Discipline: Visual Arts
Laura is an artist living in Northern British Columbia with her beautiful son and daughter, who both inspire and encourage her each and every day. Laura is a graduate of the Edinburgh College of Art's school of drawing and painting (2006). She received her Bachelor Degree of Fine Art from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (2004) where she focused on painting and art history, and dabbled in textiles. This love of fabric, colour and texture has carried throughout her art since 2004. Since 2007, Laura has enjoyed working in the classrooms of Northern BC.
What a great opportunity to work with a community artist! Grade 10 Student, Caledonia Secondary
I want to do it again! Mother-Daughter Painting Team, Terrace Art Gallery
It was fun challenging myself and completing the project. Thank you. Grade 11 Student, Caledonia Secondary
Students are given the opportunity to create with paint, fabric, paper - adding various mediums and textures in the classroom to create a composition that appeals to them - realistic or abstract. This project allows students to "think outside the box" and branch out from the often "paint on canvas/paper". Supplies and examples are brought into the classroom for students to discuss, feel, and experiment with. Students soon learn to "look" for what will work to complete their image(s) without the restrictions of paint mediums alone. The results are fun and surprising and absolutely unique!
Laura has worked in a variety of classrooms in Northern BC developing an understanding of colour mixing and colour theory using simply the primary colours and classroom paints. Students are asked to choose an image with a variety of colours and challenge themselves to make matching paint colours. Students quickly learn to speak in colour terms / defining properties - ie. tone, value, hue, shade, etc. It is a wonderful, easy lesson that can be taught with simple classroom watercolours.
Laura worked for three weeks as an artist in residence in two split grade 10/11/12 classes in Terrace, BC. Students were introduced to her work and image bank, including how she has drawn influence from the 19th c. arts & crafts movement and artist, William Morris. Students then built personal image banks and selected a functional wooden object on which to paint individual designs developed from these image banks.