Executive

Elected Positions

Nicole Porter

NICOLE PORTER
President

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

DAVID SANDQUIST
1st Vice-President | Membership | Treasurer

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.

MASON HARTMAN
2nd Vice-President | Communications | Art in Public Places- Victoria

I acknowledge that I live, work, learn and create on the ha-houlthees of the Hupač̓asatḥ and Tseshaht Nations. I am thankful to be able to live in the beautiful Alberni Valley, on Vancouver Island, surrounded by mountains, forests, and water, which inspire and breathe life into my creative spirit. I am an Artist Teacher or Creative Facilitator to Grade 8-12 Artists at Alberni District Secondary School. I look forward to entering the studio everyday excited to make messes, explore creative possibilities and participate in Artful discoveries with young Artists. Studio 120 where I teach, transforms each semester from a 2D studio, with Drawing, Painting, Printing and everything in between, into a 3D studio with a focus on Ceramics. Life in the studio is always exciting. I teach mainly Studio Arts 2D 11 and 12, Studio Arts 3D 10-12 and one block of Grade 8 Art Elective.

In 2020 I completed my Masters in Art Education, with a focus on vulnerability in the studio and the influence being vulnerable has on the studio community as well as practice and process. This research has changed the way I facilitate in the studio. I have notice that I take more creative risks and that my students are more comfortable with being vulnerable in their creative process.

As an Artist, I take lots of Artful walks looking at the small vulnerable bits of nature or made materials. I reflect on the discoveries and treasures I find during these walks when I am creating. Thinking about how discarded items can be so beautiful when you stop to look at them or find the right angle. This is a direct representation of my own journey in life and my search as a Transman for that one part of me in the mirror that I identified with pre-transition.

I absolutely love my “work” as an Art Educator, maybe not the cleanup part or the switching of studios.

Being a member of the BCATA has opened up a community for me as an Art Educator, which can be a isolated place when you work in a small community.

LINDSEY MENNELL
Primary Curriculum Rep

I am new to the position of Primary Curriculum Rep. I live and work in Penticton, on the traditional territory of the Okanagan Sylix people. I work at Kaleden Elementary School where I teach grade 4/5 and Arts Education. 

I love making things of all sorts but I have recently been into making pine needle and cedar bark baskets. Collecting and creating with natural materials allows me to connect more deeply with the Okanagan. 

JANE SILVERSIDES
Primary Curriculum Rep

I have been teaching for 32 years as a Primary Teacher in Surrey, BC.  One of the reasons I enjoy my job is because I have the opportunity to empower children to do more than they ever think they can… And many find their superpower in Art.  The delight in children’s eyes when they mix colours for the first time, or their amazement when they realize that they created something truly beautiful -  never gets old. One of my  favourite quotes from an eight-year old is, “I feel satisfied.”  If I can share any techniques that bring a feeling of satisfaction to more students, more teachers, then I am glad.  

ERRIN GREGORY
Intermediate 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.

NORMA JEAN
Graduation Curriculum Rep

SOFIA TRUJILLO
Graduation Curriculum Rep

I'm currently working for the Surrey School District as an Art Teacher and Fine Arts Department Head at École Salish Secondary where I teach students ranging from Grades 8 to 12. I've also taught at Frank Hurt Secondary for 16 years and North Surrey Secondary for a year prior to that. I'm currently the Surrey Art Teachers Association President. On October 23rd 2020, I was awarded Art Educator of the Year (Graduation Years) by the BCATA. For the past 20 years. My favourite activities outside of school are traveling, photography, reading, making art, spending time with my family and friends. I think being an Art Teacher is the best job in the world! It is very rewarding to see my students create new things and reach new heights. In my class I am always looking for students who are trying new things, and most importantly, trying their best!!

BILL ZUK Ph.D
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.

ROBERT DALTON
Journal Editor

sharon

SHARON RICHARDS
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.

anne

ANNE JENKINS
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.

BOB ST-CYR
Photography & Media Curriculum Rep​

Usher

DONNA USHER
Webmaster | Photography & Media Curriculum Rep

Donna Usher taught Photography, Graphic Design, and Arts & Activism at the Langley Fine Arts School for over 24 years. During that time, Usher also produced the Arts Matter lecture series for 10 years, co-organized Compassion 2 Action Conference, co-founded Project Kenya Sister Schools (now PA-MOJA), lead the LFAS Photographic Mosaic Mural, initiated “This is Kwantlen” public art installation, and curated countless photography exhibitions and projected shows.

Now Donna has recently retired to explore new creative possibilities and is now living on Galiano Island.

The BCATA is a great venue for BC Art teachers to connect and share the art of Art teaching.

Matthew Sinclair

MATT SINCLAIR
Past President

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.

Appointed Positions

REGAN RASMUSSEN
Advocacy

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.
www.reganrasmussen.com
www.arc-hivearc.org
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’.

BARBARA SUNDAY
Retired Teacher Rep

I currently serve as Retired Art Teaches’ Rep – an appointed position with the BCATA. I feel that membership in this organization is important now more than ever as a community for art teachers to stay connected min these uncertain times.

I have enjoyed a lengthy career teaching art to students in public schools in West Vancouver, Canada. I am currently involved as a consultant, workshop presenter, and scoring team member for AP Art and Design. As an artist, I am interested in creating surfaces that suggest ephemeral narratives through layers of collage and mixed media techniques.

My works are a little about me and those little moments in life that we don’t pay enough attention to – glimpses, flash recollections, photos and trinkets that comprise everyday life journeys.

These images were initially inspired as I cleared through the possessions of my late mother-in-law and came across her drawer of “unmentionables”. In a moment, these once-important items represented a long-gone era in female aesthetic. Intricate laces, hostile zippers, and curious gadgets took on a greater meaning for me. They became symbolic markers of a time and context that I wished to memorialize. I work with layers of random everyday findings juxtaposed to create a sense randomness and mystery in these diary-like recordings that have a meaningful connection with the passage of time.

As a hybrid of drawing, I often transfer images onto my surfaces and expand them with a variety of mark-making techniques. Works are considered resolved when I begin to see a sense of order in the drips, blurs, shapes, and forms that emerge and transcend through transparencies and overlays, evoking hints of narrative - memories of times and places past that now, on reflection, have importance.

sandrine han

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.

Heather

HEATHER PASTRO
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.

MARIE-FRANCE BÉRARD
Archives | UBC Vancouver

WAH KEE TING
Art in Public Places- Vancouver

LORNA MENZIES
Art in Public Places- Vancouver