Discipline: Visual Arts
Meghan Carich is a self-taught artist, creating and designing leather spirit masks. Her background in fashion design has been instrumental in creating the patterns for her masks. Her own work has been shown in galleries since 2008, though another focus of hers is a self-discovery, self-development 3D mask-making program for youth she created. Meghan has been teaching mask making since 2007 and has recently taught The Spirit of Me in Regina, Saskatchewan. She teaches that art takes time, the quality of one's art must be given time, not be rushed.
My Grade 5 class had a wonderful opportunity to participate in the project titled The Spirit of Me, led by Meghan Carich. Before students actually began working on their masks, they reflected on and learned about what values they hold as human beings. Students interviewed their parents about what their family values were and how they had been passed on to them from generation to generation. All of the students thoroughly enjoyed the entire mask making process. Their learning is reflected in their thoughtful artist statements. Feedback from the students shows that for many of them, this project changed the way they view themselves as humans, and the world around them. The Spirit of Me is something many of them will never forget! Harpreet Deol, Strawberry Hill Elementary
Mrs Carich delivers clear instructions on techniques, materials and elements of design in a most kind and patient nature. She supports the success of each student with unreserved hands on help, positive comments, and accepts the individual style of each child. There are no mistakes; only opportunities to see meaning in unexpected results and ways to solve problems in order to achieve one's vision. The resulting masks garnered endless compliments and inquiries as they were up on display, and as well for the final stage production in June 2008 on National Aboriginal Day at the Surrey Art Gallery. Corinne Rossi, Frost Road Elementary
All students feel successful and very proud of their efforts at the conclusion of her projects. She has worked with larger groups of students (50 or more) as well as with smaller groups. She has excellent classroom management skills as they are actively engaged in the creative process. She has taken their work and showcased it in outstanding displays in the school. Gayle Rutt, Crescent Park Elementary
Students will create a cardboard frame of a three-dimentional salmon mask. Using their imagination, creativity and dexterity they will explore design, transfer and symmetry using traditional symbolism with modern interpretation. Projects and plays can be created as well to tell their story. The Journey of the Salmon was a project written and performed by Crescent Park Grade 4 students at Guildford Mall in 2010 for the seventh annual Surrey Reads. The students also held a private showing for the Honourable Stephanie Cadieux, the Pacific Salmon Foundation, Ocean Park Librarian Eva Wilson and local press to share the story.
Students will create a cardboard frame of a three-dimentional spirit mask. Using their imagination, creativity and dexterity they will explore design, transfer and symmetry using traditional symbolism with modern interpretation. Each mask created becomes the student's story and their power of expression, thus achieving self-awareness and a greater sense of pride. The Spirit of Me can be used as a mentor program for self-development and self-discovery.