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.
Why should someone join VAB?
I think students should join VAB because it is a creative, safe and fun environment for people to improve their art skills or even start getting into art. They offer a variety of workshops with amazing instructors.
How did you get into art?
I was always into art. As a child, I'd love to draw, write and just express myself creatively. It's a way for me to release stress and to see myself improve over the years. Really, it's all about spilling my ideas onto paper and watching them transform.
What type of art do you enjoy the most?
I really enjoy contemporary art because it is a mix between art and graphic design which are two passions of mine. I think contemporary and modern art are so interesting.
Do you have a favourite artist?
I really enjoy the artwork of Van Gogh. His pieces are always so beautiful and I love the colour palettes he uses and his composition. There's always a story and emotion behind his paintings.
In your opinion what makes a piece of art amazing?
I think good composition and a meaningful colour palette is essential. These two components play a big part in evoking emotion and that's what I believe is the most important part of art. Art is supposed to make you feel something and any good piece of art will do that.