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Cathy Kluthe

Discipline: Visual Arts
Homebase: Richmond
Languages: English
Contact Me: Email

Cathy has a special talent motivating and engaging students to explore multimedia materials with multicultural themes. Students develop painting and drawing skills, 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. The sample art projects are flexible to create cross-curricular themes. As an advocate for the arts, she understands how the arts can develop creative thinking. A graduate from Red Deer College and Alberta College of Art, her major is Fine Arts and Design and Visual Communications. Cathy worked as an illustrator and graphic designer and exhibits her artwork locally and abroad.


Catherine Kluthe is an experienced classroom teacher who consistently demonstrates excellent class skills and is an inspirational practitioner for our students. She takes great pride in the works produced by her students. Students enjoy her art lessons and often opt for art as an extra extension activity. Cathy presents a variety of mediums and art techniques to the students who respond with imaginative and creative outcomes. Each student's body of work is valued and constructive advice is always given to further enhance learning. Ray Probyn, Principal, Choice School
Cathy Kluthe instructed a six-week printmaking class at the Richond Arts Centre in the winter of 2012. Feedback from adult clientele at the end of the sessions indicated that participants found the class helped them learn new skills, gain confidence and also gave them a sense of hope. One client described Ms Kluthe as a wonderful, helpful and patient instructor. All clients surveyed said that they would recommend the class to a friend. Irene Shim, Occupational Therapist
Cathy Kluthe has been an integral part of the City Centre Community Center's Art Instructor team for the past 4 year. Cathy 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 over the years! Suzi Rosenberg

Project Examples

Collage Collaboration: Any Theme (ie. Who am i? How do I feel?)

This workshop is a great way to involve a group of students to collaborate and create a work of art. They can include objects of their choice: found objects, photographs, buttons... and put it all together to create a balanced composition.

Drawing, Painting and Cartooning

Students will be introduced to the concepts of a variety of visual arts techniques: painting, drawing and mixed mediums. There are many ways to create art: realism, expressionism, imagination, intuitive, drawing what you see, or/and painting a still life using line and patterns. Creative thinking and critical thinking is integrated in all of my art projects.

Multicultural Workshops

I am passionate about introducing cultures through the arts, allowing them to appreciate the beauty in all cultures. Workshops can include: Elephant Parade (celebration of the parades in Asian countries, a continuous composition of highly decorated elephants), Chinese Painting (black inks and Chinese brushes, how to make your own ink and the versatility of the Chinese brush on rice paper), Miniature Paintings (the importance of discipline and a very fine brush to help strengthen fine motor skills), Indonesian Arts (traditional painting of lush green jungle and animals inspired by a rhythmic painting from Bali, pencil and watercolours), Totem Poles (charcoal, white chalk and tempera paint), Japanese Scrolls (oil pastels and ink are used to create scrolls with Japanese icons such as bamboo, koi fish and kimonos. I have a beautiful collection of kimonos, obi sashes and wooden sandals for the students to be inspired by and have an opportunity to try on).

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