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Visual Arts Instructors

Michael Allard 

Michael Allard is an educator and artist who has taught for over thirty years in arts centres and schools in Alberta and BC. As an art instructor and artist in residence, Michael has led classes for children and adults in drawing and painting, cartooning, animation, print making, ceramics, mixed media and puppetry. He has developed curriculum for visual arts and assisted students in preparing portfolios for post-secondary applications, as well as teaching costume design and prop construction, and co-directing for school plays.  His classes are student-focused ensuring that each child is able to express themselves always with a focus on fun. He tells his students that their point of view is what they should strive to show the world!

Thomas Anfield 

Thomas Anfield is a painter who also crosses boundaries creating work in dance, performance and music. He attended Langara College and won a full scholarship to the New York Academy of Art in 1986. He has been a full-time exhibiting artist for over thirty years and taught life drawing and figurative painting at the Vancouver Academy of Art. He has presented his work internationally in North America, Europe, Russia and Africa.Thomas has given many workshops in the Lower Mainland at colleges, high schools, community centres and life drawing groups. Thomas’s approach to teaching is humorous and encouraging.

Harry Armstrong 

Harry has been involved with Shadbolt Centre for the Arts since his student days in the Young Artists Studio program, which he attended for eight years. He later became a Program Assistant in Visual Arts, assisting instructors and students, helping with framing and hanging exhibitions and organizing studio spaces. Harry received his Bachelor of Fine Arts at Emily Carr University in 2018, specializing in painting, photography and printmaking. In addition to his studies there, he has assisted the studio technicians and worked for the facilities department. In 2019 he completed the Level 1 Joinery certification at BCIT and continues to work in the wood sculpture and furniture design business. His organizational talents have extended to programming classes and supervising and mentoring youth staff members. He is now a member of the program staff as a Fine Arts Leader and instructor at the Shadbolt Centre.

Judith M. Atkinson 

Judith is a professional artist with an extensive exhibition record and studio practice. Judith is an honours graduate of Emily Carr University of Art & Design and has studied at the Banff School of Fine Arts, Capilano College and with ECUAD in Florence, Italy. She is a Fine Arts Instructor at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, Langara College, & Evergreen Cultural Centre. As an Artist-in- Residence for all school districts, Judith has worked with students to create 20 large murals in both school and other community settings. Judith leads Painting in Tuscany Tours for Langara College.

Nancy Chen 

Nancy was born in Taiwan where she studied under the master painter, Huei-Tung Chen. She also studied art in Montreal and continued her study of Chinese painting in Vancouver. She is a member of the Federation of Canadian Artists. She works primarily in watercolour on Chinese rice paper, combining traditional and contemporary techniques. Nancy conducts workshops and demonstrations throughout Canada and the United States and has shown both locally and internationally.

Philip Chin 

Philip Chin is an editorial photographer who specializes in portrait photography. His passion is the revival of a 1850s photographic process, tintype photography. Philip’s free-lance career started off in black and white photography after he received his certificate in Business / Photography from Vancouver Community College, and completed the Langara College Professional Photography Program. As a photography instructor and self-employed photographer, he has worked for Vancouver Community College Continuing Education program, the Insurance Corporation of BC, Getty Images and Associated Press in addition to his free-lance work. At Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, in collaboration with the Capture Photography Festival, he led workshops in tintype photography, and was Artist in Residence in the summer of 2017. He transmits his infectious enthusiasm for the medium to students, introducing an old process which is new to them. He was recently nominated for the 39th Annual National Magazine Awards for one of his wet plate images.

Katharine Dickinson 

Katharine Dickinson studied fine art painting and printmaking at the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London, UK. Living in London gave her the opportunity to explore the great portrait artists in the city’s museums and galleries. Artists like Rembrandt and Diego Velásquez inspired Katharine, along with the influences of contemporary art. Katharine works out of her studio in Vancouver, BC, and has portrait and illustration clients in Europe, North America, and Australia. She uses a combination of traditional drawing methods followed by a digital process to explore the placement of elements within the image and colour combinations. Her artwork has been used extensively in publishing, advertising and animation, and shown in London, New York, Toronto and Vancouver art galleries. Katharine teaches drawing and watercolour painting for adults, and GIF animation for children at Shadbolt Centre. She also teaches at the Vancouver Art Gallery and Van Dusen Botanical Gardens in Vancouver

Rebecca Donald 

Rebecca graduated from UBC with a Masters of Fine Arts in 2006. She has taught Intermediate Painting at UBC and Advanced Painting at Emily Carr. She is a working artist with a long list of exhibitions & awards. Awards and scholarships include Painting on the Edge Opus Prize, University of British Columbia University Graduate Fellowship (UGF), and Zoe Prize in Fine Arts at UBC to name a few. Her art practice combines painting and drawing, and she gets inspiration from the landscape, photography and contemporary writing. Rebecca teaches in her studio in North Vancouver, as well as at UBC, ECUAD and the Shadbolt Centre. 

Christy Dunsmore 

Christy received a BFA in Studio Arts & History from the University of BC, and a Certificate in Creative Writing from Simon Fraser University. She is an experienced teacher and mentor in fine art, architecture and literary arts, and has a background as a professional in design and project management for architectural, advertising and marketing firms. Christy is a Fine Arts Instructor at the Port Moody Arts Centre, exploring fine art techniques, literature, history, and storytelling with adults, teens and children. Currently she is a Fine Arts Instructor in the Community Arts program at the Shadbolt Centre. 

Polly Faminow 

Polly graduated from The Vancouver School of Art in Printmaking. She is a mixed-media artist whose work has been exhibited in Ontario and BC and is included in private collections in Canada and abroad. Her extensive teaching experience includes Outreach Instructor for Emily Carr University, and teaching children's classes at the Arts Umbrella and the Surrey Arts Centre. At Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, Polly teaches Pencils, Paint, and Plasticine for preschoolers, as well as art classes for older children and adults. She introduces young artists and adults to drawing, painting, collage and sculpture while encouraging creativity and self-expression.

Mariana Frochtengarten 

Mariana Frochtengarten is a teacher and textile artist with over 20 years of experience in dyeing. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Visual Arts and Art Education from Brazil, and a Master’s degree in Fine Arts in Crafts/Textiles from NSCAD University in Nova Scotia, and an Expressive Arts Therapy Certificate from Langara College. Mariana has facilitated textile-based collective works in community projects at Kiwassa Neighbourhood House, The Gathering Place, and Trout Lake Community Centre in Vancouver. In her own practice, Mariana specializes in resist dyeing methods like Shibori, batik and itajime. At the Shadbolt Centre, Mariana is teaching Shibori Fabric Dyeing.  

Sara Graham 

Sara Graham has an active studio practice spanning twenty-three years. Graham holds a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and an MFA from the University of Guelph. Her diverse bodies of work are concerned with the images, issues and ideas that surround and make up the cities we live in or those that we imagine. She is interested in how people and communities shape and are shaped by the systems and networks in the everyday lives of cities, how people move within and around cities and especially in the visible and invisible infrastructure of urban environments. At Shadbolt Centre she teaches drawing and paper assemblage.

Alexandre Greghi

Alexandre Greghi is an artist and art educator who lives and works in Langley, British Columbia. Originally from São Paulo, Brazil, he worked in advertising. After years of learning with an artist mentor, he lost interest in advertising and began his journey towards art. He was a co-founder of Atelier Contraponto in São Paulo, where he taught drawing and painting and also worked in Fundação Casa, a correctional facility for minors, teaching drawing to incarcerated teenagers. Since 2006, Alexandre has participated in many exhibits in Canada, Brazil and internationally. His work is realistic and pictorial, emphasizing the feeling of reality, not a simple copy of it. He strives for movement and subjectivity, through abstraction and a translation of what is seen. His creative process is distinct from the academic method and is radically diverse from contemporary art. At Shadbolt Centre, Alexandre has instructed adults in Painting Studio and currently teaches Charcoal & Pastel.

Eleanor Hannan 

Eleanor Hannan received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, and has exhibited her art work in group and solo shows across Canada, the United States and Europe for over thirty years. Her visual art practice includes fibre arts and mixed media: from embroidery to weaving, papier mache to traditional fresco painting, costume design for theatre and workshops for artists in Photoshop, her experience is extensive and she imparts her knowledge enthusiastically to her students. Eleanor has worked with inmates in BC prisons, as well as teaching at Capilano University, Emily Carr University, and University of the Fraser Valley and Kwantlen Polytechnic University. She has collaborated with other artists and writers, had her art work featured in several publications, and she received a Best in Show award at the Wearable Art Awards in 2006. Eleanor has received grants from the Manitoba Arts Council and the BC Arts Council and has led workshops in drawing, painting and mixed media for schools, colleges and universities. She has been an instructor at the Burnaby Arts Centre, now Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, since 1993. 

Mat Holmstrom

Mat Holmstrom is a visual artist based in Vancouver, British Columbia. Between 2007-2012 Holmstrom attended the Alberta College of Art & Design and MacEwan University, where he studied both traditional and contemporary art and design. In 2012 he relocated to Vancouver, and committed to developing his own art philosophies and practices. He teaches private art classes in his studio, workshops with youth as part of the Studio 101 program of the East Side Culture Crawl, and is a Board member of that organization. Since 2017 Holmstrom has participated in numerous group exhibits and several solo exhibitions across the Lower Mainland of British Columbia. His work can be found in private collections across North America.  At Shadbolt Centre he taught an adult summer workshop Captivated by Nature: a poetic approach to painting, and currently teaches Creative Pathways and Painting Studio.

Eri Ishii 

Eri Ishii is a Vancouver artist working mostly in oil painting. Covered with layers of delicately applied paint, her work emanates a dreamy and atmospheric quality, filled with visual depth and a sense of mystery. She has explored several different subjects over her career to date; from the paintings of still and moving figures to the most recent series of soft landscapes and interiors which investigate psychological space. A winner of several awards, Eri has exhibited her work in numerous solo and group shows across Canada and internationally including Centre A in Vancouver, Halde Galerie in Switzerland, and Taiwan National Art Education Museum in Taiwan. Her work has been featured in Vancouver Sun, Globe & Mail, Westender and other media.  Eri is currently represented by Ian Tan Gallery in Vancouver. Eri teaches privately and workshops around the Lower Mainland including Portside Studios and The Shadbolt Centre for the Arts.  

Jay Johnson 

Jay is a graduate of Emily Carr Institute of Art & Design (now ECUAD). Jay's sculpture, sound and video work have been exhibited in Canada, the United States and Europe. He is also a musician and producer. As an artist/instructor, he has participated in many community arts projects in Burnaby as well as an artist residency at Shadbolt Centre. Currently Jay teaches programs for children, teens and adults. He has a deep appreciation for the programs at the Shadbolt Centre and is continually fascinated with its educational opportunities for both students and instructors alike.

Cherry (Wen Wen) Lu 

Cherry received her Bachelor of Visual Arts at Emily Carr University in 2017. Cherry has taught workshops and art programs for children of all ages, from preschool to high school students. She has exhibited her art work locally at the Anvil Centre in New Westminster, the University of BC, Emily Carr University, Centre A in Vancouver and at the Vancouver Folk Music Festival. Her work is based upon concepts which take visual form in a wide range of materials and techniques. She describes her creative process as asking questions not for the sake of answers but for the possibility of more questions. 

Julieann McGuinness 

Julieann has an extensive background in the Arts. She is an active member and frequent exhibitor at the Federation of Canadian Artists and has received numerous awards and commissions from a worldwide audience. She has taught watercolour painting at the Shadbolt since the fall of 2000. Every winter, Julieann also teaches watercolour workshops in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. 

Tony O’Regan 

Well-known artist Tony O’Regan’s extensive background in art and design spans more than 30 years.  Tony is an honours graduate in painting with a Master’s Degree in Design (architecture), and has designed numerous civic buildings over the years. Tony teaches art and design related courses at Emily Carr University of Art and Design and UBC Garden Design Program.  His particular interest is in combining nature with the human figure and architecture, in both abstract and representative modes. At the Shadbolt, Tony teaches a range of adult drawing workshops and a weekday class in drawing & painting called Tony’s Art School. 

Ross den Otter 

Ross is a Vancouver based mixed media artist, who has created lens based artwork for over 30 years. His art work is a hybridization of traditional art techniques, printmaking and photography in which he blends paint, wax, and resins with both modern and historical photographic processes.  He studied photography at Langara College (VCC) in 1990. He is an instructor in the digital photography program at the Vancouver Institute of Media Arts (VanArts) and leads photographic workshops at Vancouver Photo Workshops. His work is held in the VGH and UBC Hospital Foundation’s art collection, the Art Sales and Rentals program of the Vancouver Art Gallery and in private collections in North America, Europe and Asia. His photographic work has appeared in publications across North America. At the Shadbolt Centre, Ross teaches Teen Photography Camp and adult Introductory and Intermediate Photography courses.

Charles Rea 

A popular member of our teaching staff for many years, Charles was educated at the Vancouver School of Art. He has also taught at UBC and Arts Umbrella. Charles is a hard-working artist with a long list of exhibitions to his credit, both locally and as far away as Germany and Japan. His vast knowledge of art and his own experience as an artist makes his classes a special opportunity for students. His Young Artists Studio for teens has a dedicated following and he has mentored many students who have gone on to become assistant instructors and staff members at Shadbolt Centre. 

Farhad Sadeghi-Amini 

Farhad is an instructor, lecturer, and award-winning artist with a Master of Fine Arts degree in painting from the University of Iran and over fifteen years’ experience teaching in a university setting. His work has been shown internationally in more than twenty countries, with paintings displayed in museums worldwide. He has been consistently involved in various aspects of art, including creating artworks, teaching art, developing curriculum, and writing and publishing books. In addition to teaching, he continues to exhibit his artworks in Canada and the U.S. As a Director on the Burnaby Arts Council, he has also been a juror for the Burnaby Film Forum. At Shadbolt Centre for the Arts he teaches Drawing, Painting, Pastels, and portraiture.

Miles van Yperen 

Miles has interests in art and science, starting first with traditional media - drawing, watercolour, screen printing and metal sculpture – and then began using computers and software. He worked in desktop publishing for years in the digital art world, moving on to 3D applications, and was a visual effects instructor for many years in digital media institutions. He is now actively turning his computer skills into fine art by exploring serigraphy, and has exhibited in several galleries in Vancouver. Miles spent a summer as artist-in-residence at the Shadbolt Centre, and is currently teaching screen printing. 

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