The closing of a ceramic dynasty

I got word last week that the Ceramics programme at Central Tech High School in Toronto is closing after over a 50+ year history as one of the leading spawning grounds for potters in this province. We can all thank Dug Ford for the abolition of art, music and libraries in this province. He is our wannabe Donald Trump who is the Conservative leader of our province.
Central Tech had teaching by Robin Hopper, Judi Dyelle, Roger Kerslake and countless other big names. Students include Tim de Rose, Kayo O Young and a long list of gooduns.
It's easy to sit here and say so what can I do? Well, you can protest. I don't normally use my blog as a political statement but this dude has put drinking cheap beer ahead of most of what I believe in- art, music, and books. Trouble is the numb skulls that drink cheap beer don't  go to libraries and art galleries.
They do go to music concerts but I doubt it is anywhere where words are part of the program.
Maybe that's not fair. I'm pissed and I'm taking shots.
I am sporting this badge in a very Conservative town. Maybe one person will change- dunno!!
Who needs libraries, anyway?

Stop Ford

Fickle finger of fate

Comments

smartcat said…
It always get me when bosses urge their employees to think out side the box, when the art programs that are the training spaces for outside thinking are the first to be squashed!
AAARRRGGGHHH!!!
Anonymous said…
Not only is the ceramics program gone, but an adult art program that is over 90 years old was also cancelled, and if you check out your Canadian art history, you'll find out how many famous Canadian artists got their art education at Central Tech.
Anonymous said…
There was a golden age of ceramics education at Central Technical School in Toronto, but for the past decade or more the level of ceramic education at Central Tech has been sub-standard at best.
Anonymous said…
Don't forget Bobs Cogill Haworth she taught ceramics at Central Tech from 1929 to 1963, and she studied ceramics at the Royal College of Art in London. At one time Central Technical School rivalled the Ontario College of Art in art education.
Unknown said…
Wow, Anonymous, thanks for that kick in the teeth start my day. As the main ceramics teacher at Tech for r he last 12 years, that's hard to hear. Yes things have changed. The adult art program has deteriorated from a three-year scaffolded program which included hand building, throwing, and glaze technology to a one-semester drop-in program. In an 18-week program, with 7.5 hours per week instruction, I'd love to see what you could do with students of all levels of experience in this scenario. I was educated by Walter Ostrom, among others, at NSCAD, so my instruction, while I'm a stickler for the technical, is more conceptual. I get why the work being produced might not meet the standards of the Leech-style Potters of Central Tech's past. That's ok.
I do want to tell you, Tony, that Doug Ford isn't the one behind this, though his class-average increase hasn't helped. The story here is about declining enrolment due to a bad reputation. When I started here in 2007, there were fourteen teachers in the art department. Now there are two. TWO. The high school program had three grade nine , two gr 10, one gr eleven and one gr twelve classes plus a one-semester portfolio program. We are now down to one grade nine class and one combined 10-11-12 class. If the students aren't here, it doesn't matter how great your teaching staff or program or facilities are... The historic Art Centre at CTS is in real jeopardy. It has been heartbreaking to be here and work so hard to keep up with what Robin Hopper called "administrivia" - the reason, he tells me, that he left the school system to teach elsewhere. It's a tough go working within the tdsb.
I would just say, Anonymous, I don't know if you are a former student at the school or an observer or what, but I think if you're going to critique, attach your name to your comment. And be mindful of how powerful (and devastating) your words - especially online - can be. For a teacher to hear that their program is considered sub-par after over a decade of tireless effort to keep it afloat, well, you can imagine, is pretty shitty.
Thanks for the post, Tony! The ceramics studio isn't going anywhere, the department will still continue to operate - differently of course, under Continuing Education. Stay tuned...
Jen Leis said…
Aaaaaand then my comment showed up as "Unknown" even though my selection was "google account"!!! Grrrr technology!!

That comment above is from me, Jen Leis!
Anonymous said…
Restructuring an institution like and art department can be painful, especially while the administration has to clear out the dead wood.
Anonymous said…
There are three community colleges in Toronto: Centennial College, George Brown College and Seneca College that all offer a variety of arts programming, and their facilities can't even compare to the Art Centre at Central Technical School. But what are great facilities when you don't have great teachers in those studios?
Anonymous said…
Of course the Art Centre at Central Tech has gained a bad reputation over the past few years, because it became a nest of lazy and useless teachers, resulting in dropping enrollment as students and their families chose not to attend.
Anonymous said…
I have mixed feelings about the 3 years that I spent at the Art Centre, 3 of the teachers were respectful of their students and had welcoming classrooms, 4 other teachers were just nasty and abusive.
Anonymous said…
So sad that the end is near, a rich history in ceramic and art education is over, but in recent times it just hasn't lived up to its potential.
Anonymous said…
At one time the Art Centre at Central Tech had a great reputation, graduates were given advanced standing to upper years of study at art colleges like OCAD, now days graduates are told to apply to foundation studies at colleges to get up to an acceptable level to apply to programs of their choice. Sad, just sad, the current state of art education at Central Tech.
Anonymous said…
The Toronto District School Board and Central Technical School administration have certainly dropped the ball in their failure to provide excellence in art education, shame on them!
Anonymous said…
It's all part of the educational pyramid scheme.
Why prepare students for jobs when graduating from high school, when you can get them into college and university for a BA, get no job and tell them they need a MA, still no job so they better get a Phd.
Anonymous said…
Toronto students could use a lesson from their French counterparts, when French students protest, the government always listens to them. So Central Tech students take on Doug Ford and the Ontario government, the Ministry of Education, the Toronto District School Board, and the school administration at Central Technical School and get your art programming back!
Anonymous said…
Anything 4 sale?
If they are closing the ceramics studio at Central Tech, is any of the studio equipment like wheels and kilns for sale. I'm sure interested in buying some used equipment.
Anonymous said…
The Toronto District School Board like all slum landlords operate rundown and deteriorating schools, these facilities are disgusting, go into the Art Centre at Central Tech, and you'd think that you were in a third world country school.
Anonymous said…
Sounds like a renoviction, let the place go to rot, and empty it out, then try and find a buyer.
Anonymous said…
Isn't it a heritage building?
Don't they have to maintain it?
Anonymous said…
Well we now know why Doug Ford and his finance minister crony is cutting funding for education and health care, they have to find money for the millions and possible billion dollars it will cost Ontario taxpayers to cancel a contract with the Beer Store, and get beer into corner stores. What moron thinks this is a good idea, and a good use of public money?
Anonymous said…
Typical conservative party, they don't understand the creative mind and the arts, so they try to stamp it out. Not realizing how important it is in the economy, how many people are employed in arts related jobs. These people are so short sighted, and are not investing in the future.
Anonymous said…
Toronto has Rosedale Heights School of the Arts and Etobicoke School of the Arts, interesting how an arts education is only available to upper/middle class white rich and privileged people. When I went to the Art Centre we didn't even have heat in the winter, we wore our coats, hats and gloves to class. And then when it rained, buckets and bowls all around the classrooms to catch the downpour of drips. And don't get me started on the washrooms, most gas stations have better and cleaner washrooms that the one's the students got to use at the Art Centre at Central Tech.
Anonymous said…
Central Tech art programs have been on life support for almost 40 years now, due to budget cuts and reduced funding, and mismanagement by the Toronto School Board and especially the administration at Central Tech. No wonder parts of the program like ceramics and the adult art program have finally been cancelled.
Anonymous said…
When is the last time they had any great artist/teachers at Central Technical School in Toronto? It has been ages, the late 60's and early 70's.
Anonymous said…
Real art education?

It was announced that the art education at Central Tech will be handed over to TDSB continuing education department. Is that real arts education or just recreation and leisure? Continuind ed, better known as old white woman art school classes.
Anonymous said…
Art students out, old paperwork in!
Some of the art studios at Central Tech are being used to hold file cabinets of old memo and other bits of paperwork waiting for the paper shredder, or what the TDSB and Central Tech admin are calling the TDSB's new archive. What a great use of art studios, couldn't they just rent a storage unit to store their old junk in?
Anonymous said…
Regarding the adult art program, its cancellation is simply age discrimination. Passing adults students off to the fluff offered through continuing ed is just discrimination by not offering adults access to real art education. Shame on you TDSB and Central Tech admin.
Anonymous said…
The ceramics program was doomed about 3 years ago when they retired their full-time ceramics technician, and allowed under-qualified part-timers from the continuing ed dept. to take over for the night school classes. There is just bad management at this school.
Anonymous said…
How is the protest going Mr. Clennell?

https://www.facebook.com/groups/2304932081/

Anonymous said…
You are never too old to learn, the TDSB and central tech must provide art education excellence to mature students, and reinstate the adult art program.
Anonymous said…
Arts education should be a right, not just an option for the privilaged few, fill the art studios at Central Tech with teachers, and not as a dumping ground for old storage items.
Anonymous said…
End the discriminatory practices of the Toronto District School Board, the school administration and teachers at Central Technical School, and bring back the 3 year adult art program, access to a good art education and being treated respectfully no matter what your age is as a student is a Human Rights issue.
Anonymous said…
We were treated like shit at Central Tech's Art Centre.
Anonymous said…
Build a wall around Central Technical School's art building and make it an adults only art school.
Anonymous said…
Age should not be a barrier to learning and getting an arts education, stop the treatment of mature students as second class citizens by the powers that be at the TDSB, school administration and certain teachers at Central Technical School. Restore funding to the Adult Art Program.
Anonymous said…
Cutting and ending of an art program based on the age of the participants is simply just wrong, it is simply discrimination. I wouldn't bother with a letter writing campaign and begging the school board, I would see a Human Rights lawyer, since this is a human rights issue.
Anonymous said…
Help us save the art classes at Central Tech in Toronto.
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Anonymous said…
Artists of the world unite and save Central Tech and its ceramics history!
Anonymous said…
The ceramics program is not the only thing under threat, they are planning on getting rid of the sculpture technician too. And for most of the past decade there has been a revolving door of teachers who knew nothing about sculpture at Central Tech. What does that tell you about the school's commitment to its arts program.
Anonymous said…
So sad to see the slow death of an iconic art institution, just goes to show you what mismanagement of the art dept. at Central Tech has caused.
Anonymous said…
If it wasn't for Adam Brockie the sculpture technician, the sculpture program at Central Tech would have ended almost a decade ago, after a string of useless teachers were assigned to take over teaching the subject. No thought given to what is best for the students, total mismanagement of an art education by school administration at Central Tech.
Anonymous said…
"Good teachers turn out excellent students", there you have the definitive reason why the ceramics program died at Central Tech.
Anonymous said…
Ode to my ceramics teacher at CTS.

She sat on her duff,
and made her own stuff.
She never walked around the classroom,
when you asked her a question she might as well be riding a broom.
If you had a problem or your project had a hitch,
if you needed her help, her teaching attitude was like a bumble bee with an itch.
Anonymous said…
LOL so so true!
Anonymous said…
The council has spoken.
You have been voted off the island.
Anonymous said…
It's about time the art building at Central Technical School was given its own Board to govern operations of the arts program, since it is obvious that the school administration is unwilling or incapable of properly running it. Seems they have finally run it into the ground.
Anonymous said…
The teachers there were really lazy, they would treat you like shit so you would drop their classes, so they had really small classes and less work to do.
Anonymous said…
Attention alumni if you can make it Tuesday June 25 from 6 to 8pm, come and see the end of year exhibition, and roam the halls one last time.
Anonymous said…
As the curtain falls on the arts, ceramics, sculpture, photography, drawing and painting at Central Technical School, can anyone save it? Can anyone put Humpty Dumpty back together again? Well at least we can continue to boo Doug Ford!
Anonymous said…
The Queen of Central Tech had to be the artist Doris McCarthy and among her proteges the artist Joyce Wieland. So much history will be lost when this art program is closed, what a tragedy.
Anonymous said…
Just think of the amazing abstract painters that came out of Central Technical School, from Painters Eleven Kazuo Nakamura and Tom Hodgson. Also the renown artist Harold Klunder.
Nakamura travelled all the way from British Columbia, and Klunder from Hamilton, Ontario to study at Central Technical School in Toronto. The school's prestigious reputation as a place for artists to gain a good art education has certainly been lost over time.
Anonymous said…
What an amazing high school art program including access to special build studios for ceramics, sculpture, photography, printmaking, and of course drawing and painting. It's a real shame that access to art classes in this amazing art building has been curtailed by the TDSB and school administrators.
Anonymous said…
Remember that tag team of Dori Vanderheyden and Erin Vincent, curriculum head and her assistant, Vanderheyden gave assignments where she didn't have to teach anything, and Vincent was always so prickly and uptight she made classes so miserable. Another reason for the decline of the art dept. at Central Tech.
Anonymous said…
Regarding the quality of the teaching staff, it didn't help that there was some nepotism going on, if you were a friend or family friend of the principal you easily got the job teaching art at Central Tech.
Anonymous said…
Calling all art supporters, drop by and check out the exhibition of work by alumni, staff and students at the Art Centre - Central Technical School on Tuesday June 25 from 6 to 8 p.m.
Location: Art Centre
(located on Lennox - one block south of Bloor - off Bathurst)
Anonymous said…
The art program at Central Tech has slowly been dismantled by the Toronto District School Board and school administrators from death by a thousand cuts. What was there intent for this prolonged attack to destroy arts education at Central Tech, was it malevolent or just negligence?
Anonymous said…
Handing art education over to continuing education, well what qualifications do you need to teach there, pretty much nothing, so the quality of art education will be slipping into the toilet even more.
Anonymous said…
SAVE OUR SCHOOL
SAVE OUR ART PROGRAM
PROTECT THE RIGHT TO HAVE A GREAT ART EDUCATION
SAY NO TO CUTS TO ART EDUCATION
Anonymous said…
Bring art back to schools!
Anonymous said…
The Art Centre at Central Technical School in Toronto had its final art exhibition last night, its doors are now closed.
Anonymous said…
R.I.P. art classes at Central Tech.
Anonymous said…
Does this reflect the current state of art education?
Anonymous said…
In the classroom the ceramics teacher at Central Tech always seemed to have a burr up her ass.
Anonymous said…
Donald Trump's latest tweet...
Central Tech art is a shit hole.
Anonymous said…
If the art teachers at Central Technical School were so worried about losing their jobs they should have looked after them better and treated their students better.
Anonymous said…
Central Tech was like the TV show Fame,
it was a wonderful place, and full of amazing people.
It's a real shame that the art department is being sacrificed.
Anonymous said…
Central Tech will just have to reinvent itself, and may be the art programming will be reborn.
It will take some outside influence to get the ball rolling, know any tough battlers willing to take on a project?
Anonymous said…
Get Murray McLauchlan to write a protest song, he was an art student at Central Tech.

Hey Murray, help us save the art program at Central Tech?
Anonymous said…
Any art advocates want to take on the system and bring a once prestigious art program back to a public high school?
Anonymous said…
Calling all rebels and free-thinkers willing to take on the establishment, fight the man, put an end to discriminatory practices, and bring art programs, and all art classes back to Central Tech, especially the now cancelled Adult Art Program, that was for students over the age of 21.
Anonymous said…
So sad, yet it was inevitable, it was such a disappointing place to get a fine art and craft education. Shame the way it was run into the ground.
Anonymous said…
Evidence of the long war on art education, thanks to the policies of the Toronto District School Board for slowly chipping away and finally destroying this important art program.
Anonymous said…
Sad is right, if that's what passes for art education these days.
Anonymous said…
The art building should get a divorce from the main building at Central Tech, and set its self up as a separate entity. That way it would have control to offer better teachers and better art programming.
Anonymous said…
So sad this was my old high school, but everyone I talk to doesn't seem interested in saving it.
Anonymous said…
So what's the real story behind students abandoning this place in droves?

When I attended we were told to keep our mouths shut, and keep a low profile and not to draw attention to the art program.
Anonymous said…
Exactly, and remember that monster Erin Vincent, so many people were going to drop out of the program because of her, we really suffered having her as our sculpture and printmaking teacher.
Anonymous said…
Those who can't do, teach, and unfortunately so many ended up teaching at the end of Central Tech's art program.
Anonymous said…
Like the art building itself, the art programs at Central Tech have been allowed to deteriorate till they were condemned.
Anonymous said…
The Toronto District School Board and the School Administrators of Central Tech should offer apologies to students for the poor excuse for art education that was offered at Central Tech.
Anonymous said…
Yikes, that place was a breeding ground of negative energy, even the teachers couldn't stand each other, with all their back biting and cat fighting.
Anonymous said…
Glory days, remember when people thought the Art Centre at Central Tech was relevant and creative?
Anonymous said…
Where did they find these art teachers?
At Springfield Elementary?
Anonymous said…
What was going on at Central Tech could hardly qualify as ceramics education.
Anonymous said…
Central Tech art desperately needs your love bombs!
Anonymous said…
Why ceramics died at Central Tech.
Art school teaching is totally different to providing lectures. It’s essential you work with students. It’s very hands on. Something you totally avoided. You can't teach ceramics perched on a stool the whole class with your head down.
Anonymous said…
Have some fabulous memories of Central Tech, so sad all that is past.
Meet some fabulous people there, that I am still friends with today.
Anonymous said…
In the immortal words of Bette Davis,
"WHAT A DUMP!"
Anonymous said…
The Art Dept. at Central Technical School has seen better days, it's a real pity how it ended up. It was the third class equivalent to the other first class specialized art programs of the Toronto District School Board, no class or racial discrimination intended.
Anonymous said…
The Art program at Central Tech has always been an easy target for budget cuts, who is going to speak up for the working class racial minorities and elderly mature students that attend its art classes.
Anonymous said…
Simply reeks of prejudice. The TDSB may have a statement of values, but it amazes one how quick they are to abandon them, when they can pull one over on the poor and defenceless.
Well they manage to balance their budget in favour of special interest groups, but at the expense of those that really need their assistance.
Anonymous said…
Well the Ontario government just wrote off half a billion dollars in loans that it made to Chrysler, so of course they are going to make the people of Ontario pay for it all over again with cuts to education and health care. Special interests always win.
Anonymous said…
Excellence in art education is only available in Toronto to the white privileged students, not at an inner city school like CTS.
Anonymous said…
Disappointment for Doug Ford, he had to get rid of his cell phone, because he was getting too many nasty calls. That is, people expressing their opinions about him.
Anonymous said…
Please continue to send your letters and comments to Doug Ford wishing him well.
Anonymous said…
Sounds like the Toronto District School Board and School Administrators at Central Tech,
have done another sneaky backroom deal to get rid of art education at Central Tech. They've been secretly chipping away at the art programs for years and now they've finally dealt the death blow.
Anonymous said…
The whole affair stinks of a backroom deal, the long war and neglect of art education at Central Tech, also a long history of age discrimination against those seeking adult education in art, and against those racialized students seeking art education. Well the TDSB and Central Technical School administrators will have to restore and re-energize the art program.
Anonymous said…
The whole affair stinks of a backroom deal, the long war and neglect of art education at Central Tech, also a long history of age discrimination against those seeking adult education in art, and against those racialized students seeking art education. Well the TDSB and Central Technical School administrators will have to restore and re-energize the art program.
Anonymous said…
So much potential lost, but the place was always an easy target for budget cuts.
Art is always undervalued, especially art education, creative thinking is intelligence.
Art education deserves more respect than it gets in the big business that has become educational institutions.
Anonymous said…
"The lady doth protest too much, methinks"
Anonymous said…
My old school, filled with memories of the other art students I studied with, great memories, to bad and really sad that they couldn't find great art teachers to work there any longer.
Anonymous said…
Really lucky to have attended this school and its great art program before the troubles.
Anonymous said…
So happy and grateful that I had the opportunity to go to this school.
So disappointed that it is all over.
Anonymous said…
POTUS, Trumps latest tweet.
Art Centre at Central Tech is rat infested.
Anonymous said…
Donald Trump twitter about Central Technical School art building.

Art building at Central Tech is a disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess. If the teachers and school administrators spent more time in caring about the art program, maybe they could help clean up this very dangerous & filthy place.
Anonymous said…
Did the Board of Education or the school Administration of Central Tech ever investigate why the drop out rate is so high in the art program? eh?
Obviously they never really cared or believed the bull shit excuses feed to them.
Anonymous said…
Love it or hate it, being an art student at Central Tech was certainly an interesting experience.
Anonymous said…
Goodbye ceramics at Central Tech, it was really swell.
Anonymous said…
Chris Snedden did lead the Raku firing at Central Tech this year, why can't they give us a qualified teacher like that permanently.
Anonymous said…
What do you expect for free tuition and just $600 a year for studio fees?
A quality education with qualified teachers? Get real!

Well with all the budget cuts and interesting choices in teachers, they finally put the last nail in the coffin that was the Art Centre at Central Technical School.
Anonymous said…
President Donald Trump's latest tweet - Make Central Tech great again!

Get rid of those adult art students and those high cost art classes.
Anonymous said…
CALL THE FRAUD SQUAD, there are people posing as art teachers at Central Tech.
Anonymous said…
What's the latest news, what is happening with art programming at this school?
Anonymous said…
Who is holding there people accountable?
Education is a human right!

Age discrimination contravenes those rights,
and cancelling art classes is just morally corrupt.

But this school and its arts programming have had problems for decades.
The only solution they could find was cuts and under-qualified teachers to scare students away from the program.
Anonymous said…
Central Tech, the school of broken dreams.
Anonymous said…
Just couldn't get a handle on the mentality of some of the art teachers at this school, just didn't live up to promised expectations. No wonder there was a downward spiral and eventual lack of students attending. They expressed their disappointment by choosing not to take your classes.
Anonymous said…
What do you need to call yourself an art teacher in Ontario, 1 year of extra education for a Bed, and 3 art courses for your degree? It shows in the level of art education that was delivered by some teachers at Central Tech.
Anonymous said…
What can you say about the management of a high school when they have to cancel their art programs.
Anonymous said…
Toronto District School Board cuts art program to help Ontario government pay for Ontario News Now, taxpayer-funded fake news channel. Don't you hate all this sleazy backroom dealing?
Anonymous said…
End white privilege bring back all the art programs to Central Technical School.
Anonymous said…
Doug Ford the premier and his cabinet ministers have defended the cuts as necessary to tackle an urgent financial situation, more cuts to follow. How many cuts are the people going to accept so Doug Ford can pay for his mismanagement of the province's financial resources.
Anonymous said…
For someone who purports to be a good ceramics teacher Jen, you sure as hell gave the impression that you didn't want to be there most of the time.
Anonymous said…
Fight for your right to make art, and even ceramics or pottery.
Anonymous said…
Expectations and the realities of the Art Centre never matched, only the cost of classes made it worth attending. Yes, the price is right.
Anonymous said…
After attending art classes at Central Tech, you'll need an emotional support dog.
Anonymous said…
The Curtain has fallen, the last gasp of breath is over, the last nail is in the coffin, and now one of the great art programs has finally ceased forever.
Anonymous said…
Nice lady to talk to outside of the classroom, but in the classroom she's a dud as a teacher,
her ceramics classes weren't much in terms of instruction or inspiration. No wonder they finally cancelled classes at Central Tech.
Anonymous said…
My parents always told me, if you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all.
So about my time studying art at Central Tech, all I have to say is...
No comment.
Anonymous said…
Once a great art program existed at Central Technical School, but over the past few decades it's been slashed and modified out of existence. It's hard to comprehend or justify what the powers that be have done.
Anonymous said…
The death of a Canadian artistic and cultural institution.
Anonymous said…
piss-poor teacher!
Anonymous said…
Hey Mr. Clennell please come teach at Central Technical School in Toronto, we desperately need a real ceramics teacher. Help bring the ceramics program back from the brink of death at Central Tech.
Anonymous said…
The Art Centre at Central Tech is the rust-belt of art education institutions.
Anonymous said…
Amazing place and awesome teachers, may it always be a home for true artists.
Anonymous said…
Toronto's best kept secret, a great art school, with purpose-built studio spaces and equipment, but a building and an art department that was considered a liability. And over the years was slowly cut and phased out at the whims of administrators, who didn't support or understand the value, or weren't sympathetic to artistic education. And now it's on the verge of extinction.
Anonymous said…
All it took was a couple of interested guys to get together and relaunch the Toronto School of Art. Where are the art lovers who want to save and relaunch the now defunct Art Centre at Central Tech?
Anonymous said…
She compares herself to the late great Robin Hopper, and talks about her mentors and teachers like Walter Ostrom at NSCAD, but does she live up to the teaching values she espouses. I think not! It's hard to be a great art teacher, when your motivation to be there is only for a place to sit down and collect a pay cheque.
Anonymous said…
A couple of guys got together and resurrected the Toronto School of Art,
where are the art angels who could save the Art Centre at Central Tech.
Anonymous said…
Jen Leis is a good teacher, and Central Technical School is a hot bed of creativity and ceramic education. Just look at some of the potters today, who have trained under Jen at Central Tech; Catharina Goldnau, Brenda Nieves and Vera Polischuk.
Anonymous said…
Karma is a bitch!
How you treated your students finally came around to bite you in the ass!
Anonymous said…
When I was a student there, we were told that the teacher's job wasn't to teach us how to be creative or to make art, but to teach us the technique. Well they didn't do even that very well. On the bright side I was introduced to a subject I am very interested in, and have gone on to get better training. All I can say about the place is thanks for the introduction.
Anonymous said…
Respect your teachers and be a good student.
Anonymous said…
I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to attend the Art Centre at Central Technical School.

EG
Anonymous said…
The wheel of fortune, the circle of life, amazing place while it lasted.
Made a few friends and had great memories from my time studying art at Central Tech.
Anonymous said…
An Art & Design education is apparently only a priority for the white and privileged,
not for a high school student from an inner city working/middle class neighbourhood.
Shame when white privileged trumps when it comes to an education with a future, shame on the Toronto District School Board, for its funding inequalities.
Anonymous said…
The Art Centre at Central Technical school is a victim of the establishment, the 1% get all the perks of an arts education while the 90% get budget cuts and cuts to an arts education. Thanks Toronto District School Board and Ontario government for serving the elite and the privileged.
Anonymous said…
The Art Dept. at Central Tech, past its prime and second rate, well more like third rate.
No wonder enrollment is so low, and no resolve to breath new life into it and reinvigorate arts programming at this institution.

R.S. (Reliable Source)
Anonymous said…
Somebody needs to take some time and be reflective on why they are there and how they are in service to the art community.
Anonymous said…
The decline in the importance of craft in education has been very noticeable and is a big concern. The importance of making and understanding materials is a fundamental human need; I like to believe that in this rapidly changing digital age people are beginning to recognise that making, exploring and expressing ideas in a hands-on way is as important as ever.

Craig Underhill

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