Over the past 15 years, I focused on two types of workshops.
Community Arts - a collaborative process between an artist and a community, where the artist facilitates art workshops with community members of various ages. This art-making supports participants’ sense of identity, builds relationships, and encourages social engagement, helping to shape a community that shapes itself.
Arts Education - when a professional artist runs workshops in a school setting, where students learn different mediums of creative expression that can be integrated into school curriculum. The workshops draw on a range of participants’ abilities with a focus on skill building and also nourishes the development of social and personal awareness (emotional intelligence) and artistic expression.
Community Arts and Arts Education projects can be combined, with art-making workshops happening through learning institutions and community venues. Workshops structure and length can also be adapted to suit specific needs.
Find more information about the scope of some of my workshop offerings using the toolbar on the left, or contact me to discuss tailoring a workshop to your school or organization.
As a facilitator, I am enthusiastic and intuitive, experienced in working with diverse groups of all sizes and skill levels. My workshops focus on collaboration and participants are asked to stretch, experiment, and explore the new or unknown, behavior that I model as we co-create work together. I use humour, rhyme, and story to engage adults and students and nurture a playful, welcoming environment.
I facilitated workshops with Vibe Arts, Christie Ossington Neighbourhood Centre, Toronto District School Board, Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board, Grand Erie District School Board, Lake Ontario WaterKeepers, Earthroots, Evergreen Brick Works, Toronto Community Housing. Check the photo gallery to see some of the results from past workshops and projects.