seaforth studio

artist and teacher

 Teaching children is a continual learning experience for me. With each new student comes another way to see and explore the art experience. I truly enjoy the fresh imagination and willingness to experiment that children of all ages have.


Morning Light
'Morning Light' - watercolour

My own art recently includes watercolour painting,
oil painting, mixed media work and graphite and
charcoal drawings. I work in my studio and en plein air. When on location I use watercolours, conté and
a variety of pencils and charcoal.

I studied Fine Art at the University of British Columbia. I have also studied at NSCAD and the Atlantic Pottery School.

Drowsy Maggies Artworks is my business through
which I do graphic design, silk-screening, signwork, illustration and photography including album and
CD covers, musical artist promotion and theatre,
film and television work.


My art work has been exhibited in various shows and venues including :
The Dartmouth Heritage Museum , The Craig Gallery , Visual Arts Nova Scotia Gallery ,
Your Women's Creative Art Gallery , Laughleton Gallery , Swoon Fine Art Gallery
and Argyle Fine Art Gallery


Some images from my solo show, in the Shadow of Light,
which was at the Craig Gallery at Alderney Landing in Dartmouth
during the month of November 2009.

Artist Statement for in the Shadow of Light

Visual Arts News - Review of in the Shadow of Light


Current Bio and CV


Some images from my show, inspired by the Sea,
which was at the the Seaforth Hall
during the month of November 2012.

Artist Statement for inspired by the Sea


Marlene has contributed greatly to the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia with her expertise in the visual arts, creative and innovative ideas and excellent communication skills. Marlene is an accomplished artist and an outstanding educator. She has outstanding classroom skills engaging students with ease and encouragement. Her positive outlook, flexibility, solid art skills and sense of humour are much appreciated by students and AGNS staff. Marlene is a thoughtful, multi-talented individual.
-- Dale Sheppard, Curator of Education and Public Programs
Over the past several years I had the good fortune to have Marlene York visit my grade three classroom to instruct my students on several art forms. I was impressed each time with the adept manner that she employed in reaching the students and their positive response to her. She had a lovely, gentle manner with the boys and girls and brought out their best effort. Her knowledge of each topic was thorough and she maximized use of materials and time. The activities that Marlene brought to my classroom were stimulating for the children and appropriate for the abilities of all grade three students. It was a pleasure working with Marlene.
-- Jackie McIsaac Rogers, Grade Three Teacher, Colby Village School
For the past 9 years, I have engaged with Marlene in many contexts such as co-worker (4C’s Project at Lakeview School), parent and student (Seaforth Studio). Marlene has an ease to have vision. Never is a project too big for her. From conceptual ideas of huge projects to their actualization in a school environment or in her studio, she brings everyone into a place of co-creating success. She is a totally open, caring, highly resourceful, innovator and an accomplished expert in her field - filled with passion for what she does. When my three children or my students take her classes, they always grow in spirit, confidence, love and knowledge of art.
-- Celine Levasseur Burlock BEd
I have two sons who have had the privilege of having Marlene York as their art teacher. One child has been attending her art class for 8 years, and my other child for 4 years. Marlene works with all children with great patience and has a natural way of making them feel good about their work, which in turn boosts their self-esteem. My children always look forward to going to her class and thoroughly enjoy the large variety of projects they work on. As an elementary school teacher, I am also extremely impressed with her capability to deal with a wide range of abilities in her class. Marlene’s gentle but competent ability to maintain appropriate behavior in her class is commendable.
-- Denise Gallupe, BEd


Working with children through workshops is a rewarding experience. I have been in several schools throughout the Halifax Regional Municipality including:

Atlantic View Elem.
Ross Road Elem. and Junior High
Holland Road Elem.
East St.Margaret's Elem.
Hammond's Plains Elem.
Notting Park Elem.
Eastern Passage Junior High
Rockingham Elem.
Lakeview Consolidated School
Colby Elem.

On these occasions I have done workshops, murals, dioramas and presentations.

 Chezzetcook Marsh
'West Chezzetcook Marsh' - coloured pencil on paper


hand study

'Hand Study' - graphite

  'Fall Window' - oil on panel

 'Plate of Mackerel' - drypoint on rice paper
Some samples of my pottery




 On Location sketches of the local beaches.


'Lawrencetown Beach' - 6B pencil on paper

 Seaforth beach

'Seaforth Beach' - 5B pencil on paper


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© Marlene York 2001