Karen Cornelius is a professional visual artist/printmaker who works out of her own personal printmaking studio and Martha Street Studio in Winnipeg. Cornelius has exhibited work locally, nationally and internationally and has travelled the world with residencies, exhibitions and art educational activities.
Cornelius has worked with Manitoba students through the Manitoba Arts Council's Artists in the Schools programs for over 18 years. Cornelius has taught students in remote Northern Manitoba reserve communities and in rural, city and inner-city schools. She has also taught students in schools in Africa, China, Europe and Ottawa including several years in an International School in Eritrea.
Cornelius works in collaboration with the teachers in each school to determine the content of the program. She has taught mural creation, printmaking, comics, drawing and collage.
Karen worked through the Artists in the Schools and the Artsmarts program at the Ecole St. Avila School over the course of several years while I was principal there. Karen worked collaboratively with the teachers and students teaching skills and techniques which could be later used by the teachers. The students enjoyed working with Karen. She stimulated their imaginations and creativity. Karen was organized and was able to adapt her programs to meet the needs of the school, teachers and
—Retired Principal - Gordon Campbell
Karen Cornelius was invited by Stanley Knowles School to participate in several Artists in the Schools programs in several different years. She worked closely with the art teacher and the teachers of the participating classes. Two murals and an electro-etching residency were completed with grades 6-8 students. She collaborated with the students and teachers and was well organized and brought creative energy to the projects. The students enjoyed working with her.
—Principal Stanley Knowles - Darryl Stevenson
I worked with Karen Cornelius at Strathcona School in Winnipeg. We collaborated on numerous projects over several years. We worked with grades 1-6 students to create three murals investigating the boreal forest and violent weather related to climate change. We collaborated with student lead ideas and design creation for individual classroom doors. Cornelius is organized, works well will students and teachers and provides professional development as part of her program.
—Retired Art Teacher - Wendy Ledger