Elizabeth Sircom has been giving workshops through PAINTS, the AGNS ArtsSmarts programme, and the Acadia University Art Gallery since 2014. A self-taught sculptor, most of her work at present is 3-dimensional and portraiture has always been one of her central themes. She grew up near Hantsport in the Annapolis Valley and studied languages at Dalhousie University and the University of Tours, France, then painting and drawing in Paris. From 1992-2013 she lived in Le Havre, Normandy, working as an artist and teaching drawing and painting to adults and children. She returned to live in Nova Scotia in 2013.
Workshops and Activities
*Please note, I am bilingual: English/French I studied art in France and taught drawing and painting in France for 12 years, using a wide variety of techniques and themes. Since returning to live in Nova Scotia in 2013, I have given workshops through the PAINTS programme to all ages of students, 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. Clay: Many of my workshops have been clay sculpture-based. 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: This is best for children aged 8 and up and involves observation and drawing with the simplest materials. Can be extended to drawing the human body. How to draw animals: Pencil, charcoal, ink...; theme has also been used for clay relief sculpture. Pen and ink drawing: 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. (Not recommended for younger children.) My most recent PAINTS project: Though this is unusual in a PAINTS context, my most recent project to date was a mural in a school in Hants County, representing the marine life of the Minas Basin (grades 4/5).
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Primary – 3, 4 – 6, 7 – 9, 10 – 12
Areas of Expertise
3D/Sculpture, Drawing, Painting