About the Workshop
Through a variety of exercises we will explore writing, drawing, and painting to express our creativity. Participants will explore art as a means of expression, discovery, collaboration and skill building. Learning artistically accesses different parts of the brain and body. Embodied and sensory learning create meaningful experiences, which trigger emotional responses. Creating in the moment and being “in the flow” are states of being that sometimes we lose touch of in our busy, stressed lives. Honouring our creativity brings joy, meaning and accomplishment to our lives. This class will also explore the teaching philosophies of Earla Alexander, a local artist and educator, and her approach to creativity.
Natalie Kauffman is a visual artist, arts educator and educational coordinator at Walnut Studios. She holds a MA in Education (arts specialization) from OISE, and a BFA from Concordia University in studio art and art history. Her current work as Educational Coordinator/Artist Educator at Walnut Studios, involves developing and delivering a studio art program called Blank Canvases in schools across the GTA, focussing on local Toronto artists as the inspiration for student’s art projects.
Natalie’s teaching experience includes her work as a high school drama, photography and media arts teacher at a private high school. Prior to that she was an artist educator and curriculum developer with the Royal Conservatory’s program Learning Through The Arts (LTTA). For several years she worked as an arts educator with Harbourfront Centre in their School Visits department, co-developing the curriculum for their Mac lab media arts and media literacy programmes.
Natalie ran a successful photography business for 15 years, specializing in fine art, portrait and editorial photography, as well as instructing classes at George Brown, Avenue Road Art School, Toronto Image Works and through her own company Brown Eyed Girl Productions. Her hand coloured photographs won several awards and her work exhibits nationally and is published internationally through firstlight.com.
In her art practice, Natalie is now working primarily in encaustic painting, exploring themes of artificial and authentic identities, and occasionally making the odd pet portrait like the pug she did for her son as it was cheaper than getting him a real dog.
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Supported by The Johansen-Larsen Foundation.
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