This Butternut Squash Be Trippin

So last month was eventful.

I was a facilitator at the Banff Centre for a Royal Conservatory program called Learning Through The Arts (LTTA). It’s a program where artists and teachers partner up to teach the curriculum to students through various art forms. For example, teaching numeracy with painting and symbols, or how electrical currents work through movement, etc.

The idea is that it incorporates all kinds of learning into the classroom to help all kids learn in as many ways as possible. Everyone is different and we all learn in different ways. The fancy words for this are Differentiated Instruction.

A week before that, I was in Toronto to receive my Mentor-Artist Educator Certificate from the Royal Conservatory in a very cool Convocation ceremony.

One of the major highlights? The butternut squash soup at the CN Tower. Honestly, it blew my mind.

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Happy Easter

Renew by Aaron Paquette

Renew

24″ x 30″
Mixed Media
on Canvas
2008

According to the calendar, it’s spring again, and I’ll take it. So what if it’s still cold and snow keeps falling? People are in shorts, riding bikes, sitting outside with their coffee…it’s all good. The weather says no, the cooped up spirit says yes.

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Earlier in the month the show at the Willock and Sax Gallery in Banff opened on a fantastic sunny day and I got to meet a lot of really great people with interesting stories to share. One such person was the fellow who had a show alongside mine. His name is Darren Peterson and he’s a truly skilled glassblower.

The trip was slow and easy. Taking the side roads and meandering through the countryside and scenery rejuvenated me and lent me an inner calm I’d been missing. What really started it all was the few days before that, when I had the honour of sitting in with a group of Elders, Artists, Educators, and Just Plain Good People up at Blue Quills First Nations College just outside of St.Paul, Alberta. They’re in the opening stages of planning an accredited Art Program and they really want it to be effective for students coming from a First Nations traditional background, and for anyone who wants an alternative to the standard post-secondary process. Thanks again to Sherri Chisan for including me in something so wonderful.

So, it’s spring, it’s Easter, and up here in the Northern Hemisphere it’s a time for rebirth and renewal. Today seems as good as any to stretch out the old dusty wings and go for a glide. So see you soon and take care!