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Diane Moran

Discipline: Visual Arts
Homebase: Vancouver Island
Languages: English
Contact Me: (250) 647-0087 , Email , Web

Diane Moran is a visual artist committed to projects that educate about everyday issues through art. Over the years, Diane has been involved in both international and local projects with schools and communities. She studied art at Emily Carr and Langara. She has exhibited in galleries and events as both a solo artist and in group shows. Mixed media, painting, photography, local history, conservation and environmental awareness are common themes. Artist residencies, workshops and one-off projects with curriculum links are areas of focus. A hands-on collaborative approach to projects with the art completed by the students focusing on curricular links throughout the process is encouraged.


Testimonials

Diane's talent, skill with process and her ability to bring out the best in students were outstanding. Her rapport with teachers, seniors and students is excellent. Janey Talbot, Community Coordinator
I met Diane Moran at the Friends of Leigh Square, Port Coquitlam about 5 years ago in 2013 when I was the Chairperson for the Port Coquitlam Rivers & Trails festival at the time and I was promoting that art be a proponent of the festival which coincided with Arts & Culture Days. Diane offered to be a part of the festival in organizing an art project. The project was to paint a mural with the children to represent our rivers and creeks of the area. It was a success and a beautiful mural was a result of the project. Diane donated the mural to the Maple Creek Streamkeepers Society who proudly display at festivals and events. Diane volunteered at the next year's Rivers & Trails Festival Diane was very busy at her art table as it was very popular. The children felt very comfortable and enjoyed creating art with Diane. I recommend Diane to be a part of any art project. She brings talent, creativity and enthusiasm to all her art and joint art creations. Sandy Le Monnier, Maple Creek Streamkeeper, Retired Preschool Owner & Teacher
I worked with Diane Moran on a project in the summer of 2017 called the Little Free Library Tour. Diane had been approached by one of our partner organizations about doing a different project together and she showed such enthusiasm, that they connected us as well. Diane was full of ideas of what we could do to promote Little Free Libraries throughout the Tri-Cities and we finally came up with a tour. We contacted as many of the stewards as we could and had 16 participating libraries. Families in the Tri-Cities were encouraged to visit as many of the libraries as they can and pick up little tickets from each. To finish off the project, we had a celebration party at a location of Diane's suggestion. The City of Port Coquitlam and the Terry Fox Library both enthusiastically embraced and supported this idea. The party was a lot of fun. Diane was a pleasure to work with, encouraging and always willing to do what she could to help. She was creative and supportive and I would enjoy working with her again. Ann Johannes, Tri-Cities Literacy Outreach Coordinator

Project Examples

Banners


Through the use of collage, painting or mixed media students will experience a hands-on exploration of materials and concepts. Using a collaborative process, Diane will guide teachers and students to discover a new approach to covering common school curriculum such as social studies, language arts and social justice topics through banner-making. Diane offers many media and idea options with projects. Some can be as short as a few hours or a longer residencies of which could take place over a series of visits to be determined depending on needs, time or budget constraints.

Community Mapping and More


Through hands-on exploration using various media print and historical photos, this workshop will allow students to explore and learn about their local community and history. Projects will focus on some mapping and design. Diane offers many material options and simple methods of research, interview skills and gathering data. Detailed topics and larger projects would take place over a series of visits. Diane has worked on local history, conservation, street banners and walking tour projects in Burnaby, Port Coquitlam and New Westminster School districts.

Mask Making


This workshop will focus on process rather than product, encouraging hands-on exploration of materials and ideas as a way to explore and learn about the chosen topic through mask-making. Diane offers many material options such as cardboard, recycled materials, plastics, paper maché and air dry clay. Elaborate styles of masks are constructed over a series of visits. Length of workshop can be determined on needs, time and budget constraints. Diane has worked on mask making projects in school districts throughout the Lower Mainland.

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