Dawn Dale, professional eco-artist for more than twenty years, received her BFA in 1988 from the University of Ottawa. In 1991, she was granted an arts residency at the Banff Centre. She has exhibited her works across Canada, throughout the United States, as well as in Mexico and Bolivia. She has received several outdoor commissions from the Ottawa Public Art Program. Since 1990, she has taught sculpture in both the General and Diploma programs at the Ottawa School of Art. She also has given school workshops through the organization, MASC, (Multicultural Artists in the School and Community) since 1996. Her workshops with Culture and Communications Québec have taken her as far afield as Fermont and closer to home in Gatineau.
To encourage and promote the role of creativity in any learning process, Dawn shows how the visual arts move through the stages of impulse, impetus, idea and intent towards the creation of an actual, complete work. Modeling creative problem-solving evolves out of a perspective of fostering the students' sense of curiosity and exploration coupled with their desire to master different art mediums. Dawn facilitates each student's artistic expression by offering practical technical assistance while seamlessly tying each project to particular curriculum goals in a classroom setting.
The underpinning of both Dawn's art practice and teaching philosophy is eco-art, ecopsychology and our understanding of the natural world. In her own work she employs an ecological ethic - creating work that uses visual language to speak of our contemporary relationship to, with and in Nature. Using an approach that valorizes art, nature, math and science, Dawn shares with the students her enthusiasm for learning through the medium of art. Her expertise in terms of material process includes clay, wax, plaster, and found objects, as well as a strong background in composition, drawing and painting.
She shares pragmatic techniques that increase and bolster the students' confidence and skill levels with the constant message that it is the content that makes the work interesting, that art is a way of looking at and understanding our complex world, whether you are 6 or 56 years old. She emphasizes art as a form of communication, a language that surrounds us in all of our environments. Art as a tool to learn, art as a gift enabling us to share our learning with others. Art animates the subject, rendering it visible, creating another perspective to understanding.
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