BCATA Journal

Editors’ Message

We are very pleased with articles contributed to ‘Art and Reflections’, one of two issues that have expanded our ideas and notions about where we’ve been and where we’re headed.  The opportunity to link with a joint national and provincial conference at the University of Victoria enabled us to establish relationships with professional organizations and encouraged writing from a large pool of authors. Casting our nets beyond the province resulted in articles that went beyond the art classroom and provincial school districts. The current issue ‘Reflections and Imaginings 2’ has resulted in a range of vibrant ideas including outdoor art education programs and land based art ecology projects. This continues to reflect our accomplishments and imagine future directions in art education.

You will notice that recent copies of the Journal carry articles dealing with Indigenous issues. The Review section has been diligent in presenting art ideas concurrent with the ideas of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in Canada.  We hope to continue these themes in upcoming issues as a way of encouraging awareness, understanding and appreciation of First Nations language and culture. Please give attention to the current Review section emphasizing contemporary fiber arts and how ‘fiber’ has crossed into magnificent wall art creations, incredibly diverse sculptures, and outstanding examples of wearable adornment. The current reviews indicate the maturity of the fiber arts from traditional loom practices to aerial productions in large outdoor spaces.

There are many ways to contribute to the Journal.  One way is to look closely at the Call for Articles in the next issue dealing with art and technology where we would like to examine the way technology is changing the face of art education.  What are your views regarding technology entering the art classrooms with 3D printers, advanced camera systems and virtual reality accessories? How does this affect current programs? How does one balance the old with the new?  We welcome your views.

Our editorial assistance has resulted in write-ups and images from Art in Public Places projects at the BCTF building in Vancouver directed by Colleen Kennedy and the Ministry of Education in Victoria curated by Bill Zuk. We are always looking for projects accompanied with images.  In this connection, Jay Larson our layout and design editor is particularly adept at creating exceptional combinations of text and image for your pleasure and enjoyment.





Art educators, visual artists, filmmakers, engineers, and designers are part of a push to expand the boundaries of art. This push has resulted in art and technology developments nothing short of spectacular. We are seeing things such as virtual reality accessories to recreate animated three dimensional environments in which a person can assign movement and control their actions, avatars representing living/moving individuals in video games and internet forums, 3D printers that recreate facsimiles, and drone photography that allows us to see an aerial world in ways we never experienced.  While these innovations are tantalizing, they also challenge art education programs in terms of economic viability and balancing the curriculum with its diverse subjects. Give consideration to the following topics for a contribution to the Journal:

1) Discuss the challenges of replacing traditional subjects such as drawing, painting and sculpture with contemporary art forms that are technologically more advanced i.e. traditional cameras and darkroom photography replaced with digital cameras, sculpture programs replaced with 3D printers. Other?


2) How would you plan and organize an art curriculum that pushes the boundaries of art into areas that connect art with technology. Comments on priorities and choices.


3) Tell us what you have seen and experienced regarding changes in art and technology.  Offer some advice about directions, pitfalls and what we can learn.


4) Many plans for an art and technology curriculum involve cooperation with others.  Discuss how to bring specialists together in cooperative working arrangements such as lighting experts, animators, music and sound specialists.


5) Discuss ways of transitioning from a traditional art curriculum into one that involves more art and technology practices.


Contact the editors Dr. Bob Dalton (rdalton@uvic.ca) or Dr. Bill Zuk (wzuk@uvic.ca) for contributions to the BC Art Teachers’ Journal.  Submission date is September 30, 2018.