Coquitlam, BC • 778 628 6794


Bachelor of Fine Arts Mount Allison University, Sackville, NB, 1977


Graduate Studies – MA in Theological Studies, Regent College Vancouver, BC, 2012-2013

Art Education 491 – Art Experiences with Children, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB, 1998

Perspectives on Art as Therapy – Alberta College of Art and Design, Calgary, AB, 1998

Visual Communications – Alberta College of Art and Design, Calgary, AB, 1990


I am a lifelong learner with a ‘can do’ attitude, innovative problem solving skills, and an appreciation for collaborative projects. At the root of my education is a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Mount Allison University, NB. During my years lived in Alberta I added to my art expertise through a variety of classes including: Advanced Watercolours, Visual Communications, Art Therapy, Arts Education, Chinese Brush Painting, Puppetry Workshops, Children’s Book Illustration, and Art and Business courses.

With these skills I was able to: design and teach Curriculum-Based Arts Education classes in Calgary Schools (Kindergarten to Grade Ten), create and teach an Adult Learning Class at the Alberta College of Art and Design called ‘Symbology and the Doll’, and create and facilitate other Professional and Personal Development Art Workshops as requested. My last two years in Alberta I was the Expressive Arts Teacher at Wellspring Calgary – an innovative, adult, Cancer Support Centre.

I moved to Coquitlam in 2009 and have been a Visual Arts teacher for adults and children at Place des Arts Art in Coquitlam as well as teaching privately. I have exhibited my art in both group and solo shows in BC and continue to take classes. Graduate studies at Regent College in 2012-13 (Christianity and the Arts concentration) updated and refined my understanding of Modern and Post-Modern Art, increased my research abilities, and strengthened articulation of thought – both verbal and written.


Visual Arts Teacher, Place des Arts, Coquitlam, BC, 2010 – present

  • Taught a variety of Adult Art classes including: Drawing, Watercolours, Acrylic Painting, Chinese Brush Painting, Art Journaling, and the ‘Art of Dollmaking’ Workshops
  • Taught ‘Imagination Station’- an explorative, experiential art class for preschoolers
  • Summer Fun Classes 2010-2011-2012:Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, Papier Mâchè, and Puppetry
  • Satellite after school art programs for Elementary Schools in Coquitlam, BC
  • Created twelve new banners for Place des Arts’ 40th anniversary (2012). The project included researching the early history of Coquitlam and facilitating the painting of the banners at various community events: St. Jean Baptiste Day, Club Bel Âge, and the Korean Heritage Day Festival

Expressive Arts, Wellspring Cancer Support Centre, Calgary, AB, 2007 to 2009

  • Taught Adult Art classes designed to enhance artistic ability as well as being personally therapeutic
  • Art forms taught included: Drawing, Painting (Acrylics, Chinese Brush Style and Watercolours),Mixed Media Collage, Papier Mâchè, and ‘Art of the Doll’ Soft Sculpture

Artist in Residence, Calgary Board of Education and Calgary Catholic School District, Calgary, AB, 1998 to 2009

  • Designed and taught curriculum based art projects from K to 10 throughout Calgary’s four quadrants
  • Curriculum connections: English, Social Studies, Math, Science, Health, Art, Art History
  • Skills taught: Drawing, Painting (Acrylic, Watercolour, Chinese Brush), Printmaking,  Illustration, Fibre Arts, Mask Making, Mixed Media, Papier Mâchè, and Puppetry
  • As an artist  I worked with ‘Not for Profit Organizations’: ArtsSmarts, Alberta Federation for the Arts, Calgary Arts Partners in Education Society, Learning through the Arts, and Parent Advisory Councils

One Day Arts School and Summer ACT Theatre Camps, One Day Arts School and Summer ACT Theatre Camps, Epcor Centre for the Performing Arts: Arts Learning Projects, Calgary, AB, 2005-2009

  • Designed and taught hands-on visual arts workshops (especially masks, puppets, and action figures) that enhanced and heightened student theatre and drama experience and enriched K-6 curriculum 

Exhibit Interpreter and Project Consultant, Heritage Park Historical Village, Calgary, AB, 2008-2009

  • Provided warm, old-fashioned hospitality and a memorable experience for all visitors to the Park
  • Designed a ‘Build a Bug’ component for Heritage Park’s grade 5 Wetlands Program for schools

Extended Studies Instructor, Alberta College of Art and Design, Calgary, AB, 2004 to 2005

  • Designed and taught ‘Symbology and the Doll’. Doll, idol, poppet or ningyo? These enigmatic forms reflect the unique beliefs and values of the societies that made them.
  • Topics explored included: dolls as play, sacred object, therapeutic, storyteller, social action, or art

Private Art Lessons, The Vocational Rehabilitation Research Institute, Calgary, AB, 2000-2001

  • Designed and taught private art classes for an adult with Downs Syndrome.  Learning Outcomes:  artistic development, enhance his language skills, and encourage emotional well-being

‘Personal Journey Doll’ Workshops and Presentation, Small Business, Calgary, AB – Coquitlam, BC, 1996-present

  • In 1995 Joy designed her ‘Personal Journey Doll’ Workshop as a multi-textured, hands-on, intuitive way for participants to free up creativity and bring play and delight back into the creative process
  • Organizations that have benefited include: art centres, galleries, universities, family support centres, educational conferences, recovery programs, retreat centres, and healthcare institutions. 


Place des ArtsArt of the Doll, Coquitlam, BC, 2011, 2012, 2013

The B.C. School of Art TherapyTherapeutic Potential of Doll Making, Victoria, BC, 2012

Coast Collective Arts CentrePersonal Journey Doll Workshop, Victoria, BC, 2010, 2011, 2012

Surface Design Needlework Guild – Workshop and Slide Presentation: Why Dolls? Lethbridge, AB, 2010

Greater Victoria Eldercare Foundation Embrace Aging Month, Victoria, BC, 2009

Wellspring Cancer Support Centre Doll as Treasure Keeper, Calgary, AB, 2008, 2009

Hull Child and Family Services Action Figures – PD for Youth Workers, Calgary, AB, 2009

Prairie Institute of Expressive Arts Doll Workshop for Therapists, Calgary, AB, 2009

CDAA Association Annual Conference Doll as Treasure Keeper, Ottawa, ON, 2007

Servants Anonymous Doll as Treasure Keeper, Calgary, AB, 2005

Early Childhood Education Council Conference – Art and Math: From 2D to 3D and Dolls in the Classroom: Ties to Curriculum, Calgary, AB, 2005

T.A.L.E.S. Storyteller’s Retreat Intuition: a Doll in the Pocket, Bragg Creek, AB, 2003

Connections Counseling Retreat – Doll Making as a Therapeutic Modality, Canmore, AB, 2002

Calgary Women’s Network Business BreakfastMy Journey as a Doll Artist, Calgary, AB, 2001

WMST 339, Gender in Popular CultureArt and the Doll, U. of C., Calgary, AB, 2001

Red Deer Museum – Artist Talk: My Journey as a Doll Artist, Red Deer, AB, 2000


Art as Mark-Making Youth Arts Council Orientation, Place des Arts, Coquitlam, BC, 2013

Art as Process Professional Development Creativity Workshop, Place des Arts, Coquitlam, BC, 2012

Family Day Art Event ‘Stories to Tell’ Mixed Media Art Exhibit, Place des Arts, Coquitlam, BC, 2011

Bringing Artists Together Linda Arkelian’s Ballet Dance on the Drive Event, Vancouver, BC, 2010

Make a Bug Papier Mâchè Professional Development Workshop, Heritage Park, Calgary, AB, 2008

Influence of Chinese Art on a Canadian Artist Canada-China Friendship Association, Calgary AB, 2008

Articipation Cancerive Celebration Event – Printmaking Workshop, Calgary, AB, 2008

Mixed Media Animal Figures – Creativity Workshop for Kids, Creative Kids Museum, Calgary, AB, 2007

Basics of Children’s Book Illustration and 2D to 3D: Geometry, Shapes and Patterns Art and Math: Professional Development for Teachers, Alberta Initiative for School Improvement, Calgary, AB, 2004, 2005

Papier Mâchè Mask Making for Developmentally Challenged Adults SCOPE – Calgary, AB and Lacombe Action Group for the Handicapped, Lacombe, AB, 2003, 2004

Youth in Action, Healing the Earth Conference Mask Making with Recycled Materials, Calgary, AB, 1993


Artist in Residence for Children’s Environmental Awareness Daycamps, A Rocha Brooksdale Environmental Centre, Surrey, BC, 2013

  • Designed and facilitated art projects to enhance interaction and awareness with nature including: tracing shadows, mixed media wall hangings, and animal building structures

Noon Time Art Club, Roy Stibbs Elementary, Coquitlam, BC, 2011

  • Eight grade five students participated in a Noon Time Art Club for three months in the spring of 2011
  • Sculpture was the chosen art form, starting with a group project (papier-mâché tree) as an exercise in building structures in three dimensions and developing relational skills needed to work together
  • The students designed and created their own papier-mâché 3d creatures; birds, bugs, and animals

Biennial Puppet Power Conferences, W.P. Puppet Theatre Society, Calgary, AB, 2001, 2003, 2006

  • Planning Committee, Mascot Designer, Workshop Presenter, Speaker, and Host for W.P. Puppeteers’ ongoing Puppet Power Conferences: ‘Puppets as a Therapeutic Medium’, ‘Puppets Promote Literacy’ and ‘Embracing Multiculturalism


Illustrations for Plant Secondary Metabolites: Occurrence, Structure and Role in the Human Diet,  edited by A. Crozier, C.H.I.P.S., Texas, 2006

Cover Illustration for Canadian Journal of Botany, Volume 83, No. 10, Oct., Article: Opium poppy: a model system to investigate alkaloid biosynthesis in plants, 2005


City TV Your City, Calgary, AB, 2009

HGTV That’s Clever, California, U.S.A., 2007

AISI Arts Integration in Schools, Calgary, AB, 2005

NUTV Portrait of a Doll Maker, Calgary, AB, 2001

CBC Radio Daybreak Alberta with Judy Hamil, Calgary, AB, 2000

Encompass Magazine Showcase Article by Joyce Hildebrand, Calgary, AB, 2000

Access Television –Sew Much Fun, Program # 7, Olds, AB, 1998


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2 responses to “Résumé

  1. Karen Riste

    December 18, 2017 at 12:54 am

    I love your dolls and see you live in Coquitlam as do I. Are you still doing workshops?

    • joykirkwood

      December 18, 2017 at 8:18 pm

      Hi Karen. Thank you for your appreciation of my style of dolls. Definitely unique! I have been away from the workshops for awhile (life got in the way). Am hoping to get back to them in 2018, probably late spring. I will let you know when I have a workshop. Just a few more hurdles to get over first.


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