Instructor Bios - Painting and Drawing
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Carolyne Topdjian is an artist, writer, and educator whose work explores existential issues of aesthetics, consciousness, and identity. She studied painting and drawing at York University and received her MA in Gender Studies from the University of Warwick, followed by her PhD in Social and Political Thought from York University. She has since gone on to practice and publish on art, as well as develop visual art programs for youth and adults at various institutions in the Toronto area. In addition to teaching at the Living Arts Centre, Topdjian is the program lead of the Visual Arts Certificate in Continuing Education at Humber College.
Jeannie Kim is a graduate of the Art and Art History joint program at the University of Toronto Mississauga and Sheridan College. She has exhibited in various galleries locally in Toronto as well as internationally in Japan and South Korea. In her body of work, she takes interest in the idea of memory being an unstable, abstract source of information and in depicting her personal history through various mediums such as oil paints and oriental watercolours.
Wendy Heagney-Bakewell is an Artist & Art Instructor whose desire to draw and paint began as a child in her Ottawa Valley hometown. She earned an Honours BFA from the University of Toronto/Sheridan College Art & Art History program and an MFA from the University of Victoria, British Columbia. Her illustrative paintings have been included in various group exhibitions, most recently at the Graven Feather Gallery (Toronto) & A Square Affair at 13th Street Winery (St. Catharines, ON). Through her business Tiny Brushstrokes; she specializes in custom paintings & creative products for children as well as the Tiny Art Box, a subscription based art experience for early childhood. As an Art Instructor, she has connected children with art-making through summer camp, after-school and recreational art programs in Victoria, Toronto & Mississauga. In addition to instructing at the Living Arts Centre, Wendy is also a Preschool Instructor for the City of Mississauga Recreation Programs.
Tamara Thompson is a graduate of OCAD University and has received her Honours Bachelor’s degree with distinction in Drawing and Painting. Currently, she is based in Mississauga while she completes her term as a fellowship resident artist at the Living Arts Centre. In addition to having gained teaching experience at OCAD University and the Toronto School of Art, Tamara has shown in exhibitions across the GTA including Toronto, Mississauga, and Hamilton. She has received various scholarships for emerging to mid-career artists, and has received commissions for installation projects as well. Overall, Tamara’s practice demonstrates an interest in the moment of translation from film imagery into painting through time-based processes.
Rachel Stableford studied Visual Art at York University, specializing in painting and sculpture. Rachel is both an artist and educator. She has shown in galleries across Ontario including; Gallery Stratford in Stratford and the Akasa Gallery in Toronto. In addition, Rachel has been part of numerous art and craft exhibits across the GTA, has sold many pieces and been commissioned to do paintings for both private and commercial venues. She has taught visual art to students of all ages for the last fifteen years in a variety of media including; drawing, painting and sculpture. In addition to teaching at the Living Arts Centre, Rachel also teaches classes at schools across the GTA, working with the TDSB and TCDSB. Rachel believes that everyone is an artist and works with her students to build their confidence and passion.