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Karen Myskiw

Discipline: Visual Arts
Homebase: Vancouver
Languages: English

Karen is both an interdisciplinary visual artist and an educator with many years experience in the classroom and as a private tutor. In everything she does she brings a creative energy and a recognized ability to value and bring out the best in the children and adults with whom she works. She is versatile and has led art programs with young people in Kindergaren to Grade 12, exploring identity through photography, as well as teaching drawing, watercolour, acrylic, mosaics and sculpture, plus murals and Manga. With Kidsafe and Evergreen Foundation she oversaw the building of school teaching gardens.

Project Examples

In the Photo Zone

Students will use drama and photography to creatively express their values in a series of innovative photostories. The work will develop their compositional skills by focussing on the element of the photographic key or register. By learning to manipulate the relationship between highlights, shadows, midtones, whites and blacks (a simplified zone system). Students will establish a sound basis for composition and developing quality monotone prints from B&W negatives. Students will develop their artistic style by creating photostories, that articulate relationships, moods and emotions in contemporary and classic literature and song.

Manga Mania and The Graphic Novel

As young artists and designers, how can we portray characters who posses emotion visually? As story writers, how can be portray the thoughts and ideas of our characters through, short, concise language? In this project our objective is to illustrate the elements and principles of design and develop skill in the portrayal of emotions.

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