Artdemics adopts an interdisciplinary approach towards learning, bringing together academic learning and art, giving learners opportunities to interpret and understand the world around them in a creative and fun way through their own artistic explorations. For younger learners, Artdemics taps into the wonder and curiosity of the living and non-living world around them through hands-on exploratory art activities. For junior students, the Artdemics approach provides an opportunity for learners to explore an academic topic, gaining innovative ways of reflecting the world around them through a visual and artistic eye and from learning how art, both now and in the past relates to our human and physical world.
Conventional subjects of science, geography, history and literature that are normally studied within an academic setting can ignite interest and creativity within young minds through a uniquely art perspective, facilitating original thinking that expands your child’s learning experience beyond traditional curricula and into the living and active world around them. For creative thinkers, this expansion of learning can be as poignant as being inspired by a strange and beautiful cloud in the sky to delving deep into a creative project sparked by curiosity and imagination.
Within a small group setting, I work individually with learners to explore a chosen topic within science, history, geography or literature. The way it works is simple: a student chooses what he or she is interested in studying and I will help him or her explore this topic through an art project, guiding the student from inspiring idea to completed project. I provide and facilitate ideas on how to begin, everything from brainstorming to experimenting with various art mediums to develop the student’s ideas into artistic form.
Within Artdemics, students can choose to work independently or collaboratively in small groups to complete a creative project around an academic topic of interest that they wish to explore. Kept to a maximum of 4 participants per session, Artdemics groups are small but creatively big.
Instructor: Penny Leong Browne
Penny is an artist, curator and writer who lives and works in Vancouver, Canada. Her writing and art explores the practices of salvaging and the abject through the acts of giving and the socio-cultural complexities of the gift beyond commodified economies. She is especially interested in the aesthetic representation of everyday objects and how their production and consumption can be interpreted and intercepted in socially creative ways. Her critical texts and prose works have appeared in various academic and literary journals such as Inderscience, Front Magazine, Capilano Review and Circulating Contexts – Curating Media / Net / Art, and Kapsula.. Her art work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally at various galleries including the Surrey Art Gallery, Western Front, Charles H. Scott Gallery, Richmond Art Gallery, Performa 07 (NYC) and the Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts and the Ontario Science Centre / Idea Gallery.
Alongside writing and making art, she is also a passionate homeschool mentor sharing her love for art, science and interdisciplinary explorations with young learners. With an academic background that includes undergraduate degrees in Geography (UBC), Fine Arts (Painting / ECI) and more recently a Master of Applied Arts (Media) from the Emily Carr University of Art and Design, her approach towards her own work and teaching is interdisciplinary, spanning visual arts, history, social geography, literary studies, critical theory and philosophy.
Whether it’s in creative work, mentoring or in her ongoing commitment towards fundraising for the arts, she believes that work practices, learning experiences and the creative process can be brought together in powerful and engaging ways of giving. Her current and in-progress philanthropic projects include an Emerging Designers Award for Goodhauss and Fulfyl, an online commerce platform for ethically-made goods that incorporates giving at both stages of their production and consumption.