Arts Ed at Pearson Airport!

This past week, I spotted small versions of the Vibe Arts  paintings done for the Pan Am/Parapan Am Welcome 41 project  at Terminal 1 of Toronto’s Pearson Airport! What a welcome sight, and a perfect exhibition location. Well done, everyone!


Arts for Social Justice at Central Etobicoke

I’m very excited to be co-leading another Arts For Social Justice program for Vibe Arts and the CCLET, this time with Allison Beula in Mr. Beline‘s drama class at Central Etobicoke School. I can’t wait to see what these students come up with!

A photo from this morning’s drawing warm up. We listened to the music of Michael Bates and others with charcoal and paper in hand. It’s a great exercise to loosen up any apprehensive artists.


New work from the teen photo class at Avenue Road Arts School

This term, I’m thrilled to be teaching Digital Photography to a group of teens at the Avenue Road Arts School here in Toronto. We’re only half way through the term and already their work is astounding!  Check it out!*

Spring registration has started at the school and one of my classes is already full with a waiting list! If you’re interested for yourself or someone in your family, you can enrol by clicking here for teen, and here for adult photo classes (beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels available).

Composition Assignment - Digital Photo Grades 8 - 12

Composition Assignment - Digital Photo Grades 8 - 12

Composition Assignment - Digital Photo Grades 8 - 12

* I had initially thought I’d wait until the end of the term to share their work, but it’s only been a couple of weeks and I’m way to excited to wait.

Vibe Arts Murals in the news!

This morning, the Toronto Star covered the launch of the Vibe Arts posters installed throughout the Toronto subway system for the NBA All Stars weekend (and a poster made by my program in the Weston Mount Dennis Boys and Girls club is featured in the article)! For each poster, we were assigned a single word to use as a theme for the artwork. The final images were the design and creation of the children of the respective programs. Congratulations to all of the participants. We’re all so very proud of your accomplishments.  Here’s a link to the articleTTC stations display student’s art for NBA All-Star Weekend

And here are some photos of a few of the murals installed:


Perseverance – by the children of the Evelyn Gregory Branch, Toronto Public Library



Cooperation – by the children of the Evelyn Gregory Branch, Toronto Public Library

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Encouragement – by the youth of the Weston Mount Dennis Boys and Girls Club (Photo Credit: Aaron Nelson)


Fitness – by the youth of the Weston Mount Dennis Boys and Girls Club

More NBA murals spotted!

I’ve been on a hunt for more murals on my TTC trips over the last few weeks and I’ve spotted a few more from programs that I facilitated! All of the young artists were so dedicated and their efforts certainly paid off. Well done, everyone!


TTC murals are now on display!

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Encouragement – by the youth of the Weston Mount Dennis Boys and Girls Club

As part of the Vibe Arts: This is Why We Play program, I facilitated two TTC mural workshops for children and youth in the west end of the city, and their work is finally up in the subway! You can see them in the following subway stations:


  • Eglinton West Station (pictured)
  • Lawrence West Station
  • St. Clair Station

They will be up until February 21st and I’ll be going to visit with my camera very soon so you can all see the amazing work they’ve done. I’ll post pics when I have them. Stay tuned!


Arts For Social Justice at Central Tech

This past fall, I had the wonderful opportunity to co-lead an Arts For Social Justice program with the amazing Roshanak Jaberi, VIBE Arts and the CCLET. For several weeks, we worked with the grade 12 students of the Social Justice class at Central Tech High School to produce artworks that addressed a social justice issue they felt strongly about. The class was split into two groups and we worked with the students to choose an idea, a medium to work in, and a method for addressing their chosen issue. What resulted were two amazing videos, different in their approach but equally effective in their message. The videos were presented at the Social Justice conference held at the school and Vibe has graciously put these works up on their site.

In the first video, the students created a slide show of self portraits accompanied by statements read in their own voices about the visual prejudice and racial profiling they experience. In the second video, one student acts out in a single day, the experiences of racism described by the students in the group. The accompanying voice over is a spoken word piece, written and read by one of the students.

This is a full video of the presentation at the Social Justice conference at the school. Check it out!