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As an artist and educator, Brendon cares deeply about the value of an education in the arts. His philosophy of teaching is anchored by a personal goal to be a lifelong learner, to consistently be improving and evolving his pedagogy through self-reflection, acting as a guide while also being a listener, and leading as a role model in and out of the classroom.
Although his interest in arts and crafts began at a very young age, for Brendon art never seemed like a practical career choice at first. However, after six years at the Ontario Collage of Art and Design University his heart became set on a career teaching the creativity of art and language to students of all ages.
Brendon’s love for the arts has driven him to explore several mediums including water-based paints, sculpting, wood, metal and fabric work, collage, crafting with recyclable materials and sketching. This open approach has proven to be highly beneficial when introducing new ways of art making in his classroom.
Brendon’s teaching practice focuses on pushing students to become better makers and thinkers by mentoring their abilities in craft and process, and guiding them throughout the identification and pursuit of their motivations as artists. Through personal engagement with teachers and students, it has become his passion to spread the knowledge and ideas he is continuously collecting. Brendon has now received his Bachelor of Education from York University and plans to one day teach Art and English at the secondary school level.