For those of you who don’t take art, you probably know Ms. Webber as “the fancy art teacher with unique clothing, who teaches in the art room on the second floor”. You know who she is, but do you really know her?
To be honest, she seems scary at first. During the Byng Arts Audition, many of us were haunted by the idea of having a strict teacher like her for art. But with a few classes, we realized that she is more of a caring, and kind mentor. She respects all the different painting styles of her students, and she responds eagerly to students who seek her guidance. It’s difficult to accept the fact that such a thoughtful and passionate art teacher will be leaving us soon. Ms. Webber will be retiring at the end of this school year ☹
So we’ve decided to interview Ms. Webber about her life as an artist and her experience at Byng. And hopefully, after reading this, you will be able to say more about her than just –“the art teacher”.
Q: How long have you been teaching at Byng?
A: I’ve taught for a long, long time! This year’s already my twelfth year at Byng! I’ve taught photography, ESL literature, Byng Arts, and also regular visual art. I used to be a librarian too, I like to read.
Q: What are you planning to do after you retire?
A: Well, of course, keep painting! I would also love to travel, to sit at home, to read, and look after my garden!
Q: It’s obvious that you specialize in acrylic painting, what is your favorite scene to paint?
A: I paint whatever scenery that’s in front of me. I paint wherever I go. I use painting to record down my thoughts and what I’ve seen as if they were post cards while I’m travelling. My favorite scenery, I guess it’s when the sun comes up or goes down, early in the morning or late in the afternoon. The color of sky is quite interesting to look at during those times of the day.
Q: Who are your favorite artists, one’s that inspired you throughout your art career?
A: I like Van Gogh, Emily Carr, and Bobbie Burgers.
Q: Was there someone who supported you as an artist?
A: No. My parents didn’t want me to be an artist, they wanted me to have a more stable job. So now I’m a teacher, an art teacher.
Q: Where do you get your inspiration from for fashion?
A: Fabric stores. I find color and patterns that I like, then I find clothes in that color that suit me. I love the color- blue the best.
Q: Do you have anything to say your students?
A: My students are all very talented, gifted people. They all work really hard. And I wish them the best, in whatever area they aim for. I expect to see their names in the newspaper! I know that some of them will be artists, architects, photographers, lawyers, or doctors. They have the courage to try so many thing, and that is what’s most important, in my opinion.
Q: Do you like Byng as a school?
A: The building, I’m not that fond of, but the people inside I really like … My students are very caring, my colleague are really nice, and the school is one of my favorites!
Q: Do you have something to say to Byng?
A: It’s time for me to retire! It’s time for a new, young teacher to come in and have some new ideas! I’d like the new teacher to have lots of energy, and simply someone who loves the students, cares about the students, and tries his or her best to make the students the best of them!
Thanks Ms. Webber! You are awesome!