Teaching Experience

 

   One of Laara's students doing warm up painting at Bringers of the Dawn Healing Art Society, White Rock, B.C.   

For over thirty years, Laara has taught in a variety of venues.  Her method of teaching has often incorporated an individual approach to honor each student's pace of learning and their unique creative process.  She has taught watercolors, oils, acrylics, all drawing media, mixed media, improvisational drama, creative writing, healing art and private tutorials in creative development.  During this time, she developed forty-five new programs and has taught thousands of students.  One of her long time friends, Cathy Vavasour, of North Vancouver, B.C. estimates that she has taught well over 10,000 students during the course of her career as an art educator.


THE OCEAN PARK STUDIO, South Surrey, B.C. 2007 - present


BRINGERS OF THE DAWN HEALING ART SOCIETY, White Rock, B.C. 2005 - 2007


NEWTON ADVOCACY PROGRAM, CLIENT REFERRALS, Surrey, B.C. 2005 - 2007


SOUTH FRASER HEALTH CLIENT REFERRALS, White Rock, B.C. 2005 - 2007


THE WHITE ROCK STUDIO, White Rock, B.C. 2004 - 2005


OKANAGAN SCHOOL OF FINE ART, Penticton, B.C. 2002 - 2003


THE GYPSY COTTAGE STUDIO, White Rock, B.C. 2001 -2002


SEMIAHMOO SENIOR SECONDARY SCHOLARSHIP PRIVATE STUDENT, White Rock, B.C. 2001


THE GASTOWN STUDIO, Vancouver, B.C. 1998 - 2000


THE KITSILANO STUDIO, Vancouver, B.C. 1995 - 1998


ADOLESCENT SERVICES UNIT, Vancouver, B.C.
Provided studio, volunteered instruction for

                      youth workers and painting with youth in transition 1994 - 1997


THE MINISTRY OF HUMAN RESOURCES CLIENT REFERRAL, Gibsons, B.C., 1993


ELPHINSTONE SENIOR SECONDARY SCHOOL, Gibsons, B.C. 1993


LANGDALE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, Langdale, Sunshine Coast, B.C. 1992


PENDER ISLAND ELEMENTARY,  Pender Island, B.C. 1992


THE SUNSHINE ART STUDIO, North Vancouver, B.C., Davis Bay, Sunshine Coast, B.C. 1991 - 1993


UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA, Women's Alumni, Assoc., Vancouver, B.C. 1992


THE LAARA WILLIAMSEN SCHOOL OF ART, North Vancouver, B.C. 1991 - 1995


THE CHILDREN'S SUMMER ART SCHOOL, North Vancouver, B.C. 1991


NORTH VANCOUVER PARKS AND RECREATION, North Vancouver, B.C. 1990


THE BROADWAY ART SCHOOL, Vancouver, B.C. 1986 - 1989


SURREY ART CENTER, Surrey, B.C. 1984


THE ART STUDIO, Surrey, B.C.1983 - 1985


WEST COAST ART GALLERY & SCHOOL, Surrey, B.C. 1980 - 1982


HILLSIDE BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB, North Delta, B.C. 1977


THIS DAY STUDIO OF ART, Delta, B.C. 1976 -1979


NORTH SURREY PARKS AND RECREATION, Surrey, B.C. 1976


SURREY ARTS CENTER, Surrey, B.C. 1975 - 1976