About

Dedicated to creating unique artistic experiences for all ages

Location

ArtWill Studio is located at
2779 Honore-Mercier,
Vaudreuil-Dorion, Quebec,
J7V 8P5

Schools across Quebec and Ontario.
Your location for:

  • Corporate events
  • Libraries
  • Community Centres
  • Institutions (Hospitals, Retirement Homes, Day Centres)
  • Parties & Events

Philosophy

My objective as an art educator is;

  • to awaken passion in my participants
  • to show them new ways to see
  • to exchange ideas and communicate
  • to open up avenues for self-discovery and collaboration

Who Is Deirdre Potash?

Career Summary & Accomplishments

Over 30 years’ experience as an art educator with a diverse practice including a speciality in cultural mediation. My education practice has initiated projects from introducing and establishing art programs, setting up and running art shows with-in school and community groups. I have worked on different types of projects with different clientele, from children to seniors in a variety of settings. This has included sectors in education, community groups, business environments, health and mental health institutions, and at school and university locations.

Deirdre Potash – Artist

As an artist I work on many levels, through words but more often through visual imagery. A tactile exploration on a personal level yet I want to evoke your

reactions.

I have no media of choice. It’s an ongoing journey which has included drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, and design, into which I incorporate gesture, line, form, tone, texture, and sometimes colour. I often highlight perspective and composition through observation and imaginative endeavors based on still life, the human form, and landscapes. From this foundation I set out on a voyage of discovery and I ask you to come along and join me for the ride.

Art is not a passive process. Although it commences with the artist, it concludes with a transaction between multiple parties. The exhibition hall is my stage, my podium, a place to exchange viewpoints. I regret that I don’t always get to hear what you, the viewer, have to say. It must be shared. The viewer is asked to look at, think about, and analyze art as an aesthetic object. I draw on historical, cultural, and personal events past and present; through my travels, conversations, and on quiet introspective times.

There is more to be learned by doing than by watching. It is through discovery in manipulating materials and techniques that I truly learn. Finally, my finished works need to be displayed, shared, and celebrated.

In the final analysis, I approach art the same way I approach life:  I always begin with a plan. I am passionate about what I do, and I am prepared at any moment to be inspired by the unexpected.

Constantly assessing and evaluating my art through self-examination and peer feedback, I will continue to challenge myself and to reinvent my art, implementing new strategies of learning and creation.

Creating in all its forms is one of the things that make us human.

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Publications

The Pointe-Claire public library, Creative Workshop with Deirdre Potash, 2018

Chambre de commerce et d’industrie de Vaudreuil-Soulanges

Ville Vaudreuil-Dorion, 2017

Women’s Art Society of Montreal, 2017

Seven Successful Concordia Alumni Offer Tips to Graduates, 2017

Artwork done by Deirdre Potash, 2017

Kite Making to Arts Alive! Quebec Knowlton Workshop with Deirdre Potash, 2017 

Riverside Magasine, an Interview (begin at 23:45) with Deirdre Potash

Annual convention for QPAT, 2016

Life Worth Living a Home School Adventure , 2016 

English Language Arts Network, 2016

Elan’s Arts, 2016

Culture 365: Daily Dose of Culture, 2013

Concordia Magazine, 2012

Riverside Show, 2012

How to brand yourself, 2012

Pearson News, 2008

English Montreal Schoolboard, 2008

L’art s’invite a l’ecole

 

Just went to paint with the famous Deirdre at Cafexo and I had the loveliest time!! She is such an amazing teacher and I can’t wait to do another class with her. If you haven’t tried painting by the water..I highly recommend!! Thank you so much again Deirdre!!
SamanthaParticipant at Artwill Studio

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