Teacher, Senior School Art
Senior House Parent, Bolton House
Alumnus, Class of 1994
Degree:BA, BEd (University of Victoria)
Each student can be an artist if they discover their own artistic style.
Chris began his relationship with SMUS as a boarder in the old Harvey House in the early 90s. A few years after graduating, he returned as a junior house parent and taught some art classes while studying at UVic. In 2005, he left to teach at—and later direct—a cutting edge environmental school in Eleuthera, The Bahamas.
“I loved the challenge and successes of managing a complex, daring and physically demanding school for motivated teenagers,” Chris says. “I also enjoyed the rich cultural experience of living in the Caribbean.”
Chris believes visual communication is increasingly important with the rise of digital media and the Internet, and that art provides students a creative outlet that greatly differs from their core studies. Art is a growing post-secondary option that has viable career paths and Chris emphasizes this in his classes.
“Art class has always been ahead of the curve,” he says. “It is inherently experiential learning and differentiated to suit each student’s needs and pace. I love that once a project is in full swing I am bouncing around the room like a ping-pong ball, moving from one student who is just discovering and grasping the basic elements of art to another who must be challenged in new ways.”
His own artistic interests include drawing, painting, illustration, photography, graphic design and video editing. He also plays the guitar.