Athanasia Perdikaris holds two degrees and is almost completed her master’s at the University of Saskatchewan College of Education. She currently teaches Grade 7 and 8 Middle Years and is inspired by students each day in the genuine moments learning they bring in what they observe.
Athanasia is inspired by what others see. Art in its variety of forms tends to always bring about an experience of connectivity. During her time working in an art gallery the rewarding moments were seeing people filled with questions, ideas, wonder or satisfaction as they looked at each art piece. During tours or brief conversations, those silent conversations about art would be heard as people navigated the details they noticed in the works when asked the question, “what do you see?” Athanasia cannot thank artists enough for creating works that allow people the opportunity of time and wonder.
Athanasia on teaching: The learning that happens from students, all students at different ages and stages of life have brought with them stories and experiences. In particular what I like about Art and Art Education is the development of skills of expression whether that is through traditional mediums, drawing, painting, sculpture, photography etc. however also engaging learners to recognize and be impacted by the expressions and learning that art offers. Don’t be shy by art, walk into art galleries confidently and ask yourself “what do I see?”.