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April 09, 2014

Community Art Star: Lynsey Jack

"Meet a Community Art Star" is a regular feature showcasing ArtStarts' amazing group of volunteers who are passionate, enthusiastic arts champions. Read more posts in this series.

Lynsey at Showcase

Lynsey came to Canada three years ago from Scotland as an archeologist. She came to ArtStarts with a background in education and a full sense of creativity.

Lynsey has contributed so much time and passion in the eight months that she has been volunteering at ArtStarts. From spearheading our Knitting Folks event on Family Day to helping facilitate our gallery workshops, Lynsey has really shined in our community. We sat down with her one afternoon to talk about art and creativity.

ArtStarts: Where did art start for you?

Lynsey: My story is similar to a lot of people’s in the sense that it started when I was young. My first experiences with art were actually, in a way, negative because I was really afraid to be artistic. I went to a small school with a very stern teacher and there were one or two in my class who were really good at art. I kind of avoided doing art until I was 15 when I had a really good teacher, Mrs. Munro (shout out!) who really just changed everything for me and made me realize that being a creative person is not just one thing.

ArtStarts: Do you have a piece of art that you’ve made that you’re most proud of?

Lynsey: I made a picture when I was 18 of my younger sister. It was the first time I drew somebody that I felt like I captured them, both literally and something a bit more. Something about their spirit. I still have that picture today. To me it’s proof that I can be that creative person.

ArtStarts: What is your idea of “creativity”?

Lynsey: To me it’s so many things. From my teaching experience, I’ve met children who feel, like I did, that they’re not creative at all. They might not be good at drawing in a typical sense. They might not be high achievers in schools, but they are incredibly funny or gifted vocally. It’s important to make people realize that that’s creativity as well. For example, the things they can do with mathematics, it becomes art. It’s not restricted to pen, paper or paintbrush. Creativity is everywhere.

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