Creative and Experienced Instructors
Let our skilled and imaginative instructors inspire you and your children and offer you the opportunity to benefit from the joys of art making!
Mea Bissett and Selina Latour
Mea Bissett and Selina Latour are interdisciplinary artists based in Tiohtià:ke / Mooniyang / Montreal. Using textiles, video, and performance techniques, their work often expresses intimate moments of support and struggle in their collaboration. They are interested in sharing ideas of care, slowness and sustainable practice that are integral to community-engaged art.
Christina is an artist with a background in performance, wearable art and fashion, and has spent many years practicing and exhibiting nationally as a performance artist and sculptor. She holds a BFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, and is currently studying Art Education at Concordia University. As an art educator, Christina embodies educational ideologies that highlight education as a healing practice. This has particular resonance with her experiences in the care industry, as a nanny and full-spectrum doula, as well as her personal trajectory as a diverse learner. With these experiences, Christina sees the art making process as a healing and meaningful pursuit for herself and the individuals she collaborates with. Christina’s Workshop
Zoe Compton, B.A., M.A.
Zoe is an artist, environmentalist, and educator. She completed a double Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies and Fine Arts at Bishop’s University, and a Master’s degree in Art Education at Concordia University. Formerly a painter, Zoe turned to textile practices as a way to create art using more sustainable materials. She discovered the endless possibilities of working with textiles, and loves to share her inspirations with her students at the Point-Saint-Charles Art School, the Visual Arts Centre in Westmount, and in other community art settings.
Zoe teaches Tapestry weaving on a loom
Arijit Debnath is a visual artist and animator based in Montreal, QC, who works across mediums of drawing, painting, and film animation. Originally trained as a landscape architect, Arijit brings with him his previous academic and professional experiences to his current artistic practice, where he explores how we relate to space on a phenomenological level. He received an undergraduate degree in landscape architecture in 2011, and after studying at Concordia University’s Film Animation program for two years, Arijit will be starting an MFA in Film Production at Concordia in the fall of 2022, with a focus on experimental animation filmmaking. Arijit is passionate about the moving image and is excited to expand on his experience as a teaching assistant to share that enthusiasm with future generations.
Louise Drouin, B.F.A., M.A.
Graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Master’s degree in Art Education from Concordia, Louise is an artist /art educator and has been teaching fine arts, painting, drawing and printmaking at Vanier College in Montreal for 25 years. She has also given self-exploration and creativity workshops to all levels and has a comprehensive background working in painting, drawing and mixing different media. For the past 15 years, her passion has been painting in watercolour and organizing art vacations in Jamaica. Louise Drouin’s website
Louise teaches Watercolour and Mixed-media
Eberhard Froehlich, B.A., M.F.A
Graduating from the New York Academy of Art in 1999, Eberhard taught drawing and painting at colleges in the Baltimore area for six years, spent several years as a practicing artist in Leipzig and Berlin, and in 2012 moved to Montreal, where he has been working and exhibiting as a plein-air, landscape, and figure painter. His paintings are generally oil paint, applied fairly thinly and directly. The result is an understated realism based on clear tonal relationships. Working from observation whenever possible, Eberhard Froehlich also paints from memory and imagination, often including movement and implying narrative in his figure compositions. The works of Eberhard Froehlich are in public and private collections in Canada, the US, and Germany.
Eberhard Froehlich’s website
Eberhard teaches Painting
Visual artist, illustrator and educator from Lebanon. Azza relies on portable convenient material within her artistic practice, like drawing, digital collage, text and performance-based photography. Her work obliquely and overtly refers to landscapes and displacement and addresses human vulnerabilities and the weight of psychological unsettlement. Contrastingly, in her illustration work, her aim is to create worlds to get lost in. Azza studied Drawing & Painting at the Lebanese University (2003), Fine Arts at the Lebanese Academy of Fine Arts (2005), and Image Synthesis & Computer Animation at HKU, (NL, 2009). She is currently a graduate Art Education student at Concordia University.
Azza teaches Art Techiniques & Exploration
Jeannie Kim, B. A., M. A.
Born in Daejeon, South Korea and raised in Oakville, Ontario, Jeannie Kyungjin Kim (MA Art Education, HBA Art and Art History) is an artist-educator who uses Korean materials to research and interrogate historical methodologies. For more than six years, Jeannie has delivered diverse visual and digital art programs in the community and at the post-secondary level, teaching everybody from young children to seniors. She currently lives on ancestral Erie, Neutral, Huron-Wendat, Haudenosaunee and Mississaugas lands, present day Dundas, Ontario. Jeannie’s website
Dave LeRue, B.F.A., M.F.A
Currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Art Education from Concordia University, Dave holds a B.F.A from The Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Fine Arts and an M.F.A. from Concordia University in Painting and Drawing. For the past five years, Dave has taught writing and painting at the university level, and maintains a painting practice, exhibiting in many Canadian galleries and institutions. Dave’s painting practice focuses on landscape and the city, connecting social and aesthetic questions to how cities become aestheticized, imagined and represented. His SSHRC funded doctoral project will use oral history, archive research and landscape painting to study Montreal’s Peel Basin’s past, present and future as it stands at a point of change. Dave’s website
Dave teaches Painting Methods and Practice
Ana Victoria López Vázquez, B. A.
Born in Puerto Rico, Ana creates oil, textile and mixed-media works. The resulting creations are the result of experiments with new materials and techniques. Her paintings allow the viewer to create their own story with the information the images provide. Ana received a Bachelor of Arts from Universidad del Sagrado Corazón in 2002, a Juris Doctor from Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico in 2010, and is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts at Concordia University in Montreal. AnaVito has taken drawing, ceramic and painting courses at Escuela de Artes Plásticas y Diseño de Puerto Rico, Liga de Arte de San Juan in Puerto Rico, and National Academy in New York City. Her pieces can be found in private collections in Puerto Rico and the United States. Ana’s website and Instagram
Barry MacPherson, B.F.A.
Graduating from The Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 1973, Barry pursued his career as an artist and has also taught photography, painting, film making and animation to children and adults. Although having formally studied within a Conceptual Environment at NSCAD, Barry presently works mostly in oils and acrylics and strives to achieve a visual statement in his work resulting from a selected theme or word definition that seems relevant at a given moment. Much of his work reaches from influences from the past and placed into the now. Barry currently resides in Montreal and works out of his studio at The EK Voland Art Center. He was a participating artist in The Exhibition “Traffic” Conceptual Art in Canada 1965-1980, that ended a two year tour across Canada in 2013. Barry MacPherson’s website
Madeleine Mees, B. A.
Madeleine holds a Bachelors in Linguistics from McGill University. She has worked in the technology sector while holding a passion for needle crafts and fiber arts. Learning to knit and crochet at a young age, yarn has been a constant in her life. Paired with her drive for coaching and mentoring, she is passionate about sharing the meditative and creative outlet to those both new and experienced in crafting works of art.
Madeleine teaches Knit (two) together
Dani is an artist, art therapist, and certified counsellor. She received her BFA in Drawing and Painting from OCAD University and her MA in Creative Arts Therapies from Concordia University. Using artmaking as a tool, her art therapy practice focuses on compassionately exploring the self by getting to know our many parts. She places a big emphasis on trauma-sensitive mindfulness and nervous system regulation. As an artist, Dani is particularly interested in facilitating contemplative self-reflection and healing through dialogue with the environment and the materials found within it. Dani currently works as an art therapist with all ages, from children to seniors. She works with various organizations in Montréal and travels to Nunavik and Nunavut to provide services to children and youth. Dani is also working in private practice and can be reached through her website: www.daniminuskin.com.
Artist and designer, Walter Morselli began his career in his hometown of Modena. After graduating and mastering in Creative Design at the Italian School of Design in Padua, he studied sculpture techniques at the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence, Italy, and marble and stone sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bologna, Italy. His work focuses mainly on collaborative art, educational initiatives and his greatest passion, sculpture. Walter’s website.
Claire is a graduate student intern in her second (and final) year of study in Art Therapy at Concordia University. Claire holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film Studies (Concordia University 2011), which fostered her love for storytelling, and the Documentary medium. Later, her Professional DEC in Illustration and Design (Dawson College 2017) allowed her to explore and become fluent in a plethora of art media, from traditional to digital forms. Claire interned at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts in her first year of study in the Creative Art Therapies, where she co-led art therapy groups with diverse populations. Claire is passionate about the power of artmaking for self-expression, self-connection, for understanding complex life events, and for tuning into the present moment.
Breanna Shanahan, Dip. F.A., B.F.A., M.F.A
Breanna Shanahan received her MFA at Concordia University in June 2019 and was a SSHRC (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council) recipient in 2017. She received her BFA (Hons) at the University of Toronto in 2014, and her Diploma in Fine Arts from Sheridan College. Shanahan has taught at both Concordia University and Mount Allison University all levels of Drawing and Sculpture. Her history as a woodshop, digital fabrication and rapid prototyping technician has worked in parallel with her practice which champions various means of making and the constant acquisition of new skills for art production. Her work has been exhibited in Italy, China, Austria, the United States of America and in Canada. Shanahan represented Canada in Pengzhou China’s International Artist Centre as well as at the Museum der Moderne in Salzburg, Austria where she was the first Canadian recipient of the Jorisch Family Artist Residency. She currently has a public vitrine work Shape, Seiche and Stranded Dulse, 2021 in Marcus Restaurant located in the Four Seasons, Montreal. Breanna’s website
Breanna teaches Daily Art Practice
Chase Toole has worked in the video game industry for over ten years, while maintaining a personal practice for fifteen. He has trained through personal exploration and technical training, working in themes of drawing, painting, design and experimental practice. He has attained mastery in physical materials such as graphite, pen and ink, markers, watercolour and gouache, and digital techniques, such as digital painting and sketching apps. Chase previously taught at Syn Studio for two years, teaching character design and sketching for concept and environmental design while mentoring many in pursuit of technical skills and creative practices. He can be reached at email@example.com. Work can be seen on his website www.chasetoole.com, and on instagram.
Jaclyn is a graduate of the architecture department of Kansas State University. Specializing in 3d environments and architectural visualization, she has worked for architecture firms across the continent for projects all around the world. In 2019, she shifted gears to theatre design, designing the set for Encore and projections for Blackout and Winter’s Daughter, all for Tableau D’Hôte Theatre. Also with Tableau D’Hôte, she is currently adapting their En Pointe bilingual street theatre series into webcomics, soon to be published as a graphic novel.
Kristina Urquhart, B.A.
Kristina holds a Honours BA in Sociology from the University of Waterloo, Ontario. She is a multi-disciplinary artist who has trained broadly in photography, ceramics, printmaking, sculpture, textiles, installation, and painting. She attended the Langara College Professional Photography program and the Emily Carr University of Art and Design in Vancouver, BC, as well as the Grennan Mill Craft School and Kilkenny College of Art and Design in Ireland. Kristina is an experienced and enthusisatic arts educator who believes that creating art in the company of others is one of life’s great pleasures, and that accessible art programs have far reaching benefits for all ages.
Kristina teaches Printmaking
Catherine Wells, B.F.A., M.A.
Catherine is an art therapist and artist, director of the Pointe-Saint-Charles Art School, and a professional member of the Association des art-thérapeutes du Québec. She has worked in the art, medical, educational, community and corporate milieus with individuals and groups of all ages. Presently she works as an art therapist at the art school, and is the art therapist at Chez Doris, a women’s shelter in Montreal. She also has a private art therapy practice and works as a painter. Catherine Wells’ website
Catherine is and art therapist with our Art Therapy Programming and director of the school.