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!
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
Barry teaches Painting
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 Drawing Young People Draw and Paint!
Catherine Wells, B.F.A., M.A.
Catherine holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Master’s degree in Art Therapy. A practising art therapist, art educator and artist, she has worked for the past forty years in the educational, community and corporate milieus with individuals and groups of all ages. Catherine believes that art helps us think about ourselves and the world. Confidence, competence and communication evolve together through creative self-expression on the one hand and the development of art expertise on the other. As director of the Pointe-Saint-Charles Art School, she enjoys engaging with the Montreal Arts community. Catherine Wells’ website
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 Linkedin page
Louise teaches Watercolour and Mixed-media
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 faciltitates Community Workshops.
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
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
Rachel Pochat Selby, B.F.A., M.A.
Rachel holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Master’s degree in Art Therapy from Concordia University. Her interest lies in working in community settings to make art and art therapy more accessible to all. She has facilitated art workshops and art therapy in healthcare, community, and private settings, such as the CHUM, the Alzheimer’s Society, Concordia University’s Zen Den, and, most recently, offered individual art therapy sessions and group art therapy for members of the Pointe-Saint-Charles community through the Pointe-Saint-Charles Art School’s Art Therapy Center.Presently Rachel is working as an art therapist at Expression LaSalle, an art therapy center in Montreal, and Le Rivage du Val-St-François, an alternative community-based mental health center in the Eastern Townships. Rachel’s website
Nina Pariser, B.A., B.F.A., M.A. (pending 2021)
Nina Pariser is an educator and visual and performing artist holding a BA from McGill University, a BFA in Art Education from Concordia University, and is awaiting her Master’s degree diploma in Art Therapy from Concordia. She has worked with community arts groups in Quebec, Ontario, Labrador, and Thailand as well as taught art in elementary schools, high schools and adult education centres since 2009. More recently, she has provided art therapy to people living with Alzheimer’s, Dementia, and Parkinson’s disease, and offered individual art therapy sessions and group art therapy for members of the Pointe-Saint-Charles community through the Pointe-Saint-Charles Art School’s Art Therapy Center.
Christine White is finishing her BFA with a minor in Sociology at Concordia University and has been making art her entire life. She is working towards an interdisciplinary practice using technological components in artistic community engagement and incorporates sociological methods towards creative research projects. Her experience includes working collaboratively on murals, teaching classes and facilitating art one-on-one for people with different needs. She hopes to share with you an open environment for anyone to develop self-expression and self-confidence through material and social engagement. Christine also loves cycling, bringing art outside of gallery walls and working outdoors when the weather is nice. Christine’s website
Christine teaches Art Adventures Beyond Studio Walls
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
Jeannie teaches The Power of Possessions
Kelly Derstenfeld B. F. A.
Kelly holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and is entering her final year of the Masters of Creative Arts Therapies program (Visual Arts modality) at Concordia University. She has worked as a ceramics instructor as well as a program coordinator of alternative therapy projects at Agence Ometz. Over the last year, she has facilitated individual and group art therapy sessions at the Center for Arts and Human Development serving adults with intellectual disabilities, as well as piloting “The ‘Art’ of Self-Care” program through the Zen Den at Concordia University. She is a passionate advocate for the need to de-stigmatize issues surrounding mental health and addiction, along with providing accessible arts-based mental health services.
Kelly is an intern with our Art Therapy Centre
Danielle Beaudet B. F. A.
Danielle holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts, majoring in studio arts from Concordia University. She is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Art Therapy at Concordia. A multidisciplinary artist, she explores art and therapy by supporting the rehabilitation and well being of people from numerous backgrounds. She aims to encourage social and cultural inclusion by creating art initiatives for individual communities, schools, and art galleries. She has worked at the Queen Elizabeth Health Complex and L’association Récréative Milton Parc, in Montreal facilitating groups living with Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s disease. She is excited to join the team at the Pointe-Saint-Charles Art School’s Art Therapy Center offering sessions for members of the Pointe-Saint-Charles community.
Danielle is an intern with our Art Therapy Centre
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. www.waltermorselli.com
Walter teaches Introduction to Contemporary Sculpture
Ana Victoria López Vázquez
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 Victoria teaches Creative Sketchbook : Explore your Process
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Work can be seen on his website www.chasetoole.com, and on instagram @le_chasseur_doutil .
Chase teaches Drawing inspiration from life