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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. 

Hoyem, Ruth
Ruth Hoyem 

In 1993, Ruth Hoyem began instructing Fine Arts Programs for the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts children’s classes in the community and Kidzart Summer Camps. She became a Fine Arts Leader and then the Community Arts Programmer. Returning to her love of working with children, and the opportunity to pursue her own art practice, she began instructing fine arts programs for children in 2013 at Edmonds Community Centre. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree and Professional Development Program from SFU and a Certificate of Completion and Foundation Courses from ECUAD. 

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. 

Katie Gartlan

Katie Gartlen-Close




Katie Gartlan-Close is an emerging playwright with a passion for writing, physical theatre, and clowning. She graduated from Simon Fraser University in 2016 with a double major in Theatre Performance and Communication. Since then, she has continued to develop her playwriting skills and hopes to continue her education in the upcoming years. Katie began coaching circus to young children when she was a teenager and is happy to still be teaching and inspiring creativity and play.  

Pauline Tiongson

Pauline Tiongson




Pauline Tiongson is a practicing artist and visual art instructor based in Surrey. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in 2015, specializing in drawing and painting. Her experience working at an art studio led to her interest in pursuing a career as an art educator, in which she provides inspiration and guidance to students of all ages. Pauline teaches at various art and community centres throughout the Lower Mainland, and continues to make art daily to keep her inspiration and passion going.