Elected Positions

Matthew Sinclair


Teaching in the Arts has been an incredibly fulfilling, humbling and enlightening life for me. I teach Art and Photography courses at King George Secondary School in downtown Vancouver. Though teaching takes up the majority of my time, I've found continuing to practice as an artist has strengthened my enjoyment in the classroom and passion for finding new opportunities for my students. I work in many mediums including painting, drawing, photography, music and sculpture. I also love bikes of all kinds, but particularly BMX.

Why you view membership in the BCATA as important:
I view membership in the BCATA important because so many art teachers work on islands in their schools so to speak. There is often only one or two per school and that few in some districts. It can be hard to network, find new information or simply just find peers and the BCATA is an excellent source for that along with all of our other forms of professional development.

Nicole Porter

1st Vice-President & Intermediate Curriculum Rep

Membership in the BCATA offers us community. The richest resource we have as teachers is each other and the BCATA offers us opportunities to share, grow and support each other in art education. I currently teach art at Fleetwood Park Secondary in Surrey. I love what I do. It feels right to put my apron on each morning, roll my sleeves up and get ready to work alongside my students. Being a part of helping students to grow as a young artists, to help them find their visual voice, to provide a safe space and opportunities that foster creative thought is inspiring, energizing and gives me purpose. Teaching art means I have messy hands all the time and my clothes have paint stains marking the passing of assignments long after they have been completed. Teaching art means I have a hive of creative activity in my classroom that to others looks like chaos but to me looks beautiful. I love what I do.

david sandquist

2st Vice-President & Membership

I currently teach at DW Poppy Secondary and enjoy painting as my primary art form although I have been expanding my carving practice (wood and stone) over the past few years.  I think our PSA offers art teachers a host of benefits in the shared knowledge and experience of our membership, whether it is from our publications filled will helpful ideas for the classroom or our Conferences that provide both practical profession development as well as collegial collaboration and camaraderie.  I have personally benefited from my membership in the BCATA, and I look forward to giving back in my role on the executive.

Primary Curriculum Rep

After teaching for quite awhile now, I continue to feel happy walking in to work with students every day. That said, I'm happiest when students are painting, working with clay, or taking photographs. Kids amaze me with their creativity, their engagement with arts-based methods, and their ability to learn through the arts.

Why you view membership in the BCATA as important:
Membership in the BCATA is important for ongoing professional development. I continue to be motivated to be a better teacher because of BCATA fall conferences/workshops, and, also, because of the amazing people I've met in the BCATA. In particular, the educators I've met on the executive are a constant source of inspiration.

Co-editor, BC Art Teachers' Journal
Curator, Art in Public Places
Victoria, BC Representative, University of Victoria

Current Status: Dr. Bill Zuk, Professor Emeritus. Art Education, University of Victoria. Active studio practice: Multimedia artist specializing in print, sculpture and film. See some of my work at: www.zukart.ca and www.intotheice.ca

Why you view membership in the BCATA as important:
My membership allows me to advocate for the vital role that creativity and the imagination play in our lives. It also allows me to promote Indigenous art and culture in this province where more than half of the 50 languages and cultures in Canada are represented. The province of British Columbia is culturally very rich.


Visually Speaking Editor

Past positions: Membership, President, Past President, Treasurer, Webmaster, Conference Co-Chair
I teach art at Westsyde Secondary in Kamloops, which is also the high school I attended. Although I work mainly in acrylic in my own studio practice, my work is defined more by the element of colour than it is by a particular medium or genre.

Why membership in the BCATA is important:
I value membership in the BCATA because it connects me to inspiring visual arts educators around the province. I’ve been hooked every since I attended my first BCATA conference.


Recording Secretary

I am always willing to partner in learning that will highlight student artifacts to build confidence.

Why you view membership in the BCATA as important:
Participating in a PSA provides opportunities for sharing the work of learners in provincial/national venues/formats, and adds value to my learning with a broad network of professional co-learners, extending my perspective.


Graduation Curriculum Representative

Photography & Media Curriculum Representatives

Appointed Positions

Amber MacGregor

District Rep Coordinator & Social Media Rep

My role in the BCATA executive is Communications, I am responsible for reaching out to fine arts teachers in the province and making sure they have representation within our organization and access to the information and arts advocacy that we support and provide. I also will be sharing more content via Facebook and Twitter moving forward to engage the BCATA with a wider audience, as part of my role.

I think that being part of the BCATA is a fantastic way to connect with artist-educators in the province. Having a connection to all of the incredible creativity and learning that the BCATA shares is invaluable for any art teacher in the province, and beyond.

I am an artist-educator living and working in Victoria BC. I recently completed my Masters in Art Education at the University of Victoria and am currently teaching Media Arts and Visual Arts at Reynolds High School on a temporary contract. It can be a difficult thing to maintain an art practice while working as a teacher. I think that creating and maintaining balance between teaching and making art is an important part of being an artist-educator. I strive to focus on both my care and attention to my students and their growing use and understanding of their own creativity and my own artistic growth and practice. I am currently working on a project collaboration with my friend and poet Astrid van der Pol. We are working on an immersive installation in response to her poetry about the sea. My current mediums of choice are cyanotype prints, digital photography and alternative video/animation.
My work can be viewed on my website: ambermacgregor-artist.ca


Past positions: President, Past President, Conference Co-Chair, Intermediate Rep, District Rep
An artist/educator who has taught K-12 and post secondary studio art and curriculum classes, most recently at Royal Bay Secondary SD62 and University of Victoria.
Currently a member of arc.hive, an artist run centre in Victoria.
Why you view membership in the BCATA as important:
The BCATA is welcoming group of professional artist / educators devoted to promoting quality arts education K-12 and post secondary. Belonging to this association connects us, enriches us, and reminds us why we create art, and find joy in mentoring others to discover and develop their ‘inner artist’.

Retired Teacher Rep

Over the years, I have served BCATA in a number of positions including: West Vancouver District Rep, Corresponding Secretary, various Conference Committee responsibilities, President, and have been BCATA Rep at a number of conferences for CSEA and NAEA. After many years of teaching at both elementary and secondary levels, I have retired from full time teaching in West Vancouver schools and remain a Consultant for AP Art and Design. My own art always involves drawing. Just now I am interested in developing surfaces for my images that involve layering with repurposed materials. Through my current BCATA position, I hope that I can make a contribution by networking with retired members.

sandrine han

UBC Vancouver

I am an artist, researcher, and educator. My research interests are in the fields of art education, technology, semiotics, visual culture, cognitive psychology, visual communication, and visual literacy.

Why you view membership in the BCATA as important:
BCATA provides the latest information regarding to BC curriculum. BCATA provides great teaching resources for all teachers. BCATA is the best place to connect BC art teachers. With BCATA membership, you won’t feel alone in the art classroom. BCATA is here for you.


Vancouver Island University Representative

Artist, Teacher, Researcher, Professor of Art Education at Vancouver Island University.

Why I am a member of the BCATA…
I have been involved with the BCATA executive since 1992 - an organization that I feel very passionate about! The executive members of the BCATA are hard working professionals and like minded advocates for art education. As members of the BCATA, we have the opportunity to collaborate and implement change for positive growth and development of art in education, not just locally and provincially, but globally, through our network of art educators and art organizations all over the world. Our annual conferences, newsletters, and journals are the best- extremely well thought out and designed with the needs of our provincial classroom teachers and learners always at the forefront.

The BCATA is a welcoming professional organization that offers so many opportunities for teachers to explore their love for art, teaching, creativity, and commitment to children and students in the K-12 system and teacher education in our province. My involvement in the BCATA, over many years, has endured many changes in curriculum models and delivery of art education throughout all of the grade levels. However, the BCATA members through affiliation and collaboration with the Ministry of Education and the BCTF, have ensured that art education remains at the “heART” of education and a critical component of our children’s education in BC. Many BCATA members are my longtime friends and colleagues, and my career has been enriched because of their friendship, and commitment and dedication for art in education.


I am a passionate artist and educator. I spend most of my time within the digital world but enjoy diving into all areas of art.

Why you view membership in the BCATA as important:
The BCATA is an important piece of my professional development. As a member of the BCATA I am provided with ongoing opportunities for networking and support. It is wonderful to belong to an association of like-minded professionals that encourage and inspire my growth as an artist and my teaching practice.

Thompson Rivers University

Marie-France Bedard
UBC Vancouver

Art in Public Places, Vancouver

Art in Public Places, Victoira