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Recognizing Outstanding Art Educators in British Columbia

The Canadian Society for Education through Art (CSEA) is a voluntary association that was founded in Quebec City in 1955. It is the only Canadian national organization that brings together art educators, gallery educators and others with similar interests and concerns. Membership represents all levels of education: elementary, secondary, college/university, ministries of education, art galleries/museums, and community education. The CSEA aims to promote excellence in art education. One action toward that aim is to award deserving art educators at their annual conference every year. We are pleased to be able to share with you the outstanding recipients from right here in B.C. for the 2008 award.
BC Art Educator Award: Mike McElgunn
Recognizing Outstanding Art Educators in British Columbia

CTV News recently showcased a class of Coquitlam high school students and the Middle Eastern Doumbek drums they created in ceramics class. If you missed the Doumbek clip, you can find the link on Gleneagle's website at: http://public.sd43.bc.ca/secondary/gleneagle/depts/art/
Recognizing Outstanding Art Educators in British Columbia

Mike McElgunn is the teacher of this enthusiastic class and is someone who may be familiar to Opus readers. In 2006 he coordinated a large collaborative diptych project in celebration of the BC Art Teachers' Association's 50th Anniversary. Made of 50 cradled panels donated by Opus, each panel was covered or filled with one of a wide variety of original works by 50 practicing and retired BCATA members. Assembled and framed, the diptych was displayed at the Granville Island Opus before moving to its permanent home in the BCTF building in Vancouver.

Working with Opus and Circle Craft, Mike has also been involved in the creation of a Student Art Exhibition, which has added a youthful presence to Circle Craft's annual Market.

And at Gleneagle Secondary in Coquitlam, Mike and a group of colleagues developed JumpstArt, an innovative Humanities/Visual Arts program. In JumpstArt, grade 9 students work in integrated units, approaching themes through history and literature as well as through the lens of the artist. This successful model will be expanding to the grade 10 level next year.

And this past November, Mike traveled to Montreal for the national conference of the Canadian Society for Education through Art (CSEA) at Concordia University. There, Mike was honoured with the CSEA BC Art Educator Award, acknowledging his excellence in teaching and advocacy of arts education.
Post Secondary Canadian Art Educator: Kit Grauer

In 2008, Dr. Kit Grauer was named Post Secondary Canadian Art Educator of the Year by the Canadian Society for Education through Art.
Recognizing Outstanding Art Educators in British Columbia

Dr. Grauer is a well-known international, national and local educator and leader in art education. Having served as President of the International Society for Education through Art, she has inspired numerous art educators world-wide to advocate for the arts in schools and in informal learning contexts. At a national level, she has been pivotal to arts education policy development and her edited books are used across the country in preservice classrooms. At a local level, she is also highly regarded as an exceptional teacher, having been a recipient of a Killam Teaching Award and the Murray Elliott Award for Outstanding Service to Teacher Education. Dr. Grauer's scholarship spans preservice and inservice art teacher education, museum and informal learning environments, and media studies. In support of her scholarship she has been a recipient of several SSHRC grants as well as other internal and external funding sources.
National Art Educator of the Year: Lynda Faulks
Recognizing Outstanding Art Educators in British Columbia

In 2008 long time BC Art Educator Lynda Faulks was awarded the CSEA National Art Educator of the Year award at Concordia University in Montreal. Through this award, Lynda's 40 year career as an artist, art educator and mentor for aspiring artists, both young and old, is being acknowledged.

Lynda began her formal training as an artist in 1960 at the Vancouver School of Art (now Emily Carr), graduated from UBC with a degree in Secondary Art Education in 1968 and from the University of Victoria with a Master's of Art Education in 1986. Her long art teaching career has involved teaching art in Jamaica with CUSO, at an art school in Montreal, for the Vancouver School Board, for Simon Fraser University, the University of Victoria, Vancouver Island University, and 25 years teaching art in the Cowichan School District in Duncan from which she retired in 2005.

Since that time, Lynda has continued to teach art part-time for Malaspina International High School in Nanaimo and has taught many adult art groups. Lynda has become best known for almost 270 painted, mosaic and ceramic murals she has made with her art students for schools universities, children's hospitals, nursing homes and community centres. Of these, the most prestigious murals have been for the Royal B.C. Museum in Victoria to accompany the Dinosaur and Eternal Egypt Exhibitions. Her last mural project for the museum highlights settler, Aboriginal, resource and natural history and was unveiled in 2005, the first student mural to become part of the museum’Äôs permanent collection. In 2006 Lynda began a mural about Labrador history with students in Goose Bay, and is currently working with students in strife-ridden Montreal North to make a cultural bridge building mural between two distinct communities in that area. Both murals will be unveiled this year.
Recognizing Outstanding Art Educators in British Columbia

Lynda is a painter in her own right, has exhibited widely, has many one woman shows to her credit and enjoys doing commissioned artwork. The 10 large portraits of First Nations people in ceremonial dress she painted during the North American Indigenous Games in Duncan this past summer will be exhibited at the Nanaimo Art Gallery late spring 2009. In May and June of this year, Lynda will be teaching Drawing for Vancouver Island University out of Duncan and is scheduled to teach ceramic mural making for UBC Okanagan during this summer. She is currently working with a travel agent to teach painting on cruise ships in the near future. You can see Lynda painting a portrait at Opus Victoria as part of our Artist Series on Saturday June 13th from 1pm- 3pm or view her website at www.lyndafaulks.com. Lynda continues to live the adage that "art is life", and believes that "there is an artist in everyone!"