Faculty of Education

Faculty of Education
Faculty of Education

Open Workshops with Artist in Residence Alison Gowan

Alison Gowan

Workshop Schedule

  • Dance Fitness, Wednesday, Nov 26, 12:00 – 1:15 pm, The Gymnasium
    Bring your gym clothes and join in on a group-based dance workshop that’s guaranteed to get you moving!
  • Choral Singing, Tues, Dec 2, 10:50 – 11:50 am, The Studio
    This workshop is an introduction to the basics of singing in a choral format. Learn how to create simple part songs that are gradually layered with movement to create moving choral textures. 
  • Shadow Puppets, Tues, Dec 2, 5:00 – 7:00 pm, The Studio
    This workshop is an introduction to shadow puppetry. Learn how to create your own shadow puppet, teach students about shadow and light, and use shadow puppetry to explore curricula by bringing stories to life!
  • Multicultural Music and Dance, Wed, Dec 3, 3:50 – 5.50pm, B101 The Stage 
    This workshop is an introduction to a variety of multicultural music and dance traditions. Walk away with practical strategies for developing culturally-sensitive music and dance lessons for your classroom. 

Join us! Workshops are open and free to everyone. Sign up in the south-east stairwell at Duncan McArthur Hall or drop by workshops.


Alison Gowan is a vocalist and multi-instrumentalist with over twenty years of performance, teaching, and facilitation experience. She has toured and recorded extensively with the folk music ensemble, Swamp Ward Orchestra, in her role as a musician, composer, and arranger, and has performed at major festivals across North America including both the Winnipeg and the Calgary Folk Festival. Alison facilitates music and folk dance workshops for participants of all ages. She has collaborated as a multi-disciplinary artist with numerous theatre groups, and has acted in the role of musical director with productions sponsored by Theatre Kingston, Queen's University Drama Department, and CFRC. Most recently Alison joined Birdbone Theatre, a collective of puppeteers who share a passion for responsive and ragged story-telling on topical issues of social justice and environmental protection.

In her role as an arts educator, Alison served as the director of the Kingston Kindermusik program for 15 years, and has developed music programs for Hotel Dieu's Child Development Centre and Holy Cross Secondary School's Bridges to Community program, facilitating accessible music and dance experiences with special needs children and youth. She has worked extensively as a visiting artist and story-teller in numerous schools across Canada.

Alison completed her Bachelor of Music at Queen's University and recently graduated from the Queen's Faculty of Education in the Artist in the Community Education program.

Alison Gowan playing an instrument.