My art career includes photography, ceramics and publishing. At Emily Carr University, I consolidated these interests with a concentration in photography. Since 2005, I have worked as an artist in residence in Vancouver schools and maintain a long-term residency at Tupper Secondary School, where I continue my experimentation in glaze development and surface design. Recent lumen print residencies offered students the opportunity to experiment with a hybrid photo-printmaking process to document their natural and consumer environment. I view a residency as an opportunity to work collaboratively in the classroom with both teachers and students.
They were thrilled with the experience, and were sad when it ended. It was one of the best experiences I think my class had last year. I highly recommend Phyllis as an artist and a teacher! Meredyth Kezar, Trudeau Elementary
Phyllis worked with students in Grades 1, 5, 6, and 7 in a curriculum-based, photo-lumen impressions class. The experience was amazing. Not only did Phyllis work with the children regarding the fundamentals of art and photography, but she challenged them to see their environment in a whole new way. The results were beyond exceptional. The children learned a new art form but also developed an increase in self-esteem and pride in their completed works. Ria Terins, Coordinator, École Braemar
Working with Phyllis as an artist in resident at Kitsilano Secondary School has been a rewarding and educational experience for both my students and myself. Approaching the themes/content/skills with an experimental and open ended approach, the students are lead through a process of discovery which keeps them engaged and curious to learn more. Phyllis has planned and conducted several residencies at Kitsilano including lumen prints/alternative process photography, native clay making/building and is currently working with making mid-fire glazes with the students. As well, we have been able to showcase our work in the ArtStarts gallery space and at the local community centre. Sandra Sugimoto, Kitsilano Secondary
Students engage in an exploration of the Montessori Five Great Lessons: Imaging, Inquiring, Creating, Sharing and Applying. During this learning journey, students create observed natural forms that are incorporated into their individual ceramic pieces, which expresses personal connections and understanding of their place and responsibility in their natural environment, as well as creating one large ceramic piece collaboratively that documents their collective learning journey.
My curricular based ceramic residencies include instruction in clay modeling and hand-building techniques: pinch, coil and slab. Final products can be finished with glaze or alternative materials. Activities are suitable for individual skill development as well as class and group projects in which students work in design teams. Activities provide students tactile experiences that are opportunities to develop spatial reasoning skills, experiment with structural forms and challenge the imagination. Previous residencies include altered bowls, apilleras in clay, clay critters in the garden, masks and myths, shoes in stone, porcelain carving and raku firings.
Using a hybrid photography process, students will document their environment and experiment with lumen print techniques to learn to control this unique hybrid print making process. They will also have an opportunity to make handmade negatives that can be digitized. It is also possible to extend this project into a book arts project using these prints. This photo printmaking process can be linked to various curricular areas: science, social studies and language arts. Lumen Prints are a form of hybrid photo printmaking are unique photograms made without a camera or darkroom enlarger.