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.

Michael Binkley

reconnects individuals to their primal instinct of touch. The sensory experience of touch is quickly de-programmed in most of us during childhood. ‘Don’t touch’ is a phrase often spoken to a child during formative years, and we learn that it is almost taboo to touch objects. This
imposed societal constraint pushes our desire to touch to a deep place within us and sculpture is one means to resurface that instinct.

Touch is a truly valuable aid to an individual’s interaction with my art.

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.

Maureen Coles

has been creating art all of her life. What really has driven her artistic enthusiasm is teaching art. She gets a rush when one of her student artists has their aha moment, then she knows she has succeeded and they’ve gotten the “artists bug” Maureen has a fine arts degree from Capilano University, and is one of North Vancouver’s most popular teachers. She works with people of all ages and abilities, and whole heartily believe that art is for everyone, no matter age or ability. is a very popular art teacher who has instructed arts for many years in a variety of capacities. She has worked with children of all ages in camps, schools, community centres and special events.

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.

Priscilla Lim

 is a self-taught calligrapher, who allowed a passion to blossom into a business. She began learning calligraphy through old script books borrowed from the library, a Laura Hooper Beginner's calligraphy kit, and a mission to practice until her form was good enough to letter wedding invitations. After her wedding, she found that she could not put her pen down because it had such a therapeutic and beautiful quality. The passion continued to grow, leading her to learn copperplate calligraphy, watercolour lettering and brush pen lettering. She has a few more wedding invitation suites under her belt now, has designed logos for clients like Lion's Gate Hospital Foundation, and has taught modern calligraphy to adults and children alike.

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.

Britt MacLeod

is a Vancouver-based multidisciplinary artist. A graduate of Capilano University’s Musical Theatre Program, she works as an actor, singer, composer-lyricist, spoken word/interdisciplinary-artist, writer, and teacher. Her written work has been featured in In Bloom Magazine, RFD Magazine, and the anthology/album, Stories, by the band, Hildegard’s Ghost. She is the Composer/Lyricist for the new musical, Carry On, which was the winning piece at Awkward Stage Productions’ inaugural 24 Hour Musical Smackdown Competition. Carry On was developed into an extended one-act musical which premiered at the 2016 Vancouver Fringe Festival and won ‘Pick of The Fringe’; Britt also featured in a lead role. Other performance credits include: Hamelin: A New Fable, Axis Theatre; Crazy For You, Gateway Theatre; The Light In The Piazza, Patrick Street Productions and Persephone Theatre; BC BUDS Festival; Arts On The Fly Festival; Dances For A Small Stage, MovEnt; Featured Performer and Semi-Finalist at the 2014 Canadian Festival of Spoken Word; and the 2010 Winter Olympics. Britt also sings with the jazz group Ladybird, and writes songs for and fronts and pop project, Rio By Night. Rio By Night’s first full-length album, Yet The World, will be released later this year.

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.

Siobhan Smith

 grew up in Liverpool, England and further up in North Vancouver. She is a practicing artist currently attending Emily Carr University. While obtaining a BFA in Visual Arts with a major in Illustration, she is also working as a visual effects artist at an animation studio. Siobhan has a love of traditional media, specifically pencil and ink but her practice takes her to whatever media is best suited to the story she is telling. She believes that everyone has creativity in themselves.

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.

Amanda Wood

is truly motivated by process and loves hands-on material explorations.  Amanda has a BA in Communications from SFU and a diploma in Textile Art from Capilano University.  Following a career in corporate communications, Amanda chose to return to school to rediscover her need to make things.  In her current work, she begins with research into her environment, personal memories and contemporary culture, then looks at her surroundings for inspiration in repetition, hidden geometries and patterns that she uses in her collage and mark-making in dyed, woven and stitched structures.