Artist Statement

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Current Work

Melanie's artwork expresses a unique viewpoint on the way she perceives ideas, subjects, objects and people. Her main objective is to find ways to evoke an evolving emotional connection between her artwork and the viewer. Using symbolism, and always considering the human response, Melanie creates glass art that is intended to form a connection between people and their memories, history and experience.

Art & Glass

Melanie found her artistic passion, while learning the fundamentals of stained glass window construction, with the guidance and expertise of Vicky Beverstien. Now, in her small backyard studio, Melanie designs and creates original stained glass sculptures, panels and windows. With an aim to create unique and contemporary art, the themes in her work, whether simplistic or complex, intend to create a talking point or to offer a place for reflection. 

Teaching

Melanie currently teaches art at College Heights Secondary School in Guelph, ON., where she has taught since 2008.


Previous to teaching locally, Melanie taught in South Korea and England. 

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Education

  • 2015 - Visual Arts Specialist, Faculty of Education, University of Western Ontario
  • 2010 - Junior Division Visual Arts, Faculty of Education, University of Western Ontario
  • 2010 - Senior Division Visual Arts, Faculty of Education, Queens University
  • 2010 - Art History, Athabasca University, Alberta
  • 2004 - B.Ed Primary/Junior w Specialization in Visual Arts, Faculty of Education, University of Western Ontario
  • 2002 - B.A. English Language and Literature; Fine and Performing Arts, University of Waterloo


Contact

Melanie Schaffer

Elora, ON N0B 1S0

(519) 400.7551 melanie@melanieschafferart.ca

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