Danielle Hyde 

Danielle is a  multi-disciplinary artist who studied visual critical studies and peace studies, Her work is multi-disciplinary in nature ranging from mixed media, non-traditional and traditional mediums, photography and performance art.

As an artist her work seeks to take a trans-disciplinary approach as we all heal in different ways, approach the world in different ways and have different needs for common goals. As a storyteller Danielle works in many different mediums and creates stories in many different forms to acknowledge that truth, that we are 4-dimensional beings. Our brains and bodies exist in 4 directions; connecting through the heart to our minds, bodies and sense of spirit.

With years of training focused on trauma informed responses, developing personal and community based projects, neuro-biological connections to mental health and youth work; Danielle develops programs and create art that crosses space to connect people and perspectives  

Using arts to create relationships through visual storytelling, collaborative projects are all links to creating the space for what we need to express. To where creativity helps to un-wire neural synaptic connections negatively impacting health, improve neural plasticity, and of course laugh.

Involving art creation, community building, story telling, education.  Danielle's approach to learning is to echo these core guiding principles in ways and means to teach art. To share the knowledge and skills of healing in a relevant and accessible way.

 Workshops are about humanizing real life explorations of different themes, ideas, dreams, and challenges. As many of the impacts on our lives do not receive the time we need to process them, this act of art-making becomes both co-operative and communicative. It is a partnership between everyone, including the art itself, within a safe shared space. This level of conscious self-care offers a starting point to the conversation of better, more sustainable peace within our self.

From eyes to hands there is a relationship just like our thoughts and the world before us shares a relationship. In creating with painting, mixed media or photography creative work is the result of a communication with everything in that relationship.

The Arts have always been my passion for as long as I can remember. 

I never thought I wanted to be an artist, a dancer, a singer or a writer. I just danced and I sang, through the hallways at school, When everyone groaned during writing class, I was excited, and I would often sketch, during breaks and at camp when I was supposed to be playing ball.

Philip Zave Wiseman is a drama coach who infuses years of training and creative projects into his curriculum. His training includes Clown, Mime, Buffon, Improv, Classical Theatre, Musical Theatre, and Play.

Philip loves drama, and he equally loves cultivating a sense of togetherness and community. That is why our focus at Artivities is to empower children to work together by correlating success of self with the success of others. When our students are taught to express themselves through creation, they wind up hearing, seeing and feeling the humanity in their peers. This phenomenon enables the development of a deeper sense of our understanding of others.

Philip's pedagogy is to draw the truth out of the present moment using exercises that enhance instinct and focus. He also believes in the power of overcoming the fear of failure through humor, separation of ego and art, and the process of giving focus and being open to receive focus.

Karey B. Shaffer

Philip Zave Wiseman

Drawing and painting was something I could easily practice at home without a teacher, and so by the time I was in high school, I was already teaching my first art class on Sunday morning.

I never thought of making art a career, as it seemed a difficult landscape to navigate, but I loved children, and became an english teacher often incorporating art into my classes. I also continued to teach art from my home on Sundays.

My experience as a teacher helped me to develop my art curriculum in a way that was simple and clear so that all my students could learn how to draw and paint. I've never yet met a anyone who cannot draw, 

Teaching art was so much fun, all my students looked forward to my classes and wanted to be there, which unfortunately I cannot say about school teaching. So eventually I was able to focus entirely on teaching art.