Creative Making Class – Ideal for Teachers & Educators!
*This course is open to all those interested in an introduction to multiple visual art materials and processes! You do not need to be a teacher or educator to register.
“I do not think I have met or will meet such an art lover/instructor/teacher/person like Natalie. I cannot thank her enough for the awesome opportunity I had while receiving her teaching techniques. I wish all teachers were as free, non-judgmental and open minded as Natalie is as she brings to life the child in you once you have a chance to explore drawing or painting with her.”
Albanna, student, Fall 2015
Natalie Kauffman is a visual artist, media artist, arts educator and educational consultant. She holds a MA in Education (arts specialization) from OISE, and a BFA from Concordia in studio art and art history. Her work as Education Director at Blank Canvases, involves running the in school and after school programmes, researching, developing and delivering new art lessons, hiring and training art educators, mentoring placement students from OCADU, Queen’s and Humber College, facilitating high school co-op students and volunteers, and forging new opportunities for Blank Canvases in schools and community settings. In her art Natalie works in a variety of media including painting, drawing, photography, collage, and encaustic (wax). She ran a successful photography business for 15 years, specializing in fine art, portrait and editorial photography, as well as instructing classes at George Brown College, Avenue Road Art School, Toronto Image Works and through her own company Brown Eyed Girl Productions. Her hand coloured photographs won several awards and her photos have exhibited nationally and published internationally, along with being in numerous private collections . Natalie's teaching experience includes teaching high school arts at a Toronto Prep independent school. Prior to that she was an artist educator and curriculum developer in the Media Arts Program (MAP) and visual arts program with the Royal Conservatory's program Learning Through The Arts (LTTA). She was also an arts educator with Harbourfront Centre in their School Visits department, teaching visual and media arts to children K-12. Natalie loves her work at Blank Canvases; bringing the type of art lessons that asks children to be creative and critical thinkers, taking risks and venturing into the unknown, valuing process over product; she finds this very rewarding and important work indeed.