patrick_kfs_polygon

teaching

I am an arts educator for youth throughout a number of organisations in Vancouver, BC. I teach classes and intensives as an instructor at Arts Umbrella; lead tours and deliver workshops as an educator at the Vancouver Art Gallery; and previously coordinated family programming for the Polygon Gallery.

Classes I have taught include drawing & painting, mixed media, sculpture, cartooning, printmaking, and architecture. I also teach a contemporary art teen intensive which builds a foundational understanding of contemporary art through artist-led workshops, studio visits, and collaborative experimental projects. I have worked with every youth age group from 3-5 years old to advanced 13-19 years old. Within a gallery context, I work closely with themes, ideas, and materials that are present within the exhibitions on site.

In my educational practice, the ethos of contemporary art is one that I believe is present, important, and intuitively known by everyone. It is a critical and creative engagement with our shared and personal experiences. I believe in an inclusive educational approach which prioritizes access to persons of all age groups, backgrounds, identities, and neurological/physical abilities.