Vivian Thomson

Oil, watercolour, drawing, stained glass, pottery, printmaking, and photography.Thomson_AIF0802_med_Adj

Pinawa, Manitoba, R0E 1L0

Artistic Statement

I have always created art. I was fortunate to have amazing high school art teachers in Ottawa, and in my chosen profession, I had principals who valued my artistic skills.

Achieving my degree at University of Victoria was the turning point in my art development. For four years, I received instruction from artist/teachers: Geoff Hodder a Printmaker, George Stegall who taught oil and watercolour, Walter Dexter a noted west coast potter to name a few. I had the time to grow and develop surrounded by good teaching expertise, and fourteen like-minded classmates.

I have taught oil, watercolour, stained glass, pottery and printmaking, drawing classes and created art in all those fields. My passion is oil painting, primarily trying to capture the landscape of this part of the Canadian Shield and Pinawa Dam Heritage Park.

Artist Bio

Art Shows
University of Victoria, 1987 (requirement of Masters Degree)
Mural 2003 F.W.Gilbert Elementary School
2004 Collaborative mural (Rose Drynan, Anita Drabyk) Pinawa Mall

Education:
Masters Degree in Art Education, 1987,University of Victoria
Bachelor of Arts Degree, University of Manitoba, 1978
Ottawa Teachers College 1966

Teaching Experience
1968-1980 Classroom teacher
1980-1987 Art Teacher, grades 4 – 9, and one senior high course
1987-2004 Art Specialist, School District of Whiteshell
Responsible for creating and teaching the curriculum, grades 1 to 12
1966-1968 Teacher, Ottawa Public School Board
1988-1998 “After 4 Art Progams” for Pinawa elementary students,
1988-1996 Adult Art Classes in Pinawa

Related Experience
Art Curriculum Development Grades for 4,5,6 and 7,8,9 and Senior High for the Department of Education, Manitoba 1989-1992(?)
Created and taught my own art curriculum from 1968 to 1987
Formed “Pinawa Art 211” in 1987

Memberships
Eastern Manitoba Artists Cooperative (founding member) – past director
Pinawa Art 211- Treasurer

Thomson4_RoyalYorkersAtFortTicondoroga   Thomson3_OldPinawaDam-Winter2007    Thomson2_LowerFalls

Achievements
Lower Falls – Oil on eleven canvases, 78 inches by 30 inches
Old Pinawa Dam Winter 2007 – Oil on canvas, 48 inches by 16 inches
Royal Yorkers at Fort Ticonderoga – Oil on canvas, 30 inches by fifteen inches
Mural “Life is a learning experience” – Oil paint on prepped cinderblock wall, fifteen feet by 10 feet, F.W. Gilbert School, Pinawa