Classes and Courses

Classes and Courses

Female Ruby-Throated Hummingbird, 9 year-old child

We often hear that being ‘good’ at art is something we are born with - a talent that some have, and some don’t. It's not true.

Just like everyone can be taught to play music, we can all learn how to draw and draw well.

In my classes there are no mistakes. Rather than saying you must draw this way, the child is taught to look closely and decide how to communicate and create what they see onto paper. The child chooses the path their artwork takes. They have full control. My involvement in the decision-making process is that of mentor. I offer guidance.

This process of looking and drawing is rigorous and the results are tangible. Children will move from making what I call assumptive drawings that lack visual acuity, to being able to reproduce what they see, in a way that is full of life and movement.

This is an artistic practice that instills confidence and is full of laughter.

The Approach
The technique I’ve developed focuses on finding underlying shapes and geometry and building creatively through this process. It has been tested through my PhD research at Queen’s University, where I showed how observational can improves children’s visual-spatial skills (Beery-VMI).

This approach introduces geometry in a holistic way as you deal with the interplay of shapes in nature. It makes you more aware of your surroundings, the details of the world around you, which is essential for a whole host of endeavours, from the sciences to the arts.

Most importantly, my drawing classes open a doorway to another way of communicating.

The Instructor
I am a practicing visual artist who has taught visual art and animation classes since 2001.

I hold the following degrees:
Bachelor's of Fine Arts from Emily Carr University of Art & Design
Certificate of Classical and Digital Animation from Capilano University
Master's in Art Education from Queen's University
PhD in Visual Arts Education from Queen's University

Here are the courses I will be offering in person starting January 2022:

Computational Drawing and Design for Young People
7-9 yrs Wednesdays 3:00-5:30PM $200.00 + $50.00 for materials(1.5 hours/class)
10-13 yrs Thursdays 3:00-5:30PM $225.00 + 50.00 for materials (2 hours/class)

Computational skills are often considered best learned in a computer lab. This course will show how the art room is actually a fantastic space to develop these skills. Students will explore computational thinking through learning how to use geometric and emergent design strategies such as shape grammars to make strong 2D renderings. Materials that will be used: paper, cardboard, balsa wood, watercolours, graphite, pastels, acrylic or tempera paint

Drawing and Painting from Nature
7-9 yrs Saturdays 9:00-10:30AM $200.00 + $50.00 for materials(1.5 hours/class)
10-13 yrs $225.00 + 50.00 for materials (2 hours/class)
14-18 yrs $250.00 + 50.00 for materials(3 hrs/class)

This course will explore our world through observation. Working from observation, students will learn compassion and empathy of the local habitat we live in, all the while improving and exploring drawing, design, and painting. Winter classes will sketch outside for part of class when weather permits. Materials that will be used: diverse papers, graphite, charcoal, chalks, pastels, watercolour, acrylic, board, and canvas

7-9 yrs $200.00 + $50.00 for materials(1.5 hours/class)
10-13 yrs $225.00 + 50.00 for materials (2 hours/class)
14-18 yrs $250.00 + 50.00 for materials(3 hrs/class)

This course will explore different ways of making sculpture. From portrait to figurative to conceptual and site specific, students will develop 3 dimensional skills of eye/hand/heart/mind. Materials that will be used: clay, papier mache, cardboard, paper, plaster, wood, found objects

For intermediate or advanced teen or adult potters only:

Sculpture on Pottery
$255.00 + $50.00 for clay
In this course we will explore the history of decorative sculpture on functional ware. From spouts to lids to handles this course will help students take their work to the next level of combining form and function!

All courses will run 10 weeks and start the week of January 10th 2022. All classes will break for Spring Break - the first two weeks of March. Each course will finish the week of March 28th 2022. See you in January - Let's make some superduper art and craft!!

The following courses will only be offered in Spring/Summer 2022

7-9 yrs Mondays 3:00-4:30PM $200.00 + $50.00 for materials(1.5 hours/class)
10-13 yrs Tuesdays 4:00PM-6:00PM $225.00 + 50.00 for materials (2 hours/class)

This high energy course will explore our built world from concept to design to building! We will draw inspiration from nature, history, and current environmental issues. Materials that will be used: paper, cardboard, wood, found objects

Comic Stories and Story-boarding

7-9 yrs Saturdays 10:30-Noon $200.00 + $50.00 for materials(1.5 hours/class)
10-13 yrs Saturdays 1:00PM-3:00PM $225.00 + 50.00 for materials (2 hours/class)
14-18 yrs 3:00PM-6:00PM $250.00 + 50.00 for materials(3 hrs/class)

This high energy class will introduce students to the principles of visual story telling in comics and cartoons! Each student will develop 2 or 3 vignettes during the course. Materials used: Paper, Bristol board, animation markers (including Posca), graphite, modelling clay

Sculpture from Pottery
$255.00 + $50.00 for clay
In this course students will learn how to transform thrown vessels into standalone sculptures!

$255.00 + $50.00 for clay
In this course students will learn to make functional vessels. Beginner, intermediate, advanced + private lessons available*

*Private lesson costs will be negotiated on case-by-case basis