I came to the University of Waterloo for the first time as a teen-aged student. I'm proud and bemused that my journey brought me back here to teach. My home department is Fine Arts but I have taught a wide variety of courses across campus. Closest to my heart is anything involving drawing or interdisciplinary collaboration. Most fun would be a tie between "the colour course" and creative thinking. Most unexpected? Maybe that time I got to teach playwriting at Wilfrid Laurier University.
My MFA was such an arduous experience that I got a tattoo on the day of my thesis exhibition opening, something painful and permanent to remind me never to go back to school again. Clearly, that didn't work, as I went to the Royal College of Art just a few months later, but I keep trying. I have an abundance of ink.
I grew up in a military family and girl guide camps, and have lived all across Canada. Naturally, therefore, I can pack a suitcase, read a map, and cook anything over an open fire. None of those come up nearly often enough in my daily life!
- DEI 612: Working in Teams - Fall 2016
- PhD, (Psychology), University of Waterloo, 2013
- MSc, (Kinesiology), University of Waterloo, 2004
- Post-Degree Experience (printmaking & bronze casting), Royal College of Art, 1994
- MFA (Studio), University of Saskatchewan, 1993
- BA (Honours Studio), University of Waterloo, 1990
- BMath, University of Waterloo, 1985
Research and teaching interests
In my research, I study expert performance in drawing. My studio practice focuses on mixed media drawing and assemblage, and I consult with a Kitchener-based design thinking firm, Overlap Associates. My primary interests are teaching and interdisciplinary collaboration. I teach drawing, creative thinking, colour theory, perception, and teamwork.
Carson, L., Quehl, N., Aliev, I. & Danckert, J. (2014). Angle-based drawing accuracy analysis and mental models of three-dimensional space. Art & Perception, 2(1-2), 183-212.
Carson, L., Millard, M., Quehl, N. & Danckert, J. (2014). Polygon-based drawing accuracy analysis and positive/negative space. Art & Perception, 2(1-2), 213-236.
Presenations and exhibitions
- Carson, L., Siva, P., Millard, M., & Danckert, J. (Symposium, March 2015; New Perspectives on Representational Drawing: Cognition, Phenomenology and Pathology). Accuracy is not the same as goodness, but it helps. International Convention of Psychological Science.
- Carson, L., Millard, M., Quehl, N. & Danckert, J. (Invited presentation, February 2013). Drawing accuracy measured using polygons. IS&T/SPIE conference on Human Vision & Electronic Imaging: International Conference on Perception and Cognition for Electronic Media.
I wrote the curriculum for the Bachelor of Knowledge Integration, a distinctive University of Waterloo degree in arts and sciences with a focus on interdisciplinary collaboration. I also founded a theatre (which failed), a teaching studio (which thrived) and an art supply store (which is still going strong, in someone else's hands).
Here's my "catch phrase" about creativity...
How to catch a big fish:
Catch a lot of fish.
Throw back all the little ones.