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Ian Forbes

BFA Painting
MFA Painting

I have an MFA in painting from the University of Alberta (1997). I have been teaching art classes since 1996. I teach from my passion and experience, passing on to my students a sense of boundless possibility, curiosity, exploration and engagement. I use creative play to find new ways of engaging media and exploring what it means to be a Canadian artist in the 21st century. My role as the artist/educator is to be demonstrator, facilitator, and instigator.
I derive a great deal of satisfaction from working with makers at all levels. I encourage everyone to be vigorous and articulate with their work and ideas, to be challenged and to challenge me. Particularly rewarding for me is seeing students acquire the confidence and skills necessary to clearly articulate their ideas and passions: to think for themselves, creatively.

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