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jean.rooney@gnb.ca

Jean Rooney

Coordinating Instructor: Advanced Studio Practice (ASP)

Master of Art & Design: Multimedia – Trinity College
Bachelor of Fine Art: Printmaking – National College of Art & Design

“I focus on making my students feel at ease. You really need an atmosphere that’s encouraging and conducive to creativity, and invention, and innovation. I don’t believe that there’s any place for judgement or stress in the classroom. I try to build them up and encourage them.”

Jean Rooney is an instructor in both the Foundation Visual Arts and Diploma programs where she teaches Design, Drawing, Creative Process, Communications, and complementary professional courses. Jean’s background in both visual art and digital media makes her a valuable contributor to the college. In her early career, Jean was involved in the e-learning industry, building educational multi-media online courses for schools; she also taught printmaking at the National College of Art & Design in Dublin. In 2008 she moved to New Brunswick.

Jean has been a recipient of an ArtsNB Creation Grant and received funding for Artist-in-Residence for a diverse range of collaborative projects in New Brunswick schools. She engages children and community groups in art projects resulting in sculptural creations and public art. She recently completed a commission at the newly constructed Seaside Elementary School; this interactive tile installation is both inspiring and educational, with subject matter reflecting the ecology and history of the location.

A fun fact about Jean: She left a tenure-track position in Ireland to move to Canada, where she is thrilled to be able to afford a sizeable studio space and time for her practice.

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