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Halifax
Areas of expertise
Drawing, Painting, Performance/Installation, Print Making, Mixed Media
Grade Levels
Primary – 3, 4 – 6, 10 – 12
Workshops and Activities
Clay Sculpting/Plaster Casting/Painting is always a favorite with grade 3s and up. In this workshop, the students enjoy the sensorial experience of learning to work with natural clay. They learn techniques of wetting, adding, subtracting, and forming. After their pieces have dried over one or two nights they can enjoy another sensory process of casting. Casting with plaster strips is tactile and produces terrific results for finely detailed sculpture. After these layers dry, the clay piece turns into a hard white sculpture and is now primed for painting. The last step becomes a lesson on color theory and students develop their own color swatches which they will then use on their sculpture. Surreal Stories is a workshop for Gr. 10-12. In this workshop I guide students to consider how their personal stories/experiences can have a positive social impact. I show them my personal narrative of using the metaphor of the sperm whale in my drawings and paintings. I also share the unique features and practices of this mythologized creature and draw its connection to racism and racialization as well as the practice of empathy. I invite students to consider their personal stories and how they would symbolically represent themselves in surreal drawings/paintings to create a parallel dialogue in their art.
Mahone Bay
Areas of expertise
3D/Sculpture, 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
Cartooning/Animation, Drawing, Illustration, Other
Grade Levels
4 – 6, 7 – 9, 10 – 12
Workshops and Activities
Cartooning and doodling are particularly fascinating. Children develop ways of drawing that are rarely encouraged in formal art classes. They pick up little tricks (a way of drawing an eye, or hair, etc.) from the media they consume or by drawing with other people, and they recycle them over and over in different combinations. I like to create projects that expand the student's 'bag of tricks' and then pushes what they can do with them to the limit. Many of my classes/workshops have incorporated zine-making to some degree. This is an excellent way for students to collaborate and share their art. In the past I have booked tables at conventions/events where students have sold their zines. I am also interested in workshops on board game design. From research to concept development, prototyping, and testing, creating a board game is a fun way to get a crash course in design.
Stillwater Lake
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
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.
Port Hawkesbury
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
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.
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.
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.
Wolfville
Areas of expertise
3D/Sculpture, Painting, Mixed Media
Grade Levels
7 – 9, 10 – 12
Workshops and Activities
Art has no rules; that’s my number one rule! Whenever I’m working with students my goal as workshop facilitator is to bring ideas, techniques and structure and then let the participants express their true creativity, experiment and have fun with the process. I’m comfortable leading workshops in a variety of mediums, from drawing, painting to sculpture too. My personal practice at the moment is focussed on painting. I draw inspiration from pop culture, fashion and design from the 1920’s to today.
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
3D/Sculpture, Textiles/Fabric, Contemporary Art Practice, Performance/Installation, Mixed Media
Grade Levels
Primary – 3, 4 – 6, 7 – 9, 10 – 12
Workshops and Activities
Creative and applied arts offer a form of communication beyond the realms of formal 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 world-views and celebrates the identity of an individual and community alike. Applying therapeutic art praxis, 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 and interconnectivity, I would like to explore the many components that make up our identity and encourage collaborative group participation and community projects to create temporary / permanent art installations that are accessible to the public and make meaningful art objects that relates closely to members of our younger generations' everyday lives. Material explorations will consist of textile, ceramic and other mixed media sculptural mediums: I am interested in instructing 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 casting).
Halifax
Areas of expertise
Collage, Drawing, Print Making, Mixed Media, Illustration
Grade Levels
7 – 9, 10 – 12
Workshops and Activities
Students find a leaf (or another nature object) and bring to the classroom. They can sketch the leaf and transfer to a linoleum block, or trace the leaf directly onto the material, then carving around it with printmaking tools to leave the shape. Students can then carve details if desired (venation of leaves, stippling, etc.). Students will print the leaves using relief printmaking methods, and the different leaves can be collaged onto a wall to create a collaborative mural (for permanent indoor mural, use wheatpaste or spray adhesive).
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.
Lunenburg
Areas of expertise
Textiles/Fabric, Drawing, Contemporary Art Practice, Performance/Installation, Print Making
Grade Levels
Primary – 3, 4 – 6
Workshops and Activities
As an artist, I am most interested in the tactility and sensory experience of art, and how art invites us into greater connection with ourselves, one another, and our local landscape. I am very open to working with you to provide workshops that your students would enjoy and be challenged by. I have instructed children’s art classes for five years and am keen to help your students gain new skills, and connect a workshop to current topics they are learning about in school. Classroom (and/ or outdoor!) workshops that I would be happy to offer include, but are not limited to: - bundle natural dyeing with local plants - field note book/ sketchbook making for a focus on the two primary elements that make up field notation: observation and reflection, and going on a walk together to record both words and drawings - mono printmaking with found/ natural materials - wearable art making: a variety of materials would be available for imaginative creating and demos provided for techniques such as basic sewing, riveting, pocket making, etc. - paintbrush making with natural and at-hand materials (i.e. pine needles, thread, etc.) - pocket/ apron making (basic sewing/ fabric collage) to later be able to collect found materials in their favourite place - wax resist drawings (perhaps of a map to their favourite place) then watercolour applied. I am happy to work with you to plan workshops to be best suited to your students. More of my art can be found at aliciahunt.ca
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.
Dartmouth
Areas of expertise
3D/Sculpture, Pottery
Grade Levels
Primary – 3, 4 – 6, 7 – 9, 10 – 12
Workshops and Activities
My own work often deals with form and volume and has a connection to the natural world around me. My current body of sculptural work is inspired by organisms in the ocean. I use this as a jumping off point to create unique biomorphic sculptures. I would be interested to introduce students to this type of work. I see an opportunity to look to nature as our inspiration and create forms, either functional or sculptural, out of clay and create a work suggestive or inspired by a living organism. We would have a chance to look at historical examples found in Surrealism and Art Nouveau. There are many examples found in painting, architecture, sculpture etc. It would be interesting to delve into these examples and find the common language among them that could be utilized in our attempts as a class at a similar representation/creation. I have done many workshops with students over the years and I am excited to address not only the technical considerations of making but to also delve into the historical and natural connections so as to provide a context for the work we are making.
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!.
Sydney
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"
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.
Dartmouth
Areas of expertise
3D/Sculpture, Collage, Drawing, Bookbinding, Mixed Media
Grade Levels
Primary – 3, 4 – 6
Workshops and Activities
Many of these are easy and inexpensive classroom projects that are appropriate for most ages and can take 3 to 5 days or longer (depending on the goal) to complete. Below are a list some of the projects I have done with students successfully in the past: Collaborative Projects: Large-scale circle painting - easy project, requiring brightly coloured paints and large role out paper Collage drawing - made from recycled and found objects and drawing materials Loving stones nature intervention project - collect stones, paint, return to nature 3D: Sculptural wire contour drawings (hanging or standing) Geometric string and nail art drawings Chicken wire and rolled recycled paper sculptures Accordion mixed media storybooks Drawing/Painting: Matisse study with torn paper Abstraction study, using found objects and a magnifying glass Blind contour drawings, painted Here are a three concept projects I am interested in exploring and would require more time and resources to complete: Sewing story cloth - collaborative (items needed are fabric pens, a long piece of fabric, thread, sewing tools, and small wooden embroidery hoops) Knitted abstract painting - solo and collaborative (items needed are knitting needles, colourful yarn, sewing tools, and a large wooden stretcher - this project could also include making and using a simple knitting loom with wood and nails instead of knitting needles) Metal art painting with simple oxidation - solo (this provides impressive results, requires steel, vinegar, peroxide, salt, and an oven)
Halifax
Areas of expertise
Print Making, Bookbinding
Grade Levels
4 – 6, 7 – 9, 10 – 12
Workshops and Activities
I would like to offer bookbinding and paper decoration workshops, for consideration. There are a number of bookbinding techniques that can be done with children, adapted to different age groups. This can include making books with repurposed/recycled materials (for Earth Day, perhaps). Or a more advanced workshop making blank journals for an older group for a writing class or sketchbooks for art class. I also am familiar with a lot of different binding techniques from around the world, so a particular binding method could possibly be worked into students' study of world history (for example, Japan, China, Korea, Egypt, Ethiopia, India, Tibet). Some of these would be more suited to older groups, but some are also adaptable to young children. The paper decoration workshops could include Turkish style paper marbling, Japanese marbling, or paste paper and printmaking techniques to create decorative papers, greeting cards, etc.
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 :)
Halifax
Areas of expertise
3D/Sculpture, Cultural/Heritage Arts, Drawing, Contemporary Art Practice, Art Criticism
Grade Levels
7 – 9, 10 – 12
Workshops and Activities
As a PAINTS artist, I would like to teach a sculpture workshop that guides students to learn how to create an original public art model. Students will learn about a range of public art from traditional to contemporary examples and they will gain an understanding of the process that is involved in allowing these work to be created, from funding to the politics of selecting a suitable public space. As they create their models, students will be encouraged to consider a range of questions such as: what does their sculpture represents? How does it relate to their chosen public space? How will the public interact and engage with the work? At the end of this unit, students will display their models alongside a written proposal of their public sculpture.
Lantz
Areas of expertise
Textiles/Fabric, Collage, Drawing, Painting, Mixed Media
Grade Levels
Primary – 3, 4 – 6, 7 – 9, 10 – 12
Workshops and Activities
I teach beginner representational painting and drawing. I work with all ages currently but my preference is pre teens. I have many ideas for workshops and what would be best would depend on what materials were available. I am also interested in film theory and art history, my students and I also study artists through emulation projects and visual story telling through the creation of graphic novel style imagery. Some examples of workshops I could run include : creating your own graphic novel, learning to paint still lives through candy painting, basics of portraiture (drawing), beginner drawing from life, beginner colour theory, art histories based emulation projects, etc.
Halifax
Areas of expertise
3D/Sculpture, Textiles/Fabric, Cultural/Heritage Arts, Contemporary Art Practice, Mixed Media
Grade Levels
Primary – 3, 4 – 6, 7 – 9, 10 – 12
Workshops and Activities
I have experience facilitating workshops for all ages, some of which have included: rope-making workshops with fun and wacky gizmos, braiding workshops where participants create their own tools, darning parties for those who wish to learn how to mend and patch clothing, and using crochet as 3D printing. For each workshop I always emphasise the history of the technique, but still make it fun and exciting through the use of unconventional materials and contexts.
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.
Bridgetown
Areas of expertise
Drawing, Painting, Print Making, Bookbinding, Mixed Media
Grade Levels
Primary – 3, 4 – 6, 7 – 9
Workshops and Activities
As an artist I am drawn to exploring media - constantly engaged in research for new materials and approaches that can help develop and improve my process and ability to realise my vision. As an Art Historian and Conservator I have an understanding of materials and historic context that helps students to understand how their own work fits into the continuing conversation that is cultural development. I am a versatile instructor who brings a wealth of knowledge to help students realise and execute their own artistic creations, supporting them to explore their inner reality and to take ownership for developing their creative journeys. I enjoy teaching all levels of Drawing, Painting (watercolour, tempera, acrylic, oil), Printmaking (lino, Styrofoam, colle), 2-D mixed-media, and 3-D Assemblage, and Beginner Clay (Handbuilding). I have given shorter workshops in various fibre arts, including knitting, natural dying, and weaving. I have taught each of these subjects for each primary grade, as well as for adults. I am experienced in tailoring my classes to object-based learning to match curriculum needs, as well as a variety of learning styles.
Halifax
Areas of expertise
Textiles/Fabric, Cartooning/Animation, Illustration, Other
Grade Levels
4 – 6, 7 – 9, 10 – 12
Workshops and Activities
I am familiar with teaching queer memoir comics since that is the most recent workshop I have taught. I have taught various small textile workshops on simple darning techniques, various embroidery stitches and knots, as well as creating cardboard looms to teach children how to weave. I am also well-versed in general comic making, embroidery and rug hooking. While teaching in a school, I would be able to teach kids how to fold and create different zines and the basics of creating a comic page. I would also be able to teach them how to use a latch hook tool for rug making, how to darn holes in their clothing, as well as embroider on various fabrics. I would be able to give demonstrations, but also give historical context to comics and textiles, as well as historical and contemporary artists to look at for inspiration. I am also LGBTQ+ and Romani, so I would approach teaching with a focus on oral storytelling. I would discuss what my practice means to me and what art can mean for other people. I want to inspire kids to look inward and create art that fills them with pride and joy!
Halifax
Areas of expertise
Cartooning/Animation
Grade Levels
10 – 12
Workshops and Activities
I am interested in doing a PAINTS project with students (preferably from 13-18 yo) to create a graphic novel collaboration. I would encourage each participant to illustrate 2-6 pages of sequential art, comic or illustrated story over the course of several weeks. During this time I will share my work and the work of other graphic storytellers in an educational journey through the history of comics, with lots of fun examples of comic strips, graphic novels and different styles from Manga, Superhero, and Indie Comics. I will provide guidance and encouragement for each participant as well as editing suggestions and advice on how to make the most effective use of the media at their disposal. At the end of the course, they could choose to share their work with each other online or I could print off zines of everyone’s for each participant to keep. (Yet to be decided according to budget and printing costs)
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
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.
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
3D/Sculpture, Textiles/Fabric, Bookbinding, Mixed Media, Paper Mâché
Grade Levels
Primary – 3, 4 – 6, 7 – 9, 10 – 12
Workshops and Activities
The ways we make art reveal a lot about how we see the world, and how we operate. Shifting our attitudes in art-making can help us shift our attitudes in life. The biggest underlying themes of my practice are place, and play. Play is an attitude that is about relationship : meeting another, engaging with the unknown, learning the language as you go, exploring, improvising, thinking critically and creatively, valuing process over product. Place should be present in everything we do: nothing exists in a vacuum, everything is informed by its surroundings, whether physical or abstract. Learning about the places we inhabit (through play) can give us a deep knowledge and grounding, and a willingness to trust not only our own bodies, but the body of the world around us. Through PAINTS, I can offer a variety of skills and activities centred around these attitudes. These include: textile making from found or recycled materials, book-making, paper-making, 3D felting, fashion/costume/wearable art, natural dyes and inks from foraged material, experimental map-making, and sculpture from found/foraged objects.
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!
Tatamagouche
Areas of expertise
Drawing, Painting, Mixed Media
Grade Levels
4 – 6, 7 – 9, 10 – 12
Workshops and Activities
My finished art consists of oils, watercolour and drawings. My formal training could be called somewhat traditional. It gave me a good grounding in basic skills, understanding of materials and techniques. However, while I use those skills, in my practice I also love to explore and play with new materials. It is a process I use to develop new ideas for new work. In my own work, I am inspired by knitting, wool and environmental themes. Sometimes students/young artists are held back by the need for certain skills. Basic perspective, use of materials and drawing from life, for example, are areas I find helpful and have worked on with learners. I am happy to work exploring how to use assorted materials with students in expressing ideas or themes. Experimenting with paint, dye, clay or ink for inspiration and understanding is an important source for learning I like to share. Freeing oneself from judgement in the early stages of work is a theme for me in my classes.
Blandford
Areas of expertise
Performance/Installation, Mixed Media, Illustration
Grade Levels
Primary – 3, 4 – 6, 7 – 9, 10 – 12
Workshops and Activities
As an outsider artist I would like to explore language, illustration and colour with participants and connect all these elements in meaningful works of art that have a socio-political significance for the next generation. Not so much as a SJ cause, but to access the imagination and the creativity of each person to have them understand that there is power in the gestures of a pen or a pencil and that you do not need to be "an artist" to create. The use of native languages (mother tongues) and other symbols can also promote cross cultural understanding with images, often things can be discovered and barriers are broken this way. My aim in teaching with PAINTS NS is to bring courage, curiosity and help bring that out in others.
Dartmouth
Areas of expertise
Cartooning/Animation, Cultural/Heritage Arts, Drawing, Contemporary Art Practice, Painting
Grade Levels
10 – 12
Workshops and Activities
I would like to teach workshops on comic books and graphic novels aimed at Grades 10-12. The 2 part, 4 hour workshop would focus on beginner techniques in the fantastic and endless world of comic book creation. Workshops can be adapted for english, history or art students. Students may develop an original story, work from a primary source, or adapt from literature, depending on the class context. I could also do- - a more detailed comic workshop series where students work towards a complete short comic (12 pages), - a one off drawing workshop in visual storytelling (where students would create a series of drawings on a loosely connected narrative theme) -teach an art history class, particularly in Canadian art -teach techniques in oil, acrylic and watercolour painting, as well as life drawing -develop a workshop in collective art making (where two or more students towards a finished product, inspired by ideas in contemporary art practice)
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.
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.
Sydney
Areas of expertise
3D/Sculpture, Contemporary Art Practice, Art Criticism, Pottery
Grade Levels
4 – 6, 7 – 9, 10 – 12
Workshops and Activities
I would be interested in doing a workshop based on either pottery or abstract sculpture in clay. In the past, I have used air dry clay which was then painted with tempura or acrylic paints.