• Teaches:
  • ARAS MUSICAL THEATRE COMPANY
  • ACTING FOR FILM & TV
  • ADVANCED ACTING
  • MUSICAL THEATRE I

Allison Beula

Allison Beula holds an Honours B.A.A. 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. She is also on faculty for The Avenue Road Arts School and VIBE Arts. She has lead workshops and classes for dozens of institutions including: Mirvish (Lion King),The Toronto and Catholic School Board, OISE, and The Ontario School of Ballet to name a few. She trained with Upright Citizens Brigade and Dance Manhattan (NYC), and is a graduate of the Second City Conservatory Program. Allison is a two-time recipient of an Ontario Arts Council grant for “Artists in Education”. Allison’s 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” and then continued on to be in the January 2012 “Next Stage Theatre Festival”. Her choreography can be seen in the video “Hypnotized” (Jeffery Straker) which hit the “MMM” Top 10. She also choreographed for “CBC-CBC Days Live” and she continues to direct and choreograph multiple productions across the city every year. As a performer she has appeared in dozens of musicals, music videos, and improv shows, and frequently makes appearances for SONY entertainment as a “Smurf” (Santa Claus Parade, Woofstock, TIFF Smurfs-Lost Village Gala Premiere). She recently made her television series debut as a principal lead, performing “DURP-E” the loveable robot, in Season One of “Oh Yuck!”

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  • Teaches:
  • Adventures With Art
  • Drawing
  • Drawing & Painting
  • Little Characters JK/SK
  • Preschool Arts
  • Science Art

Amanda Baron

Amanda Baron is a mixed media artist whose practice borders between digital mediums and painting. She has a BFA from the OCAD University and had the pleasure of studying in Florence, Italy under the OCAD Off-Canpus 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.

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  • Teaches:
  • Classic Painting Techniques
  • Colour in Painting
  • Landscape Painting

Andrew Judd

Andrew Judd is a professional illustrator and art director. An award winning graduate from the Ontario College of Art, he has exhibited in Vienna, Prague, London, Santa Fe, Montreal and Toronto. Andrew had a unique opportunity to learn the traditions of the Art Students League of New York while working for his first employer, William Biddle. Sharing this information with others in private, classroom, and workshop settings has been an important component of his own personal growth as an artist and teacher. Years of working in the business have taught him how critical the fundamentals of good drawing, value relationships and color are to the success of an image. Painting outdoors, in cafes, or working in the comfort of a studio, Andrew believes a simple, orderly, and knowledgeable working process contribute to the success of good art. Andrew’s illustrations are represented by Masterfile, and his original paintings and drawings are available through Westmount Gallery in Toronto. You can see his work at www.andrewjudd.com

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  • Teaches:
  • Colour In Painting
  • Impressionist Painting
  • Potrait Drawing & Painting

Anna Yuschuk

Anna Yuschuk is a Toronto based visual artist working in painting, drawing and print. Exploring light and colour through minimalist paintings that bridge the gap between representational and abstract, she compels the viewer to focus on the act of seeing itself.
Anna Yuschuk was born and studied in Ukraine, graduating (MFA) from Lviv State Academy of Fine Arts.
Anna has received multiple artist grants from Ontario Arts Council and exhibited her work in over 35 public and commercial exhibitions in Canada and abroad. She has been a member of Ontario Society of Artists, Propeller Gallery, Loop Gallery and Ingram Gallery in Toronto.
Anna has taught at Avenue Road Art School, the Koffler Centre and privately, and enjoys sharing her experience with students in hands-on, relaxed yet practical approach.

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  • Teaches:
  • Ceramic Sculpture (Beginner-Intermediate)
  • Ceramic Sculpture (Intermediate-Advanced)
  • Creating With Clay

Audrey Mah

Audrey Mah is a contemporary ceramicist. She graduated from the University of Waterloo where she studied Fine Arts. She continued her studies in ceramic design at the Ontario College of Art. Her work has been sold in Canada, USA, Mexico and has been exhibited at the George Gardiner Museum of Ceramics and Designer’s Walk. Audrey has received numerous awards from the Ontario Arts Council. She has taught at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Royal Ontario Museum and for the Toronto District School Board. Currently, she instructs and develops programs for children and adults at the Gardiner Museum of Ceramics. Audrey teaches for Vibe Arts and has been teaching at the Avenue Road Arts School since 2005.

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  • Teaches:
  • Architecture & Design

Barbara Lilker

Barbara Lilker graduated from the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Toronto in 1996. She is founding partner of the multidisciplinary design firm Lilker Hecht Design Studio, which concentrates on small-scale residential and commercial architecture. Since 2001 Barbara has developed and taught architecture programs to children of all ages as a faculty member of the Avenue Road Arts School, an outreach instructor for Vibe Arts and for various public and private schools in Toronto. Barbara’s focus has been to use architecture as a vehicle to integrate the arts, science and social studies objectives of the Ontario curriculum. Most recently Barbara co-developed and is an educator for No. 9 Contemporary Art and the Environment’s program: Imagining My Sustainable City. This program, in partnership with the Toronto District School Board, teaches grade 7 and 8 students about sustainable urban design and architecture with a focus on enhancing eco-literacy. Barbara has taught the Imagining My Sustainable City program to over 2000 Toronto students as well as in Chicago through a partnership with The Chicago Architecture Foundation and with the Hamilton Wentworth school board. Barbara is a co-recipient of the 2018 Community Art Educator of the Year award from the Ontario Arts Education Association.

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  • Teaches:
  • Aras Musical Theatre Company

Darnell-Brandon Thomas

Darnell–Brandon Thomas, Canadian-born with Trinidadian roots is a vocalist and multi-instrumentalist known for his energetic, eclectic and emotionally capturing performances. His versatility to sing and play several genres including but not limited to Jazz, R&B, Soul, Funk, Pop, Rock, Classical and Latin, is one of the many reasons he is in high demand by many. He has received tutelage from some of the World’s renowned vocal coaches like Falconer Abraham (vocal coach to many top Toronto artists like Melanie Fiona, Neverest and Aleesia) and Seth Riggs (vocal coach to some of the world’s greatest vocalists like Michael Jackson, Prince, Barbra Streisand and Stevie Wonder). Darnell has also done musical work for hit TV Shows like “Glee” and Disney’s “Overruled!” and worked with artists like Nelly Furtado and Fefe Dobson. In 2008, he competed in the World Championships of Performing Arts, held in Hollywood, where he won four gold medals and winning the Grand Champion of the World Title – Instrumental category playing the Steel Pan.
Darnell, a role model and philanthropist, has arranged, produced and performed in several charitable concerts in collaboration with UNESCO (an arm of The United Nations) to raise funds for various charities. In 2009, he established the Keys to Dreams Foundation, which provides financial assistance through scholarships to musicians. In 2015, Darnell was invited to audition for The Voice UK & X Factor UK. Darnell currently holds a Masters Degree in Vocal Performance & Ethnomusicology from York University and is a guest lecturer for the Music Department at York University.
In 2017, Darnell established GTA’s newest and highly sort-after corporate, wedding and special events band, ”D & The Groove Factory”. He also co-founded a youthful vocal group, “Vocalics”, who has made waves in the GTA for their rich harmonies and vocal talents. Darnell materialized one of his artistic dreams becoming the co-founder and co-artistic director of Cue The Lights Productions, focused on shining the spotlight on established and up-and-coming professional singers, actors and dancers in both original and popular shows.
Amid that, he still finds the time and energy to be the Musical Director at The Avenue Roads Arts School in Toronto, give back to the community both local and international and meet the live music demand at several venues on a regular basis.

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  • Teaches:
  • Cartooning & Illustration
  • Cartooning

David Lapp

David Lapp is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art & Design and the University of Western Ontario (BA Psychology). He has been teaching cartooning at the Art Gallery of Ontario and Avenue Road Arts School for over twelve years. Dave has created three graphic novels, Drop In, Children of the Atom, and People Around Here, which have been published by Conundrum Press. His artwork can also be seen regularly in Taddle Creek magazine and weekly in Vermont’s indie paper Seven Days. Dave’s work was chosen for the ‘Best American Comics’ series for 2010 and 2011. He is currently working on a 500 page graphic novel for which he has two Canada Council grants.

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  • Teaches:
  • Broadway Showtunes

David Warrack

David Warrack has been composer and musical director of more than 250 shows and has worked with orchestras and bands across North America. His one-woman show with Maureen Forrester played around the world and his recent show Rob Roy played to sell-out crowds at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. He regularly shares the stage with Broadway’s Louise Pitre, Tony-nominated star of Mamma Mia, and Michael Burgess, Toronto’s Les Miserables and the legendary Jackie Richardson. He is the conductor of the Canada Pops Orchestra and the brand new Rose Orchestra in Brampton and has also conducted the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, the Mendelssohn Choir and the Kitchener/Waterloo Symphony. David has performed, as a pianist, on the stages of Roy Thompson Hall and the Princess of Wales Theatre and many other venues in Canada and the U.S. He has won numerous awards for his work including four Dora Mavor Moore Awards. Visit www.davidwarrack.ca.

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  • Teaches:
  • Adventures With Art
  • Drawing & Painting
  • Musical Arts
  • Painting & Mixed Media
  • Storytelling & Mixed Media

Emily Soden

Emily Soden is an illustrator, designer and portrait artist who enjoys working with mediums such as oil, acrylic, pencils, scratchboard and her favourite, watercolour and ink. She gathers a lot of inspiration from nature and animals and you can see this recurring theme in her work. Emily graduated with honours from Sheridan Institute of Technology and Advance Learning with a degree in illustration. Born and raised in Montreal, Quebec, she has lived all over Canada, but she currently resides in Toronto, Ontario. Emily has been teaching art at numerous camps and schools since 2001. View her work on her website.

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  • Teaches:
  • ADVANCED DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY
  • DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY FOR BEGINNERS
  • INTERMEDIATE DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY
  • PORTFOLIO BUILDING

Jennifer Chin

Jennifer Chin is a professional visual artist and educator. She holds a Master of Fine Arts degree (Hons. M.F.A.) from the University of Windsor and an Associate’s Diploma (Hons. A.O.C.A.D.) from the Ontario College of Art and Design. She has exhibited her multimedia works across Canada and the US and has lead numerous adult and youth focused, community arts programs across the Toronto and Ontario with a variety of organizations such as: Vibe Arts and The Royal Ontario Museum; The Art Gallery of Algoma; The City of Toronto’s Cultural Services Department and Canon Canada. To learn more about her practice visit jenniferchin.ca.

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  • Teaches:
  • Drawing For The Terrified
  • Painting for Beginners

Jennifer Hinrichs

Jennifer Hinrichs graduated from Central Technical School’s Fine Art department. She has worked as an art director in publishing and has been painting and exhibiting her work for over 20 years. Her subjects include the figure and the landscapes and interiors they inhabit, in a variety of mediums including charcoal, pastel, oil and acrylics. Jennifer has taught drawing and painting at George Brown College, and is an experienced creativity workshop leader. Her work is in private collections around North America and Bermuda, where she was an artist in residence with Masterworks Foundation. Jennifer’s work appears at the John B. Aird Gallery, and Main Gallery, Neilson Park Creative Centre.
Visit www.jenniferhinrichsart.com and www.grandmananartists.com..

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  • Teaches:
  • Drawing & Painting

Joseph 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 www.jromantini.com.com and P.I. Creative website.

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  • Teaches:
  • Drama
  • Little Characters

Katherine Wilson

Katherine Wilson is a native of Vernon, British Columbia, where she grew up dancing, singing and performing in local theatre. She moved to Toronto to pursue her passion for performing and broaden her talent. Katherine has explored work in the Toronto/International TV and Film scene as well as delved into the vibrant world of hair & makeup for live theatre. Although her passions are many, Katherine’s true love is singing. Over the past couple of years she has explored collaborations with other musicians to hone her craft and share her talent amongst the city’s ever-so-vibrant music scene. Katherine is proud to be the lead vocalist in Blue Copper, her Crystal-Folk-Soul band, native to Toronto. A long standing member of The Avenue Road Arts School faculty, Katherine could not be more enthusiastic to have the opportunity to work with kids who share her love of the arts!

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  • Teaches:
  • Drawing & Painting
  • Painting & Mixed Media

Linda Prussick

Linda Prussick is a multidisciplinary artist with an unbridled passion for paper and colour. An award-winning graduate of the Ontario College of Art & Design, she has combined her skills as a designer, illustrator, lettering artist and writer to create 2- and 3-dimensional paper-based art. More recently, she has been incorporating assorted metals into her work. Linda has worked with Beyond the Box™ facilitating numerous workshops. In addition to teaching at the Avenue Road Arts School, Linda is also a Registered Aromatherapist and she often uses Aromatherapy to help her class focus and gain inspiration for particular projects.

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Louie Kang

Louie Kang is a professional comic book illustrator and art director, working eight years with Dreamwave productions and seven years with Marvel Comics. He is a graduate of York University and Daemen College in New York. Louie is a certified teacher with a Master of Science in Childhood Education and has also had further teacher training at OISE at the University of Toronto with a focus on arts education. He is currently working on many freelance comic book illustration projects.

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  • Teaches:
  • Acrylic Painting
  • Contemporary Painting
  • Intermediate Acrylic Painting
  • Painting for Beginners
  • Painting for the Terrified

Martha Johnson

Martha Johnson received a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Honours, from the University of Guelph, worked with and was mentored by Tom Hodgson (Painter’s 11). She is known for figurative and landscape painting as well as ephemeral animal sculptures typically seen in installation and photography. Her work often incorporates an environmental subtext. Martha has researched and developed a body of work based on a hundred-year-old narrative about an Albatross found in the Bay of Fundy. As a history painter SHADOW RED, a solo exhibition in 2017 referenced the hundredth anniversary of Tom Thomson’s death. She shares a family connection to the discovery of the artist’s remains on Canoe Lake (The Tom Thomson Mystery; Judge William T Little). A listed Canadian artist, her work is held public, corporate and in private collections worldwide. Martha’s work is carried by Art Interiors and White Wall North in Toronto. Visit www.marthajohnson.ca

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  • Teaches:
  • Sculptural Art
  • Visual Artist

Melanie Billark

Melanie Billark is a multidisciplinary Toronto based Artist, achieving an advanced diploma in 2011 at Sheridan College’s Craft and Design Program for glass in Oakville, ON. Following her degree she completed a year artist residency at the Living Arts Centre in Mississauga, ON, in 2012. Melanie graduated from OCADU’s Sculpture and Installation program, obtaining her BFA in 2016. She has participated in a number of shows including venues such as Toronto Pearson Airport, Lonsdale Gallery, Canadian Sculpture Centre, Gladstone Hotel, Xpace Cultural Centre, and has shown internationally participating in Treefort Music Fest. Melanie has also won a number of bursaries and awards including The Masonic Foundation of Canada Bursary in 2011 and was recently the recipient for The OALA Ground Award in 2016, for her sculptural work Rewilding. Melanie’s current body of work is focusing on the cross over of art and ecology and interested in where they intersect when thinking about urban planning.
Over the years Melanie has been creating and developing unique arts based curriculum that focuses on a variety of mediums and techniques such as creating community art projects, eco-arts, sculpture and installation, and painting and drawing. Melanie has years of experience facilitating courses, leading workshops, art directing, program coordinating, and presenting lectures across the GTA for people of all ages and skill level. Melanie is passionate about art education, community development, and creating art opportunities that bring people together, in order to create positive change.
Visit www.melaniebillark.com

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  • Teaches:
  • Mixed Media Masterpieces
  • Painting & Mixed Media

Michelle Evelyn Lee

Michelle Evelyn Lee holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in drawing and painting from OCAD University. Her mixed media practice includes drawing, painting, collage, hand-cut paper and printmaking techniques. Lee’s work investigates personal history, memories of place, and relationships with nature. She has participated in group shows in Ontario, and is always excited to share and explore art making with others. She leads visual arts programs at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, Oakville Galleries, and volunteered teaching an art class in the specialized Toronto District Secondary School Classroom at CAMH.

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  • Teaches:
  • ABSTRACT PAINTING
  • STILL LIFE: FROM REPRESENTATION TO ABSTRACTION
  • WATERCOLOUR PAINTING
  • WATERCOLOUR PAINTING FOR ADVANCED STUDENTS
Moira Clark
Moira Clark’s Teaching Philosophy: “I think it’s great when people of all ages and experience want to study visual arts. In teaching painting my intention is to foster individual expression and growth for students by providing a solid foundation of technique combined with the freedom to experiment and play with the medium. Ultimately I enjoy seeing students discover their own personal style.”

Moira Clark has a BFA from York University. Her prints and paintings have been exhibited across Canada in public galleries such as the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Art Gallery of Hamilton, the Burnaby Art Gallery, the Albright- Knox Gallery in Buffalo and her work is in many public and private collections. Her paintings in acrylics and oil have evolved over the years from representational observations of still life and architecture to her current abstract works. Moira has exhibited in Toronto art galleries since 1977 and was a founding member of the artist-run gallery, Loop, in 2000. She has taught printmaking and painting since 1979 at Open Studio, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto School of Art, and Sheridan College/UTM. Visit moiraclark.weebly.com and at the Centre for Contemporary Canadian Art.

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  • Teaches:
  • Fashion Drawing & Design
  • Fashion & Jewelry Design
Molly Grundy
Molly Grundy is an energetic and extremely dedicated Arts Educator, Artist and Designer. Working in everything from Fashion, Film and Character Design to Illustration and Installation she builds on her skill set everyday excited to share these findings with her students and fellow makers. Molly is overjoyed to be joining the amazing team at The ARAS, teaching Fashion Design and Wearable Fabrication!

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  • Teaches:
  • Adventures with Art
  • Drawing & Painting
  • SCIENCE ART

Natalie Fisher

Natalie graduated from the University of Guelph with a BA in Psychology (Honours) and Fine Arts. She is a multidisciplinary artist who integrates her specialization in youth development with her artist work. Her practice includes ceramics and sculpture, photography, and drawing and painting. She has worked at the Avenue Road Arts School for ten years.

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  • Teaches:
  • Preschool Arts
  • Toddler Arts
Nicola Wismer
Nicola Wismer attended the Ottawa School of Art, and received her B.A. from Carleton University. She has a post-graduate certificate in Early Childhood Education from George Brown College and has worked extensively with children ages 1 through 6. She also completed her yoga teacher certification course as part of the Rainbow Kids Yoga Teacher Training program – an intensive and practical certification course, created by Gopala Amir Yaffe. Nicola’s collage based artwork is inspired by both the classic and contemporary tales of children’s literature, and has been reproduced as commercially available greeting cards. She has been working at the Avenue Road Arts School since 2005.

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  • Teaches:
  • Broadway Showtunes
Patrick Rose
Patrick Rose is a veteran of the musical comedy field. He graduated from the University of British Columbia with a degree in Theatre Arts and then joined the Vancouver Playhouse Theatre. He directed the hit show Pump Boys and Dinettes and has guest-directed at the Charlottetown Festival and Ryerson Theatre School. Patrick is currently fronting a barber-shop quartet, “The Retro Ramblers”.

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  • Teaches:
  • Landscape Painting
Paul Robert Turner
Paul 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.

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  • Teaches:
  • Abstract Painting
  • Advanced Drawing
  • Contemporary Painting
  • Drawing & Painting For Beginners
  • Landscape Painting
  • Landscape Painting For Beginners
Pete Smith
Pete Smith is an artist, critic and sometimes curator based in Southern Ontario. He has exhibited his work extensively since completing his BFA from York University in 1998 and his MFA from the University of Guelph in 2007. Recent solo exhibitions include: Blind Carbon Copy at P | M Gallery in Toronto (2012), New Drawings at Colorida Gallery in Lisbon (2012), Newspaper Drawings at Joan Ferneyhough Contemporary in North Bay, Ontario (2010) and Proverbs for Paranoids at Elissa Cristall Gallery in Vancouver (2009). Smith has given public presentations on the state of contemporary painting as well as on his own work at The University of Western Ontario (2009), OCAD University (2007), The University Art Association of Canada Conference (2007) and the University of the Fraser Valley (2008). His writings on art have appeared in Canadian Art and Border Crossings magazines. He has held teaching positions at The University of Guelph, The University of Western Ontario and The University of Toronto. Currently, he is a lecturer in the Drawing and Painting Department at OCAD University. Visit www.petesmith.ca.

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  • Teaches:
  • Classical Painting Techniques
  • Traditional Potrait Painting Techniques
  • Classical Drawing
Roberto Rosenman
Roberto Rosenman graduated with honours from York University in Fine Arts and Literature. He also attended the Ontario College of Art and Design and The Grand Central Atelier in New York City where he studied classical painting techniques. With an interest in contemporary realism, he switches between still life and portraiture, always incorporating strong symbolism and narrative in his work. He was awarded a Visual Artist Grant (2014), and a Chalmers development grant for Visual Art (2013) from the Ontario Arts Council. He teaches Art and Design at George Brown College and is represented in Toronto by Loch Gallery. Visit www.robertorosenman.com.

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  • Teaches:
  • Drawing & Painting for Beginners
Sadko Hadzihasanovic
Sadko studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Sarajevo, Bosnia, earned his MFA at the University of Belgrade, Yugoslavia (1984) and arrived in Canada in 1993. Since his arrival from Bosnia, Sadko has participated in over sixty exhibitions in public galleries and artist-run centres across Canada. He is the recipient of visual arts grants from Toronto Art Council, the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts. Sadko continues to explore identity, and its cultural and social implications, with an extensive portraiture-based body of work using mixed media and collage, and an array of references to popular culture.Visit
www.sadkohadzihasanovic.com

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  • Teaches:
  • Essentials In Landscape Painting
  • Painting for the Terrifed
  • Still Life and Potrait Painting
Sam Paonessa
Sam Paonessa is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art. He has been a professional artist for over 30 years creating paintings and illustrations, which have been reproduced as greeting cards, calendars, magazines and home décor reproductions. His love of painting is demonstrated in exhibitions and he has gained the attention of fine art collectors, which include private and corporate collections in North America and Europe. Sam is a founding member of Plein Air Canada and a member of the Ontario Society of Artists. Over the years Sam has enjoyed conducting workshops sharing his valuable experience as an artist in the GTA, Haliburton, across Ontario, and Morocco. Visit www.sampaonessa.com

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  • Teaches:
  • Clay Creations
  • Drawing & Painting
  • Mixed Media Explorations

Sandra Tarantino
Sandra Tarantino received a Bachelor of Fine Arts through the Ontario College of Art and Design and Bachelor of Education at Western University. She has actively participated in the artistic community as Founder and Director of C1 art space from 2004-2011 and Co-founding Director of AWOL Gallery and Studios from 1996-2012. She is a past recipient of the Ontario Arts Council’s Visual Artist Grant (2007, 2005, 2003), Exhibition Assistance Grant (2006, 2005) and Artist in Education Grant (from 2008 to 2012). Teaching all ages in a variety of media including mural creation, mixed media painting and ceramic sculpture, she currently teaches at Avenue Road Arts School and throughout GTA communities and schools with various arts organizations including VIBE Arts. Tarantino’s personal art practice incorporates elements of both painting and sculpture through shaped canvases, ceramic figurative pieces and other mixed media work, which are held in private and corporate collections across Canada, U.S.A and Europe. Visit www.sandratarantino.com.

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  • Teaches:
  • Drawing For Beginners
  • Impressionist Painting
Sarah Jane Gorlitz
Sarah Jane’s Teaching Philosophy: “My teaching strategies employ a balance of critical discussion and contemplation. More than anything I believe that imagination, curiosity and the drive to challenge oneself are the most necessary elements to be nurtured in art students. “

Sarah Jane Gorlitz has been working as a visual artist since 2002 across the mediums of painting, collage, video, installation, and sculpture. She holds an MFA from the Malmö Art Academy in Sweden (2011) and an HBFA in painting from the University of Waterloo (2002). She was a finalist for the RBC Painting Competition in 2008 and the recipient of an Edstranska Fellowship in 2011. Meanwhile, her video-centered collaborations with Wojceich Olejnik under the name Soft Turns have been widely exhibited at institutions in Canada and abroad, including Oakville Galleries (Oakville), Skånes konstförening (Sweden), Greusslich Contemporary (Berlin), Centre Clark (Montréal), Southern Exposure (San Fransisco), Stride (Calgary), O’Born Contemporary (Toronto) and YYZ (Toronto). Their work has been recognized by numerous grants from Toronto, Ontario and Canada Arts Councils, the latter awarding them the Joseph S Stauffer Prize for Emerging Artists in 2008 as well as a 2013 Paris Residency.Visit her website.

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  • Teaches:
  • Comic Book Studies
Sarvenaz Rayati
Sarvenaz is an Iranian visual artist now based in Toronto. She received her BA in Painting and Visual Communication from Art University in Tehran. She has exhibited her work internationally and has recently participated in group exhibitions at Urban Space, Evergreen Brick Works and Capital One in Toronto. Last summer, Sarvenaz led People & Trees, a SPARK project about the life of trees that culminated with an art installation in East York’s Dentonia Park.

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  • Teaches:
  • Painting Potraiture
    Through Colour
  • Drawing For Beginners

Stella Cade

Stella Cade (1988, Toronto) has studied at the Art Students League of New York, Concordia University and received her BFA from OCADU (2013). Her work explores the intersections of trauma, ritual and healing. Cade was awarded the People’s Choice Award at the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition (2011) and The Donna Maclean Award for portraiture and representational painting from OCADU (2013). Most recently Cade has been exhibited at Katzman Contemporary and Angell Gallery. Her most recent solo show – Everything is the same, Everything is different – was exhibited at the Gladstone hotel in 2018. Her work has been included in the collections for Art with Heart (2017) ArtsEffect (2017/18) and Art Gems (2017/18).

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  • Teaches:
  • Painting & Mixed Media

Susie Whaley

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 twenty one years and has contributed in various areas including costumes, set, outreach and administration. Susie has taught both Preschool and After School programs. In addition, she has taught at Haliburton School of The Arts and for VIBE Arts (formerly known as AFCY). In 2009, Susie became their Community Program Coordinator.

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