Julie McIntyre studied at the Banff Centre, Alberta in 1986 and received her BFA from Queen's University with a major in printmaking. She has had solo shows in 20 public galleries in Canada including most recently "Travel Stories" at the Grimsby Public Art Gallery,(Jan 27-March 24, 2019), and participated in well over 40 juried exhibitions, including 22 international credits to date. Julie has taught workshops across Canada for over 30 years and has been a popular artist in residence with the Vancouver School Board and ArtStarts for nearly a decade. Julie was the exclusive weekly Artist in Residence for Queen Alexandra Elementary, Vancouver, January-June 2018.
Julie provided my Grade 10,11 and 12 art class with an engaging five-day printmaking residency. Several printmaking processes were demonstrated and the students were given much of the class time to experiment. This hands-on approach worked well in the class and the students had an extremely high level of engagement. They were all new to printmaking so this experience was of tremendous benefit to them. In addition, Julie was able to unearth a printing press at our school that was thought to be broken. We were able to have the metal shop teacher weld a new handle and put the press on a wheeled cart which can now be easily moved to different art rooms. Future art students at Kitsilano will now benefit from having access to a working printing press. Sandra Sugimoto, Arts and Ceramics Teacher, Kitsilano Secondary
In speaking with and observing students, the benefits of this project have become clear. Our dynamic and diverse student population has been able to benefit from the differentiated instruction, opportunities for self-expression and ability to grow and express themselves as artists. It was wonderful to observe students fully engaged, participative, enthusiastic and proud. As many of our students have challenges with self-regulation and self-expression/communication, it was encouraging to see many students taking risks and using visual arts as an outlet or medium to share their thoughts and calm their body and/or mind. Megan Davis, Principal, Queen Alexandra F.A.M.I.L.Y School
Overall the program was inspiring because it made me realize how far my students have come since the beginning of the year. They learned many new techniques, used new tools and used and talked about new vocabulary. Julie Gelson Kindergarten Teacher, Queen Alexandra F.A.M.I.L.Y School
As an award winning fibre artist, Julie works with a variety of patterned and textured papers so that students are engaged in the playfulness of the repeated image as they explore the traditions of quilt patterns using paper, scissors and glue. (Sewing and embroidery may be added for higher grades). All techniques and content may be adapted for each grade. Bookmaking may be incorporated into either workshop.
As a master printmaker, Julie can introduce your class to non-toxic printmaking techniques including relief, collagraph, monotype, screen, digital transfers and pronto plate lithography. Whichever medium, the marvels of surface treatment, negative space, mirror reversals, colour overlays and the playfulness of the repeated image will delight students.