How important is visual literacy in the quest to talk to young people about anxiety? Panelists across Singapore and the United Kingdom weigh in on how one can use the language of young people to discuss the issues they face.
This session is for educators, curators and social workers interested in how to develop children into resilient and critical thinkers, and held in conjunction with EYEYAH!’s upcoming ANXIETY themed issue.
About the Panelists:
Michelle Harrell (US)
As Director of Education at the North Carolina Museum of Art, Michelle leads an incredible team of educators recognised for innovative approaches to learning. Their current research explores how learning through art supports social and emotional learning. In addition to her work in museums and education, Michelle is a practicing artist and advocate for mindfulness and self-care as educators through visual journaling.
Steve Lawler (SG)
Born in the middle east, raised in Hong Kong and educated in Europe, Steve attended the prestigious FABRICA, Benetton’s communication & research center in Treviso, Northern Italy. Launching his interactive design career at Diesel HeadQuarters, he quickly climbed through the creative ranks as an artist, designer, curator and Creative Director. After founding Kult Magazine in 2007, he has helped connect brands and artists on an international scale. Since 2017, his latest offering EYEYAH! is a creative platform for children, using creativity to inspire social change.
Ain Samsuri (SG)
Ain holds a Master’s in Art Education from Nanyang Technological University and has been working with children for over ten years. As an art educator, she believes in the power of stories to celebrate imagination, encourage compassion and build connections. She leads several collaborations within her school and the community that infuse contemporary issues, technology and social-emotional competencies into the art curriculum. She is a contributor to Star-Post, a biannual magazine for art teachers. She also collaborates with EYEYAH! magazine to develop their Teacher Toolkit series.
Amy Herman (US)
Amy is a lawyer and art historian who uses works of art to sharpen observation, analysis and communication skills. She developed her Art of Perception seminar to improve medical students’ observation and communication skills with their patients when she was the head of education at The Frick Collection in New York City. She subsequently adapted the program for the New York City Police Department, the FBI, the French National Police, the Department of Defense, Interpol, the State Department, Fortune 500 companies, first responders, the military and the intelligence community. Amy is the author of Visual Intelligence and Fixed.
Jim Stoten (UK)
Jim is an illustrator based in London, UK. Over the last several years Jim’s unique style and fun illustrations have been commissioned for an impressive list of clients including MTV, Habitat, Levi’s, Urban Outfitters and The Guardian. He frequently exhibits his work in galleries around the globe.
Ann Gee Neo (SG)
Ann Gee is an illustrator who creates drawings with an emphasis on storytelling with compelling characters. Her quirky, surreal and whimsical works have breathed life to children’s books such as The Rock and the Bird, Do Gallery Sitters Sit All Day and Do You See What I See. She is also a regular contributor to EYEYAH! magazine.
Moderated by Tanya Wilson Chua
Tanya Wilson is the Co-founder and Education Lead of EYEYAH! Together with Co-founder and Creative Director Steve Lawler, the duo have worked with an impressive list of clients from around the world as well as a network of designers and artists in both the commercial and cultural sectors. Tanya’s background in public relations events and communications has brought her around the world to execute fascinating projects for leading global brands. Often referred to as ‘the sensible one’ in the partnership, her Masters in Digital Management makes her key in the strategic growth of EYEYAH! and its future.
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