Concordia University

Anita Sinner, PhD

Associate Professor, Art Education

Office: S-EV 2821 
Engineering, Computer Science and Visual Arts Integrated Complex,
1515 St. Catherine W.
Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 5199

As an artist, researcher and teacher, Anita brings transdisciplinary perspectives to research involving qualitative approaches and many forms of arts research in relation to curriculum studies and social and cultural issues in education. Research interests: arts research, a/r/tography, arts-based pedagogies, international art education, history of education, material culture, life writing, social fiction, spatial design of classrooms, curriculum theory, sociology of education, community art education, and pre-service and in-service teacher education.


PhD, University of British Columbia

Research activities

Research underway

Selected Research


SSHRC Partnership Development Grant, The Pedagogical Turn to Art as Research: A Comparative International Study of Art Education, Sinner (PI, Concordia), Irwin (UBC); Adams (Chester); Jokela (Lapland); Viadel and Roldán (Granada)

SSHRC Insight Grant, The transversality hub: Towards a new mode of learning for community arts practice, Lin (PI, UBC), Sinner (Concordia), Irwin (UBC), Grimmett (UBC)


SSHRC Insights Development Grant, Material Culture and Teacher Identity Development, White (PI, McGill), Sameshima (Lakehead), Sinner (Concordia)

SSHRC Insights Development Grant, Community Art Education: An Emergent Model of Innovative Teaching and Research in Canada, Sinner (PI, Concordia), Szabad-Smyth (Concordia); Vaughan (Concordia)
SSHRC Aid to Workshop Grant,
Participatory Arts-based Research: An Interdisciplinary Community Arts Workshop, Sinner (PI, Concordia)
SSHRC Standard Research Grant
Portrayals of Teachers' Lives: Investigating Teacher Education Through Popular Culture and Digital Media as Arts Education, Sinner (PI, Concordia), Leggo (UBC); Hasebe-Ludt (Lethbridge)



Sinner, A. (2015). Photographic repetitions: Landscapeinterpretation and life writing. CreativeApproachesto Research, 8, 3, 63-79.

Sinner, A. (2015). Memories of and reflections on play: Teaching teachers within the folds of the passing-present. International Journal of Play, 4, 1-4.  DOI: 10.1080/21594937.2015.1017306

Sinner, A. (2015). Against the grain: An intervention of mastery learning and intellectual emancipation in art education. EducationalPhilosophy and Theory, 47, 5, 502-514.

Sinner, A. (2014). Flight of the 'Artademics': Scholarly gentrification and conceptual art discourses. Visual Arts Research, 40, 1, 124-126.

Sinner, A. (2013). Archival research as living inquiry: An alternate approach for research in the histories of teacher education. International Journal of Research and Method in Education, 36, 3, 241-251.

Sinner, A. (2012).  A game of dramatic hats:  A counter-narrative in teacher education. Teachers & Teaching: Theory & Practice, 18, 5, 601-613.

Sinner, A.  (2011). The visual journal as an image sphere:  Interpreting artworks with an anamorphic perspective. 
Studies in Art Education, 52, 3, 183-195.

Sinner, A. (2011).  Fragments:  Spectres of a sojourning sojourner. 
Transnational Curriculum Inquiry: Special Issue - Life Writing Across Knowledge Traditions, 7, 2 (2010), 75-81.  Available at:

Sinner, A.  (2010). Arts research as a triptych installation: A framework for interpreting and rendering enquiry. 
International Journal of Education through Art, 6, 2, 125-142.

Sinner, A.  (2010).  Digital storytelling as art practice: A case of informal learning.
Arts and Learning Research Journal, 26, 10, 1-19.

Sinner, A.  (2010).  Negotiating Spaces:  The in-betweenness of becoming a teacher. 
Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education, 38, 1, 23-37.

Sinner, A.  (2008).  Landscapes of meaning: From grade one artworks to a graduate program in Art Education. 
Canadian Journal of Education, 31, 1.   Available at:

Sinner, A. (2008). The transformative process of becoming in doctoral studies. Educational Insights, 11, 3. Available at:

Sinner, A.  (2006).  Sewing seams of stories:  Becoming a teacher during the First World War.  History of Education, 35, 3, 369 - 404.

Sinner, A.  (2004). 
divining INTOXICATION.  Canadian Journal of Education, 27, 1.  Available at:

Sinner, A.  (2004).  Chronic pain and returning to learning:  Exploring the lived experiences of three women.  Indo-Pacific Journal of Phenomenology, 4, 1, 1 - 15.

Sinner, A.  (2003).  Women learners in the classroom:  Exploring the experience of voice, listening and silence. 
Journal of International Women's Studies, 5, 1, 96 - 103.

Collaborative Articles

Sinner, A., Wicks, J., & Rak, S. (2015). Minding the gap: Exploring the potential of the teaching portfolios as curricular innovation.Visual Arts Research, 41, 1, 16-26. DOI: 10.5406/visuartsrese.41.1.0016

Sinner, A., Levesque, M., Vaughan, K., Szabad-Smyth, L., Garnet, D., & Fitch, S. (2012). Reviewing an archive of practice: The historical unfolding of community art education. Canadian Review of Art Education, 39, 74-95.

Sinner, A., & Owen, J.  (2011).  Visual life writing: Witnessing Jade's story through pinhole photography.  Visual Arts Research, 37, 2, 70-81.

Lin, C., Castro, J., Sinner, A., & Grauer, K.  (2011).  A dialog of creation:  New media arts and the Gulf Islands Film School. 
Canadian Art Teacher, 9, 2, 24-37.

Leggo, C., Sinner, A., Irwin, R.L., Pantaleo, K., Gouzouasis, P., & Grauer, K. (2011).  Liminal Spaces:  In-between research paradigms of ethnography and a/r/tography. 
International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, 24, 2, 239-256.

Hasebe-Ludt, E., Sinner, A., Leggo, C., Pletz, J., Simoongwe, F., & Wilson, L. (2010).  These tensioned places of teaching: Life writing in precarious cosmopolitan times.
Creative Approaches to Research, 3, 2, 21-38.

Lander, D., & Sinner, A.  (2010).  Naming West Coast women artists as popular educators: An appreciative inquiry.
Visual Culture & Gender, 5, 35-48. Available at:

Sameshima, P., & Sinner, A.  (2009).  To Soma Heliakon.  Canadian Journal of Education, 32, 2. Available at:  Sameshima&Sinner.pdf

Sinner, A., Leggo, C., Irwin, R.L., Grauer, K., & Gouzouasis, P. (2006).  Arts-based dissertations: Reviewing the practices of new scholars.  Canadian Journal of Education, 29, 4, 1223.  Available at:


Conrad, D., & Sinner, A. (Eds.). (2015).  Creating Together: Participatory, Community-based and Collaborative Arts Practices and Scholarship across Canada. Wilfrid Laurier University Press.

Sinner, A. (2013).  Unfolding the Unexpectedness of Uncertainty: Creative Nonfiction and the Lives of Preservice Teachers.  The Netherlands: Sense.

Hasebe-Ludt, E., Chambers, C., Leggo, C., & Sinner, A. (Eds.) (2012). A Heart of Wisdom: Life Writing as Empathetic Inquiry.  Peter Lang.

Sinner, A. & Lowther, C. (Eds.). (2012). Living artfully: Reflections from the Far West Coast. Key Publishing House.

Lowther, C., & Sinner, A. (Eds.). (2008). Writing the West Coast: In Love with Place. Vancouver: Ronsdale Press.

Book chapters

Irwin, R. L., & Sinner, A. (2015). Art-based reflective research: Empowering individuals to develop expanded self-referential awareness. In S. Schonmann (Ed.), The Wisdom of the Many: Key Issues in Arts Education, International Yearbook for Research in Arts Education, Volume 3 (pp. 533-537). Münster, Germany: Waxmann. For more information:

White, B., Sameshima, P., & Sinner, A. (2015). Making identity: Perspectives on personal inquiry in teacher education. In S. Schonmann (Ed.), The Wisdom of the Many: Key Issues in Arts Education, International Yearbook for Research in Arts Education, Volume 3 (pp. 395-399). Münster, Germany: Waxmann.

Sinner, A.  (2014). Unfolding stories:  Reflecting on the process of doing research.  In R. Berman (Ed.), Corridor Talk: Canadian Feminist Scholars Share their Stories of Research Partnerships. (pp. 179-195). Inanna Press.

Sinner, A., Leggo, C., Irwin, R. L., Gouzouasis, P., & Grauer, K.  (2013).  Analisando as praticas de novos adademicos: teses que usam metodologias de Pesquisa Educacional Baseada em Arte. In B. Dias& R. Irwin (Eds.), Pesquisa Educacional Baseada em Arte: A/r/tografia (pp. 99-124). Santa Maria, Brazil: editoraufsm. 

Sinner, A., Lymburner, J., Grauer, K., Irwin, R.L., Leggo, C., & Gouzouasis, P. (2012). Julie's story: Letters from a teacher who dares to teach art. In L. Campbell & S. Simmons (Eds.), The Heart of Art Education: Essays on Holistic Human Development and Integration (pp. 253-265). Reston, VA: National Art Education Association.

Sinner, A.  (2011).  Greening our art classrooms: Ecologically-aware health and safety.  In K. Grauer, R. Irwin & M. Emme (Eds).,
StARTing with ... Third Edition.  Kingston, Ontario:  Canadian Society for Education through Art.

Darts, D., Carlos, J., Sinner, A., & Grauer, K.  (2011). New media arts education:  How community-based programs reshape teaching and learning in the age of Web 2.0.  In Robert W. Sweeney (Ed.),
Inter/actions Inter/sections:  Art Education in a Digital Visual Culture (pp. 80-89).  Reston, VA: National Art Education Association.
Sinner, A., & Farr Darling, L. (2007).  Virtually aesthetic:  The CITE cohort experience of online learning. In L. Farr Darling (Ed.),
Collective Improvisation: Sustaining a Cohort in Teacher Education (pp.137-153).  Dordrecht, The Netherlands:  Springer Press.

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