uncover/discover day two

Workshop day!

A lot of offerings with seven sessions in each of the three slots that day. Went with a printing theme starting off with printing on clay with Zoe Coughlan, my cyanotype workshop and then drypoint etching with Michelle Anderson. Attending the workshops was a good reminder of what it is like for my students when they are in art class and leading a workshop continues to teach me about the craft. It’s hard not to rush through content and info to get to the making. Inspired by the sharing and process of learning together and left with new ideas and techniques to try out.

uncover/discover ARARTE hong kong day one

The sixth Asia Region Art Educators conference was hosted in Hong Kong this past weekend by the amazing art educators at Hong Kong International School.  It was lovely to re-connect with so many people from previous ARARTE and EARCOS conferences and to meet new educators as ARARTE continues to grow.

museum visit–The Hong Kong Contemporary Art Awards is currently on at the Hong Kong Museum of Art.  Of all the previous ones I’ve been to, this is by far the most engaging body of work. The art scene is moving in such an interesting direction and museum visits with fellow art educators is just full of conversation and fun. Go see it!


SCAD tour and workshop–I had been wanting to visit SCAD since they opened in Hong Kong in 2010 as the building was previously the North Kowloon Magistracy and old Hong Kong is fascinating. They did a beautiful job conserving and highlighting a piece of history–something HK definitely needs more of.  Their professors hosted several workshops for our group. Had the pleasure of hearing Derek Black, the graphic design prof, speak on cultivating creativity.  He talked about how we as educators tell our stories to create connections and facilitate change. Where is it that you draw inspiration from? Where does your research stem?  What is it that we experience, observe and record? One thing that resonated with me the most was his emphasis on making.  As art educators, we consistently dialogue about the practice of our own art making (or often the lack of) and balancing that with teaching. What is your source of creative output? How do we and should we emphasize the process that encourages the journey–with both failures and successes, that lead to the discovery of unexpected things?

                                Find your identity in the process of making. –Derek Black


city photography walk–Led by André Eichman around Sham Shui Po, there is much to spot in the city when you take the time to look.

taipei art conference

The Asia Region Art Educators Conference took place at Taipei American School this month. I missed last year’s out in Shanghai so was really looking forward to reconnecting with friends I’d met in Singapore the year before that and to meet new artists and share what is happening in schools in the region.   It was also encouraging and a good reminder to hear about others working on balancing teaching and consistently creating as an artist in whatever form that may be. Never a dull moment hanging out with artsy people and such passionate educators!

Our first day together was spent checking out the art scene in Taipei, second day workshops and third an art talk about the work of Christo and Jeannne-Claude.  Art is about ideas and process and this was so inspiring.

We had an evening flight out Sunday so was able to squeeze in a visit to Yingge after the conference. If you love ceramics and working in clay, you need to stop at the ceramics museum and explore the neighbouring area.

october 2012 . hong kong airlines . dandy hotel–tianmu

upcoming art workshops/conferences in asia

my sister sent this to me…taken at a park in ontario, canada

Back  in HK and ready for an amazing school year! This summer was particularly inspiring and filled with amazing people and places. Lots to catch up on there but school begins Monday for us so thought I’d kick off with some art happenings for the school year. Never too early to start planning your learning adventures.

Cross Currents–Asia Region Art Educators Workshop 2012
The British School, New Delhi, India
Friday September 28 – Sunday September 30
Registration deadline: Friday August 10, 2012
Workshop Cost: USD 125

Blank Canvases–Asia Region Art Educators Workshop (ARARTE 2012)
Taipei American School, Taipei, Taiwan
Friday October 12 – Sunday October 14
Workshop Cost: USD 125

EARCOS Teachers’ Conference 2013
Concordia International School, Shanghai, China
Thursday March 28 – Saturday March 30, 2013

The Visual Arts and Performing Arts will be strands at the East Asia Regional Council of Schools Teachers’ Conference. Check the EARCOS site in the fall for more info.