INSTRUCTORS: FALL 2017
Robert is a Master Printmaker educated in Canada (McMaster University, BA) and the United Kingdom (Edinburgh College of Art, MFA). He has exhibited worldwide for over 30 years and is included in many private and public collections in North America, Europe, South Africa and Australia. His primary focus is a humanist-expressionist technique involving the figure in various environments and modes of interpretation. He also held the Senior Artist- In-Residence at Button Factory Arts.
Laine Groeneweg is printmaker currently living in Hamilton. He received his BFA from York University in 2004 and subsequently trained as a professional printmaker at Fondazione Il Bisonte Per Lo Studio Dell’Arte Grafica in Florence, Italy. Laine is most widely recognized for his work in mezzotint & etching and exploring the possibilities of traditional technique in the wake of more contemporary production methods. His whimsical imagery is often characterized by themes of dream and play. His prints have been exhibited Nationally and Internationally in Canada, Australia, Russia, Japan, Finland, Italy, Taiwan and the United States. Currently, Laine has focused attention towards building his own custom print studio, Smokestack, in Hamilton, Ontario. He also instructs and editions work for others at Toronto's Open Studio and is the studio technician at Centre For Print and Media Arts in Hamilton.
Gail has been involved in art since her childhood in Montreal, Canada, where she took art lessons with her family.While raising her own young family, Gail operated a ceramics business, teaching in her home studio. She studied with Maureen McNaughton, and obtained N.C.M.A. teaching qualifications for ceramics. Gail also earned a B.A. degree from Trent University, and B.Ed. from Queens, following which she began a full time teaching career.
Using various media, Gail has been painting and exhibiting work for many years. The love of art and belief in its ability to enhance personal growth has been a major component for teaching several subjects to both high school and elementary school students, including those with special needs. Now dedicated to art almost full time, Gail is a member of the Central Ontario Art Association and regularly exhibits in different Canadian locations.
Gail is a qualified instructor for Odyssey Art at Sea. Teaching art on cruise ships, such as the Crystal Serenity, and is part of the ongoing experience of teaching and learning.
Robert was born in Yorkton, Saskatchewan and currently lives in Kitchener, Ontario. His undergraduate degree from the University of Manitoba focused on printmaking, and he has studied in France, Mexico and Toronto.
Elisa Franceschini graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome(IT) in 2006. During her time here she studied various styles and techniques in the Italian academic tradition, especially regarding Classical , Roman , Renaissance , Baroque , Romantic and Neo-classicist, from the point of view of historic, artistic and, architectural, study. Elisa applies these techniques with contemporary and post -modern concept within her personal work blending expressive colours in depictions of personal settings. Elisa also specializes in teaching drawing, painting, and art history. She obtained her teaching qualifications in Rome in 2008, where she has worked until recently moving to Canada two years ago. Elisa also acts as an Italian Instructor for WCDSB International Language Program and
volunteers in programs with community organizations including Idea Exchange, and the Kitchener Waterloo Art Gallery.
Thomas is the Founder of Virion Games. A long time citizen of Waterloo and an Honour’s Undergraduate and Master’s Biology Graduate at Wilfrid Laurier University, Thomas has taught numerous hands on programs in the biological
sciences, and creative programming. He has a strong
commitment to the progressive education community.
Crystal is a graduate of the University of Waterloo and passionate about the natural environment, youth and community. Crystal enjoys engaging others in the use of recycled materials to create works of art. Crystal Bradford and her partner Liam Kijewski own ‘Wildlife Gardening’ a landscaping, restoration and native plant nursery.
Liam is works an eco-arts instructor for youth classes, camps and PD day with Button Factory Arts. He is the coordinator for Kitchener Waterloo's Procession of the Species Celebration with his partner, Crystal Bradford. Graduate of OIART, Liam is also a musician, playing bass, drums and rapping in several different groups in the Region.
Cathy has her Bachelor of Arts degree in French and German from the University of Toronto, and her Bachelor of Education. She taught all grades of elementary school in three different school boards in Ontario, Canada, for 30 years. As a student at the University of Toronto, she apprenticed with Canadian master printmaker David Blackwood for four years to learn the process of etching using copper plates.
She began working in coloured pencil after her retirement from teaching, and is a member of the Colored Pencil Society of America. Her art work has been exhibited at Silicon W Gallery in Kitchener, Quest Art Gallery in Midland, the Centre for International Governance Innovation in Waterloo, and other local venues in Kitchener and Waterloo. Her work has been displayed on the illuminated bulletin boards in Times Square in New York City, as well as in Birmingham and London, England. She is currently represented by the Waterloo UpTown Gallery in Waterloo Town Square.
Cathy's work has been published by Artists' Network in Strokes of Genius 5, in several Ann Kullberg books and in her Color Magazine, United Kingdom Coloured Pencil Society's "Talking Point" magazine, Colored Pencil Magazine, Talent Next Door, and Colored Pencil Student Magazine. Her children's artwork portfolio has won her placements as a drawing instructor for both children and adults at several art galleries in Southern Ontario.
As a performer, Sarah Granskou is a scald, applying her Canadian sense of innovation to Scandinavian oral traditions. While Sarah draws on ancient art forms, her work is accessible today, based in contemporary experience as well as her interpretations of Nordic folklore and music. Sarah’s tapestry of poetic narrative and song lyrics provide a moving and humorous context for 8-string fiddle, mouth harp and innovative puppetry.
As a textile artist, Sarah works with wool, using wet felting and needle felting techniques to create puppets, hats, shoes, clothing and more. She began felting more recently, as a means of creating puppets for performance and has been entirely smitten with the artform, now processing her own local and Canadian wool with natural and accessible dye sources. Sarah was the 2016 Artist in Residence for the City of Kitchener.
Nancy is a visual artist working in Waterloo. She is a watercolour instructor at Button Factory Arts and is exploring the various printmaking methods studying under Master printmaker Robert Creighton. She also designs and creates jewellery using precious metals at Connie Godwin Jewellery Studio. Her art is inspired by her community and travels.
Connie Melnik has lived and painted in the Puslinch (Cambridge) area for over 27 years.Her subject matter ranges from still life and landscapes to portraiture and scenes of people and events. Her reflections of people in everyday life give a narrative quality to her work. Connie depicts everyday people with provocative expressions through her own distinct view and style.
Connie has participated in many juried shows over the years, and has also been recognized and invited to participate in the Biennale Internazionale dell'Arte Contemporanea, Florence, Italy, in 2003. Connie is represented by Gallery Double T, Waterloo; Barber Gallery, Guelph and the MacDonald Stewart Gallery, Guelph and various establishments in Guelph and surrounding areas.
Michele has had an eclectic working career: lawyer, mediator, adjunct lecturer at University of Waterloo, self-employment coach; and holds degrees in law and counselling. Michele recently completed a graduate diploma in social innovation. She is currently a program manager for the mental health services department of Lutherwood. Michele has been drawing, painting and making colourful art since high school. She has received art instruction through informal settings, such as adult art classes and small classes with local Cambridge artists. Michele’s technique, is largely experimental and self-taught. Her paintings have been juried to art shows at the Woodstock Art Gallery, Cambridge Centre for the Arts, with showings at Cambridge City Hall, Centre in the Square, The Hub and The Accelerator, and other exhibits in Kitchener/ Waterloo and Cambridge. Her paintings can also be found in many private collections. Michelle was the City of Waterloo's 2016 Artist in Residence.
Ciaran's background spans dance, acting, poetry, mime, and now fatherhood! Both of his parents are artists (Dad a poet and Mom a multi-media visual artist) and all six of his siblings are artists in their own separate forms.
While completing his Master's Degree and living in London and Edinburgh he performed in multiple short pieces performed in different communities in the United Kingdom. One of which, Egon Schiele, won a modest award with Almost Random Theatre's 'Valentine Plays' competition.
In the meantime, he spent his degree writing full-length plays, some of which were long-listed for other awards with Theatre 503, the King's Head, and the BBC. The summer after his course ended he co-produced Touch at the New Town Theatre (5*****!). The following month Backstage Forward produced my play, The Adding, at the Cockpit Theatre in London (4****!). Backstage Forward and I maintain plans to continue developing the piece when we can.
Ciaran's work is willingly influenced by a keen interest in puppetry, performance art, Romantic poetry, and the intersection of creative narratives and social politics. Put them together and ... bibbity bobbity boo?
Desiree Lichty works predominantly as a portrait artist in acrylic and oil through paintings that explore "pop art" technique and style. Desiree attended university for her BscN (Bachelor of Science Nursing) with a minor in Psychology. In 2002, Desiree was in a major car accident that ended her career in nursing. She was left with devastating injuries. Friends and family brought her art supplies during her recovery. Art was an integral part of her healing process and became a new passion. Desiree is known to say "I did not find art, art found me!" Seven years after her accident, Desiree founda studio and pursued a career in art. She has enjoyed working alongside her many talented colleagues at Globe Studios.
Don Eagles is extremely avid in his practice in Tai Chi.
Colleen Voisin is a certified EFT “tapping” practitioner and career coach, with over 30 years experience in fields of natural healthcare and career counselling.