Artist - Researcher - Educator



Tiina Kukkonen is a visual artist, arts educator, and PhD student in the Faculty of Education at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario. Her research focuses on the role of intermediary organizations in brokering partnerships and knowledge exchange in arts education. She holds an M.A. in Child Studies and a B.F.A./B.Ed. in Art Education from Concordia University in Montreal.

Tiina has taught visual arts in various community and school environments in Quebec and Ontario, and actively participates in arts markets and exhibitions. As a Finnish-Canadian artist, her work primarily explores themes inspired by northern nature, craft, and design.


"Nature is not something that can be seen with the eye alone - it lies within the soul, in pictures seen by the inner eye."

Edvard Munch




Kukkonen, T. (2019). An ecological model of artist-school partnerships for policy makers and practitioners. Arts Education Policy Review. doi: 10.1080/10632913.2019.1576150

Kukkonen, T., & Bolden, B. (2018). Teaching lives: An arts-informed exploration of teacher experience. Art/Research International, 3(2), 150-171.

Kukkonen, T., & Chang-Kredl, S. (2018). Drawing as social play: Shared meaning-making in

young children’s collective drawing activities. The International Journal of Art and Design Education, 37(1), 74-87. doi: 10.1111/jade.12116

Kukkonen, T., & Cooper, A. (2017). An arts-based knowledge translation (ABKT) planning framework for researchers. Evidence & Policy. doi: 10.1332/174426417X15006249072134


Project Manager

Building Creative Capacity through Assessment for Learning in the Arts

Lead researcher: Dr. Benjamin Bolden, Queen's University

Funded by: SSHRC

Link: http://benjaminbolden.ca/aflia/

Research Associate

Eduarts Mapping Project

Canadian Network For Arts & Learning

Funded by: The Ontario Trillium Foundation

Link: http://www.eduarts.ca/eduarts-map

Research Associate

ACE Initiative

English Language Arts Network

Link: https://www.quebec-elan.org/ace-initiative-2/

Research Associate & Co-Author

Transformative Action on Arts Education: Re-invigorating the Seoul Agenda

The Canadian Network for Arts & Learning, The Canadian Commission for UNESCO, and the UNESCO Chair in Arts & Learning

Link: http://unesco.ca/~/media/unesco/unesco/position%20paper.pdf


Kukkonen, T., & Cooper, A. (2017, October). Building bridges through the Arts: An arts-based knowledge translation (ABKT) planning framework for researchers. Paper presentation at the national conference of the Canadian Network for Arts and Learning, Ottawa, Ontario.

Chalas, A., & Kukkonen, T. (2017, March). One course two pedagogies: Instructor practices in preparing pre-service elementary teachers to teach art. Presentation at the annual convention for the National Art Education Association, New York, NY.

Kukkonen, T., & Bolden, B. (2016, October). Teaching lives: An arts-informed exploration of

teacher experience. Presentation at the annual conference for the Canadian Society for Education Through Art, University of Victoria, Victoria, British Columbia.




Tiina facilitates a variety of visual arts workshops. Past workshops include:

  • Block printing

  • Needle felting

  • Card-making

  • Painting & Drawing


Tiina has been an instructor, teaching assistant, and guest lecturer at the undergraduate level. She has taught courses in visual arts for teacher candidates at Queen's University, and has supervised ECE student teachers in their placement settings.


Tiina has taught visual arts to children and teens in both community and school environments. She has worked full-time as a high school arts teacher and has held several contract positions as an arts instructor.





Spring/Summer 2019

It's been a cold start to the summer but the life of a PhD candidate never cools down. I just got a notification informing me that one of my articles was in the top 20 most downloaded for 2017-18. It will remain open access from now until July: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/jade.12116

I'm also looking forward to presenting and networking at the InSEA conference in Vancouver next month, as well as participating in the arts-based emergent PhD exhibit at UBC.

Keeping up with my art practice has been a struggle lately. It's always hard wearing so many hats. But my work will be on display at the Tett Centre in Kingston again from June 18-30 as part of the Tett Tuesday group show! Check it out if you can!


December 2018

How is it already December? I've had a busy fall teaching and art-making, and now it's time to get back to research full-time. It's always difficult to switch gears. Just another trick I have to learn as a burgeoning academic! Sadly, I won't be participating in any holiday markets this year, but you can still find a few of my goodies at Mikko Espresso & Boutique in Hudson, QC. Also, a few of my works will be on display/sale at the Tett Centre gallery in Kingston, ON from December 12-16. HAPPY HOLIDAYS!


Fall 2018

A new school year underway means new opportunities and events. I'll be participating in the Faculty of Education Juried Art Exhibit for the 4th year in a row (see attached invite). You can also catch me speaking at the Artful Inquiry Research Group symposium at McGill University on October 13th. I'll be presenting my work with the English Language Arts Network (ELAN) on artist-school partnerships in English-speaking Quebec schools.


July 2018

One of my paintings will be on display and for sale at the Window Art Gallery in Kingston, ON for the month of July! Opening reception July 7th from 2-5pm!





Art by Tiina Kukkonen