The true difference between attaining information versus real learning becomes clear after attending Sylvia’s workshops. She creates a space that allows our creativity and vulnerability to be present with us.
My favourite part of Sylvia’s teaching is painting. She asks us questions to think about as we paint. Without realizing it, we are guided to express and acknowledge our inner most thoughts, that may have been hidden away by everyday life’s chaos.
In addition, she explains to us the biology and psychology behind why we feel, react or think in certain ways as humans, and teaches us techniques one how we create harmony amongst these thoughts and emotions. As an example, ever since practicing meditation and breathing techniques with Sylvia, I have learnt to manage my anxiety, which had been a major barrier to my success in school.
What she teaches, wether it be skills on how to be more productive, or ways of practicing self love, are lessons that will always be remembered. And this is something only a professional educator is able to do. It is an honour to learn from her.
Sylvia is a source of inspiration through her works of art, storytelling, and words of wisdom she has taught me the importance of embracing everyday life and how to cultivate our own unique seeds. I am so happy I had the opportunity to learn from her and I was able to use art as a way of connecting with myself and others. Thank you for providing me with the lens to see this world from another perspective, one which encourages self-blessing and the ability to grow.
I just came across your very inspiring website and congratulate you for advancing the key idea that Another World is Possible. Bravo!
My academic story (research focus) is a weaving of art making, shared narrative inquiry, performative writing, experiential learning and media production. In 2005 I co-founded Latin Waves Media a creative commons for politics, art and ecology. Re-storying of politics with curiosity for what is yet to be, with openness to possibilities and Utopian hope birthed through reciprocity and respect for what I do not yet understand.
I grew up in a war torn country and discovered at an early age the power of visibility. The power of making visible our ideas of what is not yet visible. I am an activist using the power of creativity to restore wounded landscapes into fields of fruitful collaboration and co-creation.
In 2014, my work expanded to South Africa, the Arts meets Media pilot project, conceived as a path to bridge technological barriers in cultural agency. The project was expanded in 2015. Co-creating spaces in between the discursive story of power and privilege. A post-colonial theorist, re-imagining our lives outside the border of limitation, reclaiming the air waves as a commons.
Communication is an art, and I am passionate about media for social justice. Art media, radio production, podcast and live dialogue circles form part of my instructional repertoire.
I am a visual artist, who believes passionately in the power of communication, as the art of connection. Art making as a bridge to create, enrich and expand co-creative experiential learning, reciprocal sharing and collaborations across academic interests and political orientations.
Philosophy of Teaching
Art of Living Podcast
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David E. Kirkland is a trans-disciplinary scholar of English and urban education, who explores the intersections among urban youth culture, language and literacy, urban teacher preparation, and digital media. He analyzes culture, language, and texts, and has expertise in critical literary, ethnographic, and sociolinguistic research methods. He has received many awards for his work, including […]