All our artists are local, professional teaching artists that cover a broad range of practices including drawing, painting, weaving, carving, print-making, sculpture, textiles and photography. In the AIRS program, the artist becomes part of the school community, working with students and teachers out of the studio space one day a week. Each artist, in consultation with teaching staff, develops a visual arts program for age appropriate, inquiry- based projects that connect learning across the curriculum and explore ideas or issues that are relevant to students and their world. These projects can be individual or collaborative, permanent or ephemeral, and can encompass a range of visual media.
“The artist’s ability to guide and encourage helped to boost my confidence in combining various curricular content areas, competencies and school goals.
The focus was on experiencing the artistic process rather than creating a product and this approach was deeply engaging for myself and my students.”
Andrew Swain, K Teacher
Tim Bauer is an illustrator, comic book creator, and educator based in Vancouver. Before settling up in Vancouver, Tim lived in Kansas, where he got his first degree in East Asian Languages and Culture. This prompted his move to S.Korea, where he could travel around Asia and teach English for five years. Tim would move to Vancouver to get a degree from Emily Carr in Illustration in 2015. Since then, he has taught courses in graphic design while self-publishing his comics. Tim’s work focuses on detailed drawings that create a strong narrative and an immersive setting. Tim makes comics that contain queer content and is a proponent of LGBTQ2A+ comic creators. He is working to create a Queer comic and zine fair in Vancouver. He hopes for all of his students to feel free to explore and tell their stories creatively, but mostly to have fun while doing it.
Annie Canto works mostly with people, food, and humour. She came to the unceded territories of the Musqueam Squamish and Tsleil Waututh people about two years ago to continue her community-based art education. As a graduate student at Emily Carr University, she spent most of her time supporting students and faculty of colour in the constant battle against institutional racism. In general in her art practice, she works with performance, text, comics and food to acknowledge the complexities of the other and question the overarching systems that govern our relationships. You might see Annie screaming down the sidewalk in her pineapple-coloured roller skates or sitting on her porch reading comic books. She watches a lot of horror movies with her cat and loves making empanada.
Rebecca is a community-engaged artist, author and educator. She received a MFA from the Tufts University/SMFA program in Boston. She has taught photography and photojournalism courses at several universities. After completing an undergraduate degree in Psychology, Rebecca studied documentary photography at the International Center of Photography in NYC. She began working as a newspaper photographer in the 1990s and continues to do freelance work. However, in recent years Rebecca has become involved in the use of photography for pedagogical documentation in early childhood and primary school settings. She is currently engaged in graduate work with the Faculty of Education at SFU. Rebecca has been working with AIRS since 2017, bringing experiences with nature and wonder into Vancouver public schools. In both her own art practice as well as her studio work with children, she seeks to create spaces in which dialogue and artistic modes of expression can flourish.
Alanna Ho is an educator, community engaged artist (sound-focused) and cultural producer based in New Westminster, BC. Her research is on deep play, female representation and feminist activism in the arts, and accessible art programming in early education. She founded The Rainbow Forecast Project in 2016, an initiative created to examine the critical connection between radical pedagogy in the arts, and empowering children and young womxn beyond the classroom.
Heather Lamoureux is a community organizer, artist, and facilitator living on Musqueam, Squamish and Tsliel-Waututh territories. She is the Artistic Director at Vines, and has grown with the festival since it’s beginning over the past seven years. Heather is grateful to have been learning with the community of artists who percolate the work Vines does. She is committed to her responsibility to imagine and co-create nurturing creative spaces for artists. Outside of Vines Heather utilizes her Somatic Education training from Tamalpa Institute to facilitate movement and expressive arts classes. In the past I have worked for Raven Spirit Dance, PuSh International Arts Festival, Dancing on the Edge and the Firehall. She loves to garden at Harmony garden, X̱wemelch’stn pen̓em̓áy, hang out by a river and eat good food with community. I can sometimes be found performing in unexpected outdoor spaces with the collective Pressed Paradise.
Christine Mackenzie, Kwakiutl Nation, a First Nation Artist and Facilitator. Her mother was born in Bella Coola BC is a part of the Eagle clan. Her mother was part of the Sixties Scoop and because of that Christine hard time trying to find her culture and identity, but through resilient and training she found a way back to her indigenous roots. She find’s inspiration in the natural world and in the eyes of people willing to learn and share cultural ideas. Christine works with traditional/contemporary design and with multiple mediums. She been doing art all her life, but as a professional Artist and Facilitator since 2009 and mentored by Anastasia Hendry, Haida elder, she was an Artist and Facilitator for 30 plus years and has since retired. Christine now helps others in their journey to self-identity and educating others about Indigenous culture, artwork and protocols. Speaking to only my teachings and life experience to support others in better understanding of empathy when learning about Indigenous culture.
Master printmaker, Julie McIntyre studied at the Banff Centre and holds a BFA from Queen's University. She has had solo shows in over 22 public galleries in Canada and participated in over 60 juried exhibitions, including 25 international credits. 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 over a decade. Julie’s passion is to revel the magic of printmaking and its serendipitous nature that encourages experimentation. She uses ordinary materials and a wide range of transfer techniques to create professional results. Her goal is to have students delight in the playfulness of the repeated image, develop a greater appreciation for qualities of paper, deepen their appreciation for surface treatment, and above all, surprise themselves.
With acknowledgement of her Estonian and Scottish ancestry, Jessie Anneli Viirlaid McNeil’s interdisciplinary practice reflects on themes of place, memory, the quotidian, time and migration and how they may play a role in our ever-evolving private and public identities. Her most recent projects include mapping, collage portraiture, small-scale sculpture and exploring the past and present of her environment on foot, or by bicycle. Since completing the Fine Arts Program at Langara College, and graduating from Emily Carr University of Art and Design in 2013, McNeil has attended artist residencies in Tartu, Estonia (Tartu AIR at Trükimuuseum + Paberimuuseum) and in Denmark at the Aarhus Center for Visual Art. She has won numerous awards and grants, hosted children's workshops locally, co-coordinated and curated festivals, exhibitions and cultural events and has exhibited her work across Canada and abroad.
Tami Murray studied Fine Arts at both Red Deer College’s Fine Arts Department and at Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design where she received her Bachelors degree in Photography. Tami’s personal work is an ever evolving exploration of techniques and fanciful ideas. Her Art has roots in personal narrative that lean into flights of whimsy and visual poetics
She has exhibited in various groups shows over the last two decades, participated in several Living Room Art in the Heights events in Burnaby and Vancouver as well as the innaugural Stride Art Festival. She has work in a number of private collections.
Yeonoo Park is an interdisciplinary artist with a focus in painting. Her recent works reconsider everyday moments and movements, often depicted through repetitive images translated into animation frames. Her public art commission by the City of Vancouver, Wanna Go For A Walk?, compiled remembered, imagined, and photographed imageries for an animation installation Downtown in Summer 2020. She is interested in the fluidity of memory and energized by communal aesthetics. She holds a BFA at Emily Carr University of Art + Design.
Parvin Peivandi is a multidisciplinary artist and art educator. She studied English literature and fine arts in Iran and immigrated to Canada in 2009 to pursue a career in the arts. She holds a BFA from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, her BED from UBC and her MFA: in interdisciplinary art at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Peivandi has exhibited her art locally and internationally in art shows such as the Iranian Ceramic Biennale and Art Expo Chicago. She moves between Vancouver and Chicago, making art and doing research. She received awards, grants and scholarships from BC Arts Council, Shap Center for Research and Collaboration in the US and SSHRC in Canada. Peivandi is currently teaching fine arts in public schools and institutions in Canada. Through her art, teaching and community art projects, she aims to bring people together and creates a strong sense of belonging in communities.
Originally from Mexico City, filmmaker and digital media artist Yunuen Perez Vertti has over 20yrs of experience in the film and television industry. She has worked in various roles and projects and produced films for many public, private and non-profit organizations. Her short documentary "Aparajita" The undefeated was successfully screened at Tasveer Seattle South Asian Film Festival, Topanga Film Festival and Gulf Coast Film & Video Festival. She has been working as an artist in residency in the schools for the past five years. She is passionate about education through the arts and the importance of the arts as a fundamental tool for education. She believes teaching and introducing kids to all art disciplines as early as possible is essential to a healthy society.
Alejandro (Alex) is a visual artist born in Guatemala who immigrated to Canada as a political refugee with his family at a young age. In these challenging early years, Alejandro found art to be a valuable and transformative creative outlet. Later, he pursued a degree in Fine Arts from Emily Carr University of Art and Design. The principle themes of Alejandro’s work revolve around cultural identity, the natural world, and the struggle between competing Canadian and Mayan cultural beliefs. As such, his work is often exploratory, revolving around reconciliation between Western and Indigenous cultures. His work extends into musical performance, photography, traditional Mayan dance, gardening, ceramics, textiles, watercolours, and community-based initiatives. Central to his practice is his desire to communicate introspective lessons through traditional storytelling, and support a sense of interconnectedness for all.
Alysha Seriani is an interdisciplinary artist working at the intersections of film production, media art and community projects. Her work proposes horizontal modes of collaboration and seeks to witness feminist practices, intergenerational learning and queer joy. Some recent projects include speculative evidence for a children’s autonomous zone for UNIT/PITT’s La Commune 2021 and Marble presents “IT’S MY HOUSE” for grunt gallery’s MPCAS in collaboration with Hazel Meyer. As Media Artist in Residence at Walter Moberly Elementary School with the AIRS Program, she is leading a year-long inquiry with children using school-issued iPads as a tool for bewilderment and animation. She gratefully lives and co-creates on the unceded ancestral lands of the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ and Sḵwx̱wú7mesh sníchim-speaking peoples (xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, and səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ nations), also known as East Vancouver.
Sandra Sugimoto is a mixed-media artist and arts educator born and raised on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil Waututh First Nations. She holds an Education degree from UBC and is a graduate of Emily Carr university of Art and Design, with a major in Visual Arts. Her art practice examines ideas surrounding identity and family history, with a recent interest in combining visual art and text. Sandra’s goal as an arts educator is to promote a life-long curiosity and openness for learning and communicating through the rich and diverse language of art. In the classroom, she strives to create a space where students feel free to explore their ideas in a supportive atmosphere where the unexpected and a sense of discovery are applauded.
Kristin Voth Davies is a visual artist living and working on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil Waututh Nations. She gravitates towards the ordinary, small things that are often overlooked. Her work often examines themes of nostalgia, belonging and the urban landscape. She works primarily in painting and drawing, with an emerging interest in printmaking and exploring new ways to draw. With a background in studying English literature, Kristin has been delighted to bring together her love for words and art through collaborating with the Vancouver-based Open Book Art Collective, an art-collective/book-club hybrid that seeks to create dialogue between literature and art objects. Outside of the studio Kristin cares for her young daughter and delights in making art with children. She has been working with children in a variety of contexts for years and has come to particularly enjoy joining them in art-making through her work with Arts Umbrella and AIRS.
Kathryn Wadel is an interdisciplinary mixed media artist who works and resides on the traditional and unceded territories of the Katzie First Nation and Kwantlen First Nation peoples. She holds a BFA degree from Emily Carr University, with a major in Visual Arts and a minor in Social Practice and Community Engagement. Her work explores environmental, cultural and social practices that connect communities across disciplines. She utilizes mixed media techniques in her painting, drawing, and sculptural practices that often explore the human condition as it exists within the Anthropocene. In the studio, she facilitates and encourages art-making as a creative process through socially-engaged material play. Kathryn believes that art is an essential human practice that builds meaningful connections across cultures and communities.
Pia Massie is a multi-disciplinary artist, born in Brooklyn NY now living and learning in the unceded and traditional territories of the Squamish, Tsleil Waututh and Musqueam Coast Salish peoples. Her work has been shown at museums, galleries, film festivals and digitally in Canada, Europe and the United States, including the The Museum of Modern Art, NYC; Musée Cantonal des Beaux Arts, Lausanne; and the grunt gallery in Vancouver, BC. She has won grants and awards, including the BC Arts Council, Canada Council, and the Prix de l’Institute de design de Montreal. Her four decades of work as a teacher includes universities, elementary schools and community programs. Her time gardening, raising bees and working on environmental issues provide the wellspring for her continuing existence.
Cole Pauls is a Champagne & Aishihik Citizenand Tahltan comic artist, illustrator & printmaker hailing from Haines Junction (Yukon Territory) with a BFA in Illustration from Emily Carr University. Residing in Vancouver, Pauls has created 3 graphic novels: Dakwäkãda Warriors (2019), Pizza Punks (2021) and Kwändǖr (2022). In 2017, Pauls won Broken Pencil Magazine’s Best Comic and Best Zine of the Year Award for Dakwäkãda Warriors II. In 2020, Dakwäkãda Warriors won Best Work in an Indigenous Language from the Indigenous Voices Awards and was nominated for two Doug Wright Award categories: The Egghead & The Nipper.
The Artist In Residence Studio program is honoured to be working together on the unceded, unsurrendered and traditional territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm|Musqueam, Sḵwxwú7mesh|Squamish & səlilwətaɬ |Tsleil-Waututh people, where we learn, live and work. We humbly acknowledge that we are unlearning and relearning and with this acknowledgement comes the commitment to engage in ongoing acts of reconciliation.
PHONETIC PRONUNCIATION: xʷməθkʷəy̓əm - Musqueam (pronounced Mus-kwee-um) Sḵwxwú7mesh - Squamish Nation (pronounced Skwa-mish) səlilwətaɬ - Tsleil-Waututh (pronounced Slay-wah-tuth)