Multidisciplinary Artist

Education

  • George Brown College, Toronto

Post Graduate Degree, College Teacher Training Program 2016

  • Art University of Tehran, Iran

Master of Fine Arts degree (Painting), 1997
Bachelor of Fine Arts degree (Painting), 1994

  • Azad University / Tehran, Northern Branch, Tehran, Iran

Bachelor of Arts degree (Translation), 1997

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Highlights

  • Master of Fine Arts degree in painting combined with expertise in drawing, new media, and video arts.
  • Two times successful candidate to receive a Grant from the Canada Council for the Arts, 2015 and 2018
  • Winner of the Grand Prize of the International Dhaka Biennial 2003-2004 for the Video Installation, “Rising up or falling down.”
  • Short listed for the MOPCAP Prize (Magic of Persia Contemporary Art Prize), London, England, 2009
  • Renown for social-political themes in different artistic projects in painting, drawing, video arts and new media

Grants, Prizes or Awards

  • Two times successful candidate to receive a Grant from the Canada Council for the Arts, 2015 and 2018
  • Winner of the Grand Prize of the International Dhaka Biennial 2003-2004 for the Video Installation, “Rising up or falling down.”
  • Short listed for the MOPCAP prize (Magic of Persia Contemporary Art Prize), 2009, London, England

Bibliography

Books

  • Visuell Identitäten, Künstlerische Selbstinszenierungen in der zeitgenössischen iranischen Videokunst, Julia Allerstorfer, [transcript] image, Universität Linz, 2018
  • Kunstler Unterwegs Wege und Grenzen des Reinens, Harald Penchlar | Elisa Innerhorfer. [Hrsg], Nomos, 2018
  • The Artist, The Censor, and The Nude A tale of morality and appropriation
    Glenn Harcourt , Artwork: Pamela Joseph, Foreword: Francis M. Nauman,
    First published in Los Angeles by DoppelHouse Press 2017
  • Contemporary Iranian Art New Perspectives
    Hamid Keshmirshekan PHD. . First published in Great Britain in 2013 by Saqi Books.
    Saqi: 26 Westbourne Grove London W5 2Rh. www.saqibooks.co.uk
    ISBN 978-0-86356-721-6. 2013.
  • Performing the Iranian State: Visual Culture and Representations of Iranian Identity
    Staci Gem Scheiwiller. Performing arts. 260 pages. Anthem Press. Feb. 15 2013.
    (Pages 183-185)
  • Only the morning bird treasures the flower garden, Editor: Mehraneh Atashi, Art Director: Aria Kasaei, Foreword: Sohrab Mohebbi, Published by REDCAT (Roy and Edna Disney/ CalArts Theater), Printed in South Korea, 2019

Researches

  • Representing the unrepresentable. De/constructive strategies of re/presenting identity in contemporary Iranian Video art on example of Simin Keramati and Shahram Entekhabi
    Julia Alerstrofer PHD. . Catholic theological university Linz Upper Austris. 2014.

Articles

A brief history of teaching experiences

Art Instructor, fall 2019 to 2020
Art instructor in Canadian Contemporary School of Art, CCSA,

  • Figurative drawing portrait and human body
  • Understanding the space, composition of form and colour in a frame
  • Fundamental of Arts
  • Arts basics
  • Building and creating an art portfolio
  • Techniques of drawing from basic to advanced both live models and still life
  • Teaching painting with different medias (Acrylic, Oil, Watercolour, Pastel) from both live models and still life alongside landscape

Art Instructor, fall 2016 to 2019
Art instructor in the Prussian Blue Art studio, teaching drawing and painting to individuals and groups of young adults, teen agers and adults

  • Techniques of drawing from basic to advanced both live models and still life
  • Teaching painting with different medias (Acrylic, Oil, Watercolour, Pastel) from both live models and still life alongside landscape
  • Teaching art history and basics of creativity to individuals and the groups

Member of the Advisory Committee, Fall- Winter 2016-17
Member of the advisory committee for MFA student at York University, Visual arts department
Committee advisors: Judith Schwarz (Associate Professor, York University), Michel Daigneault (Associate Professor, York University) and me as the third (guest) committee advisor

  • Analysis and criticizing the art works of the student

Teacher Mentee, winter 2016
College Teacher Training Program, placement in School of Design, George Brown College, Toronto
Teacher Mentor: Noreen McGibney

  • Teacher Mentee, Art & Design Foundation program, Foundation Drawing II
  • Taught figurative drawing based on the anatomy of the human body
  • Instructed different techniques on paper (pen, marker, pencil, chalk, pastel)
  • Delivered new methods of teaching, such as using smart board and other technologies to motivate the students.

Instructor, Workshop Developer, 2015-16
Sketch-working in collaboration with the University of Toronto, Toronto
A project for ten sessions of workshops for teenage and homeless mothers, project designer: Clara Juando.

  • Developed workshop guidelines and outcomes for painting and drawing
  • Worked on different techniques for drawing sessions
  • Worked on different techniques for painting classes
  • Worked on creativity in the use of different objects

Fine Arts Educator, 1998-2012
Faculty of Fine Arts – Azad University of Tehran
Central Branch, Arts & Architecture Department, Painting Program, Tehran, Iran

  • Taught courses in:
    o Painting studio from the first semester (junior students) to the last semester (senior students)
    o Drawing studio from the first semester (junior students) to the last semester (senior students)
    o Fundamental of Arts 1 and Arts Basics 2
    o Final Projects for Painting and Drawing
  • Served as thesis supervisor to 40 undergraduate and 30 graduate students working on MA or BA degrees in painting and art-research courses
  • Developed lesson plans for undergraduate courses in painting and drawing – with classes ranging from 14-27 students per semester
  • Advised students on research preparation, theses guidelines, and expectations
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