Dave LeRue is a Montreal based artist, writer, and educator, and is currently pursuing a P.h.D in Art Education at Concordia University. He was born and raised in Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia, getting his BFA at NSCAD University in 2014. He moved to Montreal in 2016, completing an MFA in painting in 2019. He lives in Cote des Neiges with his beloved Charlotte and overly affectionate cat, Wilburtheaus.
Of his teaching philosophy, Dave says: “The hardest part about making is starting. I structure my classes to encourage doing before thinking. Make a mark! Pick a colour! Take the exercise as far as you can! Once a project is in progress, I view myself as a mediator. Let’s work with what you have! I encourage my students to focus on their strengths, ideally helping them to channel their excitement and energy into the work they’re doing. I love the excitement that young artists bring to their practices, and the feeling of discovery when the unexpected happens. When class is going well, I’m merely steering the energy, calling out directions for students on their own ships to interpret as they will. If I’ve done my job well, students come away seeing things in a new way, learning new techniques, and feeling more confident in their abilities and ready to take on new challenges. Failure is always an option.”