Student Initiative, Bear University, Offering Engaging Courses to Other Students

December 4, 2014 No Comments

A group of grade 9-12 students are offering other students a chance to learn more about costuming, make-up and photography from a group of professional instructors.

After reviewing a student survey in the spring, the group decided to build more relevance in school by offering students courses in various areas of interest, inviting staff to participate as co-learners, and providing certification to students for the work that they’ve done.  The group was able to raise $5000 in seed funding last June to support their ideas.

The first set of courses are set to run next week.  Students wishing to sign up for a course can see the Bear U crew in the caf at lunch this week, though the courses are quickly filling up.

Here are the course descriptors and professors for the courses.  Each course will also have a CPHS staff member as a participant / supervisor:



DATE: Friday, December 12th – full day

LOCATION: Learning Commons

NEED TO BRING: Smart phone camera, or other digital camera

CURRICULUM: Students will learn about life as a professional photographer, learn the basics of composing effective photos, take some photos in the community around the school (weather permitting), and join with the costuming and make-up workshops Friday afternoon to take photos


Fred Chartrand, Photojournalist.

Chartrand is an award-winning photographer with more the thirty-eight years of experience covering national and international events. His storied career as taken him to elections in Nicaragua where he shot inside a rebel Contra camp to being one of the few journalists in Iran during the American hostage crisis. When at home covering national events he can often be found at rink side covering the Ottawa Senators or field side covering the Ottawa Redblacks.

Sean Kilpatrick, Photojournalist.

As a National Photographer with The Canadian Press Kilpatrick travels the globe covering Olympic Games, G-8 and G-20 Leaders Summits, Commonwealth Summits, Francophonie Summits and NATO Summits. He’s followed the Canadian Prime Minister to Afghanistan and the Minister of Foreign Affairs to Lybia. When not on the road Kilpatrick can be found most days pounding the pavement on Parliament Hill.



DATE: Friday, December 12th – full day

LOCATION: Stage in the caf

NEED TO BRING: Comfortable shoes and clothes you don’t mind getting messy (Let instructors know if you are allergic to latex)


  • Developing makeup design for a theatrical production
  • Pancake vs Airbrushing
  • Art of aging
  • Monsters/Fairies
  • Pop art/Face painting
  • Creative use of makeup


Dalene Gallo, Professional Aesthetician 

Dalene received her esthetician/make up artist diploma in 1989. She has worked in the make up industry with Clinique, Germain Monteil, Christian Dior and Elizabeth Arden. During that time she headed up the Arden Make up Team, doing special events in stores in Ottawa, Kingston, Brockville and Cornwall. In 2010 she was given the opportunity to get involved with theatre productions, thanks to my dear friend Kate Osborne. She recently completed a course in advanced make up techniques, and looks forward to her next challenge, airbrushing and body art.

Kate Osborne, Founder of Mississippi MUDDS Youth Theatre

Kate, who also works in our Guidance office, has extensive experience doing design and application of stage makeup for local theatrical productions.



DATE: Friday, December 11-12th – full day

LOCATION: Staff Room

NEED TO BRING: Comfortable shoes and clothes you don’t mind getting messy (Let instructors know if you are allergic to latex)


After a general “Costume Design for the Stage” introduction, students will form groups of 4 or 5. They will choose a topic related to one or more Little Mermaid characters for the upcoming school musical. Fabrics and patterns are being collected/provided.

After finding the appropriate fabrics they will provide sketches.  These sketches have to be translated into work drawings.

All students will learn how to thread and operate a sewing machine.

Students will get an understanding of patterns, cutting and sewing

It is the student’s creativity and enthusiasm to have their costumes ready for the Friday afternoon showing!



Ingrid Harris, Historic Costume Designer

Ingrid Harris, Historic Costume Designer, painter & glass artist. Ingrid is the designer of interpretive characters, Art Buddies, for the The National Gallery of Canada as well as the genius behind dressing puppets for (PuppetsUp! International Puppet Festival) of Almonte, Ontario.  Ingrid is the receipient of the 2012 Mississippi Mills Cultural Achievement Award!

Costume Designer for Teatro Sea in New York for the most recent productions‘The Legends of the Enchanted Treasure’(2011), ‘My SUPERHERO’(2014) and ‘SKELETON, a Day of the Dead bedtime story’(2014)  613.256.5577

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