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Cathy Kluthe

Discipline: Visual Arts
Homebase: Parksville
Regions Available: Vancouver Island Mid
Languages: English
Themes: Mental Health, Climate Change and/or Environmentalism
Grant Eligibility: Eligible to apply for AIC

Cathy has a special talent motivating and engaging students to explore multimedia materials with multicultural themes. Students develop painting, drawing skills, collage techniques, explore colour theory, understand composition and learn to take risks in their art projects. Each student's artwork becomes very unique as they are allowed to express their individual personalities. Each art project follows the BC Ministry curriculum for visual arts: Big Ideas, curricular competencies, content, and essential questions. The sample art projects are flexible to create cross-curricular themes such as global warming, biology, cultures, and nature. As an advocate for the arts, she understands how the arts can develop important creative and critical thinking skills. A graduate from Red Deer College and Alberta College of Art, her major is Fine Arts & Design, and Visual Communications. Cathy worked as an illustrator and graphic designer and exhibits her artwork locally.


Classroom Residency(ies)

Contact Me: Email, Web

COLLAGE IWTH A THEME

School Year: 22-23

This workshop is a great way to involve a group of students to collaborate and create works of art. These collages can be created with a theme of your choice: i.e. animals, nature, culture or mindfulness techniques.) They can include objects of their choice: found objects, photographs, buttons... and put it all together to create a balanced composition and create a strong sense of individuality. This art project follows the BC Minister curriculum, Big Ideas, content and essential questions. Creative Processes: Use observation and investigation to create a work of art. Explore uses of materials and tools to create their design. Skills & Strategies: Image development strategies such as point of view and stylization. Create images featuring visual elements such as colour, line, shape texture, form, and value. Create images featuring principles of design such as pattern, rhythm, contrast, and emphasis. Create images using a range of materials, technologies and processes. Context: Create 2D images to express individual ideas. Part 1 - Introduction to collage technique. Part 2- Students collect objects of their choice to be the texture of their collages. Part 3 - Designing the composition using rhythmic lines, depth and focal point. Designs are finalized and completed with a coat of varnish.

MULTICULTURAL INSPIRATION: Japanese Kimono Scrolls

School Year: 22-23

I am passionate about introducing a variety of cultures through the arts, allowing students to respect the beauty in all cultures. Workshops will include the experience of trying on my personal vintage family collection of Kimono's, wood sandals, sashes, and obi's. The moitif's on these kimos will provide inspiration to create their own scroll designs using oil pastels and ink. This art project follows the BC Minister curriculum, Big Ideas, content and essential questions. Creative Processes: Use observation and investigation to create a work of art. Explore uses of materials and tools to create their design. Skills & Strategies: Image development strategies such as point of view and stylization. Create images featuring visual elements such as colour, line, shape texture, form, and value. Create images featuring principles of design such as pattern, rhythm, contrast, and emphasis. Create images using a range of materials, technologies and processes. Context: Create 2D images to express the traditions of Japanese kimono motifs. Part 1 - Introduction to the cultural theme of Japanese Kimono motifs. I have permission to share some personal and sentimental family stories that include this collection of gorgeous vintage kimono's. Part 2 - Introduction to drawing skills, using various art materials, using observational skills and painting techniques.


Testimonials & Reviews

Shirley: My delight has been working with my team and learning along with them. This is an excellent program to bring seniors and children together to learn from each other. Marilyn Oswald: It has been a real learning experience. The children have so many ideas and are great to work with. I used the paint and draw, and it is great to be able to do this again. Many thanks. Student: I've learned to be better at art and painting. I've learned to be more creative and I had a lot of fun. Senior participants of the Intergenerational Workshop: "Life's Little Things: Past & Present"
The most rewarding part of the project was seeing the students develop their art skills and their ability to produce aesthetically pleasing images that they were proud of. We framed them and displayed their artwork in the hallway. It was very impressive. As a community, we feel that artistic expression is more within our abilities now. Students and staff have more knowledge and ability working with Cathy. Cathy is very inclusive and welcoming of student efforts in all aspects of the project. Maria Medic - Blundell Elementary School
Cathy Kluthe has been an integral part of the City Centre Community Center's Art Instructor team. She teaches an array of programs for all ages including: Drawing, Painting, Cartooning, and specialty programs for younger children such as Art Adventures and Messy Messy Me. Cathy has created a following of community members that love to be taught in an enriching, positive, and inclusive environment for all levels and abilities. It has been an absolute pleasure to work with Cathy. Suzi Rosenberg

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