We recently sat down with artist Duaa Zaheer, who is an instructor here at Visual Arts Brampton, to learn more about her and how she encourages creativity.
What do you do at VAB?
I am one of the art instructors for the Art Through Crafts program. I teach basic art fundamentals lessons to young kids from ages 6 to 8 on Saturday mornings. My goal is to provide my students with a basic understanding and knowledge of the fundamentals of art while making the lessons fun and interactive.
What is the best thing about your role at VAB?
I really enjoy working with the kids and seeing them learn and grow before my eyes. I especially love it when they get very excited about a project or they remember something we learned in the past and apply it to their current projects. Teaching these kids is the best part of my role at VAB.
What did you do before VAB?
When I first started teaching at VAB, I had just graduated from the one-year Art Fundamentals program at Sheridan College. I had volunteered with children in the past; child care at the local community center and being the teacher's assistant at an art camp. Currently, I am studying Interaction Design at Sheridan College, but I do enjoy creating art in my spare time.
When did you join VAB?
I became an official member of the VAB Team during Summer 2016. However, I did take some Art Fundamentals classes myself during the summer of 2015. I wanted to improve my art skills and VAB was the perfect environment for me to do so comfortably.