- Summer 2021
- Spring 2021
- Fall 2020
- Summer 2020
- Spring 2020
- Yuezhi Zhao, professor and Canada Research Chair, receives Canada's highest academic honour
- SFU students to create solutions for a more sustainable, local textile industry
- In Memoriam: Ker Wells
- Art as education: Kitty Walker shares her love of art with the next generation
- New perspectives and fresh angles: journalist gains international experience in Global Communication MA program
- Graduate takes New Media to new creative levels with Artificial Intelligence
- SFU researchers’ innovative software key to choreographer Merce Cunningham’s dance legacy
- Musical memories refreshed: Olo Radio gives Last FM users a new way to interact with their music-streaming history
- Research excellence celebrated at second annual FCAT Research Awards
- Summer 2019
- Spring 2019
- Fall 2018
- Summer 2018
- Spring 2018
- Fall 2017
- Spring 2017
- Fall 2016
- Summer 2016
- Spring 2016
- Fall 2015
- Summer 2015
- Spring 2015
- Fall 2014
- Summer 2014
- Spring 2014
- Fall 2013
- News archive
- Future students
- Current students
- Get involved
- Return to campus
School for the Contemporary Arts, Art & Design
Art as education: Kitty Walker shares her love of art with the next generation
Now in her final year of the visual art program at our School for the Contemporary Arts, Kitty Walker has always wanted to be a teacher. After completing a couple of internships where she has been able to work with kids in a less formal, more therapeutic setting, she has her sights set on working in community-based art in some capacity.
This past spring, Walker was a Research Assistant for an elementary school art club that was a partnership between the Burnaby School District and the Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology. She met weekly with a group of students to teach them about art and provide a safe space where they felt like they belonged. The students in the art club were those who tend to have academic difficulties and don’t always feel comfortable at school. Through the art club, Kitty was able to connect with them and show them the possibilities of art for both creative expression and personal fulfillment.
“That internship confirmed that I want to be around people sharing experiences through art in a community setting,” says Walker.
In the summer, she completed another internship that aligned with her goal of working with children and creating unique programs for them to engage with art as the artist in residence for the West Coast Kids Cancer Foundation summer camp. This further confirmed her goal of finding ways to use art as therapy and to connect with the community.
Walker has learned a great deal during her time at the School for the Contemporary arts, and says she appreciates the fact that the program provides the freedom to explore many aspects of the visual arts including curation, exhibitions, and collaborative projects with other visual art students or students from other artistic disciplines.
One project she fondly remembers was in her third year as part of an exhibition in the Audain Gallery on campus. She created a sculpture of an old, Victorian heritage house that she spent time researching old letters and photos in the archives. Putting all her knowledge of the house’s past into the creation of her piece, she found it carried more meaning.
After graduation, Walker plans to either travel or head to grad school — maybe in Barcelona. She’s eager for a change of scenery, but will miss SFU all the same. “I’m ready, but sad to leave the studio.”