Amy-Claire Huestis

Projection / Media and Light Installation / Photography / Visual Arts

Amy-Claire Huestis

Amy-Claire Huestis Website

Teaching Languages: English

Twitter: @amy_huestis

 

Bio:

Amy-Claire is Vancouver-based visual artist with a diverse practice involving painting, video, projection, installation, and performance.  Beside her active painting and drawing practice, she works with light, projection media, performance and installation – this work often involves her own personalized or invented devices, used in playful and soulful ways.  She loves history and works with both historic and contemporary forms.  In her practice she works to actively suspend a state of wonderment.  She has exhibited across Canada in both public and commercial galleries, including Diane Farris (Vancouver), Paul Kuhn (Calgary), Battat Contemporary (Montreal), and Young Projects (Los Angeles) and has received numerous awards and fellowships.   In 2015, she was performed in New York City at the Morbid Anatomy Museum and University Settlement.   She also completed a residency at The Bothy Project in Scotland, and was a teaching fellow at Mildred’s Lane.  In New York, she was an artist educator in School Programs for the Dia Foundation and for the Whitney Museum of American Art.

 

Competency:

Video and Analogue projection, Photography, Media Arts Technologies, Painting, Drawing. Performace.  MFA, UCLA Media Arts; BFA, Concordia University.  Exhibition across Canada and the United States, UCLA California Nano Systems Institute Visiting Artist, Dia Foundation Educator, Whitney Museum of American Art Educator in School Programs, Access and Community Programs

 

Testimonials:

From our first encounter I was struck Amy’s experimentalism and willingness to think outside of the box. Indeed, she decided to pursue her graduate study with a gallery career already in motion, having had a number of exhibitions. Amy joined the program to expand her artistic palette while at the same time prepare herself to teach which she enjoyed doing. We invited her create a new work in our Art | Sci gallery at the California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI) with a focus on the process that would also include a workshop for the annual NanoLab Summer Institute.” – Victoria Vesna, Director, Art|Sci center, Professor, department of Design|Media Art, UCLA

 

Working with Amy to integrate her concepts involving vertical gardens into curriculum of the UCLA Sci|Art NanoLab Summer Institute was a pleasure. She delivered an informative lecture that seamlessly integrated with an exciting hands-on workshop. The students were excited and impressed by the rigor with which Amy engaged in this workshop. Combined with her art installation in the Art|Sci Gallery, Amy’s contribution to the Sci|Art program was a tremendous success!” – Adam Stieg, the science director for the Art/Science Summer Program at the California Nano Systems Institute at UCLA.

 

 Workshop:

Workshop #1:  Drawing from Nature

This workshop is designed to encourage and foster an active state of wonder in our glorious natural environment.  Using optical tools like colored acetate and darkened mirrors, the workshop takes the students outdoors to learn life drawing, examining the world big and small and drawing what they see, find, and imagine.   Students are encouraged to playfully examine and watch clouds, reflections, shadows, and to make ephemeral works (creative and found drawing materials are used).   For older students, personal phone cameras are incorporated as an additional medium for exploration.

 

Suitable for Grade 1 to Grade 12

Workshop will run over a two-week period. Five classroom sessions, each 90 minutes long including one field trip.  One 60-minute phone session with teacher to collaborate and brainstorm big ideas.   Pre-visit and post-visit materials are provided.

 

Required equipment/facility/materials/teacher Resources for Workshop:

Drawing materials (charcoal, newsprint, cartridge paper, conte, markers)

Colored acetate.  Black ink.  Cardboard.

 

Workshop #2:  Re-imagining our Screens

This workshop engages the students in lively discussion and art-making, examining how screen-based and lensed technologies such as cell phones, projectors, computer displays affect their everyday lives.  The tailored workshop and classroom dialogue are designed to suit each class.  Students find their own creative ways to bring artfulness and soulfulness into their digital devices.  In a class field trip students will work with photographic composition to digitally capture or interpret artwork, themes, or motifs with different types of devices, social media, and/or screens. Teachers may choose from three workshop models:

1. Working Outside the Rectangular Frame; using projectors and screens outside the standard frame; (standard frame of cinema, cell phone screens, photographs, and projections is rectangular in form. Students will explore ways to work outside of the rectangular form in triangles, circles, and irregular shapes.”

2. Art on Instagram, using social media to make art

3. Video Installation.

 

Suitable for Grade 1 to Grade 12

Workshop will run over a two-week period. Five classroom sessions, each 90 minutes long including one field trip.  One 60-minute phone session with teacher to collaborate and brainstorm big ideas.   Pre-visit and post-visit materials are provided.

 

Required equipment/facility/materials/teacher Resources for Workshop:

Screen-based technologies available at the school including computer displays, televisions, and various computer or ipads as well as student’s cell phones. The workshop is designed in collaboration with the classroom teacher, the class of students, and after getting a sense of the materials and tools available. The project is inspired by a visit to at least one of the Biennale sculptures and some engaging activities on site.

Maximum 30 students per class

 

School District Availability

Burnaby, Delta, North Vancouver, Richmond, Surrey, Tsawwassen, Vancouver, White Rock