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!
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 Programming
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.
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.
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 Programming
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 and Drawing
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
Jeannie teaches The Power of Possessions
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
Barry teaches Painting
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
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.
Walter teaches Introduction to Contemporary Sculpture
Nina Pariser, B.A., B.F.A., M.A.
Nina is a teacher, artist and art therapist holding a BA from McGill University in English (minor in Environmental Science), and two degrees from Concordia University: a BFA in Art Education and a Master’s degree in Art Therapy. She has worked with community arts groups in Quebec, Ontario (Jumblies Theatre, Concrete Cabaret) Labrador (Labrador Creative Arts Festival), and Thailand (Makhampom Theatre) as well as taught art in elementary schools, high schools and adult education centres since 2009. She has 18 years of prior experience working in community arts setting with children and teens. As an artist, she mainly studied drawing and painting but her other creative experience includes set design and set painting, scriptwriting and directing, radio show hosting, puppeteering, film editing, and stop motion animation-ing. Her experience as an art therapist includes working in public
practice art therapy, mental health services for schools, Alzheimer’s services and community art therapy programming through the Pointe-Saint-Charles Art School.
Nina animates the Eco Art Workshops and sometimes teaches children’s classes.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Work can be seen on his website www.chasetoole.com, and on instagram.
Chase teaches Drawing inspiration from life
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.
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
Catherine teaches Drawing and is an art therapist with our Art Therapy Programming.
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