Jason Avery, Artist

Jason Avery is an acoustic guitar player. Along with being a musician he is also a self-taught visual artist working in a variety of modes with the Artists at the Centre project in Hamilton, Ontario. This organization provides opportunities for local artists to work alongside young children in early childhood settings to find expression for their thinking using media. These experiences are shared and preserved using pedagogical documentation. Jason has visited the early childhood centers of Reggio Emilia, Italy and is a regular presenter at events associated with the Ontario Reggio Association sharing his experiences with the Artists at the Centre project.

Jason uses photography to document children as they build relationships with materials to make their thinking visible.  At one presentation in Victoria, B.C. in 2012, with Carol Anne Wien and Karyn Callaghan, I heard Jason say that he, "puts the camera in the way" to describe how he positions himself to document these experiences. Jason watches and listens patiently and is conscious of offering time and space to allow children to play with media and their ideas. He responds by providing choices of materials and actions that are fresh and un-presumptuous and allows the children to reveal their understandings in expressively detailed and exciting ways. This documentation is shared with the children, the artists, the educators, and families. Members of the community are also invited to an annual exhibit of the documentation at the Hamilton Conservatory for the Arts.


Artists at the Centre

Ontario Reggio Association   (ORA)

  1. June 09, 2016 by Mallorie

    I am inquiring about the availability and cost of Karyn Callahan and Jason Avery together as speakers. I am asking on behalf of a committee of early childhood professionals who work in licensed home childcare in London. We would like to know if Karyn and Jason are available to speak at a workshop that we plan to have in the fall of 2016. We are considering an hour to 2 hour presentation for a group of 60 to 80 adults.
    Any information would be greatly appreciated.
    Thank you,

  2. July 29, 2016 by Ellen Brown

    You can contact Karyn at karyncallaghan [at]

    I’m sure she’d love to hear from you.

    Best wishes,


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