Agnieszka Chalas

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Agnieszka Chalas

Cultivating artistic habits of mind and creative problem-solving skills in addition to engendering a consideration of art within its larger social, historical, and political contexts is at the heart of Ms. Chalas’ approach to teaching visual arts. Students in her classes are consistently engaged in assignments that require them to use their existing and newfound knowledge to generate solutions to practical problems and produce new and original artwork.   

Before joining the Leahurst faculty, where she teaches Grade 8 and 9 Visual Art, Ms. Chalas was the Co-Executive Director at ArtSmarts—a national arts-in-education organization that supports artist-teacher partnerships in schools. She has also worked as a Program Director at Studio in a school in New York City and as the Director of Public Programs and Education at the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University, a Bachelor of Education (K-12 Visual Art) from the University of British Columbia, and a Master of Arts (Art Education) from Concordia University. Currently, Ms. Chalas is a PhD candidate in the Faculty of Education at Queen’s where she teaches introductory arts education courses to Primary-Junior teacher candidates enrolled in the teacher preparation program. 

Ms. Chalas was recognized for her excellence in art education by receiving the Secondary Art Educator of the Year Award for 2017/18 from the Ontario Art Education Association. This award embodies the culture of supportive art education Ms. Chalas has fostered at Leahurst College.

It goes without saying, Ms. Chalas has a sincere passion for arts education!