Lori Dawn Comerford



  Artist and Educator



Artist and Educator
    
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Every Child is an artist, the problem is how to remain one as we grow up.  
Picasso

Creativity is as important as literacy and numeracy, and I actually think people understand that creativity is important - they just don't understand what it is.  Ken Robinson


 

 

Teaching Experience

 

2014- present           Tommy Douglas Secondary School
                                      Position:  Visual Arts Department Head

2005-2014                Unionville High School

                                     Position: Visual Arts Department Head

                                   

2001-2005                 Aurora High School

                                      Position: Visual Arts Teacher

 

1998-2000                 Dr G. W. Williams Secondary School

                                     Positions: Visual Arts/Media Arts and English Teacher

                                                     Interim Assistant Head of English Department

 

1992- 1998                Sutton District High School

                                      Position: Visual Arts and English Teacher

 

1989-1992                 Baden Senior School, Canadian Forces Base Baden, Germany

                                     Department of National Defence, Dependent’s Schools Overseas

                                     Positions: Grade 12 English Teacher, Occasional Teacher K-12

                                     Continuing Education- Visual Art/Photography Instructor

                                                   

1985-1988                 Portage and District School Board, Portage la Prairie, Manitoba

                                     Positions: Continuing Education- Visual Art/Photography Instructor

                                     Occasional Teacher- Junior/Intermediate

 

 

Professional Qualifications                                                                      

 

1994                            University of Toronto

                                    Faculty of Education

                                    Honours Specialist Visual Arts

 

1984-1985                   University of Windsor

                                    Faculty of Education

                                    Bachelor of Education

 

1980-1984                   University of Western Ontario

                                    Faculty of Arts

                                    Honours Bachelor of Arts (Visual Arts)

 

 

Curriculum Writing and Leadership Experience

 

 

Ministry of Education -Media Arts Curriculum – Analysis of Old Curriculum, Member of the Writing Team and Reviewer, 2008-2009

 

Ontario Society of Education through Art (OSEA) – Focus Course Profile Writing Team, Lead Writer for Grade 10 and Grade 12 AWR Film and Video courses, 2010

 

Independent Learning Centre, TVO – Co-Writer - Grade 9 Visual Arts distance education

 

YRDSB – Specialist High Skills Major –Visual Arts advisor for a Grade 12 History Unit

 

Integrated Unit of Study –art integration with technology, science, history, drama, music, dance

 

TD21 – Self-directed professional development at UHS – Focus on Creativity and Well Being

 

Unionville High School – Staff Meeting Chair person -2010-2011

 

Regional Visual Arts Head  Co-Chair, 2008-2012 –organized meetings and set agenda

 

Regional PD Day Planning for the Visual Arts, 2009-2013- co-ordinate workshops/facility

 

Art Schools Advisory Council –Representative for Visual Arts and Unionville High School, 2008-11

 

 

Current School Initiatives and Extra-Curricular Activities

 

 

Art Attack                                 Promotion of art program with live performances on stage

 

Art With Heart                         Painting project to connect with community and support charities

 

Art Show Jazz Café                An evening for parents and community to showcase the arts

 

Chalk Off                                 Spring sidewalk chalk art competition

 

No Pole Left Behind                Initiated a concrete pole mural project for the Arts Unionville program

 

U Gallery                                 Student art gallery at Unionville High School –a learning space

 

Permanent Collection             Started a permanent art collection at UHS – Painting Award

 

YRDSB Public Sculptures      Unionville, Dr. G. W. Williams and Sutton High School

 

Arts and Culture Council         Staff Advisor at UHS, AHS, SDHS- promotes the arts

 

Clubs                                       Native Studies Club, Film Festival Club, Photo Club

           

Theatre                                    Stage sets, posters, theatrical makeup and photography

 

Student Travel                         Group Leader of many trips to New York, Ottawa and various Europe destinations

 

 

 

Conference and Workshop Presentations

 

 

Ontario Art Education Association conference – Workshop Presenter, Art Attack! 2013

 

Arts Unionville Parents Advisory Committee – Presentation and discussion of “A Whole New Mind” by author Daniel Pink, 2011

 

OISE, Visual Arts Additional Qualification, Guest lecturer, Integrating Technology into the Creative Process, 2011

 

OISE, Visual Arts Additional Qualifications, Guest lecturer, Media Arts, The New Curriculum, 2010

 

OISE, Visual Arts Additional Qualification, Guest Lecturer, Technology in the Visual Arts, 2008

 

Photo Educators Forum – Workshop Presenter, Liquid Light, Photo Transfers, Photo Book, Installation Art, Postmodern Photomontage 1998-2014

 

Regional Visual Arts Head Meeting – Workshop on New Visual Arts/Media Arts Curriculum, 2010

 

YRDSB Regional PD Day –Handmade Books, Art Attacks, Installation Art Workshop, 2009-2013

 

YRDSB PD Day – Visual Literacy Workshop, for UHS staff, 2006

 

Related Experience

 

Training in TeachAssist, Google Camp, IPP, Photoshop, Final Cut Pro, iMovie

 

Exhibiting Artist – active as an exhibiting artist in the community –solo show in July

 

Hot Docs Teacher Advisory Council member, 2009-2013

 

Published an article in Photo Ed Magazine entitled Liquid Light, June 2002

 

York Region Arts Camp Instructor, Mixed Media and Theatrical Make-Up, 2002

 

Art Director and photographer for professionally produced CD covers, EMI Records

 

Founding member of Absolutely Apposed Art Studio in Aurora, 1995-1999

 

Teacher’s Advisory Council member, Kodak Focus on Education 1995-98

 

Portage and District Arts Council, Member of the Board of Directors and

Exhibition Committee Chairperson, 1986-88

 

Manitoba Festival of the Arts, Neepawa, Manitoba, Photography Instructor, 1986

 

Manitoba Association of Community Arts Councils, Board of Directors 1985-86

 

Founder and Host of a cable TV show, At the Arts Centre, Portage la Prairie, 1987

 

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