Exploring Centennial College’s Vision Statement with Collage-Making

On February 28th, I facilitated a collage workshop for Centennial College’s 2017 Teaching and Learning Symposium. In this one-hour session, I invited faculty to experience collage-making from the perspective of post-secondary students in the classroom.

Working individually and in small groups, nine participants gathered and arranged images to illustrate Centennial College’s vision statement: “transforming lives and communities through learning.” The resulting visions-of-the-vision-statement beautifully express what transformative learning means to our community of educators.

Alyssa’s Collage
Barb’s Collage
Shannon’s Collage
Asaad’s Collage
Asaad’s Collage
Natalie’s Collage
Natalie’s Collage
Bushra’s Collage
Mandy and Srishti’s Collage
Mandy and Srishti’s Collage

Swirling Fire-Flower Bookmark, Aquatic Garden Collage, and Groovy Goose Collage

Swirling Fire-Flower Bookmark, Catherine Raine 2016

Aquatic Garden, Catherine Raine 2017
Aquatic Garden, Catherine Raine 2017
Aquatic Garden, Catherine Raine 2017
Aquatic Garden, Catherine Raine 2017
Groovy Goose Collage, Catherine Raine 2017
Detail from Groovy Goose Collage, Catherine Raine 2017
Groovy Goose Collage, Catherine Raine 2017
Detail from Groovy Goose Collage, Catherine Raine 2017

Photostudies for Winter 2016-2017

Frozen Puddle, Scarborough 2016

Iced Frond, Scarborough
St. Louis, Missouri Tree
Taylor Massey Creek, Scarborough 2017

Serena Gundy Park, Toronto

Serena Gundy Park

Near Highland Creek, Markham Road and Highway 401
Reflections in the Ice-Melt, Near Highland Creek, Markham Road and Highway 401
Near Highland Creek, Markham Road and Highway 401
Morningside Park
Morningside Park
Morningside Park
Morningside Park

Peace Flow: A Collaborative Collage

Peace Flow, by Sheilah McGlynn, Cate Laurier, and Catherine Raine 2016
Peace Flow, by Sheilah McGlynn, Cate Laurier, and Catherine Raine 2016

I hope you enjoy this collective collage that emerged last August as part of a Journey Dance dedicated to peace led by Shielagh McGlynn.

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Peace Flow, by Sheilah McGlynn, Cate Laurier, and Catherine Raine 2016

Sheilagh, Cate Laurier, and I started the piece at The Inner Arts Collective, and then I took it home to fill in some spaces and add finishing touches.

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Peace Flow, by Sheilah McGlynn, Cate Laurier, and Catherine Raine 2016
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Peace Flow, by Sheilah McGlynn, Cate Laurier, and Catherine Raine 2016
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Peace Flow, by Sheilah McGlynn, Cate Laurier, and Catherine Raine 2016
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Peace Flow, by Sheilah McGlynn, Cate Laurier, and Catherine Raine 2016
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Peace Flow, by Sheilah McGlynn, Cate Laurier, and Catherine Raine 2016
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Peace Flow, by Sheilah McGlynn, Cate Laurier, and Catherine Raine 2016

Gesture Studies with Windsock Model

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Near the beginning of an extended walk last weekend, I became transfixed by a tall flapping windsock outside a bakery. I ended up taking over seventy pictures of the wind-animated figure, and each one had a different pose! It was like receiving a free art class on the topic of gesture studies!img_6448 img_6451 img_6452

It’s astonishing how expressive fabric can be when it composes a long tube for the body, two hollow arms, and a head with strips of black cloth for hair. The different angles of the head and arms as well as various bends in the body’s “spine” gave strong impressions of joy, fatigue, despair, sass, embarrassment, playfulness, surrender, overwhelm, triumph, and humor.img_6454 img_6456 img_6457

I managed to cut the number of pictures down to 42, but I still need to ask viewers’ indulgence for the quantity of images posted here.img_6458 img_6459 img_6465 img_6466 img_6467img_6468 img_6471 img_6472 img_6473 img_6474 img_6475 img_6479img_6480img_6481img_6482img_6483img_6484img_6485img_6486img_6487img_6488img_6490img_6491img_6492img_6493img_6495img_6497img_6500img_6504img_6505img_6508img_6512img_6515img_6517

Images of North York and East York

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Aga Khan Museum, North York
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West Don River, E. T. Seton Park
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E. T. Seton Park
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Taylor Massey Creek
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Wilket Creek Park
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Wilket Creek Park
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Wilket Creek Park
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Wilket Creek Park
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Wilket Creek
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Neighborhood near Sunnybrook Park

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Willow on Don Mills Road
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Merrill Bridge Road Park
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Merrill Bridge Road Park
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Merrill Bridge Road Park
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Merrill Bridge Road Park
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Merrill Bridge Road Park

Photos of Scarborough, Spring and Summer 2016

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Gatineau Trail
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Gatineau Trail
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Gatineau Trail
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Highland Creek
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Highland Creek
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Near Kennedy and Lawrence
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Ashtonbee Road
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My front garden, Scarborough
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My front garden, Scarborough
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My front garden, Scarborough
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Gatineau Trail
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Gatineau Trail
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Centennial College Library, Ashtonbee Campus
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Centennial College Library, Ashtonbee Campus
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Gatineau Trail
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Alley near Kennedy and Eglinton
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Footbridge next to Lord Roberts Woods
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Footbridge next to Lord Roberts Woods
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Gatineau Trail
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Scarborough neighborhood
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Gatineau Trail
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Gatineau Trail
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Scarborough neighborhood
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Sidewalk on Lebovich Road
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Creek near Arsandco Park
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Birkdale Ravine
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Birkdale Ravine
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Lake Ontario at the base of the Doris McCarthy Trail
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Lake Ontario at the base of the Doris McCarthy Trail

… by Catherine Raine