Each residency is tailored to the needs of the classroom and the school community. Working with classroom teachers, Amanda will create a responsive experience that connects in multiple ways to the most current BC Ministry of Education curriculum. Amanda loves sharing multi-sensory material exploration with different kinds of learners to create trusting, inquiry-based learning experiences. She will always allow the natural discovery process to unfold, outside whenever possible. Students will learn to see themselves as creators of meaning and as artists. They will develop their own visual language that reflects their individual personalities, pushes their abilities and is influenced by their environment. Inclusivity is at the centre of each project and the needs of students with different learning styles and abilities will be honoured. Amanda's own art practice is concerned with unseen structures, patterns, and documentation as a way of starting conversations and witnessing interconnectedness. She is an experienced artist-in-residence and has participated in a number of grant-funded residencies. Amanda is excited by the many different ways that the process of creating can connect students to themselves, each other and their world.
Amanda engaged most thoughtfully in discussions and workshop planning for our school-wide workshops. Using an inquiry-based approach she ensured meaningful and imaginative connections to the curriculum. Amanda used the work of contemporary Canadian artists to expand student awareness of conceptual art and provided a relaxed, encouraging environment for student exploration. We were most grateful for her creative sensitivity and her generous consideration of our students with special needs. The students thoroughly enjoyed their explorations with new materials and new processes. Working with Amanda was a very rich and rewarding opportunity for all concerned. A. Diesvelt, M. Marshall P. Jeram & L. Atkinson, Intermediate Teachers, Trudeau Elementary
Amanda was able to provide an environment for the children to take risks by setting up a safe learning space for them to explore and ask questions. Their curiosity and natural sense of wonder was honoured when Amanda asked the question, 'what do you wonder about?' She is able to bring relevant art experiences into the classroom, which benefits the learning styles of all children. Her projects are multi-sensory and experiential and connect children to the process of art. She is a professional who works well with others. She was able to hear my ideas as well as broaden my vision to see the opportunities for inquiry through purposeful play. Any child she works with will be engaged in a truly unique creative experience. Taz Ismail, Primary Teacher, Tyee Elementary
I had to overcome many challenges during my time in Amanda's lessons. Before I had worked with Amanda I was never very comfortable sharing my artistic creations. After these lessons, I had gained the required confidence to now share my artwork. I discovered that artwork can be quite peaceful and calming. I also think that you should never know what your artwork is going to be. Intermediate Student, Tyee Elementary
Over the course of five sessions, students will use sketchbook studies and non-permanent, time-based material studies to gain a greater understanding of themselves, their social groups, their values, strengths, and passions. We will use collections to identify experiences, interests, and objects that are personally meaningful. Mapping, categorizing and documenting these experiences will create opportunities for interconnectedness and idea generation. We will explore mark making, blind drawing, collaboration, intuitive drawing and other techniques as appropriate to develop a visual language. The work of contemporary artists who use collections will also be discussed. Suitable for grades 1-7.
Continuing the work from part one, over the next five sessions students will be encouraged to develop their newly found visual language, using age appropriate artistic techniques such as mark-making, stitching, weaving, dyeing. Amanda will determine the techniques used based on collaborative discussion with teaching staff. We will work through the full creative process from concept to execution. The work will be highly individual and students will be encouraged to carefully consider how their concept and technique work together to communicate meaning. Discussion and feedback from peers, educators and Amanda will inform the work. Extensions of this project could include a community exhibition or learning fair or a written artist statement component. Suitable for grades 1-7.