Natasha Smith loves to share her passion for creating through teaching. With over 15 years of teaching experience, Natasha has worked with students of all ages whether it be joining schools as an Artist in Residence as part of an Artstarts – Artist in Education project or teaching adult continuing education workshops, or working individually with artists through private tuition sessions. She has been invited to lecture and facilitate large groups for hands on learning experiences at conferences and teacher professional development sessions.

Workshops & Courses

Metchosin International Summer School of the Arts
June 26-30 2017

Collage Painting: Visual Storytelling

Expand visual language, uncover personal symbols and create visual stories using collage and painting techniques.  This process-based course has experimentation at its heart! Intuitive image development exercises will help unlock symbols and ideas, while students learn how to create interesting surfaces using a variety of materials. A wide range of acrylic mediums and application techniques will be demonstrated to allow students to explore freely and develop their own visual stories on wooden painting panels.

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Series Summer Art School at Red Deer College
July 24-28, 2017

Break Free – Collage, Painting & Abstraction

Tearing, cutting and collaging. Moving, pouring, dripping, scraping and wiping PAINT! Break down conventions, loosen your style and be daring yet playful. Explore alternative techniques for collaging and applying paint and building interesting surfaces, while
learning about various acrylic mediums and applications. Explore the creative process through a series of exercises where formal design elements and principles will be discussed.
Level: Beginner / Intermediate
Course #1752
Course cost $525 + GST


Artstarts – Artist in Education Projects

2016  Artstarts Grant – Artist in the Classroom Artist in Residence – Mount Sentinel, Crescent Valley, B.C
2015  Artstarts Grant – Artist in the Classroom Artist in Residence – Mount Sentinel, Crescent Valley, B.C
2014  Artstarts Grant – Artist in the Classroom Artist in Residence – LV Rogers, Nelson, B.C
2011  Artstarts Grant – Artists in Education.
Artist in Residence  W.E. Graham/Brent Kennedy/Winlaw Elementary Schools, Slocan, Crescent Valley, Winlaw, B.C.
2009  Artstarts Grant – Artists in Education.
Artist in Residence Brent Kennedy Elementary, Crescent Valley, B.C.

LV Rogers Artstarts Project – Dwellings – Water – Micro & Macro

Oxygen Art Centre Workshops

Natasha was one of the founding members of what is now Oxygen Art Centre, one of the leading artist run centres in interior BC. She offers a wide variety of courses and techniques including, low-tech printmaking, assemblage/shadow box, collage, painting, abstraction and creative process based workshops.

2002-to present – Oxygen Art Centre, Nelson, B.C.
Various professional development courses in drawing, collage, painting and printmaking
2017 Metchosin Interanational Summer School of the Arts
2017 Summer Series – Red Deer College
2016 Be Creative painting workshop – Kootenay Early Years Conference
2011 Partners in Parenting Conference, Rock Creek, B.C.
2009  LV Rogers School, Nelson, B.C.
Professional Development Day art workshop for teachers
2005  Red Deer College, Red Deer, AB.
Summerscapes Program – Printmaking
2004  Malaspina Printmaking Society, Vancouver
Collagraph Printmaking Intensive
2000-2002 Kootenay School of the Arts, (now Kootenay Studio Arts) Nelson, B.C.
1st and 2nd year Drawing, Design and Printmaking instructor for diploma program.