UBC Continuing Studies

UBC Continuing Studies
The Art of Edo Japan
June 2010 and Jan 30-March 6 2013 (6 week course)

Shawne developed and taught this six week course which surveyed the blossoming of the decorative and fine arts during the Edo period (1603-1867), including evolution in painting, the ornamentation of functional objects, and the rise of the woodblock print. Cross-cultural influences toward the end of the Edo period was also addressed.


UBC Continuing Studies
From Buddha to Shogun to Astroboy: The History of Japanese Art

February 2011

Shawne developed and taught this eight week course which surveyed 2000 years of Japanese cultural expression.  From the early pottery of the Jomon people; Buddhist sculpture, architecture and painting to the spectacular ceramics and woodblock prints of the Edo era and the globally consumed manga novels and anime graphics of contemporary culture, the luminescence of Japan’s cultural legacy was explored.

Lessons Learned in Commissioning Art

Commissioning Art
Montecristo Magazine

Lessons Learned in Commissioning Art
(Spring 2009)

Out in the cold.

The commissioning of artwork is pervasive throughout history. Works were typically commissioned by the monarchy, the wealthy, and the religious, with the desire to honour personages, represent religious or allegorical themes for didactic or decorative purpose, and to pay homage to historical events. Read Article