Joan Sullivan

Film, Photo & Digital Media
Specialities: Nature-focused art, Photography

Contact Info

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Resides in
Eastern Shores

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Experience working with

  • Secondary 1 & 2
  • Secondary 3 & 4
  • Secondary 5

Lifelong Learners

  • Adult Learners

I regularly explore the following Broad Areas of Learning/Themes in my work

  • Environmental Awareness and Consumer Rights and Responsibilities

Listed in the Quebec Culture in the Schools Repertoire

  • No

I can facilitate virtual creative experiences

  • Yes


  • I am available for travel overnight
  • An extended residency is an option
Joan Sullivan is a self-taught photographer who has focused her cameras exclusively on climate change for the past two decades. Her approach to photography has evolved over the years, becoming more abstract and experimental, less documentary and technical. Her goal is to teach young people how to “see” climate change in new ways by discovering new and fun ways to use a camera.

Creative Approach and Experiences Offered

The goal of my workshop is to have fun with a camera by liberating ourselves from the perceived strict "rules" about photography. This is not a technical workshop about photography. While basic photographic principals will be reviewed, more attention will be given to help students learn how to use a camera or mobile phone in new ways that they may previously have thought were "not allowed" in photography. For example, by moving the camera or mobile device intentionally and intuitively (a technique called ICM, or Intentional Camera Movement). The resulting images can be quite beautiful, fleeting and highly abstract. In this way, students develop a different relationship to their camera or mobile phone, recognizing it as another tool in their artistic toolbox, something to experiment with and explore, beyond just using it to upload images to social media. Ultimately, my workshop will help students expand their capacity to express their feelings about climate change in new artistic ways.


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