Annie Bergen

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Visual arts

Grade Level: k, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Language: english, German

Regions: Norman, Parklands, Interlake, Westman, Central Plains, Pembina Valley, Eastman, Capital Region

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Biography

Annie Bergen is a local artist, muralist and arts educator. Her work through the Artists in the Schools program brings her from school to school throughout Manitoba, working with students throughout the research, design and painting process of creating murals to brighten and beautify their schools.

Since Bergen painted her first mural at 17 years of age, she has painted several large-scale murals in Winnipeg and more recently, throughout the Eastman region. Mosaic is another art-form that Bergen enjoys and has been incorporating into her artwork and community projects. The mosaic mural outside of the Red Road Lodge in Winnipeg – called “Restoration” - is a project that she is particularly proud of. This project is a wonderful showcasing of Bergen’s skills not only as an artist but also as a multi-faceted facilitator/administrator. Working with family, friends, and various community groups to engage the main street population in the creation of a fantastic mosaic/mural for the core.

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MURAL MAKING

Annie will guide students through the exciting process of making a school mural, which will act as a legacy for years to come. Participants will collaborate and work alongside the artist to conduct research, design, and collectively paint a mural using a range of techniques, tools and materials. The goal of the residency is to create a mural that is compositionally pleasing, that involves participation of many (or all) of the students, and that combines the themes, histories, and core values which hold special meaning to students, staff and community. Students will experiment with texture and color mixing, they will learn about lighting, blending, symbolism, perspective, scale and proportion. Annie's hands-on method of working directly with small groups of students translates into a memorable, enriching experience for all involved. The process is flexible and can be altered to meet the school's needs.