Melissa Marr is an artist and educator based in Halifax. She is the co-founder of Wonder’neath Art Society, an arts based non-profit that brings the public together with practicing artists in dynamic studio explorations. She has a BFA from Mount Allison, and a Master in Education through Acadia. Melissa has designed workshops for students from P - 12 across the province. She has consulted and written curriculum for the Dept of Education, CBC, and AGNS. She has extensive experience creating art in collaboration with schools and neighbourhood groups and enjoys pushing the boundaries of simple mediums to see what’s possible.
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.
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Primary – 3, 4 – 6, 7 – 9, 10 – 12
Areas of Expertise
Textiles/Fabric, Contemporary Art Practice, Performance/Installation, Print Making, Other