Drawing on Windows

drawing on transit


Drawing on Transit during the Field Station Project, Aug, Sep and Oct, 2017. Drawing on Transit was an interactive excursion on the C-train led by artist Isabel Porto and historian Harry Sanders  to explore Calgary’s history. Participants traced the city’s development through drawing exercises riding the train together to / from downtown.  Field Station  – Tuscany LRT Community Cultural Development was organized by GO collaborative + Legge Lewis Legge team and funded by the City of Calgary and Calgary Transit. Videos by Brad Hays. More info: https://fieldstation.art/

walking window

Walking Window: Drawing Awareness to the Presence of The Sheldon M. Chumir was an outdoor drawing activity event performed during the month of June, 2016. The idea was to gather from passersby a collection of drawings from different perspectives and locations around the Chumir Centre. This engaged activity hoped to draw awareness to the presence of Sheldon M. Chumir and to open new possibilities for people to connect place and experience. The fifteen images resulting from this project were on displayed at the Chumir’s window facing 12 Ave SW, from July to December 2016. This art project was a successful proposal from the City of Calgary’s 2016 Artists Working in Community professional development course, benefiting the Sheldon M. Chumir Centre.

perceptual drawing at the leighton art centre


Perceptual Drawing at the Leighton Art Centre was an informal community art-making project during the Alberta Culture Days, October 1st and 2nd, 2016. Visitors were invited to draw their unique perception of the Foothills landscape on the magnificent windows of the Great Room.

perceptual drawing

Perceptual Drawing was my final MFA thesis presentation and it was held in the +15 link to the Taylor Family Digital Library and the MacKimmie Library Tower, as part of the overall MFA Exhibition at the Nickle Galleries, U of C. There, I drew for many consecutive hours and twenty days on the windows of the walkway. I used impermanent markers with the intention to draw and observe the outside view of the windows. Rather than bringing reproductions of the activity into the gallery setting, it was important that the drawings were experienced in their original location, so the spectator could adjust their vision in my perspective and relate the drawings to their own view of the outside. Perceptual Drawing was performed during August 2014.

Here is a link with additional images of the Perceptual Drawing project:


Here a text about the project published by Aurelie Maerten at Utoday: https://www.ucalgary.ca/utoday/issue/2014-08-13/skywalk-drawings-offer-window-new-way-see-art

collaborative drawing project

The Collaborative Drawing project was focused on transitory places in the Art Department, University of Calgary. During the month of November 2013, I invited students, professors, and passersby to stop and draw the outside view on the department windows. This activity brought an interruption to the flow of corridors and hallways, giving participants a pause to enjoy the experience of seeing. For a moment these transitory sites were transformed into gathering places, engaging the observer by drawing a view that might normally be overlooked.

The video documentation for this project can be seen at


This project was reproduced at the University of Alberta in Edmonton for the Art and Design Graduate Student Association (ADGSA) symposium and exhibition Performative Ecologies: Thinking Through Research Practices, March 2014. Here is the link with images of the event:


A third iteration of this project was held at the +15 between the Professional Faculties building and the Education Tower, University of Calgary, May 2104.