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Visual Arts & Theatre - Instructor Profiles

Bagayawa, Karen
Karen Bagayawa

Karen Bagayawa is a professional mixed-media artist and has participated in workshops for children for Strathcona Elementary—the Studio 101 Project through The Eastside Culture Crawl and has an art studio at Parker Street Studios in East Vancouver. She is the Coordinator/Instructor for The Baker Drive Afterschool Art Club in Coquitlam and a Fine Art Community Instructor for The Shadbolt Centre for the Arts. Karen is looking forward to sharing her passion for art and teaching children through the Fine Art Programs at Edmonds Community Centre. 

Tatiana A. Bobko
Tatiana A. Bobko

Russian-Canadian Visual Artist and Creative Writer, Tatiana has been making art and writing as far back as she can remember. Having tried it all, her favorite visual techniques remain collage, drawing and photography, with an ultimate expression of combining all at the same time. She has finished a 3-year intensive Art Education program with Native (Siberia’s native population of Khanty-Mansi) concentration. Course work included native dress making, beading, watercolor, history, mixed media, photography, collage, acrylic painting, art theory, art history and drawing.

Since arriving in Canada 22 years ago she has followed a variety of creative pursuits. In the last few years she has been concentrating on working with children and adults as a Visual Arts Instructor, participating in various workshops and classes in mixed media art, photography, graphic design, interior design, drawing and printmaking. Currently she teaches Vision Boarding and Creativity Development/ Spiritual (Therapeutic) Art and paint nights, reads her poetry, writes for a few publications, takes innumerable photographs and creates whatever speaks to her in and around New Westminster. 

Cara Nelissen
Cara Nelissen

Cara recently finished her Master of Fine Arts at the University of British Columbia. She likes all genres of writing, but focuses on writing fiction and poetry. She has published poetry and fiction in a variety of literary magazines and recently published a chapbook of poetry with Rahila’s Ghost Press. She believes anyone who can write words is a writer and she loves showing students of all ages how much fun it can be to use writing and language as a creative outlet!

Vanessa Kelly
Vanessa Kelly

Since her first teaching position in 2005, Vanessa has instructed all ages in drawing, comics, and animation, with classes offered across the Lower Mainland, including Edmonds Community Centre and Shadbolt Centre for the Art in Burnaby. Vanessa holds a BFA in Visual Arts from Simon Fraser University and an Associate’s Degree in Commercial Animation from Capilano University. In her professional career, you may see her screen credit as a storyboard artist in your favourite kid’s cartoons.

Julia Halabourda
Julia Halabourda

Julia is an experienced youth educator and emerging Burnaby actor who specializes in theatre, inquiry-based learning, costume design, and improv. She completed her Bachelor of General Studies (in Education) with Distinction in 2019, in addition to one year of Theatre Performance from SFU. Julia is ecstatic to combine her two passions, the fine arts and education, to design and teach creative programming for the City of Burnaby. Julia’s ethos as an instructor is (1) the power of the active student and the guiding instructor, (2) the importance of creating choices for learning, and (3) the value of growing from ‘mistakes’! When Julia isn’t teaching, you can find her rehearsing for local theatre projects, exploring downtown Vancouver, and dancing to musical theatre soundtracks!

Karen Nguyen
Karen Nguyen

Karen is a Canadian printmaker based at Dundarave Print Workshop on Granville Island. She also collaborates on various community art projects and teaches visual arts to children and adults at Bonsor and Edmonds Community Centre. Her practice explores the process of creative and personal developments, specifically, the process of transformation and its relationship with structure and boundaries.

Mona Lochan
Mona Lochan

Mona is a practicing interdisciplinary artist, photographer and certified teacher. She graduated with a BFA from Emily Carr University and a B.ED from SFU. Mona instructs and facilitates skilled and unique visual arts programs throughout Greater Vancouver. She has a passion for the arts and believes in the profound affect it has. Mona creates art with individuals from many diverse communities helping them empower themselves through art. Mona's exhibitions include photography installation, mixed media, drawing, painting, sculpture, text and environmental art.