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. I have taught all across campus, including in Arts First, Digital Experience Innovation, Fine Arts, Global Business and Digital Arts, Independent Studies, Knowledge Integration, and Psychology. 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
- GBDA 404: Extended E-Portfolio 2
- 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., Filipowicz, A., Anderson, B., & Danckert, J. (2019). Representational drawing following brain injury. Neuropsychologia, 133, 107154. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2019.107154
- 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.
Presentations 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.