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Colette Lisoway

Discipline: Visual Arts
Homebase: Vancouver
Languages: English

Colette is a full-time visual artist, freelance community artist and teaching artist with ArtStarts Artists in the Classroom, Vancouver School Board Artist in Residence, Anvil Centre and the North Vancouver Community Arts Council. As an ArtStarts workshop and professional development facilitator, Colette has conducted printmaking workshops for the ArtStarts Art Fundamentals series for teachers and artists and ArtStarts Free Weekend Workshops for kids and families. Annually, she collaboratively facilitates workshops and community art installations at Richmond Maritime Festival, A Midsummer Fete and All Souls at Mountain View Cemetery. Colette is an exhibiting artist whose current studio practice employs printmaking, photography, digital imagery and mixed media. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and a Textile Arts Certificate from Capilano University. Colette works collaboratively with teachers to develop arts integrated classroom and school-wide projects tailored to their K-12 students and curriculum. She is excited to introduce students to new means for communication, creative expression and relationship building. Colette welcomes invitations to facilitate Professional Development workshops.


It was incredible to see how the canvas changed and developed as we tore it apart and to think that each canvas had silkscreening, photo transfers, hand-drawn prints and artwork, literal hand prints, veggie stamps... layers upon layers of it... Literally, an artwork onion. One of the best parts of the whole experience was that the younger divisions were able to experience and participate in sophisticated art techniques and have such beautiful results. Ria Terins, Coordinator, École Braemar
All hands-on projects Colette works on are always very popular - this is due not only to her enthusiasm, high aesthetic skills and ability for planning and executing the project on an organizational level, but mainly because of her amazing capacity to genuinely connect and interact with the public, plus her calm and patient manner while sharing artistic skills. Marina Szijarto, Artistic and Creative Director, A Midsummer Fete, The Richmond Maritime Festival, All Souls at Mountainview Cem

Project Examples

The Artist Among Us

A school wide year long residency involving 7 artists, culminating in an exhibition and fundraising auction at Gordon Smith Gallery. For 7 weeks Colette worked together with 100 K-7 students - 4 individual classes, their teachers and parent volunteers. Each of the classes worked with imagery, topics and ideas relevant to their curriculum and classroom community. Throughout the project students from each class worked in collaboration to develop a 5 metre class cloth and another 5 metre all classes cloth. Each week students learned new printmaking and surface design techniques which they layered on to their communal canvases. During the final class the cloths were deconstructed - torn up to be later stretched and framed for the fundraising gala. On their final work day, students chose a personally significant, small section of the collaborative cloth for themselves and completed their work with additional drawing, painting and printing.

Printmaking: Celebrating Seasonal Birds

Children and their families were introduced to and explored printmaking materials and techniques while learning about our seasonal birds, their behaviours and local habitats. Participants visited different printing stations where they made their own printing plates, printed with lino blocks and stamps and discovered screenprinting. Imagery, patterns and text were layered on to cloth to create bird flags and a four seasons narrative.

Mixed Media Workshops and Residencies

Experiential Learning Inside and Outside of the Classroom. Colette works collaboratively with teachers to develop arts integrated workshops and long-term residencies tailored for individual classrooms and school wide communities. Experiential learning happens inside or outside of the classroom in environments such as school yards, beaches and community gardens. Materials, tools and techniques available are wide ranging; they include but are not limited to printmaking, photography, sculpture, mixed media and textiles.

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