“When elementary schools include art programs
in the curriculum, children do better with math.”
- kelly borsheim
Christopher’s passion for teaching art is a new passion. For some time now he has been watching the growing need to promote art as an outlet for creativity and expression for both young and old. In 2009 he and his wife, a primary teacher, were asked to develop an art program for the local elementary school.
Since then he as gone on to educate many people, young and old, in his studio and throughout the community. He is now looking to expand his program to other community agencies. He hopes his passion will encourage, empower and inspire teachers, children and adults to share the pleasures of art in their daily lives.
Christopher has since been nominated for a provincial Education in Art award in 2010.
TO VIEW HIS CLASS PROJECTS IN DETAIL VISIT THESE SCHOOL WEBSITES:
page 1 and page 2.
FOR MEDIA COVERAGE OF SOME ARTICLES RELATED TO ART PROGRAMS CLICK BELOW:
St. Edwards After school Art (news clipping)
Charter 2010 (page 1)
Charter 2010 (page 2)
Instructed in the Arts (page1)
Instructed in the Arts (page 2)
BELOW ARE SOME PHOTOS TAKEN DURING THE YEARS THAT HIGHLIGHT SOME OF THE PROJECTS.
Teaching still life with a fall display at the local library
Working with students on a school mural
Drawing a rabbit at Easter for the Grade Two class
The Art Class of 2009 launch their work at the Placentia Bay Arts Centre
Mr. Newhook teaching line and value
Students get a hands-on demonstration of contour drawing
Natural tonal values are stressed in this tree trunk project
Teaching a wash demonstration in his studio
Students inking up an ocean image created on styrofoam trays
Each print pull is unique - here is a copy of a flounder fish
Final stages of a student pastel of the Northern Lights
Wet on Wet watercolour on top of crayon resist
Here students add the coloured chalk after white glue drawing dried.
the grade 6 class pose with their latest artwork, primitive African masks drawn with coloured pencil on black paper
Student posing with artwork at year end show.
Class burnishing their guild work with shoe polish applique.
Putting final highlights on a pastel of a cactus.
Bold, bright colours were needed to render their own version of the famous Edvard Musch "The Scream".
Painters tape, used as a mask for birch trees, is peeled off after the background is dried.
Giant eyeballs are rendered with only charcoal and smudging.
Student work on display in the school corridor
A class worked together to create this giant Earth Day mural.
Grade 5 students preparing an ocean background with a washed ink background
Tinfoil is placed over netting to allow its pattern to create fish scale
Caplin fish is drawn on tinfoil, cut out and later adhered to background ocean.
While painted sunset sky dries, students glue fish to ocean
Finished work is dried and ready to hang in the school hallway