In his art practice, Robin Adair specializes in pen and ink drawings and pencil works that examine the psychological currents of family relationships and domestic spaces. Recently, he has been exploring various practices associated with the altered book, and experimenting with stop-motion animation. As an art educator, Robin facilitates school workshops through the Remai Modern, and teaches classes through the Community Arts Program at the University of Saskatchewan.
Robin completed his Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2005, and a Master's degree in English Literature in 2010. He is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Saskatchewan. Robin's academic research focuses on the novels by Virginia Woolf and the artistic theories and practices of the Bloomsbury group. He is also examining how Woolf's prose experiments correspond with Maurice Merleau-Ponty's philosophy of perception.
Robin on teaching: In the classroom I consider myself a facilitator. For me, the facilitator role is a juggling act between demonstration and mediation. I am aware of the various comfort levels students may have coming into the class for the first time. Although I ultimately want to challenge my students, and to stretch and enrich their established learning habits, I know from experience it is best for this to happen gradually over time and at the pace of each individual student. The guiding principal behind my teaching philosophy is to do the necessary work behind the scenes to create a stable scaffolding for both the students and the teacher to collaboratively build a safe and vital learning environment. My teaching approach is about giving the students enough space, and providing the necessary tools, to practice specific skills while developing an individual channel for creative expression.