Claudine Ascher

Artist / Teacher / Curator

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Phone  : 514 696-6999


Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

2006 – Master of Arts: Art Education
Thesis: The Poetics of Art and Education from the Oneiric Place: Bachelard, Studio Practice and I (2005)
Advisor: Paul Langdon
1983 – Bachelor of Fine Arts: Studio
Departments: Sculptural Ceramics  with David Dorrance, painting with Robert Murray and Modern Dance with Elizabeth Langley

McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

1976 – Diploma in Secondary Education: English
Specialization: Theatre
1974 – Bachelor of Arts: With Distinction
Principal Departments: English Literature, Theatre Practice
1971 – Diploma of Collegial Studies (DEC)
(1969 High School Leaving Certificate, John Rennie High School, Pointe-Claire, Que.)


1978 – Quebec Teacher Certification Gouvernement du Québec, Que.


Related Grants

1984 – The Banff Centre School of Fine Arts, Banff, Alberta
1983 – The Banff Centre School of Fine Arts, Banff, Alberta
1983 – Les Fonds FCAC pour l’aide et le support à la recherche, Gouvernement du Québec, Que.

Banff Centre Programs

1985 – By special arrangement/grant: Audited Summer Programs
1984 – Performance and Video
with Angelica Wanke-Festa, Linda Montano, Nancy Cain, Vera Frenkel
1984 – Form, Surface and Intent
with Tony Franks, Donna Polsano, Kurt Weiser, Angelo di Petto, Robert Turner, Alison Britton, Les Manning
1984 – Figurative, Narrative
with Ulla Viotti, Robert Arneson, Karen Breschi, Lee Harrington
1984 – Independent Artist
Clay Department with Les Manning and Angelica Wanke-Festa,
1984 – Advanced Studio Program, Clay, winter and spring cycles
1983 – Advanced Studio Program, Clay, fall cycle
Dept. Head: Les Manning
1983 – Extension and Exploration Symposium: summer
with Franklyn Heisler, John Roloff, Klauniada, Denis Oppenheim, Rita McKeough, Tom McMillin (catalogue)

Banff Centre Performances

1984 – Cast Shadows, created by Claudine Ascher and performed with Marie-Claude Leclerc, Henri Sylvestre, Cameron Watt and Joan Irwin
1984 – Performance by Claudine Ascher, in Barbara Johnson fiber installation, The Walter Phillips Gallery, The Banff Centre School of Fine Arts, Banff, Alta.
1984 – Performance and Video, various public performances with Angelica Wanke-Festa, Linda Montano, Nancy Cain, Vera Frenkel and other participants; Banff Centre School of Fine Arts, Banff, Alta
1985 – Created sculptural props for The Doing Knot by George Coates performed in the Banff Centre Eric Harvie theatre
1985 – Voice work and photography for Angelica Wanke-Festa performance

Banff Centre Employment

1984 – Research Assistant/Special Events Coordinator up to 1985 Extension & Explorations Dept.
1984 – Gallery Sitter/Guide up to 1985 – The Walter Phillips Gallery

Other Banff Centre Activity

1984 – Authored “A Question of Intent”, article/critique in Contact Magazine Nov. 1984, p. 25-26
1984 – Attendee of First Canadian Clay Conference
1983 – Co-Founder and Curator, The Little/Other Gallery
1983 – Photographer for performances by other participants up to 1985


Participant in visual arts workshops and courses

2011 – Acrylic Media Workshop with Melanie Matthews, The Dollard Centre for the Arts
2005 – Smoke-Firing Workshop with Audrey Killoran, The Visual Arts Centre, Montreal, Que.
2003 – Classical Oil Painting Techniques;
Workshop with Fernando Freitas, Michael John Angel Academy, Toronto, Ont.
2003 – Classical Drawing Techniques,
Workshop with Fernando Freitas, Michael John Angel Academy, Toronto, Ont.
1996 – Body Casting, with Mark Prent (Vermont), The Visual Arts Centre, Montreal, Que.
1994 – Sculptural Clay Workshop, with Javier Marin (Mexico)
Centre de Céramique Poterie Bonsecours, Montreal, Que.

Participant in dance companies, workshops or courses

2003 – Imbolc Dance Workshop: with Marian Dunlea (Ireland) and Candace Loubert, Montreal, Que.
1990 – Dance Theater School of Hard Knocks, with Yoshico Chuma (New York), The Omega Institute, Rhinebeck, N. Y.
1989 – Jo Lechai Dance Class, La Compagnie Jo Lechai, Montreal, Que.
1982 – Dancer, Sekai Dance Company, Montreal, Que. to 1983

Participant in performances by/for other artists

1991 – Border Crossings – The Journey Within, dance theatre created by Julie Cezar; participated as character performer; Dow’s Lake Pavilion and Park, Ottawa, Ont.
1990 – Moving Ideas, created by Julie Cezer; participated as dancer and photographer in parks in Ottawa, Ont.
1977 – Set Designer, Graphic Artist for The Summer Company (summer stock theatre)  Montreal, Que. to 1980

Original storytelling and writing; writing workshops

Storyteller of original children’s and teen’s stories in schools and writer of such since 1976
Writer of original stories for adults, young adults and children in novel and novella form since 2012
1998 – Creative Writing, workshop with Ann Diamond, Montreal, Que.