Maria Ezcurra

Specialities: Collage, Drawing, Graphic Novels, Mask-making, Nature-focused art, Outdoor Art-making, Painting, Pop-up books, Public Installations, Recycling/upcylcing art projects, Sculpture, Zines

Contact Info

Website address
Resides in
English Montreal

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Experience working with

  • Early childhood
  • Cycle 1 Elementary
  • Cycle 2 Elementary
  • Cycle 3 Elementary
  • Secondary 1 & 2
  • Secondary 3 & 4
  • Secondary 5
  • Senior Citizens

Lifelong Learners

  • Adult Learners

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

  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Environmental Awareness and Consumer Rights and Responsibilities
  • Citizenship and Community Life (Identity & Belonging)

Listed in the Quebec Culture in the Schools Repertoire

  • No

I have experience working with

  • Course Lecturer at Teaching Certification programs in the Department of Integrated Studies in Education, McGill University. McGill Art Hive Facilitator. Workshop Facilitator at a number of museums, galleries and organizations in Montreal.

I can facilitate virtual creative experiences

  • Yes


  • I am available for travel within the same day
  • I am available for travel overnight
I’m a Mexican-Canadian artist, educator and mother.
I hold a Master in Fine Arts and a PhD in Art Education, with a focus on participatory art projects and inclusive art practices.
I have taught art online and face-to-face in schools, universities and community projects over the past 20 years.
I have participated in numerous exhibits worldwide, including the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.
I have been recently awarded the Prix de la Diversité en Arts Visuels by the Conseil des arts de Montréal.

Creative Approach and Experiences Offered

Diversity, Equity and Inclusivity are the foundations of my artwork and teaching practice.
I facilitate creative opportunities to embrace difference. I focus on creative processes as a fun, dynamic and meaningful way to practice empathy and challenge oppressive forces like classism, racism, ableism, sexism, homophobia, and beyond.
Some of the workshops I can offer are:
_Food and Culture: Use recycled materials to create diverse traditional dishes.
_Sweater Pillows: Make a re-purposed sweater pillow with the students’ old garments.
_Connecting the dots: In a large piece of paper placed in the floor, students are invited to write/draw key words/images related to their identities. They will be later invited to connect with other students’ concepts.
_Masks (of paper, fabric or plaster bandages): Students explore the cultural significance of masks and how they can represent their own identities.
_Let’s talk about consent: Students will transform cotton gloves to talk about consent.

One-Day Event Description

Making Mobiles of Migratory Birds

I will start by talking about the Neotropical Migratory Birds of Quebec and showing examples of the artwork I have been making with birds for the last few years. Then, I will facilitate at least one (maybe more, if there is a high demand) workshop(s) to create with the students MOBILES of birds with repurposed and recycled materials (such as cardboard, fabrics, shoes, and diverse objects).

0-30 students per group

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