Arts

Artists-in-Residence

The Artist-in-Residence program brings professional artists to KCS.

Thanks to the generosity of our community at the 2014 Silver Gala, KCS welcomed our first Artists-in-Residence during the 2014-2015 school year. Since then, we have invited a different Artist-in-Residence to come and work at KCS each year.

The Artist-in-Residence program allows for students to work side-by-side with professional artists. These artists bring new experiences to our school, and provide a creative energy and unique perspective that enhances our existing art curriculum.

Through this exciting program, our students are given the chance to explore the creative techniques and processes of a diverse range of art disciplines, while also developing a deeper appreciation for culture, the arts, and local artists.

But if you ask the kids, they’ll just tell you the best part is getting to work with a “real artist”! Apparently that’s pretty cool.  

Mindfulness in Art with Claire Nicholls

KCS welcomed Claire Nicolls, Director and primary art instructor of the award-winning art studio, Picasso's Garage as our Artist-in-Residence for the 2017/18 school year. 

Claire brought students a wealth of experience with visual art and taught our students to use art as a tool to build personal, social and emotional resilience.  

Students used many strategies such as exercise, reading, writing and yoga to help manage stress, worry or other strong emotions. Learning how to add art to that repertoire further strengthened our students coping strategies.

Art is a powerful means of non-verbal communication.  It allows for visual storytelling and makes our brains stronger by connecting the left and right side. Students in grades 1 to 8 created a wide variety of projects with Claire including:
  • mixed media and digital art journals
  • superhero media comic strips
  • paint and water-colour insect illustrations
  • animal spirit stones
  • superhero self-portraits
The mindfulness, empowering, playful, and positive benefits of art are a few of the ideas that Claire Nicholls shared with our students while they created these exciting projects.  

Contemporary dance-theatre artist, Meagan O’Shea

The 2015/16 KCS Artist in Residence was Canadian contemporary dance-theatre artist Meagan O’Shea.  

Meagan has been helping children all around the world discover the joys of dance and theatre for twenty years. She has worked with Grades 2 – 8 extensively in Artists in Education projects throughout Ontario, and was recognized for her contribution with an Artist Educator Award nomination from the Ontario Arts Foundation.  ​
 
Using a combination of physical and cooperative activities, ​Meagan helped our students learn new movement and dance skills. In addition, her work is designed to help children develop their presence, listening skills, and collective leadership abilities. 

Graphic recorder and visual language expert, Liisa Sorsa

Liisa Sorsa from Think Link Graphics was our Artist-in-Residence for the 2014/2015 school year.

Liisa is a facilitator, graphic recorder, and visual language expert. She helps people visualize concepts by turning complex problems into easy to understand graphics. Liisa's art allows people to ‘see what they mean’ by turning their conversations into a compelling graphic record. 

Liisa was chosen to be the first KCS Artist-in–Residence because her work integrates several areas of the arts. Visual art, media art, music, and dramatic art are all part of the process. We also felt it was important to introduce our students to an art form that is currently not offered in our arts classes. Liisa and her team of artists from Think Link Graphics worked with students in all grades throughout the year.
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