Catherine Kanvik

Catherine Kanvik

Catherine Kanvik has had various careers in art fields. Her first foray into art was Interior Design. She became a consultant and a professor in medical/dental design, teaching students this niche at Harrington College of Design. In recent years, she has gotten certification in Home Staging. She has taught students the skill of aesthetically achieving a quickly sold house. She has taught students from 2 to 92 years of age in a variety of art media. The majority of her career teaching art was in elementary school to PreK-8th grade. Catherine was part of a team who wrote the current art curriculum for the Chicago Archdiocese. She has sat on numerous boards, and been a guest judge many times. She has taught workshops and clinics in alcohol ink painting, encaustic collage, and Mata Ortiz Pottery among others. She is now dedicating time to her own art, and hasn’t met a medium she doesn’t like. Catherine enjoys helping students realize their potential in art. She is encouraging and very mindful of critiquing from an Elements and Principles perspective, as opposed to subjective critique. Her travels have exposed her to cultural art, that she loves to share with her students. She feels that learning about other cultures can bring us all closer to the humanity that we all share.


  3191 Nolley Court Unit B, Charlotte, NC



Character Building

Program description

Students will learn how to draw a face and the basic components of a face. Then students will paint, or color (alcohol ink markers, colored pencils, microns) their creations. Emotions, cultural differences, movement and shading will be discussed. If painting is preferred, students will each get their own canvas and a two part workshop can incorporate mixed media. During the process students will write a back story about he character they designed.

Booking / scheduling contact

Catherine Kanvik


Program detail
Artistic discipline: Literary Arts, Multi-discipline, Visual Arts
Cultural Origin: Multicultural
Program type: Workshop
Population served: Grade 1, Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 9
Subject: English, Language Arts, Literacy, Visual Arts
Bilingual: No
Available dates:

All days, negotiable

Available times:

All times, negotiable

Length of program: 60 mi or 2 day mixed media
Space / technical requirements:

Art room or classroom that can get messy, with protected workspace for each student. Technology for slideshow. Whiteboard with markers.



Fees / Ticketing:




NC Standard Course of Study:

CCR Anchor Standard R.2 – Determine central ideas (RI) or themes (RL) of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.

CCR Anchor Standard L2- Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.

CCR Anchor Standard W2- Write information/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.

NC Essential Standards:

Art Competency Goal 2- The learner will develop skill necessary for understanding and applying media, techniques, and processes.

Art Compency Goal 7- The learner will perceive connections between art and other disciplines

4.V.1- Use the language of visual arts to communicate effectively.


Conducts educational programming for 2 or more years: Yes
Performs criminal background checks on staff with youth contact: Yes
Maintains general liability insurance (Individuals and organizations listed in this Directory can provide proof of insurance upon request. ASC does not hold copies of current documentation for providers): Yes
Three letters of recommendation / references available: Yes
Provides study guides for teachers and or students: Yes
Connects to State and or Common Core Curriculum Standards: Yes
Provides tools to assess student learning (workshops and residencies): Yes
Provides scholarship and reduced fees: Yes
Conducts ongoing assessments of program quality: Yes
Cancellation Policy

$100 cancellation fee within two weeks of the program (paid for by the school…ASC will not cover this cost). If supplies were purchased in preparation for the program, the school will be required to reimburse, if program is not rescheduled.