Concordia University



Anita Sinner, PhD

Associate Professor, Art Education

Photo: Marc Bourcier
Office: S-EV 2.619 
Engineering, Computer Science and Visual Arts Integrated Complex,
1515 St. Catherine W.
Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 5199
Website(s): Anita Sinner

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: artwork scholarship, 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.

Series Lead Editor, Artwork Scholarship: International Perspectives in Education


PhD, University of British Columbia

Research activities

Research underway

Selected Research


SSHRC Insight Grant, CREATION of the Self: A museum-university collaboration, White (PI, McGill), Lachapelle (Concordia), Sinner (Concordia) 

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 Partnership Development Grant, Mapping A/r/tography: Transnational storytelling across historical and cultural routes of significance, Irwin (PI, UBC); Sinner Concordia);Hu (Hangzhou);  Lasczik (Southern Cross); Kasahara (Tokyo Gakugei); Viadel (Granada);Roldan (Granada); Triggs (Regina)


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 Connections Grant, Provoke: Visual Art Dissertations, Sinner (PI)

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., Irwin, R, & Adams, J (Eds.). (2019). International Perspectives on Visual Arts PhDs in Education. London: Intellect.

Irwin, R, Hasebe-Ludt, E., & Sinner, A. (Eds.) (2019). Storying the world: The Contributions of Carl Leggo on Language and Poetry. New York: Routledge.

Garnet, D., & Sinner, A. (Eds.). (2019). Art, culture, and pedagogy: Revisiting the work of Graeme Chalmers. Leiden, The Netherlands: Brill.

Sameshima, Sinner & White (Eds). (2019) The Concept of MA: Materiality inTeaching and Learning. New York: Peter Lang.

Sinner, A., Irwin, R., & Jokela, T. (Eds.). (2018). Visually Provoking: Dissertations in Art Education. Helsinki: University of Lapland Press.

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.



Sinner, A., (2019). Contested Latitudes: When is Artwork Scholarship?  The International Journal of Art & Design Education, 38, 3, 610-617. 

Sinner, A. (2018). Possibility Spaces: Traversing and as educational theory. Educational Philosophy and Theory: Special Issue,50, 14, 1409-1410


Sinner, A. (2017). Cultivating researchful dispositions: A review of a/r/tographic scholarship. Journal of Visual Art Practice, 16, 1, 39-60. 

Sinner,A. (2015). Photographic repetitions: Landscape interpretation and life writing.Creative Approaches to 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. Educational Philosophy 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.  (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

Lachapelle,R., Zimmer, T., & Sinner, A. (2019). The professional training of museumeducators in Canada. The Canadian Review of Art Education, 46, 1,101-112.

White, B., Sinner, A., & St. Georges, D. (2018). Interweavings: Art education, poetry and phenomenological grapplings.  The Canadian Review of Art Education, 45, 1, 32-49. 

McLaren, M., Leggo, C., & Sinner, A. (2018). Wild Profusions: An Ode to Academic Hair. Journal of the Canadian Association of Curriculum Studies: Special Issue, 16, 1. Available at:


Garnet, D., Sinner, A ., Walker, C., Esmat, R., & Yi, S. (2018). Learning in the third age through community art education: Drawing wisdom through personal experience. Journal of Lifelong Learning. DOI: 10.1080/02601370.2018.1450304 

Sinner, A., Wicks, J., & Zantingh, P. (2016). You have to judge on the spot: Just-in-time community art education. Journal of Curriculum and Pedagogy, 14, 1, 56-68.

 McKerracher, A., Hasebe-Ludt, E., Leggo, C., Sinner, A., Ahn, C.,Boschee, J., & Rak, S.(2016). When is the teacher?: Reflections on social fiction, film, and lifewriting. In Journal of the Canadian Association of Curriculum Studies,Special Issue: Provoking Curriculum Studies, 14, 1.

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.

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.

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

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:

Book chapters

Sinner, A. (2018). Living with generosity: A rumination. In Erika Hasebe-Ludt & C. Leggo (Eds.), Canadian Curriculum Studies: A métissage of inspiration / imagination / interconnections (p. 174). Canadian Scholarly Press. 


McKerracher, A., Sinner, A., Hasebe-Ludt, E., Mesner, K., Garnet, D., Leggo, C. (2017). Enhancing Education: Material Culture, Visual Media, and the Aesthetics of Teachers’ Lives. J. Cummings & M. Blatherwick (Eds.), Creative Practices in Curriculum and Teaching in the21st Century (pp. 107-116).The Netherlands: Sense. 


Sinner, A., Hasebe-Ludt, E., & Leggo, C. (2017). Long Story Short: Encounters with Creative Nonfiction as Methodological Provocation. In P. Leavy(Ed.), The Handbook of Arts-Based Research (pp. 165-189). NY: Guilford. 

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.

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