Art is, for me, the chance to open up to my feelings. It’s this beautiful chance to use our full selves and bring our full selves and who we are to what we make and how we respond to the situations we encounter. Jessica Houston

Visual arts offer an opportunity to make sense of the world, to go within, sharpen our perception and unite both hemispheres of our brain. Participants in ArtistsInspire workshops learn and apply tools and techniques that will help them to see, question, wonder and recall details, engaging in the entire art-making process from inception to completion. 

All our Artists are vetted for their professional work and experience engaging children and youth in visual arts activities. Our current Visual Artists include: 

Adele Reeves, Alyson Champ, Angela Marsh, Anna Jane McIntyre, Anne Lewis, Annie Lalande, Avy Loftus, Bronwen Moen, cj fleury, Deirdre Potash of ArtWill Studio, Elaine Lassonde, Emily Read, Emily Rose Michaud, Iris Kiewiet, Jessica Houston, Jimmy Baptiste, Julie Prescesky, Kate Battle, Kathleen Walsh-Moleski, Laurence Dea Dionne, Lisa Kimberly Glickman, Lisan Denise Chng, Leslie Bank-Satz,Maria Ezcurra, Marc Walter, Mary Hayes, Melanie Garcia, Musée ambulant, Tamsin Horsfall, Venus Lukic

The benefits of art-making to students are many. As Anna Jane McIntyre says, Visual Arts aids: 

… expression of complex emotions, connection to others through communal making and collaborating, problem solving, lateral thinking, working with what you have, learning from experience, encouraging novel paths of inquiry, developing resilience and grit, honing the intuition, developing dexterity and exploring what it is to be human [and] charting our differences and similarities across the ages.

Many of our Artists engage in Outdoor Art or Land Art. As Marc Walter says, “When I approach any Land Art creation for a school, whether a sculpture or a space, I try to offer experiential learning  based on inquiries, ideas and observations. It encourages the participants to be actively involved and to interact with Nature and the outdoors in a renewed fashion.” Through drawing, collage, painting, printmaking, sculpting and more, many of our Artists encourage students to work with materials that are easy to find through recycling/upcycling and in nature. 

On a broader level, Visual Arts can help students understand how they fit and function in society. As Jessica Houston says,

I passionately believe in what Art offers us in terms of being able to re-vision and re-imagine and collectively do so… This question of imagination is so fundamental to human existence, and our possibility for moving forward in the world together as we try to create a sustainable future, one filled with beauty and joy and acknowledging the difficulties that we encounter and being able to transform them.

Jessica’s enthusiasm for the transformational nature of Art is clear in Message in a Bottle, a project co-designed and facilitated by Jessica, Louise Campbell and Guillaume Jabbour that encourages connection between participants even while learning at a distance by sharing observations of their surroundings over the platform Zoom. 

Emily Read’s project Stay Connected with the Grade 6 students of Carlyle Elementary School further affirms the transformational possibilities of Art. As Emily says, “Bringing teachers, students and artists together allows us to create unique and meaningful projects that would otherwise not be possible. These experiences connect, revive and inspire us!”

For more information, see:

Artist Profiles (select Visual Arts in the search engine)

School Grant guidelines and application