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Csilla Perenyi is a graduate of the Hungarian University of Applied Arts in Budapest. She is an artist, crafts person, and industrial designer in porcelain and has participated in many exhibitions and shows. Over the past 10 years, Csilla has led numerous classes in ceramics at institutions and organizations such as Academy of Artisans, Pickering Potters Studio, and the City of Toronto Parks and Recreation. In 2003, she joined the Living Arts Centre as a ceramics Instructor and, currently, is conducting school and community workshops for all age groups.
Marisa Picard is professionally trained in Mississauga and has been working with clay since 1995. As a locally recognized artist, her work has been on display across the Western GTA at various art and craft exhibits, as well as in Central Ontario specialty craft shops. An active member of the local crafts community, Marisa instructs pottery classes for children and adults.
Julie received a BA in Art & Art History from the University of Toronto/Sheridan College and a B.Ed. from Brock University. Julie has worked with the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board as an Artistic Director and Scenic Painter creating set designs for musicals such as Cinderella, Aladdin Jr., Annie Jr. and Frosty & Friends. Recently, she directed an IB Promotional Video with students in the Peel District School Board. In addition to teaching at the Living Arts Centre, she is also an educator with the Peel District School Board. Julie is currently pursuing Film Studies at Ryerson University.
KRISTEN NEUDORF received her Masters of Art Education from the Academy of Art University, San Francisco and her Bachelor of Arts (Honors level-Specialized in Fine Arts) from the University of Guelph. Kristen is both an Artist and Educator who works across a range of diverse media including painting, drawing, sculpture and printmaking. She is passionate about art and art education and is inspired by the very process of creating. Kristen’s artwork is reflection of her personal experiences and emotions. She has exhibited in both North America and abroad including Gallery NONA in Brisbane Australia, the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco California, and the Zavitz Gallery in Guelph Ontario. Her commissioned work can be found in private collections on 2 continents. In addition to instructing at the Living Arts Centre, Kristen teaches a pre-school art program in Niagara and offers private instruction at her studio.