Category Archives: Instructor Profile

Instructor Profile: Allison Beula

Allison Beula holds an Honours BAA in film and is a recipient of the Norman Jewison Filmmaker Award. She furthered her training at The Randolph Academy For The Performing Arts, for whom she currently directs, choreographs, and instructs. Allison is also on faculty with Arts For Children and Youth of Toronto and has led workshops and classes for Mirvish (Lion King), The Toronto and Catholic School Board, and OISE. She has trained with Upright Citizens Brigade (NYC), Dance Manhattan, and is a graduate of the Second City Conservatory Program. Her recently choreographed video, Jeff Straker’s Hypnotized hit Much More Music’s Top Ten. Allison is a two-time recipient of an Ontario Arts Council grant for Artists in Education. Allison’s first musical, The Tiki Bikini Beach Paradise Party A-Go-Go!, which she wrote, directed and choreographed, made its debut at the 2011 Toronto Fringe Festival where it won Patron’s Pick and Best of the Fringe. It has received critical and public acclaim and was a part of the January 2012 Next Stage Theatre Festival.

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Instructor Profile: Amanda Baron

Baron-Amanda Amanda Baron is a mixed media artist whose practice borders between digital mediums and painting. She has a BFA from the Ontario College of Art & Design University and had the pleasure of studying in Florence, Italy under the OCADU Off-Campus Studies Program. Amanda’s work has been exhibited internationally as well as locally, in Toronto. As an advocate of community arts, she has been teaching for several years, working with Visual Arts Mississauga and the Avenue Road Arts School. Amanda continues to use her student’s vibrant and energetic approach to art making as inspiration for her own studio practice.


Farida Zaman’s Toronto City Illustrations on the TTC

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The work of our talented instructor, Farida Zaman, is currently being featured on TTC vehicles on posters and guide maps. On the series, Farida says:

This was done for the Toronto Transit Commission as posters and the cover for the maps- (#ttcrideguide 2016). This is launching at the beginning of January for the whole year. Those who live in Toronto and take the ttc will come across it frequently. It was a really fun assignment to do, choosing the icons that summarize this fun cool city! I hope you enjoy it as much as I loved working on it!

Have a look at Farida’s work on her website and Etsy store!

Instructor Profile: Paul Robert Turner

Paul Robert TurnerPaul Robert Turner attended the Ontario College of Art and Design from 1994 to 1998. Upon completion of the Drawing and Painting program, he then studied traditional drawing at the Michael John Angel Academy of Art. Paul is a figurative oil painter and is a co–founder of AWOL Collective, Gallery and Studios. He continues to exhibit his work both nationally and internationally and is a grant recipient of the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Canada Council for the Arts. His work can be found in private collections in Canada, England, France, Israel and the United States. Visit

Instructor Profile: Susie Whaley

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Susie Whaley attended the Rhode Island School of Design and the Galasso School of Design. She has worked at the Arts School for the past eighteen years and has contributed in various areas including costumes, set, outreach and administration. For the past thirteen years, Susie has taught in the Kinder Arts program. In addition, she teaches at Haliburton School of The Arts. Susie also teaches for Arts for Children and Youth (AFCY) and became their Community Program Coordinator in 2009.

Susie will be teaching for our upcoming March Break Programs!

Joseph RomantiniJoseph Romantini

Joseph Romantini is a visual artist and art instructor. His style of work focuses on contemporary realism. He completed his formal studies and graduated from both the Ontario College of Art & Design and the Academy of Design. Joseph has been teaching at the Avenue Road Arts School for the past seven years. Visit


Joe has recently finished a new series “Time Flies”