Our Artists

All our artists are local, professional teaching artists that cover a broad range of artistic 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 over the course of a school year.  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. 

To learn more about our studios and past projects, please see the collaborative inquiry report.

“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 


Interested in becoming an AIRS artist?

AIRS is looking for local professional or emerging artists who have a passion for inspiring, mentoring and empowering students through the art making process.   Artists should be prepared to work collaboratively with teachers to develop high quality projects that integrate perceptual and technical skill development with curricular learning.  Artists should be committed to cultivating an environment of safety for creative expression that honours the diversity of student experience and acknowledges the importance of indigenous perspectives.   Artists must have prior experience working with children and be willing to embrace the relational responsibilities and benefits of becoming part of a school community.  

Residency opportunities for the 2019/20 school year include 4  full year residencies,  up to one day a week for 30 weeks over the course of the school year. This includes an Emily Carr University of Art and Design sponsored residency at Mount Pleasant Elementary School awarded  to an outstanding ECUAD alum applicant.  Opportunities also short term, 8 week, pilot projects and 3  mentorship placements  at the Art and Discovery Studio to  gain experience working in the classroom  by leading a short term project with the support of the AIRS Director

AIRS Artist Application for 2019/20

The deadline for submission has passed.   

Applicants will be notified by May 15, 2019 for residency placements for the 2019/20 school year.    All  successful applicants are required to attend an AIRS orientation and training workshop on Saturday June 15, 2019.  

For any questions please contact the AIRS Director at

STUDIO ARTISTS for 2018/19

Amanda Wood


Amanda begins with the haptic process of exploring materials. In her practice the path is as important as the destination.  Her work is concerned with unseen structures and patterns.  Documentation as a way of starting conversations and witnessing inter-connectedness.  Amanda’s primary medium is weaving. Using traditional weaving techniques and tools within a contemporary framework she pushes the boundaries of her chosen materials.  Amanda has a BA in Communications from SFU and a diploma in Textile Art from Capilano University. She is a member of the Canadian Guild of Weavers and the Craft Council of BC. Her work has been shown across Canada and published in multiple publications. Amanda lives and works in Vancouver, BC. 

Jaymie Johnson


Jaymie Johnson uses natural and recycled materials to create site-specific works involving fibre processing and community participation. She is an interdisciplinary artist invested in social and environmental impact through observation, experimentation and collaboration. Since graduating with a BFA in Visual Arts from Emily Carr University in 2015, she has worked on numerous community-engaged and environmental public art projects as a member of the chART Collective, a member of EartHand Gleaners Society, Project Assistant with Border Free Bees, as well as on independent projects for institutions including Science World, Vancity, and First Capital Realty. Jaymie was born in the Purcell Mountains and is currently based in Vancouver, BC.

Cole Pauls


Cole Pauls is a Tahltan comic artist, illustrator and printmaker hailing from Haines Junction (Yukon Territory) with a BFA in Illustration from Emily Carr University. Residing in Vancouver, Pauls focuses on his two comic series, the first being Pizza Punks: a self-contained comic strip about punks eating pizza, the other is called Dakwäkãda Warriors, which is about two Southern Tutchone Earth Protectors saving the earth from evil pioneers and cyborg sasquatches using language revitalization. His highly acclaimed graphic novel Dakwäkãda Warriors has recently been published by Conundrum Press .

Sholeh Mahlouji


Sholeh Mahlouji has a BA in Graphic Design and an MA in Illustration. She has worked as a graphic designer/illustrator with a number of children’s publications and educational organizations and collaborated with Iranian National Section 

of IBBY (International Board on Books for Young People) as children’s book reviewer. 

Getting her second Master in Art Education at the University of British Columbia, Sholeh is passionate about studio practice as a way of knowing and in particular how working with materials whithin studio practice can be seen as an invitation for lingering in spaces and situations that can inspire wonder and meaning making.

Rebecca Heyl


In 2007 Rebecca received a Master of Fine Arts from Tufts University and has taught photography and photojournalism courses at several universities. She has worked at the International Center of Photography in New York.and continues to do freelance work. However, in recent years Rebecca has become involved in the use of photography for pedagogical documentation in ECE and primary school settings. 

She received a Post- Baccalaureate diploma in ECE from Capilano University and has worked in many primary and early childhood settings.

Heyl’s personal work largely deals with social rights issues carried out in the mediums of photography and installation. In 2008 her first book, Windows in the Wall (Skira/Rizzoli) was published. 

Sam and Holly


Holly has 10 years of education and art education experience. Holly focuses on narrative, self-exploration, family identity, and the environment and works to highlight the extraordinary in every day.

Sam is an illustrator, an educator, a storyteller and a sailor. She attended OCAD University for Graphic Design and Illustration and later Graduated from Emily Carr University with a Bachelors Degree in Visual Arts.  

HAM works together to integrate contemporary art, comics and art education with publication in an explosively fun way! We are artists and art educators facilitating space to make people of all ages feel safe and excited about taking a creative journey not knowing where it will go. 

Susan Hall


Susan is an educator and freelance photographer with over 20 years of experience including the UN School in New York.  At York University (Toronto), Susan worked as a course director with teacher candidates in the Faculty of Education. 

Susan’s most recent workshops in photography are designed to address the important work of teaching visual literacy. Students learn to critique images, question their source and meaning and create their own photos with the use of DSLR cameras. Central to the learning experience is the notion of perspective taking.  She encourages students to take time to see through a lens and discover beauty in the ordinary.

Susan McCallum


Susan McCallum, Artist, First Nations Curriculum Illustrator and Resident Artist, inspires students and teachers through drawing and painting sessions. Susan’s work is known both locally and Internationally. Susan has a deep passion for self-expression through art and loves to share her enthusiasm with her students and teachers.  She has years of class room experience.  Susan has illustrated children’s books, online First Nations educational projects and worked as a green screen water colour artist that garnered an International Rockie Award for the Best Youth Production-Fiction. Susan also received an award from Pacific Community Resources for her art program at West Coast Alternate for FASD students in appreciation of exceptional support, compassion and outstanding practice.

Maggie Milne


Maggie Milne Martens, is a Vancouver artist/printmaker and long-time art educator.  She has over 20 years of teaching experience including  at the post-secondary level.  Her passion for working with children began in Camden, New Jersey, running art programming for at risk kids in the inner city and has continued in numerous elementary schools in the lower mainland. Her work with students centres on building a sense of belonging and community through collaborative processes and using art as a means of exploring the issues that impact a student’s world and experience.  Maggie has a BFA, a Diploma in Art History and an MA.  Maggie is co-founder and director of the Artist in Residence Studio program (AIRS).