Mariana is graduating with a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in History of Art, Design, and Visual Culture at the University of Alberta, having done research on Eduardo Kobra’s mural Ethnicities in Rio de Janeiro, and Latin American indigenism. Further research is aimed at religious imagery in heavy metal music album covers. She is driven by pop culture, philosophy of art, a very diverse collection of music, and an insatiable appetite for world politics. She is a bilingual (Spanish) educator at the AGA since October 2018.
'Working with kids makes sense for me because I am definitely one of them.'
Sophie has a BA Honors in Drama, having wanted to study art & performance in a way that would bring together all aspects of art (historical, theoretical and practical.) Outside of the AGA, Sophie works as a theatre artist (playwright, collaborator, and performer) with a special interest in theatre for young audiences. Sophie wants to help create a supportive and open environment for students to create art. Having worked with the AGA for more than three years, Sophie loves sharing and facilitating new experiences in which people are invited and encouraged to discover. For her, the AGA is a place to learn new things every single day whether it is from other members of the education team or from the students themselves.
Joyce has been an engaged educator for more than a decade. Initially she studied Business Management and later received her Master’s degree in Sociology. She speaks four languages and is passionate about meeting and chatting with people from different backgrounds. As an art educator at the AGA, she loves helping children, teens and adults find their inner artist. She enjoys helping people learn more about artists and their work so that they create their own unique artwork. Joyce thinks the most important thing at any given workshop is for everyone to have fun!
As a Spanish bilingual educator working with pre-school and K-12 students, Krisna is fulfilling her dream: working creatively with children through art! An avid traveller, Krisna has taught English and art in India and Vietnam, and most recently, for several years in Spain. She is excited about art education at the AGA and delights in welcoming our youngest patrons to the wonders of art through Tours for Tots drop-in and Saturday family classes. Sparking enthusiasm and spontaneity are the core of Krisna's teaching.
Alodie is a franco-albertan multidisciplinary artist. She studied theatre, creative writing, graphic design, and library science, and has been volunteering and working with kids and youth since the age of fifteen. She strongly believes in access to art and art education for all, and in encouraging students' agency with interpreting and making art. She would like to help students really own their art experience here at the AGA. Ask her about some of her favourite art forms: cartooning and zine-making, masks and puppetry, and crafting and photography!
Creating conversations around art and the many different ways we appreciate it is what Liam enjoys most about working at the AGA. Having signed on in October 2017, Liam comes from a background in theory, history, performance and literature. He has previous experience as a heritage interpreter at the Alberta Legislature, as well as actively runs writing workshops in the city. What interests Liam most with visual art, is its poetic potency and its ability to speak with or without words.
Mitch has wanted to be a teacher since second grade. Every interaction with students is unique & dynamic. Teaching offers a chance to create environments cultivated for playful failure & co-operative creation. A graduate of the U of A’s combined BA Drama/BEd Secondary program, Mitchell's grateful for the chance to explore art-making, media-studies, and peer-to-peer interactions with kids.
In his spare time Mitch consumes an absurd amount of film, video games, and comics. You can hear more of him on his podcasts: WenghTalk Radio- an topic/interview based show - or We Watch Food- a food in media show.
Patrick has been with the AGA since 2013, and as a figurative realist painter and portraitist, brings his own expertise to the table. Patrick’s work has been placed in the Alberta Foundation for the Arts permanent collection as and many private collections. He has been included in the TREX, AGA/AFA touring exhibition program and celebrated his third solo exhibition late 2014. Patrick’s passion for art extends into his teaching at the AGA, and he believes in maintaining a light classroom environment that leaves room for inspiration and innovation in the moment. He believes that students should be treated as equals, and it is their engagement and enthusiasm that makes working at the AGA worthwhile.
Roger is a self taught freelance illustrator who has been working in acrylics, ink and digital media professionally for over 10 years. His illustrations have been published in children’s books, ads, newspapers and educational material. Roger’s passion extends into the other parts of the gallery as well, acting as both an educator and helping to assist with art rentals. He has been an educator at the AGA for over a year educating youth and adults. As an educator, Roger feels passionate about working with youth because of their passion for life and laughter.
Kerri has been working as a teacher and facilitator for over 15 years and thrives on encouraging children and youth to engage with their curiosity in exploring Art. Furthermore, Kerri is a multi-disciplinary artist whose practice encompasses visual art installation, prose and song. She has worked across Canada, the United States and Europe. She has a Diploma in Music Theatre from Grant MacEwan, a BFA majoring in Studio Arts from Concordia University in Montreal and also studied at École Nationale des Beaux-Arts à Lyon in France. Kerri has recently returned to her beloved native city and is thrilled to be an AGA Education team member.