Instructor Profiles
Anastasia Barabanova

was born in Saint-Petersburg, Russia, in a very artistic family. Her mother is a writer and her father is a philosopher. Early in her childhood, her father noticed her talent for art and sent her to an art school for young children. Later she attended the Academy of Fine Arts in Saint-Petersburg. She graduated in 2004 with a Masterʼs of Fine Arts.  Anastasia (Rose Eysmond) lives and works in Vancouver, BC and is continuously inspired by the beauty of its nature and scenery. Her medium of choice is oil and acrylic on canvas, which is an ideal match to her symbolic style that bridges the gap between classical school painting and decorative art.

Brittney Bergen

Brittney Bergen graduated from Emily Carr University in 2011 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts as a photography major. She is a multi-disciplinary artist who loves to inspire creativity and imagination in children and in the health care system. She believes in the healing power of art and the communities it builds. In her own art she likes to explore nature, dreams, and nostalgia.

Tim Carlson

Tim Carlson has been teaching improv and theatre for the last five years across Canada and the United States. He performs all around town at different comedy venues with his group Lorax as well as Little Mountain Improv and recent theatre credits include Jack and the Bean at The Presentation House, and Hotel Bethlehem at the Firehall Arts Center. Most recently he stars in the television show Young Drunk Punk on CBC. He is also a graduate of Studio 58.   

Maryan Cerina

is a visual artist and teacher with 28 years teaching experience. She brings her passion for children and art together as a children’s art instructor, developing and teaching art programmes in communities around BC and internationally.

Anita Clipston

graduated with a BA (Hons) in Animation from the Norwich School of Art & Design In the UK and has since worked in the Animation and Visual Effects Industry both In England and in Vancouver. She started her career for Aardman Animation in the UK and continued onto VFX working as digital painter and compositor on films such as Harry Potter and Star Wars. She has continued her traditional training studying the Classical Realism Method of drawing here in Vancouver.

Denise Corcoran

is a community catalyst, crafter extraordinaire and upcycler of things based in North Vancouver, BC. Her passion is to turn 'junk' into new and funky pieces. From refinishing furniture found at the dump to repurposing discarded items like wine corks into jewelry, there is no limit to what a bit of time and know-how can create. And save from the landfill. Sharing her enthusiasm for crafting and upcycling, she facilitates 'Crafternoons' throughout Vancouver where participants of all ages and skill levels learn how to make things from unorthodox materials.

Marney-Rose Edge

 SFCA, CSPWC enjoys teaching and sharing her passion for watercolor in a fun, friendly and supportive atmosphere.  She is a senior signature member of the Federation of Canadian Artists and the Canadian Society of Painters in watercolor.  She has been teaching workshops locally for 5 years.  Marney-Rose has been published in the International Artist Magazine most recently with a 10 page article including a step by step feature.  Her artwork is collected in Canada, New Zealand, America, the Bahamas and England.

Jeri Sue Engen

is enthusiastic about teaching art to children.  She believes art is an important part of basic education and is very important to the overall development of children.  Being able to think creatively and to have skills necessary to communicate visually is extremely important regardless of what career path one chooses. Jeri has a BFA from Georgia Southern University.  

Visit Jeri's blog where she regularly posts pictures and descriptions of her classes and the kid's work.

Cath Hughes

is a practicing artist working in painting and printmaking.  She holds a BFA in Painting from Oxford University, and an MA in Museum and Gallery Education from the University of London.  She has worked for many years in art education in galleries, schools and in the community in the UK and Canada with a wide range of audiences.  Cath enjoys sharing her passion for creating with her students and revels in the 'a-ha' moment.

Mahsan Jaffari

Mahsan Jaffari was born in Tehran, Iran, and moved to the North Shore in Grade 4. No matter where she was, however, her passion in art was clear from a young age. She has dabbled in many things--currently working with oil and acrylic paint--and in the summer of 2014 attended a fundamentals animation program at Capilano University, introducing her to the digital side of things. Currently, she is a third year student at UBC, pursuing a Bachelor in Fine Arts. Mahsan gets deep inspiration not just from the breathtaking scenery in Vancouver, but also from her Persian background and the rich culture associated with it, trying her best to infuse both parts of her identity into her work.

Jeanne Krabbendam

was born in The Netherlands and immigrated to Vancouver in 1999. She received formal training in the European art tradition in The Netherlands and France. Jeanne has extensive exhibit experience both national and international; she has her art studio on Granville Island and teaches as a sessional instructor at Emily Carr University.  Over the years her paintings have found homes in Europe, North - and South America, Australia, South-Africa, China and Japan.

Colette Lisoway

attended the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and completed a BFA in Halifax.  She is currently a freelance community artist and a visual art instructor with Continuing Education at Capilano Universtiy and ArtStarts Artists in the Classroom Directory.  Community engagement, collaboration and the sharing of knowledge are integral to her practice. Colette's current studio practice employes printmaking, photography, digital imagery and mixed media.

Dawn Livera

is a textile and mixed media artist. She studied weaving with a master weaver for 10 years and has attended weaving workshops in Tallinn, Estonia; Oaxaca, Mexico and Santa Cruz, California. She mainly uses her weaving to create one-of-a-kind wearable art garments.. Dawn believes that we are all creative people with our own unique gifts to share. Her weaving and other art reflects this belief. 

Bayoush Mengesha

gathers her inspiration from her Ethiopian heritage and her travels around the world.  The natural beauty she has witnessed around the globe and in Vancouver motivates her to create unique jewellery with an organic feel.  Bayoush has created jewellery from a young age and her longtime hobby has now become her career as she continues artistic innovations through experimental art, honing her technique and inventing new methods of fabrication.

Mechtild Morin

worked for over 40 years in First Nations and Métis communities and has always been interested in Canada's early history. Since marrying into a Métis Family, this history has become a personal journey. Mechtild's in-laws' ancestors, of Cree, Saulteaux, Chippewa, Dakota, French and Scottish descent, were all involved in the early North American Fur Trade, many were voyageurs, who travelled across the continent extensively.  Since her husband passed away 11 years ago, Mehtild considers it her important responsibility to keep the Family History, and of course the Métis History and Culture alive for her son, other family members and anyone who is interested. She extensively researched old photos, songs, stories and facts, and learned some traditional crafts, such as leatherwork, beading, embroidery and most of all the traditional style of finger weaving.

Mischa Shadloo

Mischa Shadloo is a Theatre maker living and working in Vancouver, and will be finishing her degree in Theatre Performance from Simon Fraser University next year. Mischa is most interested in the idea of play and collectively devising theatre and how that can create wonderful and wacky original creations. 

Frank Townsley

is an avid naturalist and traveller who loves to document life's experiences in photography and painting.  He was born in Vancouver and graduted from the Art Center, College of Design in Pasedena, California.  Frank has recently completed an art book, British Columbia:  Graced by Nature's Palette, depicting photographs of BCs landscapes, flora and fauna, incorporating 16 of his watercolour paintings.