Dr. Alison Shields

Dr. Alison Shields
Assistant Professor, Art Education
Curriculum and Instruction
Office: MacLaurin A199

PhD (Curriculum and Pedagogy, Art Education) University of British Columbia, MFA University of Waterloo, BFA (Honours) University of British Columbia, BEd University of British Columbia, Certificate in Teaching French Immersion University of Victoria, BA (Psychology and Art History) University of Victoria

  • Art Education
  • Studio practices
  • Painting
  • Arts-based research
  • Artistic inquiry
  • Elementary Teacher Education
  • Artistic processes and studio thinking through interviews with Contemporary Canadian artists
  • Painting as a way of thinking and learning
  • Arts-based research and the development of ways of performing and disseminating arts-based research through interactive exhibitions
  • Artistic inquiry within the elementary school classroom and with teacher candidates
Painting as thinking, painting as conversation: An examination of learning through painting through studio visits with Canadian artists (PhD Dissertation, University of British Columbia).

Shields, A. (In Press). Studio Conversations. International Journal of Education through Art.

Shields, A. & Irwin, R. (In Press). Qualities of art making in arts-based educational research dissertations. In R. Irwin, J. Adams & A. Sinner (Eds.). International perspectives on visual arts PhD’s in Education: Provoking the field. 

Shields, A. (2017). 142 studio visits: The emergence of creative thinking through studio conversations. Synnt/Origin: Finnish Studies in Art Education: Rethinking arts-based & artistic research – and global/local communities. Retrieved from https://wiki.aalto.fi/pages/viewpage.action?pageId=120486591

Shields, A. & Emme, M. (Eds.) (2016). Emergent Art Education in Canada. Canadian Society for Education through the Arts.

Studio Conversations, Quest University Gallery, Squamish, BC, 2016.

Off Course, Viridian Gallery, Vancouver BC, 2016.

From Mittens to Barbies: Provoking International perspectives on visual arts doctoral research, Tate Exchange Gallery, Liverpool, UK, 2018.