Discipline: Visual Arts
Homebase: Fraser Lake
Eileen Hutson is a painter and muralist who has exhibited in numerous group exhibitions and juried art shows in BC's northwest. She has worked on several commissioned murals, helping students and schools create their own unique murals. Eileen has taught painting in all mediums to students ages 3 to 83 for over 20 years, taking great satisfaction in presenting art in a collaborative way that excites and challenges participants while providing useful tips and methods designed to facilitate success and deliver an enjoyable experience. Final projects, such as murals, link to curriculum studies, local history and environmental issues.
This has been a very successful series of workshops for the Kitimat Museum and Archives, and has become an integral part of the elementary school curriculum in Kitimat, due in no small part to the talent, hard work and passion of Eileen Hutson. Angela Eastma, Assistant Curator, Kitimat Museum and Archives
Drawing and painting workshops can be presented so to introduce students to good art materials with tips on using their chosen medium in the most effective manner. These can illustrate any kind of subject matter and incorporate any curriculum that the class is currently studying.
Students are introduced to forms of modern dance such as Stomp or Hip Hop by a working dance instructor. Eileen Hutson (having participated) then visits the classroom to initiate a discussion involving the students' impressions of dance, how one sees rhythm, movement and pattern in nature or elsewhere and the class brainstorms how to portray these concepts. Students are then lead through a painting workshop that provides a framework for their own unique presentation of music and dance.
Eileen Hutson collaborates with teachers and administrators to develop a theme significant to your school. Subjects and themes may include local history, culture, environment and the size and location of mural will be considered. Painting workshops presented class by class introduce students to concept, subject and effective painting methods prior to executing the mural. Students are encouraged to add their own unique perspective to the process. Small groups of students then paint their contribution onto the mural under the supervision of instructor Eileen Hutson.