I've found that collaboration creates an active space that encourages experimentation and embraces the unknown. I like to devise game-like creative activities that offer a flexible and safe structure for all participants (for example: Chinese Traditional Knot-tying together; Collaborative map drawing; Multi- or Bi-lingual 'broken telephone'-type games; Playing with everyday cultural objects as vernacular language; etc.).
Sydney
Areas of expertise
3D/Sculpture, Textiles/Fabric, Collage, Pottery, Mixed Media
Grade Levels
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.
Kentville
Areas of expertise
Collage, Drawing, Contemporary Art Practice, Painting, Print Making
Grade Levels
Primary – 3, 4 – 6, 7 – 9, 10 – 12
Workshops and Activities
I can provide a wide variety of workshops primarily focusing in drawing, acrylics, watercolour, and mixed media. I have had specialized training in colour theory, advanced acrylic and watercolour techniques, and mono-printing. My goal is to in still foundational skills while promoting creative exploration and artistic expression. My job as an instructor is to help my students achieve their artistic goals through sharing knowledge, promoting a constructive leaning environment, and giving students the encouragement they need to make their imaginings become a reality.
Bedford
Areas of expertise
3D/Sculpture, Cultural/Heritage Arts, Collage, Painting, Print Making
Grade Levels
Primary – 3, 4 – 6, 7 – 9
Workshops and Activities
Possible workshops and areas of interest: My artwork is usually watercolour or oil, but I am always experimenting with new ideas, mediums and techniques. I do some commission work, usually portraits. In teaching, I keep to art, rather than crafts and I try to find a good balance between valuable learning and having fun. I believe I have developed a good sense of what art activities children seem to like, an understanding of attention spans in the younger crowd, and I am aware of the amount of prep work involved. For the 8-12 age groups, I do lessons with shading, face drawing, still life , composition, perspective, etc. For all ages, I do projects in printmaking, collage, sculpture, papermaking, murals, etc.; using many materials, including tempera, watercolor, acrylic, pastels, pencils, markers, crayons, clay and wire. Some popular lessons are an ‘under the sea’ mural, bird collages, landscape triptychs, reverse glass painting and wax resist batik painting. For cultural lessons, I do lessons with African symbol art and combine it with pattern making; Mi’kmaq petroglyphs, clay totem poles, southwest Indian pots, Chinese brush painting and Japanese gyotaku fish printing. I introduce students to the work of famous artists, but without copying. I would be pleased to plan and create art projects, large or small, and can email examples of past student work.
Halifax
Areas of expertise
Textiles/Fabric
Grade Levels
4 – 6, 7 – 9, 10 – 12
Workshops and Activities
Workshops that I would like to teach within the PAINTS program are the following - Rug hooking Dyeing with checmical dyes Felting Dyeing with plant extracts Stitching Weaving
Digby Co.,
Areas of expertise
Cultural/Heritage Arts, Drawing, Painting, Print Making
Grade Levels
Primary – 3, 4 – 6, 7 – 9, 10 – 12
Workshops and Activities
I would like to work with the teacher to decide what key point or theme he or she would like to work towards. Involving the students in preparation of the supports for the work to be done, go over color theory according to the age groups. Creation of art project followed by a showing of the work in class room or hallway. The ideas below are projects that I have done is the past which have been successful are the following: • Creating paper quilts for display by using watercolor monotypes or collagraphs. Choosing photos brought in by students. Cut image in four, each student creates a monotype/painting/collage of each quarter and assembles them on a large canvas. They use • Choose a well known artist and being inspiring by his works in terms of color and form. • Basics painting and drawing skills, with a group art show at the end. • Create creative drawings, find an image within the drawing and write a poem or a short paragraph or two in connection with the drawing.
Parrsboro
Areas of expertise
3D/Sculpture, Pottery
Grade Levels
Primary – 3, 4 – 6, 7 – 9, 10 – 12
Workshops and Activities
Any clay project, whether it is a vessel, an animal, or a tile, that can be incorporated into and enhance class studies. One sucessful project has been to take a songs from Acadia culture and then interupt some aspect of that song as a low relief tile. Another was to make penguins as part of class study on Antartica and the penguin colonies there. Or it can just be an artistic project that allows students to explore the properties of clay. I am open to any ideas and working with teachers to come up with a suitable project that can reflect class interests and learning. Clay pieces can be painted with ceramic pigment and glazed then fired. At this time I don't have access to a kiln for firing, but firing could be done at another location.
Lunenburg
Areas of expertise
3D/Sculpture, Drawing, Contemporary Art Practice, Painting, Other
Grade Levels
4 – 6, 7 – 9, 10 – 12
Workshops and Activities
I am very flexible and happy to work with teachers to develop an art workshop specifically designed to meet the curriculum needs of their class and to incorporate themes that are being explored. The more we all engage with technology, the greater the need and (and the pleasure) for students to explore ways to work with materials and their hands, to examine and discover creative problem solving approaches. My priority is that the process is what is valuable (more than the end results) as it is what we discover and learn along the way that so often surprises us. I have run workshops for all age groups ranging from Kindergarten up to grade 12 IB art students; Acrylic Painting, mandala drawing and vision board projects are a few of the projects I have done. I have a six week project with grade six students in which they design their own model home and then translate those drawings into 3D models constructed with foam board. We explore some different styles of Architecture e.g. Earth ships. I am currently excited by the opportunity to bring my own artwork practice into the classroom, exploring the nature of pattern and the contrast between the organic and the mechanically reproduced image (via the use of wallpaper). This workshop allows students to both observe aspects of my own creative process in action and also gives them the opportunity to engage with materials in new ways. Please contact me to discuss how this may benefit your class.
Wolfville
Areas of expertise
Textiles/Fabric, Cultural/Heritage Arts, Collage, Mixed Media
Grade Levels
Primary – 3, 4 – 6, 7 – 9, 10 – 12
Workshops and Activities
As a PAINTS artist, I am primarily interested doing textile based projects with children. For younger classes, I could teach wet felting, simple rug hooking, weaving, and knitting. Wet felting is a fun activity for young children of varying skill levels. This technique would lend itself well to creating landscapes. It also creates an opportunity for children to learn more about where wool comes from and how it is processed. Simple weaving, rug hooking, and knitting are more quiet, introspective crafts. They are wonderful for calming and grounding children. I think rug hooking could be a wonderful medium for the children to create self-portraits. For this craft, you can reuse old fabrics to create your work. Rug hooking could be a part of a lesson about sustainability. For older children, I could teach the above techniques, as well as needle felting. Most children are fascinated by needle felting, and the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful colours and textures of fleece, and the seemingly endless possibilities of things to create. I minored in art history. I would love to create a PAINTS project that involves studying the life and work of a famous artist. I am particularly interested in women artists. At the Wolfville farmer's market, I developed art projects on the themes of farming, gardening, ecology, and local foods. I would be interested in teaching these types of projects in a classroom as well. I love teaching art to children and would be thrilled to work with your class.
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
Halifax
Areas of expertise
Video, Drawing, Contemporary Art Practice, Performance/Installation, Print Making
Grade Levels
10 – 12
Workshops and Activities
Screen Printing Basics. Using the newly re-vived equipment from JL Ilsley High School's Arts Express mobile Screen Printing studio, I can introduce student to the basic principles of screen printing. Using both stencil and photo emulsion techniques, students will get a chance to make their own prints and explore the process of multiples. Video Making - So much of the media we're exposed to today is video. This workshop will help students gain skills to make their own video and talk back to the media landscape. We'll turning ads, youtube videos, and music videos into our own video art, and make critiques of the media landscape we live in.
Halifax
Areas of expertise
3D/Sculpture, Textiles/Fabric, Contemporary Art Practice, Performance/Installation, Mixed Media
Grade Levels
4 – 6, 7 – 9, 10 – 12
Workshops and Activities
Creative and applied arts offer a form of communication beyond the realms of language, allowing for a valuable means of self-expression. It is an exceptional form of inclusive learning and connecting that promotes an appreciation and elevation of difference instead of ostracizing it. Art making exposes us to an abundance of worldviews and celebrates the identity of an individual and community alike. As an aspiring art therapist, I am interested in sharing the immense healing qualities embedded in craft processes, and the internal validation, wellness, and creative freedom art can grant us. As much of my own practice is focused on social awareness, I would like to explore the many components that make up our identity and encourage collaborative group participation to create temporary / permanent art installations that are accessible to the public and make meaningful art objects that relates closely to the children's everyday lives. Material explorations will consist of textile, ceramic and other mixed media sculptural mediums: I am interested in teaching textile wall hangings, clothing personalization and garment making (weaving, sewing, embroidery, dyeing, image transfers) as well as ceramic mural and hand-building techniques for abstract and representational sculptures (glazing, slip drawing, mold making).
Halifax
Areas of expertise
3D/Sculpture, Textiles/Fabric, Drawing, Performance/Installation, Mixed Media
Grade Levels
Primary – 3, 4 – 6, 7 – 9, 10 – 12
Workshops and Activities
I would be able to run a workshop in a variety of different mediums for many different skill levels. My format for running a workshop usually is to introduce myself, start with a get to know you name game, maybe two games depending on the age level and energy of the participants. Then introduce the activity we will be working on then start with drawing and brainstorming ideas. Then bring out materials, do a short demonstration of how to use the materials. Some workshops I would be interested in running: - Screen printing - on fabric, clothing or paper. This I find is very popular with youth from 12 -18. - Knitting, weaving, sewing. Creating textiles and clothing. - Mask making. Creating masks using cardboard, found materials, paper mache is very creative and allows for a parade or short performance at the end of workshop. - Building miniatures worlds. This is very fun and personable for young participants, allows them to create something manageable for small hands and the theme of their personal worlds allows them to share their views in an interesting and open way. - Cardboard arcade games. Building simple arcade games that the participants can play such as wheel of fortune, toss games, fuse ball etc. - Toy Theatres. Creating a small theatre with drawn or collaged sets or characters. This allows children to perform for each other and tell stories. After the participants finish creating we would share our creations and have some kind of celebration.
Pugwash
Areas of expertise
3D/Sculpture, Pottery
Grade Levels
Primary – 3, 4 – 6, 7 – 9, 10 – 12
Workshops and Activities
As a full time potter and member of a local farmers market, I often try to encourage others to express their creativity through art and craft and put it out there for the world to see. I know this can be very challenging, but living outside the box is something I have found strengthens the character and helps with confidence, something I believe children really need to experience as much as possible. I would like to provide an opportunity for classrooms to experience working with clay through a variety of techniques. The main focus would be the wheel, "throwing" a pot demands focus and attention (also traits that enhance the human experience). Understanding the process from a ball of clay to a finished piece gives the students awareness of the work it takes to make something yourself. Other techniques offered are hand building, sculpture and tile carving approaches. Any of these can become part of the workshop offered depending on timing and areas of interest of the students. In my own studio, I like to allow for some "free form" to take place, this can have very interesting outcomes when offered in a classroom as it allows the students to open up to their creativity and share something about themselves. All necessary supplies are provided in any of the workshops. Please contact me directly for further details or to choose a workshop jenniferhoughtaling@gmail.com
Halifax
Areas of expertise
Digital Imaging, Drawing, Contemporary Art Practice, Art Criticism, Performance/Installation
Grade Levels
7 – 9, 10 – 12
Workshops and Activities
As a PAINTS Artist there are a few things I would like to share with Nova Scotian students. One that might be especially valuable and interesting is answering the big questions of "what do artists do all day?" and "how do artists make money?" At 24, I am growing and managing my own art practice, and managing projects internationally for renowned Canadian artist, Brendan Fernandes. This day-job (so to speak) gives me a lot of valuable insight into the Canadian and New York art worlds, and has shared with me many examples of how you can work towards a career as an artist even from small-town Nova Scotia. Having been in high school not so long ago, I remember the pressures of "choosing a life path" and the lack of little information I had in the area that interested me most (visual art). It wasn't until after my university experience and through a great deal of mentorship, that I started to get a fairer picture of what life as an artist can actually look like. I'd like to share a little bit of that insight and some personal examples with students, through: - sharing my own projects and how I made them happen; - sharing the work that I do for Brendan and what his career looks like; - sharing the tools and strategies contemporary artists use to develop their careers; - and by connecting some of the dots between this, and what students are already learning in your classroom.
Granville Ferry
Areas of expertise
Cartooning/Animation, Drawing, Painting, Print Making, Mixed Media
Grade Levels
Primary – 3, 4 – 6, 7 – 9, 10 – 12
Workshops and Activities
Classes can be custom designed with the teacher. These are some general areas that work well for me and the students (any age): 1. Drawing from life 2. Mixed media explorations 3. Cartooning 4. Simple Printmaking
HALIFAX
Areas of expertise
3D/Sculpture, Textiles/Fabric, Performance/Installation, Mixed Media, Paper Mâché
Grade Levels
Primary – 3, 4 – 6, 7 – 9, 10 – 12
Workshops and Activities
Workshops could include making wigs, masks, papier-mache sculptures, soft sculptures, or creating playful environments. I know plenty of techniques and strategies that would allow me to devise a workshop suitable for children of any particular age group. I'm confident in my ability to create a variety of interesting objects, while having fun and engaging with childrens' ideas to make their visions happen.
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.
East Dover
Areas of expertise
3D/Sculpture, Pottery
Grade Levels
Primary – 3, 4 – 6, 7 – 9, 10 – 12
Workshops and Activities
Commemorative Plates , creating a plate that has images on it that expresses what student is proud of in their life. Using red earthenware clay, we use a template of a paper plate, the clay is rolled out and then placed into the paper plate and shaped and formed. We then use stamps, textures or and draw and or create any kind of image that expresses what they want to say in this creation. There is no glazing required in this process only a liquid called Terra Sigillata which is a glossy surface slip , it enhances the warm red glow of the clay .
Rines Creek
Areas of expertise
Drawing, Painting, Mixed Media
Grade Levels
Primary – 3, 4 – 6, 7 – 9, 10 – 12
Workshops and Activities
I would be happy to work with teachers and I would be open to any ideas to help develop an art workshop specifically designed to meet curriculum needs and to help decide what key point or theme would best reflect class interests and learning. Each project is specifically planned/designed keeping the age and abilities of the students in mind so they can complete a project/workshop with success. At the teacher's discretion the students could also be involved in preparation/discussion of the artwork to be created. I believe the students should have a fun, positive and educational art experience. Most projects are an "artist led" experience in that I will lead the students through a painting "step by step" thus encouraging confidence through direction but also allowing the freedom to be creative so each student's art piece is unique and individual(their own style would shine through). A celebration of artwork completed would include a group art show in the class room or hallway and a reception (students could help design invitations) with family and friends. It is so rewarding to lead artists of all ages through a successful art experience, and most are amazed at what they can do .I look forward to practicing my teaching skills as well as showing everyone the joy in painting and that everyone can be creative!.
Glace Bay
Areas of expertise
3D/Sculpture, Textiles/Fabric, Cultural/Heritage Arts, Painting, Print Making
Grade Levels
4 – 6
Workshops and Activities
I have taught PAINTS classes for the past several years. My workshops have included subjects such as: Nova Scotia Folk Art ( Maud Lewis) , Introduction to Impressionism ( Paul Cezanne) , Abstract Art, Color Mixing, Printmaking, Collage, Puppetry and Paper Sculptures- to name just a few. Art provides an opportunity for children to develop self- esteem, cooperation and self- motivation. It offers a chance to both learn about art and learn through art. ART IS EMOTION FLOWING THROUGH A RIVER OF IMAGINATION During my 40 year career as an art instructor, I have taught lessons in a multitude of art mediums. I believe that the goal of art education is to help children acquire a better understanding of art as well as a way to learn more about themselves and the world around them. Whenever possible, I combine my workshops in Art with Art History and/or Core Curriculum. As Pablo Picasso said: " Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up"
Dartmouth
Areas of expertise
Drawing, Painting
Grade Levels
10 – 12
Workshops and Activities
Ideas of interest: Watercolour and drawing workshop: I create small watercolour drawings influenced by the people and environments around me. I would ask the students to develop small works on paper, utilizing both drawing (graphite) material and watercolour methods to choose to either depict a classmate, themselves, or the environment around them, or a combination of these elements. The purpose is to explore these subjects representationally, but allowing distortion to occur. Watercolour can be a challenging material, it's fluid and unexpected results are created. This is an important quality to the creative process, and students will benefit from using the material directly, learning some control while allowing for the spontaneous marks. The project would help to strengthen drawings skills while providing the students with the opportunity to reflect on their lives, and how the people in their lives, and their surrounding environments can influence them. I'd like for the work to open a discussion about success, and how feeling successful, and good about one's life is key to an overall happy life. The subject of the project can be refined as we develop the idea for a specific class. I am certainly willing to develop a specific workshop with a teacher, if they have specific themes within the curriculum which they wish to investigate further, through visual language.
Halifax
Areas of expertise
Textiles/Fabric, Contemporary Art Practice, Performance/Installation, Print Making, Other
Grade Levels
Primary – 3, 4 – 6, 7 – 9, 10 – 12
Workshops and Activities
My favourite workshops involve: -printmaking: especially relief printing, linocut printing, and silkscreen printing; -cyanotype printing (blueprint, contact printing); -explorations in drawing; -watercolour; -wet and needle felting; -large scale collaborations/installations. In all of these areas, I am interested in genuine exploration of the medium. My method is to expose teachers/students to the basics of the medium, safe handling of equipment, shared studio etiquette, and discuss collective understanding/experience of the process we are sharing. Then we move into possibilities - brainstorming, sharing contemporary and historical examples, and hands-on exploration. Together, we develop artistic and technical knowledge, problem solve, and transform the classroom into a studio that allows time for individual learning and expression. If the group is interested in large scale collaboration or installation, we take the medium to the next level using collaboration and dialogue as our approach. My teaching style is open to possibilities, and following the lead of students/teacher whenever possible. I am very interested in parameters that support creative exploration such as: curricular outcomes, artistic goals, safety considerations (fire codes), etc.
Halifax
Areas of expertise
Cartooning/Animation, Drawing, Painting, Illustration
Grade Levels
4 – 6, 7 – 9, 10 – 12
Workshops and Activities
I would like to develop enriching art programs that would give students a deeper understanding of artistic methods, philosophies, and processes. The programs I would run would correlate with existing art programs but would add a deeper layer of exploration not found in their day to day art schooling. I would also like to emphasis the importance of art in the world around us and promote art making as a essential part of our society. For example, In the past I have taught a comic book making course to students in fifth and sixth grades. This three week course explored the history, philosophy, and process of comic books from first draft to final cover. Students explored the rich history of comics from the onset of the printing press to the digital age. They discovered the fascinating process of comic book creation from idea development, script creation, character design, and comic book layout. Finally, they learned the value of art mediums such as comic books and how they play a role in our society.
Dartmouth
Areas of expertise
Collage, Digital Imaging, Photography
Grade Levels
Primary – 3, 4 – 6, 7 – 9, 10 – 12
Workshops and Activities
A focus of my practice is Building Community Through Art, and that extends to my workshops. I find using art to build community within the class, the school, between schools, or reaching out to the community at large is such fun, and an effective way to share messages, concerns, voice opinions etc. I am interested in creating temporary or permanent installations with the students, making games to be kept in the classroom, and creating art which is delivered anonymously to the public. Working with young people, in particular teens or at risk youth over multiple sessions works best, as that gives us all time to get to know and trust each other. When the trust comes, people let go and amazing things happens!
Shelburne
Areas of expertise
Collage, Painting, Mixed Media, Paper Mâché, Other
Grade Levels
Primary – 3, 4 – 6, 7 – 9, 10 – 12
Workshops and Activities
- painting with acrylics: landscape, potraits, abstract - collage: exploring various painting techniques on paper then using the painted paper to create collaged portraits or landscapes etc. - mixed media: Using a variety of materials to build surface ie, cardboard, fabric, handmade paper, flat objects, sand mixed with glue, acrylic mediums, building surface using a variety of different techniques and mediums then painting with acrylic - hand-made paper
Halifax
Areas of expertise
Contemporary Art Practice, Performance/Installation
Grade Levels
10 – 12
Workshops and Activities
My own practise makes use of contemporary theories regarding the drift developed by Guy Debord and built on by many other artists over the last 50 years. The Drift, usually alined to the urban and utopian, I have discovered though applying these ideas to my own practise that observing is the first and most crucial step of beginning any art work. To drift is not to let the world pass you by, it is a fluid state of mind that allows open exploration of all possible avenues of interest. Observation and recording remains essential to enable you to share your personal narratives and experiences with others. In this class I will highlight methods of exploration of surrounding familiar places in new ways, discovering through observation that the world around us is as much inspiration as we may well need. As well, inspiration can be found in memories of places that we keep with us and memories tied through objects we surround ourselves with. By allowing students to explore familiar sights in a new way allows them the opportunity to engage with familiar ideas with a new lucidity. The class will result in visual, preformative , audio, or textual works surrounding their observations taken during the session.
Halifax
Areas of expertise
Cultural/Heritage Arts, Painting, Other
Grade Levels
4 – 6, 7 – 9
Workshops and Activities
So many amazing women have had an impact on STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). The goal of my art workshops is to shine the spotlight on them. Some were overlooked and/or marginalized, most were pioneering, all deserve to be honored for their efforts. I want to inspire young students, particularly young girls, by showing them what great women of STEM have accomplished. “If you see it… you can be it”…as the saying goes. These women changed science, and - in many ways - our world. My workshops - "Female Chemistry: Great Women of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math)" ...and "Women of the Ocean, Earth and Stars" -build on the powerful response I received from my June 2011 portrait collection: "The Nova Scotia Nine: Great Women of Nova Scotia", which was acquired by RBC for their national art collection. Some of the "workshop women" I will focus on include: Maria Mitchell, Annie Jump Cannon, Inge Lehmann, Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin. Marie Tharp, Yvonne Brille … They mapped the ocean floor, they discovered what the Earth’s core is made of, they counted the first 400,000 stars – and discovered what stars are made of. And how they did all that – despite a host of obstacles – is a powerful story. My workshops bring the faces of these women – and the lessons of the lives – to Nova Scotia students.
Lunenburg
Areas of expertise
Collage, Drawing, Painting, Print Making, Mixed Media
Grade Levels
Primary – 3, 4 – 6, 7 – 9, 10 – 12
Workshops and Activities
As a PAINTS artist/teacher my approach will be to work with schools, classroom teachers and students in ways that relate to their learning goals in particular subject areas by collaboratively conceiving of and developing projects and activities that use art concepts, processes and materials to investigate curriculum relevant subject matter, themes and issues. In other words, through art, curriculum content in various subject areas can be addressed. Since drawing is central to idea and image development, I teach developmentally appropriate drawing workshops/lessons that emphasize visual observation and the use of various mark making tools and materials to create images that represent ideas and objects in the world in critically reflective and empathetic ways. An integral part of my art practice is daily drawing in a sketchbook. Defining drawing as "mark making" or image generation, I teach workshops in creating visually compelling sketchbooks or "visual journals". A mark, can derive from manipulation, imagination, memory description or observation to become and image and can be made with a pen, pencil,markers, crayons, paint, brushes, scissors, a camera, a computer etc. Other workshop/lesson ideas: Learning about Colour (Alternative ways of making colour wheels); Art and Music (how visual artists explore the relationships between seeing and hearing, sights and sounds); Drawing/Painting from Art (Combining images from other (Master) artists to make your own compositions); Depicting "Endangered Species" through relief (styrofoam) prints; Etc. For further insight into my teaching philosophy and how I work with themes and issues in my art practice, see my website: www.haroldpearse.com.
Halifax
Areas of expertise
Pottery
Grade Levels
Primary – 3, 4 – 6, 7 – 9, 10 – 12
Workshops and Activities
I am available to teach pottery workshops for kids of any age, making whatever the children or school are interested in. Lately I have been working on simple plates and bowls with smaller children using foliage, stamps or natural objects to create decoration and patterning in the clay. I enjoy mask making, tiles and sculpture work with older children, but am happy to take on all kinds of projects. A few examples of great, simple clay projects with youth include: wind chimes, bird houses, mosaics, puzzles, busts and piggy banks, but the possibilities are endless. Working with clay usually involves at least two sessions. One session to create the work and one to glaze/decorate the piece. Depending on the type of project, fantastic art can be created in two sessions, but larger projects may be longer term.
Halifax
Areas of expertise
3D/Sculpture, Video, Contemporary Art Practice, Art Criticism, Performance/Installation
Grade Levels
7 – 9, 10 – 12
Workshops and Activities
My own work is really rooted in social justice and community engagement. I use a broad variety of craft practices alongside video and technology to create work that is inviting and interactive. No material is off-limits, and I really enjoy placing my work in unexpected locations. I think that these ideas of openness, play and sensitivity have a valuable place in schools, especially when in the context of creative expression. I’ve found that the best way to approach these ideas with youth and kids is to start by getting our hands dirty! Much of my workshops begin with simply learning about a process that my students have never encountered before. This could include casting, papermaking, knitting or even things like darkroom photography and video (I taught a really successful class on how to build your own pinhole camera). Starting with learning a new skill often empowers and inspires my students to start thinking about the creative applications of what's been learned. From then, we can look at examples from art history and contemporary art of these kinds of skills being used in interesting and unexpected ways, inviting my students to do the same. For example, if we learn how to knit, we might look at Joseph Beuys and ask how we can use this process to create something unusual such as a performance or an installation. Building up to a final goal, such as an exhibition, also encourages students to take on more ambitious projects, share ideas and work together.
Mahone Bay
Areas of expertise
Textiles/Fabric, Painting, Pottery
Grade Levels
Primary – 3, 4 – 6, 7 – 9, 10 – 12
Workshops and Activities
Learning happens in the minds and souls of children, all children start their school careers with sparkling imaginations, fertile minds and a willingness to take risks with what they think. The instructed classes would explore the full range of children's abilities and interests in a safe environment where there is no judgment on performance. Focusing on bringing out the power of creative thinking. Children would explore their thoughts and emotions through color, texture, and design in an environment where there is no comparison, no right or wrong way of expressive art. Children will learn to work on their own and in a group environment, through collaboration, thinking outside the box and exploring to awaken their creativity.
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.
Wolfville
Areas of expertise
3D/Sculpture, Paper Mâché, Other
Grade Levels
Primary – 3, 4 – 6, 7 – 9, 10 – 12
Workshops and Activities
I typically design activities based on curriculum, physical space available and duration of workshop. I enjoy working and being outside for workshops when possible, and using readily available material from nature or the curbside. CARDBOARD WORLD: I have a variety of activities involving hands on cardboard creation that are very simple to execute and easily engage large groups. Some common choices are cardboard crowns for each child, little house worlds, props and more. PUPPETS BIG AND SMALL: My my practice often involves large scale collective creations resulting in some form of fabric or cardboard puppet. This collaborative process can be a really great way for a group to work together on something and have the experience of ‘moving’ together. MASKS: I have used Papier Mâché extensively to do mask making. This is a great activity where kids can get their hands dirty with my homemade corn starch based glue.The masks are a great take home and can roll easily into further activities such as paint/colour design, photography, fashion and eventually performance. ***For me a huge part of any workshop is creating an environment for kids to be creating. This may mean consider details such as background music, icebreaker activities, and multiple ‘stations’ for kids to be working.
Chester
Areas of expertise
Collage, Drawing, Contemporary Art Practice, Painting, Mixed Media
Grade Levels
Primary – 3, 4 – 6, 7 – 9, 10 – 12
Workshops and Activities
My art practice focuses primarily on acrylic painting, and encompasses a variety of subject matter rendered in a hyperrealist style. What this means is that the objects, people, places, and details in my paintings are easily recognizable, but not meant to replace photographic precision or exaggerated in a way that creates caricature. My work is intended to enable art lovers to quickly take it in at one pass, or dig deeper into details and find metaphor in the imagery I make. The skills and techniques I use can be shared with any age range. In consultation with classroom teachers, I create workshop engagements with art that stir the imagination, nurture curiosity, and open up a world of acceptance for visual creativity and expression. Elementary students learn colour and shape basics. Simple activities like making a colour wheel (mixing primary colour to create secondary colour), and using 2D shapes to make a more complex object (ie: circle + triangle = ice cream) give younger kids the basic skills they need to be able to create the pictures they want to. Older elementary students will transform 2D shapes into shaded 3D objects by learning to mix the tints (light) and shades (dark) that make it happen. Middle and secondary level students use colour and image based collage to better understand how pictures tell a story without words. Basic 2D and 3D drawing, painting, and collage skills can be used to make posters or short narrative comics about topics of importance to teens.
Dartmouth
Areas of expertise
Collage, Painting
Grade Levels
Primary – 3, 10 – 12
Workshops and Activities
Students will develop compositions and themes that involve colour and collage.They will learn how to layer paints on a canvas and reveal the colour underneath with sgraffito techniques. They will learn how to cut and shape paper, textiles, and twine and glue them on the surface to articulate a theme.
Sydney
Areas of expertise
Collage, Drawing, Contemporary Art Practice, Art Criticism, Print Making
Grade Levels
Primary – 3, 4 – 6, 7 – 9, 10 – 12
Workshops and Activities
As a multi-disciplinary artists I work in a variety of media and practices depending on the project. Some areas of interest include: -botanical illustration -interventions in the landscape (also known as land art) -printmaking Please continue reading below for workshop ideas related to these themes. Botanical illustration is a great way to practice observational skills vital to both artistic and scientific inquiry. Though the idea is to draw or paint a specimen so that it can be identified scientifically, the goal isn’t photorealism. No drawing or painting experience is necessary. I would love to partner with a class that is studying ecosystems or plant and animal life. The workshop would ideally involve working inside as well as outside the classroom. Land art involves using the natural environment for both the materials and site of the art. This workshop can be tied in with Botanical Illustration and would be particularly meaningful in making connections with outdoor learning environments or school gardens. Printmaking is a process founded in the concept of repetition. A single design can be printed in multiples or a motif can be repeated to create a pattern. This is a very hands-on process with combinations of drawing, carving, and the technical skill of printing itself. Printmaking can be linked with many different content areas from math and sciences to ELA and health.
West Pennant
Areas of expertise
Textiles/Fabric, Collage, Drawing, Painting, Print Making
Grade Levels
Primary – 3, 4 – 6
Workshops and Activities
I like to work with the little ones from Primary to Grade 6 doing small, fun projects either curriculum-related or art-for-art's sake. I usually bring in some of my work so they can see paintings up close and personal and touch and smell them. I also want to demystify the life of the artist. When I was young I didn't know anyone who was an artist. Consequently I didn't realize that it was an option for me. I thought artists were special people (they are!) and I didn't see myself in that category. I want all children with ability and interest in the art world to know that they can do it. And, for all children (and adults) there can be great pleasure in creating something with one's own hands. I want the children to be excited and to experience the joy of personal expression. I can work with any medium from paint to pencil to construction of birds and nests from scrap, or collage from found objects. I am open to suggestions as well.
Halifax
Areas of expertise
Cultural/Heritage Arts, Digital Imaging, Drawing, Contemporary Art Practice, Painting
Grade Levels
Primary – 3, 4 – 6, 7 – 9, 10 – 12
Workshops and Activities
There are many ways to tell stories, and convey messages and feelings. This is what people do, communicate, though we tend to think it’s done mostly with words. Visual communication is perhaps one of the most powerful ways to express ourselves personally, and reach others meaningfully. I want children to find that the creative spirit inside them is unique, valuable and exciting, and can be readily accessed and developed with ease. I am quite comfortable working with teachers and students in wide range of areas: -Creative visual communications -Drawing and sketching; really seeing -Picture painting; people, land- sea- and cityscapes -Illustration; telling stories in words and pictures -Plants, animals; nature conservancy -Culture; the arts -History; Nova Scotia, Black, First Nations A benefit of being a visual artist is that I get to work in areas of personal interest, follow my curiosity and grow with new challenges. In my practice I paint scenes outdoors directly from nature, paint contemporary genre paintings, and subjects from Canada’s past. I illustrate picture books, paint portraits and the human figure from life, and accept commissions.
Church Point
Areas of expertise
Drawing, Painting, Pottery
Grade Levels
4 – 6, 7 – 9
Workshops and Activities
The pottery is a 3 dimensional art form. The workshop/class require only two main materials: clay and water. As for Clay, I have deep understanding of natural clay, how to identify and process. I was lucky to start making clay before making pottery with direct instruction from several master potters in Japan. I have not able to classify myself either I was educated formally or not if one says only the institution provide such education. I usually explore the possibility according to the class situation. If there are pottery equipment, such as, potters' wheel, slab roller, pugmill, excluder, and kiln, I am able to show the students how to run them. If there isn't any,I have several knowledge of hand made pottery techniques. I have been finding out how important for the students to work with simple material like clay. They always amaze me by their free form or detailed form of all sort. It is also important to handle natural materials with their hands. I have almost 50 years of pottery experience. I would be more than happy to share my knowledge with young people.
Halifax
Areas of expertise
Video, Drawing, Contemporary Art Practice, Painting, Performance/Installation
Grade Levels
Primary – 3, 4 – 6, 7 – 9, 10 – 12
Workshops and Activities
Large Scale Drawing: focusing on mark making and exploration of media. Moving a piece through several stages. Life Drawing Large Scale Paper Mache Establishing artistic perimeters - using rules to create a work of art
Hantsport
Areas of expertise
3D/Sculpture, Drawing, Painting
Grade Levels
Primary – 3, 4 – 6, 7 – 9
Workshops and Activities
* I am bilingual and can teach in English or French I taught drawing and painting to adults in France, for 12 years. Much of the content could be adapted for children, as I taught a wide variety of techniques and themes. I have enjoyed redoing some of my workshops for children here in Nova Scotia. One example is a workshop introducing 5-year-olds to the many possibilities of clay. They go from observing the difference between clay and just plain dirt to recreating their town in clay “buildings.” Another project involves making giant books. In the spring of 2015 a class at Hantsport School designed illustrations for a songbook to go with a musical play about the history of Hantsport. The aim of the project was twofold : 1) To explore how an artist comes up with images to suit a particular text. Students made sketches and used these to make the final image. 2) To paint BIG ! (The pages of the book were 2 x 4 feet.) This involved mixing colours on a large palette, using big paintbrushes, working as a team on different parts of the same image, etc. I have often given portrait workshops, since that is my particular area of interest. These are best for children aged 8 and up and involve observation and drawing with the simplest materials. In 2015 I taught a series of classes on how to draw animals; some were followed by a workshop on making clay relief sculptures of animals.
Halifax
Areas of expertise
Collage, Digital Imaging, Painting, Mixed Media, Illustration
Grade Levels
4 – 6, 7 – 9, 10 – 12
Workshops and Activities
I am well versed with a variety of both traditional and contemporary 2D media, including oil, acrylic and watercolour painting, drawing with graphite, pastel or chalk as well as digital tools available in the Adobe Creative Suite. An ideal workshop for me would involve developing an idea with students, working through the best methods of conveying that idea, then executing it. This could be a self-portrait (popular for social media), an illustration to accompany text or just simply art for art’s sake.
Halifax
Areas of expertise
Drawing, Print Making, Bookbinding, Mixed Media, Illustration
Grade Levels
Primary – 3, 4 – 6
Workshops and Activities
I make workshops in what interests me. Personally, my interests are in natural sciences (weather, geography, plants and animals, evolution), imaginative culture (comics, fiction, story-based video games), and humour (in rhyming, jokes, illustrative circumstances). I've had training in drawing, painting, printmaking, ceramics and book-making. Working in children's art camps has given me insight into other projects as well (sewing puppets, bubble dyeing, paper mabling, etc. ). In my own practice of teaching art classes, I think of the project, lay it out step-by-step how to accomplish this, and usually keep one or two tricks up my sleeve of experimentation to try (eg. salt and watercolour, glitter in printmaking). Usually one project will involve a few different art techniques. It's rarely just a drawing. For example: - I made a project that use collage, drawing techniques, and clay sculpture to imagine monster fossils. -in a jungle-themed workshop, we looked at types of trees and leaves to create free-standing treehouses -in an “Around the World” class, we used patterning, colour theory and drawing to make free-standing individualized Big Bens with moving clock hands. Generally, if given a subject, I can build a project around it. If you have questions, or would like to see some examples of past workshops, you could view my website (www.ambersolberg.com) or email me for photos.
Shelburne
Areas of expertise
3D/Sculpture, Textiles/Fabric, Painting, Pottery, Paper Mâché
Grade Levels
Primary – 3, 4 – 6, 7 – 9, 10 – 12
Workshops and Activities
I enjoy facilitating workshops thematically related to nature and the environment as this also relates to my personal artistic practice. I also enjoy exploring self-portraiture, expression and identity. As to process and materials, I like to work with a large variety of mediums. When partnering with a teacher I like to collaborate and am open to anything I can technically support. I find that teachers have a greater understanding of their students than I as a visiting artist would have and that workshops tend to be more successful with the inclusion of the teachers in planning. Also, though I have stated my own preference on workshop themes I am open to other themes as well. Examples of past workshops I have instructed include: clay hand building, pottery, mixed media self portraits, weaving, dyeing with natural ingredients, group mixed media sculpture, trash to treasure sculpture, papier mache objects (and masks), still life painting, larger group murals in both clay and paint.
North Lochaber
Areas of expertise
Painting, Art Criticism, Mixed Media
Grade Levels
Primary – 3, 4 – 6, 7 – 9
Workshops and Activities
Colour plays a key role in my approach to painting. Colour is my passion. With the vibrant colours and spontaneous flow of Alcohol Ink, I find it meditative to watch them work their magic. They move freely and blend together playfully, creating unexpected shapes and outlines. Being alcohol based, however, the paints dry fast. But, with careful timing and the use of unconventional tools, I encourage their flow to reveal a glimpse of landscapes and skylines beyond your imagination.
 I paint because it gives me a way to de-stress and puts me in a state of consciousness I’ve never found anywhere else. Life can be fast paced and stressful and art provides me a way to slow down, look outward, and listen inward. My favourite mediums to work with are those that provide spontaneity and flow (Pouring Alcohol Inks, Resins, Acrylics and Tempra Paints). In working with students, I hope to provide not only the hands on experience of working with new art mediums, but to then use what they've created as a vehicle for practising skills such as writing, story telling and verbal expression. Putting yourself and your art "out there" (be it aural or visual) can be intimidating, but the life long skills of listening to, giving and receiving constructive criticism is an important one. Creating a safe environment which encourages students to take risks is a skill I've had experience working on with students ages 7-16 in my vocal studio.
Pictou, N.S.
Areas of expertise
Drawing, Contemporary Art Practice, Painting, Mixed Media, Stained Glass
Grade Levels
Primary – 3, 4 – 6, 10 – 12
Workshops and Activities
It is my intention to teach children different methods of art so they are not intimidated by any one method. I have done drawing classes and showed how famous arts have used lines to describe emotion in their work. I incorporate the history of previous artists and their techniques an example would be Maude Lewis, Van Gogh . I also do art projects that are community based and which give pride of place. An example would be stained glass patio stones depicting what your town means to you and having them distributed throughout the town gardens. We did a bullying project with -paper mache where we created masks . We started with drawings of different emotions and how to express them and then we talked about our feelings on that day and chose facial expressions and colour in our masks to express those feelings. We also discussed how
Whycocomagh
Areas of expertise
Collage, Drawing, Painting, Performance/Installation, Mixed Media
Grade Levels
Primary – 3, 4 – 6, 7 – 9, 10 – 12
Workshops and Activities
I can run art workshops that can focus on art as a tool for wellness and as a protective factor for mental health. I am extremely interested in art creation that can help contribute to social awareness and change. I can also run workshops that are focused on students establishing their own artistic identity and how they can incorporate art in their everyday lives. I am passionate about art for everyone. I can also run workshops on drawing, painting, mixed media and collage. I enjoy working with individual students as well as groups of students and have experience doing both. Please contact me for more details on how my experience as an artist can help to enhance your school and your students experience of what art making can bring to their lives.
Halifax
Areas of expertise
Collage, Drawing, Painting, Print Making, Mixed Media
Grade Levels
Primary – 3
Workshops and Activities
With a background in visual arts and working with young children, my hope is to work in both child care settings and the schools system. In terms of workshops I have done and would like to continue to do are helping children explore various mediums in the primary to grade 3 range and even younger. My work with children often involves looking at reference materials such as looking at master works, either in print or visiting galleries, literature (where I bring books to read to the children and have available to them to reference). Games are very important when I am working with children, to help those that are not comfortable with certain materials we are working with to give them a chance to express themselves. I also would take children into nature or taking them outside, and showing them how to use and look at their environment with potential and endless possibilities. Art is a language, and in my practice and working with children, I infuse various techniques and mediums to help children find their voice.
Halifax
Areas of expertise
Collage, Drawing, Painting, Performance/Installation, Mixed Media
Grade Levels
4 – 6, 7 – 9, 10 – 12
Workshops and Activities
As an artist in the PAINTS program I would like to incorporate land and place based learning and get the students outside to explore their local surroundings. Differentiating the lesson is important, therefore I would offer a few different mediums for the students to choose to work with. The options would be to use mixed media such as watercolour, acrylic paint, collage, photography/photo transfers, textiles, drawing, or performance. I would ask for the students to choose two options to combine. We would then go outside and sketch, observe, or collect bits of our surroundings. Gathering our sources inside, the students will decide how they want to incorporate their findings into a final piece. This could be a photo transfer of an image onto an object they found outside, it could be taking a sketch and re-creating it via collage, or it could be painting a collection of small sketches. The project focuses on the student's autonomy and self motivation within the time frame that the students will decide through a democratic decision, together. At the end, the students will experience an art critique where they will talk about their work and give input on their peers work.
Halifax
Areas of expertise
3D/Sculpture, Contemporary Art Practice, Performance/Installation, Mixed Media
Grade Levels
4 – 6, 7 – 9, 10 – 12
Workshops and Activities
My strengths as an artist appear in projects that begin with undefined material/process boundaries, but clarity of purpose. As a facilitator, finding the way into a project with students and teachers interests me greatly. I value context responsiveness, and am flexible in my material and process approaches. These inclinations have led to my skill development in mixed media outdoor sculptures, interior wall panels (individually molded and cast), fantastical exercise machines, humorous public sculptural amendments as well as social art projects involving parades. I would like to be involved in projects that grow a play tunnel from willow branches, or a mural of the international space station, or create mobiles - maybe a hundred of them? Developed and presented student projects have included: Read my lips - gr.8+ students - using dental alginate to cast the mouth shapes of each student, casting a final plaster positive and then adding text speech bubbles to "speak" their minds. Home: inside and out - gr.3/4+ students - using mixed media craft materials, students created animatable Hermit crabs, whose removable outer shells referenced outdoors, when removed revealed an inner world. A short stop-motion film was created, using painted backdrop environments, to show the parade of crabs to families at the annual open-house. Small worlds - gr. 3- 8 students - using layers of various growing mediums, tiny mythical environments are created with sculptural elements inside a verdant terrarium.
Seaforth
Areas of expertise
Cultural/Heritage Arts, Collage, Drawing, Painting, Print Making
Grade Levels
Primary – 3, 4 – 6, 7 – 9, 10 – 12
Workshops and Activities
I have worked on a variety of projects in various schools and have taught in the classroom from primary through junior high using a variety of art media, including drawing skills, painting, print-making and sculpting.  I like to provide the skills and guidance to enable the students to be creative.  The goal is for the student to enjoy a new learning experience while exploring different media. I believe that art can be integrated into many areas of the school curriculum and am open to a wide range of ideas.  I have worked with teachers to incorporate these ideas into workshops. In one elementary school I taught a series of art workshops on the theme of 'healthy lifestyles'  and another series on basic math principles through art. I have also coordinated and worked on large projects involving the whole school, including murals, dioramas and multi-media projects. I especially enjoy working on local interest or historical projects which introduce the students to their immediate environment both physical and social.  An example is a project that involved a play about the history of the one-room school house which had been in their community. We began with workshops in the classroom to work out the ideas that would become the set and then i worked with the students designing, building and painting the set for the play.     Working with students is always interesting and always inspiring.