*Check back often for updates to the Intersection 2016 Conference schedule.
Over two full days, Intersections 2016 will include:
15 90-minute Sessions
35 60-minute sessions
28 30-minute sessions
Check them all out below
- Hands-on studio
- Best practices for the classroom
- Art Educators from across Canada
- Focus on new curriculum directions
- Artist talks
- Art Education Graduate student symposium on emerging research
Friday night reception at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria
Saturday studio tours & sessions
*note there is additional $50 fee for the studio tour to cover the expenses of transportation and artist honouraria, click here for more info
90 Minute Sessions
Come and play ‘Artropology’, a new game that Jeanne Krabbendam put together. It is based on the Elements of Art and the Principles of Design. It is a fun, experimental, crazy, hands-on, learning game for all age-groups. Paint, discuss and come home with a lesson-plan for your group.
Early Childhood Art Education - Intersections between Art and Nature: An Outdoor Studio Based approach - Susan McLaren W/S
Outdoor Art Projects: inspiring children to explore their creative abilities using natural materials. Developmentally appropriate projects and a look at artists who use a nature based approach to make projects that appeal to all the senses.
Puppets, Drawing, Stories: Responding to Multimodal Texts through Cross-curricular Learning -Amelia Epp & April Davis W/S
Gain practical ideas for facilitating students’ inquiry into multimodal texts with educators from the Surrey Art Gallery. Learn to lead a classroom-friendly puppet-making activity.
Creative Handwriting: Re-Inventing Writing As Drawing In The Digital Era - Eleni Karavanidou W/S
Workshop for teachers to explore the forgotten relationship of writing to drawing and re-enchant handwriting instruction for their pupils.
Community Voices in the Wind & En Plein Air - Miriam Melamed-Turkish W/S
A deep exploration of En Plein Air! How do atmosphere and light, influence our art? What links can be explored between process and production to open recognition of our voice of self and others in our works?
Hands on experience in En Plein Air. Participants please bring a water bottle; small palette; a few paint brushes (mix of flat, round, small and large); manageable clipboard for lap placement; and watercolour paints... preferably tubes that are colours you enjoy and appeal to your sense of wonder.
Art Education Advocacy Across the Country : Round Table Discussion - Provincial Association Liaisons: Melissa-Ann Ledo and Renee Jackson W/S
We invite art education provincial/territorial association presidents and interested members, to this digital and interactive discussion! Learn how to use social media platforms to engage students in public discourse, while also engaging in public discourse about important Art Education questions facing our nation today! Let’s make advocacy real! B.Y.O.D!
Gelatin Monoprints - Claudine Wagner from Opus W/S
Gelatin Monoprints: Learn to use a clear and flexible printing plate, with stencils and found textural materials, to create surprising layered results on paper. Appropriate for ages 6+ (and adaptable to all ages and levels of experience).
Early Childhood Art Education - Intersections between Art and Nature through Clay: A Studio Based approach - Susan McLaren W/S
Ceramics Hand building: inspiring children to explore their creative abilities through clay. Developmentally appropriate projects and a look at a studio based approach where adults act as facilitators, guiding children’s creative development.
The Vancouver Biennale exhibits art in public space inspiring community-based learning. Since 2010, the Biennale has brought professional artists to collaborate with teachers from 120 schools in 11 school districts on inquiry projects. This workshop suggests ways to engage students in art integrated cross-curricular inquiries by referencing past projects. http://www.vancouverbiennale. com/learn
Photography with Chemicals - Julie Etheridge W/S
While examining our digital consumption of images, participants will revisit photography in a hands-on workshop exploring the science behind photography using the Cyanotype print.
Grad Student Symposium
Graduate students from across Canada will present their research, either Masters or Doctorate, at this symposium. This is a unique opportunity for art educators to support graduate students as they present their work in a variety of stages of completion.
Genevieve Cloutier - Facilitator
How to Start an Art Hive: Overview of the methods and materials - Art Hives Network: Anna Timm-Bottos, Libby Oliver, and Kay Noele W/S
COME MAKE ART- Art Hives are community art studios that operate as creative spaces for communities to gather, offering opportunities for art making, skill sharing and meaningful dialogue. Art Hives practitioners from across Canada will discuss aspects of these spaces and share ways you may adapt this method for your own community.
Saying Yes! Collaborative Drawing Exercises for Visual Artists - Jennifer Wigmore W/S
Working collaboratively provides practice at fundamental skills difficult to learn alone: listening, responding without fear, taking risks, and sustained focus. This workshop contributes to the artist’s reflexive tool kit, strengthening artistic reflexivity and building muscle memory. Working collaboratively is not about making better collaborative artists, but more confident solo artists.
The Map as Art: Mapping, Place-Based and Experiential Learning - Beryl Cohen W/S
Participants will explore a variety of integrated map making techniques using sound, digital apps, traditional collage and natural materials. Activities occur within the studio and outdoors.
Quilted/Quartier: A Community Map Collaboration. Kay Noele W/S
Quilted/Quartier is a community map project visualizing the neighborhoods in which we live. Learn about the series of Montreal community quilts and collaborate in the creation of a UVic map-quilt.
60 Minute Sessions
Salish Weave Workshop: Salish Culture, Art and Education and the Salish Weave Collection
This session will be led by Salish artists who will discuss their work and its place in their community with focus on how resources like the Salish Weave Collection can support teachers in making community connections in their classroom.
Comics/Graphic Novels in Education - Jonathon Dalton & Jeff Ellis - Panel
Comics are a growing interest at all levels of education. Jonathon Dalton and Jeff Ellis from Vancouver’s Cloudscape Comics look at the state of comics education and share ideas for where to go next.
The Power of Language: Elementary School Teachers Queer Their Visual Arts Curriculum -Melissa-Ann Ledo R
Discover the study that followed elementary teachers who created and implemented arts lessons focused on the fight against homophobia. Walk away with elementary visual arts lessons on gender stereotypes, family diversity and anti-bullying!
Through the Visual Literacy Lens to Learn Ecosystems in Virtual Worlds: An International Virtual World Collaborating Project - Hsiao-Cheng (Sandrine) Han & Matthew Sinclair BP
In this international collaborating project, high school students constructed their ecosystem and visited each other’s virtual worlds to compare and contrast the ecosystem and the visual components.
Visual Inquiry in Art Teacher Education - Adrienne Boulton & Natalie LeBlanc
In this session, presenters discuss four recently completed research projects, which explored artistic practice as visual inquiry within elementary and secondary visual art teacher education programs.
Curriculum [Info] Transformation in BC - Melanie Bradford Info
Come to this session for the most up-to-date information about the new BC Arts Ed curriculum to help you plan K-9 classes this year and/or prepare for the 10-12 classes in 2017. There will also be opportunities for Q&A as well as feedback on the latest drafts of the upper level courses that have been published to date.
Soundmaps: Multisensory art for sustainability - Diana Ihnatovych W/S
This workshop is inspired by Sound Education of Canadian composer R. Murray Schafer. Participants will discover their own unique sonic way of being in the world through art.
Increasing Creative Capacity - Mary Blatherwick BP
Creativity is important in many fields of study. Strategies are being developed to increase the creative capacity of all students. This presentation will explore this concept and related strategies.
Transitioning student artists from drawing into painting with success! - Jim Elwood BP
Due to the fluid nature of paint in terms of application and colour mixing student artists can have a crisis in their art making confidence when learning to paint. Learn how to use specific exercises and images to use more fluid drawing to transition into more controlled drawing.
“The ‘I’ of today is not the ‘I’ of yesterday”: Ontological understandings of pre-service teacher development through arts-integrated research - Boyd White, Anita Sinner, Amélie Lemieux, Jennifer Wicks, Cindy Walker, Seonjeong Yi, Ranya Essmat [Panel]
This presentation explores research findings emerging from a three-year collaborative project between art educators at McGill and Concordia which examines multiple layers and perspectives of pre-service teacher identity through arts-integrated research. We offer an overview of the role material culture plays in the meaning teachers give to their inner self/ves.
This session will explore relief printmaking with seniors to kindergartners on Galiano Island. Get involved in this exciting project or use our ideas in your classroom.
Aboriginal Understanding in the Arts - Sharon Richards and Charlotte Lightburn BP
This session is aimed at educators seeking to incorporate aboriginal understandings and content in a way that honours the rich heritage of indigenous peoples. We will examine protocols and share resources and sample lessons that assist educators in their journey.
Copic Markers - Marianne Walker W/S
Have you heard about Copic Markers but never had a chance to try them? Come join in on the fun with this basic 101 Copic Class where you can draw and color with Copic Markers and learn about basic blending techniques, how to refill and demystify the Copic Number system.
What’s the Story: Helping Grade Four Students Claim Authorship Through The Medium Of Comic Books - Julian Lawrence W/S
This presentation describes ways the medium of comics was employed as a form of arts-based knowledge mobilization activity to engage bilingual students with storytelling, literacy, and creative process. The discussion features a hands-on drawing workshop whereby participants are introduced to the art of autographics and will draw caricatures of themselves.
Whirling through the Plant World - Laurie Kidd W/S
This workshop will present a successful unit which used Karl Blossfeldt’s Book: Art Forms in the Plant World. Participants will have the opportunity to play with paint and pastel, working into large 11x14” photocopies of student drawings, essentially creating your own examples for teaching.
Attentiveness in Post-Secondary Practice or How Dare You Talk about Love in the Classroom? - Connie Michele Morey R
This hands-on participatory performative presentation explores the very real but often avoided topics of bonds, connectivity and love, as a deep forms of attentive engagement in pedagogical practice.
Concordia University’s Centre For Creative Reuse: A Model of Institutional Partnership - Anna Timm-Bottos R
Concordia University’s Centre for Creative Reuse (CUCCR) captures and redirects re-useable materials that would otherwise enter the waste stream. This presentation will showcase the positive partnership that can occur while residing within the existing infrastructure of the institution and how creative reuse should be integrated into every school district, community organization and government sector.
Learning with Bananas: An Exhibition Animator’s Approach - Harold Hejazi W/S
Exhibition animator experiences began at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria in September 2015 as a form of performance art pedagogy. Participants will develop an understanding of what exhibition animation is and how it could be used in multiple classroom subjects and beyond. This presentation workshop will be a performance in and of itself, with you included.
Eksperimenta! 2014: An International Secondary Level Art Exhibition - Joanna Black and Peter Vietgen BP
The international art exhibition for secondary students’ art called Eksperimenta! 2014 will be discussed. Canadian and international students’ artworks will be shown and examined.
By applying gamified pedagogy students may become self-motivated learners, interested in learning more from the course content and from each other.
Leading through the Arts - Brad Burns and Mary Ann Dobson BP
Two administrators at Highlands School (grades 7-9) are transforming school culture through the Arts. How? Through staff leadership, public art, collaboration and community events .....come hear our story.
Canadian Perspectives on Arts Based Research in the Art Education Doctoral Experience - Anita Sinner, Rita Irwin and Jennifer Wicks R
This presentation examines the pedagogical turn to art in research by exploring the experiences of practicing arts based research in art education and offers valuable insights into how and why arts based research is performed within education institutions in Canada.
Art Across Cultures - Kimberley Lewis W/S
In this hands-on session, we will explore paper marbling using shaving cream and create colourful Gyotaku [fish] prints. Together we will discuss their cultural significance, how each can be used in other curricular areas and best practices. Each participant will leave with a project sheet, and visual example of each project.
Open heART: open your art room and your practice - Mary Ann Dobson and Jan Brown BP
Two art specialists share their journey to engage peers, share expertise (and sometimes supplies!) in an effort to enrich their own art programs, build positive school culture and community.
Storytelling through Words and Pictures: Student Graphic Novel - Susan Abrill BP
Susan Abrill, cartoonist and teacher, has published 6 graphic novels with her students ranging from non-fiction (Canadian History, Biology) to invented narrative and retelling. How to and examples.
The Intersection of Inquiry Learning and Art Assessment - Michelle Wiebe BP
Inquiry-Based learning in art necessitates a change in how we construct assessment instruments. This session will define issues and constraints then involve participants in a case study exercise that involves developing responsive assessments.
Community in Creative Collaboration - Michael McEwing and Mary Blatherwick BP
Michael McEwing and Dr. Mary Blatherwick present a success story between students, teachers, artists, and nature conservationists to create a collaborative mural for a new K-8 school. While retelling this story, Mike and Mary will weave their own collaborative tale of a shared vision for developing creative practice in education.
Expressing Student Voice through Art Images – Removing the Ceiling - Ron Wigglesworth BP Students express themselves in the images they create. To nurture their voice they need creative space without limitations. My students’ images will demonstrate student voice at work.
This presentation focuses on the outcomes of a training and research program involving art teachers in elementary and secondary schools. A discussion of two art projects will highlight the diversity of approaches and strategies put in place to make art teaching and learning more inclusive and open to the world.
Creative Development: Transforming Education through Design Thinking, Innovation and Invention -Robert Kelly R
Creative development, the systematic growth of creative capacity, is seen as important to mainstream educational practice as literacy and numeracy development. This presentation explains how creative development is enabled through learning experience and assessment design from Robert Kelly’s new research volume - Creative Development: Transforming Education through Design Thinking, Innovation and Invention.
Student Art Addressing Human Rights/Social Justice Issues - Maria Derkacz-Pisichko BP
A Human Rights Museum representative will discus the possible role the Museum could play in the context of promoting art education. The presentation will conclude with a Winnipeg secondary art educator giving a power-point presentation featuring a student art project that focused on the theme of social justice.
Looking at Anne Savage and Arthur Lismer to Shed Light on the Artist/Teacher Identity - Joanna Black R
Discussed are how the famous Canadian artist/educators Anne Savage and Arthur Lismer navigated their teaching and art careers. This study will shed light for those artist/educators practicing today.
Gallery Educator’s Panel - 'Uy shkwaluwuns “To be of a Good Mind and a Good Spirit”: Best Practices for Teaching Coast and Straight Salish History and Culture through BC Museums & Arts Institutions
This roundtable highlights how Coast and Straight Salish histories and cultures are currently being taught through art collections and arts-based institutions located in Victoria and the Lower Mainland. The panelists will consider both development strategies that have been successful as well as those that were more complicated, challenging, or perhaps unsuccessful and share program development ideas and resources with teachers seeking to utilize such programs or to build similar programs within their own classrooms.
Contemporary Visual journals & artist-teacher portfolios: Towards engaged sites of inquiry & ongoing critical-creative reflection - Anita Sinner, Jennifer Wicks, Blake Smith, & Kyle Nyland BP
This session presents teaching/learning perspectives on the value of contemporary visual journals and artist-teacher portfolios engaging visual methods to explore possibilities for intersectionality, including: the pursuit of meaning, the trace of learning, professional/pedagogical development, critical-creative practice, ethics and social responsibility in CAE, creating safe spaces, and accountability through ongoing reflection.
Artist Residencies - Darcy Johnson AT
There are many world-wide opportunities to do a variety of Artist Residencies year round. Darcy will share links to many art residencies and also her own experience in a residency in southern France.
30 minute sessions
Teaching Lives: An Arts-Informed Exploration of Teacher Experience - Ben Bolden & Tiina Kukkonen R
This presentation illuminates the use of arts-informed research methods to interpret narratives of teacher experience. Two artworks (one visual and one musical) are presented as a means of exploring the personal practical knowledge and curriculum approaches that two experienced teachers developed over a lifetime of work with children in schools.
Revealing the cultural dynamics in teacher mentorship through arts-based research methods - Ching- Chiu Lin & Rita Irwin R
Our use of arts-based research methods in the scholarly field of teacher mentorship intends to offer an alternative way of mobilizing research knowledge and provoking artful representation in articulating the complexity of teacher practice.
How Brush-work of Ink Painting Affects Children’s Multidimensional Cognitive Development - Jun Hu
Through historical research and experiments in classroom, the research discovers that our understanding of children’s potential in painting could be biased by Western culture that emphasizes narrative drawing, and that children’s creativity might be liberated if we emphasize alternatively on kinesthetic brush-work and its relevant art media.
Training Artistic Reflexivity in Visual Artists - Jennifer Wigmore R
How is the reflexive impulse recognized and taught to the visual artist? Using actor-training methods adapted into gestural drawing exercises, visual artists can practice responding reflexively. This research contributes new interdisciplinary language and innovative techniques to visual art training, identifying artistic reflexivity as a trainable part of the artistic process.
Energizing Moments - Renee Jackson R
Lessons from a collaborative game-design based learning project. This paper examines a collaborative video game design based learning project by situating it within an 21st century learning context, and then by exploring the implications of energizing moments.
Intersecting Experiences through Imagination, Creativity, and Innovation - Genevieve Cloutier & Maria Robinson-Cseke BP
This presentation will explore creativity, imagination, and innovation within the Teacher Education ICI Cohort, University of Ottawa. Through ideas like Maxine Greene’s (2001) “noticing deeply” and Deleuze and Guattari’s “flow”, we will consider how the ICI Cohort collective has been intuitive, spontaneous, and founded upon the complexity of aesthetic experience.
No, “The GAG”, it’s a new online feminist gallery - Danielle Hogan R
The GAG is a gynocratically operated online art gallery started in 2015. It is dedicated to exploring gender gaps – of blackouts – and to making those hidden gaps more visible!
An Introduction to Emily Carr University of Art + Design: How to create a successful portfolio for Post Secondary Art + Design education - Avalon Mott R
This presentation will be directed at High-school Art Teachers who are looking to assist their students in creating a successful portfolio for applications to Post Secondary Art + Design Education. Emily Carr University of Art + Design will also be introduced with an emphasis on their programming and admissions procedures.
Preservice B. Ed. students created innovative exemplars in a variety of media and Art Education lessons inspired by national award winning on-line videos of Aboriginal, Métis, Francophone, and Anglophone visual artists and teacher’s facilitation guides.
# Tags - Laurel Hart BP
“Belonging, artistic growth and inspiration are several characteristics of successful social media arts practice. Using photography practice on Instagram as a model, this presentation explores how students, teachers, researchers, and artists can use tags to create and join communities, and engage in ongoing visual and textual inquiry into everyday experiences.”
Being “against disappearance:” On the complexities and ethics of writing a visual memoir as arts-based research - Blake Smith AT
The Visual Memoir Project is a collection of “everyday photographs” featured in a 2015 group art exhibition I curated entitled “Against Disappearance: A Photographic Search for Memory.” I discuss the complexities and ethics of this show and of writing this visual memoir as part of arts-based doctoral research on photography.
Art Education Pedagogy: Addressing Ecological Intersections - Valerie Triggs R
This presentation will share examples of Arts Education course assignment responses in a university Faculty of Education. Discussion will address the intersections of the human in the more than human world and the work of teacher education that grapples with practices that insist the world matters.
Artmaking for Architecture Students: A Vehicle for Understanding Social Justice - Karen Keddy BP
This assignment explored the role of social justice art, highlighting issues of equity and human rights. We explored taking a critical position about an injustice and then visually communicating this critique through artmaking, in order to generate awareness, empathy and change. We exhibited the art in our downtown gallery.
Revitalizing Art Education by Believing in the Magic of Fairy Tales: Play Narratives of the Human Spirit - Kathleen Lefevre R
‘Episteme’, the knowledge form of rationalism and empiricism, denies the legitimacy of spiritual knowledge, or ‘gnosis’ (Davis, 2004). This has contributed to a conceptual ‘death’ of art. Yet, so-called ‘alternative’ art education models could re-harmonize gnosis with episteme for the benefit of art education, art making, and the literary arts.
Navigating with visual images - visual narrative of an international graduate student’s journey of adaptation through artful inquiry - Seonjeong Yi R
Creative use of visual narratives and artistic renderings are used to explore an international graduate student’s challenges and adaptation process from a first person perspective.
The International Journal of Education through Art: An Information Session - Rita Irwin, Anita Sinner, and Jennifer Wicks BP
Thinking about publishing an article in IJETA? Meet with members of the editorial team to learn more about the International Journal of Education through Art. We will discuss the scope of the journal along with how to prepare a manuscript for peer-review, the process of masking submissions, and expectations for revisions and the final publication.
This presentation explores teaching collaboration between two urbanite artist/teachers in a unique art pedagogical environment, the Taiga forest of Charlevoix, Quebec. Through a/r/tographic inquiry, I investigate the act of collaborative teaching using watercolor painting as a means of contemplation.
Studio-based Investigations of Singularities in Natural Phenomena - Richard Lachapelle AT
I will conduct a presentation on the studio work that is part of my sabbatical project for 2016-17. Using drawing, watercolour, and photography I will explore the idea of elusive natural phenomena.
Posthumanism, Emergent Technologies And Art Education In The Age Of The Anthropocene - Patti Pente R
In this presentation I inquire into the ways that posthumanism relates to art and art education in the age of the Anthropocene. Posthuman discourse, technology, and studio practice are linked through art as public pedagogy about the ethical, philosophical deliberations of how we relate to each other and the world.
Summerhill Blinks on Major’s Hill: community, participatory arts-based research, art as pedagogy, and free schooling - Genevieve Cloutier R
This presentation explores art education in a participatory arts-based research study titled “Summerhill Blinks on Major’s Hill”, a social practice project inspired by the free school movement.
New Histories of Canadian Art Education - Dustin Garnet R
This presentation will review key literature from the past thirty years that chronicles a shift towards more artful histories. I will also introduce recent historiographic theory as a way to articulate the practice of historying the past, taking as an example the art department at Central Technical School in Toronto.
“Her Mind’s Eye: Women’s visions of urban life explored in a place-based social/mobile photography community, online and on-the-ground” - Laurel Hart R
“How can social media photography practices create online/in-person communities, meaningful relational networks in cities, and serve as sites for ongoing collaborative informal art education? How about as arts-based and collaborative research? This presentation summarizes my doctoral dissertation research, cocreating Her Mind’s Eye, a social media photography community (SMPC) for women.”
Learning to see through the hand to enhance our flat digital world - Ron Wigglesworth R
Drawing by hand incorporates tactile and kinesthetic dimensions of sense that are absent from digital images, and it has much to still offer educators in our fast-paced digital world.
Intersections: Art, education, self and society - Boyd White R
This presentation offers an argument in favour of an art education that is neither instrumental nor art-for-arts-sake. Instead, I argue that the focus of art education should be on the question of values, what it means to be human.
We investigated an art/museum/archives week-long immersion program for elementary students. We used pre and post surveys to assess students’ attitudes and engagements with curricular areas (science, art, religion, language arts, math, social studies) and their attitudes towards the Atlantic Essential Graduation Learnings (citizenship, communication, personal development, problem solving, technological competence).
An epistemology of art as a multi-textural dialogue - Darlene St. Georges AT
This presentation will explore a series of the presenter’s artistic inquiries that combine visual, textual and sound elements to create a multi-dimensional contextualization of experience. The aim of this presentation is to explore creative metaphorical dialectics – multi-textural dialogues - as a way of knowing and to consider how this type of critical engagement generates transformative opportunities and emergent knowledge(s) and meaning.
Aboriginal Art as a Transformative Pedagogical Strategy - Shannon Leddy R
My research explores the transformative impact of engaging with contemporary identity-based Aboriginal art on teacher attitudes towards including Aboriginal content in their classes.
Intersections: A Studio Investigation of Theme,Content, and Media-of-Choice - Isolde Verbrugge AT
Art educator Isolde Verbrugge shares her studio investigation of the theme INTERSECTIONS. Based on best practices for the art classroom, she discusses her process and cross-curricular applications.