Melissa Strachan-Boutin

Melissa Strachan-Boutin

Shelburne
From a young age, I have always had a love and fascination for nature. The intricacy and complexity of the natural world and the dependent relationship of human life on it's wild environment is a constant source of inspiration for my artistic practice. Most recently I have become fascinated with the correlation between how we treat our resources and how we treat ourselves. The complexity of human systems rivals against the cyclical dualism of nature and as a result has caused separation. With interest in theories of eco-psychology, my work explores relation of human experience to the treatment of nature.
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.
Contact this artist to start planning your project!
306-209-2660
Grade Levels 
Primary – 3, 4 – 6, 7 – 9, 10 – 12
Areas of Expertise 
3D/Sculpture, Textiles/Fabric, Painting, Pottery, Paper Mâché