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 Jacinthe Roy



B.Ed. (U of T)
MFA (Université de la Sorbonne)
Diplome Supérieure des Art Decoratifs
Installation/Photography (École Normale Supérieure des Arts Decoratifs)
AOCA (Ontario College of Art and Design)
Joined Branksome in 1992
Teaches Junior School Art


“I teach my students: Draw with an open mind and heart what is in front of you.”
I am French-Métis from southwestern Ontario. As a young girl, I spent hours making doll clothes for my younger sisters and my dolls, and taking art classes. By Grade 10, I knew my passion was art. 
 
I co-founded a small business based in Montreal, where we worked on various cultural projects with museums. I enjoyed the business aspect of art and technology, but I wanted to work more closely with children.
 
I returned to Toronto and taught one year at Upper Canada College as a Grade 2 French teacher. The following year I was offered a teaching position at Branksome Hall. I taught both Extended and Core French for the first three years, and then Art. I’m now in my 20th year of teaching. It’s wonderful!
 
I consider myself a multimedia artist, using photography, video, drawing and installation. I have exhibited my work in Canada and France, and my photographs can be found in private collections. 
 
I like to bring to my classroom the many professional artists I have collaborated with. These include the Art Legacy Projects with Métis artist Mimi Gellman, where we made moccasins; environmental sculpture artist Lois Dellert, who directed the six concrete Totem sculptures found on the Branksome campus; author/artist Rick Jacobson’s version of the Mona Lisa; and last year’s project with the Textile Museum of Canada, where the girls exhibited two beautiful shawls they embroidered, inspired by the book Three Cups of Tea
 
I encourage my students to draw what they see, not what they think they see. This means to stay present (focused) in the moment (making art or whatever you do), and observe with an open mind and heart what is in front of you. The students really get this, and it can be observed in how they approach their still life and object drawings.
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