RAFFAELE ABBATE - is a Classical realist artist trained in the French Academic style. He specializes in still life painting and portraiture. Raffaele graduated from the Academy of Realist Art in Toronto. Through this and other experiences, Raffaele has come to understand that it is only through full dedication to one's craft that you can become a master. www.raffaeleabbate.com.
JAYNE CANGEMI - Jayne started out with drawing classes at the Oakville Art Society in 1999, quickly moving into watercolour. She is fascinated by the watercolour ‘negative painting’ style. The shapes and colour in the underpainting often tell her how to proceed to bring out the subject matter. She has exhibited in many Oakville and Mississauga venues.
LESLIE COCHRANE – Leslie was educated at OCAD & York University (graduated Fine Arts Honours). The recipient of many awards, her work is in numerous private & corporate collections. She has shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions, and her paintings have been published by Posters International. Throughout almost twenty years with the OAS, Leslie has gained a reputation for her highly effective teaching methods.
LUCY ERSKINE – has been an internationally renowned jewellery artisan for more than thirty years. Her unique creations have been displayed in many prominent juried shows and gallery exhibitions. Students appreciate her enthusiasm and enjoy learning her distinctive, refined wire art techniques.
INGA GIRCYTE – Armed with a Canadian degree in Fine Arts this young Lithuanian artist brings a little old time inspiration in to the pottery studio. A hands-on Instructor, Inga loves to share her enthusiasm and love of clay with her students. Inga has been working in clay for a number of years and her goal is for children to enjoy themselves using this three dimensional medium while developing their artistic ability. See Inga's artwork at http://www.ingaart.ca/
MICHAEL HITCHCOX – Popular artist and Instructor, Michael paints in watercolours, oils and acrylics. A Plein Air artist who paints outdoors to capture the mood, his paintings reflect his love of landscapes and buildings and he has painted wonderful scenes of local color. Additionally, his work in animation has been seen by millions and has given him the opportunity to work on many award winning programs. Michael instructing background include painting in both traditional methods and Photoshop. Michael highly enjoys being able to educate new talent and share his experience.
DIANA LEE – Oil, Acrylic, Drawing and Watercolour Artist -This award winning artist is passionate about painting and drawing. She enjoys the challenge of different mediums. Diana’s work can be found in public and private art collections both in Canada and abroad Artist www.Dianaleegallery.weebly.com
JUTTA (JUDY) MAYER-GRIEVE - is an Honours Graduate of The Ontario College of Art and Design University. Judy has worked as an Illustrator and Award Winning Graphic Designer before teaching Digital Art and Fine Art.Her work is represented by the Art Gallery of Ontario, Hamilton Art Gallery and Burlington Art Centre.
GAIL MOWAT – An award-winning artist and a highly respected instructor, Gail has taught classes and workshops for over 30 years. She has taken Master classes with well known Canadian and American artists. Her work is found in private and corporate collections in Europe, United States and Canada.
BRUCE OUTRIDGE – Bruce brings his expertise to the Oakville Art Society’s children’s and adults class programs. Specializing in custom illustration for the transportation industry as well as the creator of the comic strip “The Pride Junkie” Bruce operates his own illustration company in Burlington, Ontario. He has studied at Sheridan College, individual art courses, and has a leadership role with International Society of Caricaturist Artists, Canada.
HEIDI ROHDE – Heidi Rohde has been an educator and artist for many years and is equally at home in the classroom or the studio. A former secondary school Visual Arts Instructor she has enjoyed working with young people and adults fostering their creativity, as well as pursuing her own passion for painting. She works in a variety of media and subject matter; her favourite being the natural beauty of the landscape, expressed in the vibrant colours of soft pastel.
MONIKA SCHAEFER - has been potting since 1998 making a wide range of adorable whimsical items for home and garden. She has given workshops on pottery and private lessons in her studio and enjoys sharing her ideas and techniques with others. Monika’s work is in private collections in , U.S. and Europe.
MATTHEW SCHONEWILLE – Matthew works professionally as a wedding photographer and is extremely passionate about teaching with a genuine care and interest for others. After completing his Bachelor of Education he happily pursued his photography career starting with commercial and corporate opportunities and finally landing as a wedding photographer. His photographic knowledge is only part of his philosophy for teaching while the overall experience in the classroom is just as important. Matthew’s drive to always understand the How and Why enables him to be a life long learner and explain various concepts in an easy to understand way.
BARBARA TAYLOR – Professional production potter Barbara Taylor has taught pottery for over thirty years. She has strong background in hand building, decorating clay surfaces and throwing with a life time of tips and techniques to share. Come to class with a sense of humour and a willingness to enjoy
RHONDA THIBODEAU – is a graduate of Sheridan College’s School of Crafts and Design. She is currently a full time potter in the Burlington area. Her work experience includes teaching adults and children to produce glaze ready wares while educating them on the process of making ceramics.
GWEN TOOTH – Gwen has been studying painting for over forty years, as well as printmaking, drawing, fibre arts and sculpture. Her decision to focus on abstract water media painting was greatly influenced by a week spent with Robert Burridge about “Loosening up with Acrylics” at the Hudson River Valley Art School in New York State. Gwen graduated from the Ontario College of Art and Design in 2005 with her BFA. She continues to produce new series of work, to exhibit her paintings and to teach courses in abstraction, contemporary drawing, collage, water media including watercolour.
JULIE WURTELE – A certified art instructor for Art Innovators, Julie also holds a City and Guilds Adult Teaching Certificate as well as various Vocational Teaching Certificates from the UK. She has a particular interest in art therapy for children and adults with learning difficulties and has found art can be an invaluable tool to overcome barriers in communication and improve confidence. More on Julie at www.juliewurtele.com
BAOXING ZHANG – Began his training at 6 years of age with his well-known artist father and with various private Instructors. Later studied at art universities & colleges in Bejing during which he and some friends organized and ran the Student Art Association of Peking University. He is a member of Sumi-é Artists of Canada.