By Allison McDonald
What makes the KBS art programme special?
“Variety is the spice of life!”, and the KBS art programme strives to follow this motto. Students are exposed each academic year to the four foundational genres of art making; painting, printmaking, drawing and sculpture. Within each genre, there are a variety of projects to inspire students year-to-year. The KBS art programme uses quality materials with quality instruction so that the students are able to have the best opportunity for success in their creative ventures. The art room is a safe place where students are encouraged to try new things and take risks with their art in order to become successful problem-solvers and creators.
- B.A. (Design, Minor in Business)
- B.Ed. (Artist in Community Education)
Current Teaching Role
Visual Arts Teacher, K-8
I have held internships in the Art Department at Canadian Living Magazine, as a Docent at the Bata Shoe Museum and as the Education Intern at the MacLaren Art Centre. I have also recently taught grade 1, 3, 4 and 5 in Simcoe County District School Board.
What You Believe Matters Most in Schooling
Creating a positive and exciting classroom atmosphere that encourages students to explore, take risks and create.
What You Believe Matters Most in Education
Developing a love for learning and being open minded to meaningful experiences that influence lifelong learning.
What You Like Most About KBS
I love the immediate sense of community you get at KBS. The education team is incredibly friendly, welcoming and committed to maintaining this positive environment for all students. Everyone has an opportunity to try new things and be supported by a professional team along the way.
Hobbies & Interests
I always enjoy taking on new art and design projects. I also love exploring museums and galleries, reading, piano and yoga.
The KBS art programme is based on 3 C’s; Consider, Create and Communicate.
Consider: students are exposed to both historical and contemporary works of art. Reference to famous artists including VanGogh, Picasso, Warhol etc. are intended to broaden their visual database. They are encouraged to consider the artist’s use of materials, techniques and inspirations in order to help develop their own art practice.
Create: students create art in a variety of materials through the entire academic year. Through their art making, they are encouraged to explore alternative solutions while taking the risks that are necessary to become successful creative thinkers.
Communicate: students have an opportunity to reflect on their art making process and how their creative problem- solving skills are developing. They can reflect on their art choices while problem-solving for their future projects.
My personal vision for students as they progress through the years is to hone their creative-thinking and problem-solving skills. In the younger years, students are exposed to a variety of materials and a variety of styles of art in order to expand their creative minds. My hope is that after the years of this creative exposure, they will begin to find their own voice through the arts. Studies are showing that in the 21st century, organizations are claiming that creativity and innovation are the most important skill-sets to acquire. My intention is to develop creative thinkers that are able to use those innovative thinking skills, whether in the arts or not, as they carry on as lifelong learners. I hope that the students will leave the KBS art programme with an established love and respect for the arts that will allow them to become patrons of the arts for years to come.