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Q&A with Jane Finnimore, Visual Art Teacher

1. Where were you before this and what persuaded you to join Concordia College?

In July this year I returned to Australia, after thirteen years of teaching internationally at International Baccalaureate schools in Vietnam, China, and Malaysia. I have thoroughly enjoyed the experience of working with expat teachers and students from all over the world and being a part of internationally minded communities. I was excited to be returning to my hometown of Adelaide and to join Concordia College. I had heard excellent reports about Concordia’s strong Art Department and its collaborative nature, and I was looking forward to the next step in my IB journey particularly in an Australian context

2. Three words to describe you.

Creative, Curious, Empathetic.

3. What is your motivation or inspiration in your role?

Creativity is my motivation and to be able to expose students to the infinite ways there are to make art. I am motivated to give them opportunities to stretch their creativity, make mistakes and discover different ways to view the world or solve a problem. I believe that the ability to think creatively is something that benefits anyone in all areas of life. I hope to guide students to explore their creative thinking and discover things about themselves through Art.

4. If you had a superpower, what would it be?

The ability to time travel and to experience different periods in the past would fascinate me, particularly the early 20th century with its new developments in Art, literature and film.

5. Who would you invite to a dinner party of six guests and why? Alternatively, tell us something you might like to share that we could not possibly know?

My fantasy dinner party would consist of:

  • Leonard Cohen for his beautiful poetry and creative prowess
  • Geoffrey Robertson for his ability to pose a hypothetical and stimulate conversation
  • Nina Simone, who would hopefully want to serenade us and possibly perform a duet with Cohen
  • Jennifer Saunders for her wit and entertainment value
  • Alain De Botton, to fascinate us with his philosophical views on life.