John Notten is a Toronto artist and educator with a BFA and BEd from York University. He is the former Head of the Visual Arts/Technology Department at Mary Ward C.S.S. in Scarborough, lecturer for Niagara University and frequent guest speaker at a variety of conferences in Canada and abroad.
His art practice focuses on the re-purposing of common objects and materials, most recently exploring the vocabulary of camping equipment and other common, pre-fabricated materials.
John is an art educator with more than 32 years of teaching experience. Arriving at Mary Ward Catholic Secondary School Centre for Self-Directed Learning in the infancy of the program, he has been part of building this unique educational model through most of his career. John has pioneered innovative Visual Arts Education approaches and Interdisciplinary possibilities for his students.