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Instructor Bios

Grazyna Adamska-Jarecka is both a figure and abstract painter. She received a BA (Honors) in Studio Art from University of Guelph and an MFA in painting from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She previously thought at The Centre for Arts Octagon in Ames, IA, USA. Grazyna is an award winning artist who participated in many art shows around the world. In 2015 she has received two locally prestigious awards: Silver Jurors Award at juried show in Homer Watson House and Gallery and Painting Award at Insights at the Wellington Museum and Archives. Grazyna has also completed several commissioned artworks for the University of Guelph.


Patricia Beader has been a visual arts teacher for many years. She has taught children’s classes at the Edmonton Art Gallery and has created and taught two separate art programs for adults with special needs. She graduated with a BA in Fine Art from the University of Guelph in 1994. Patricia enjoys creating in a variety of art forms and is hard pressed to choose her favorite. She has a love for nature and has done botanical illustrations that have been published in the scientific journal Systematic Botany and in a first year university course book Woodlot Biodiversity.


David Caesar studied animation & illustration at Sheridan College. His strong gift for realism shines in moody portraits and animal studies, intricately detailed and rich in association. His award-winning work has been shown at the Homer Watson House and Gallery, the Minarovich Gallery in Elora and the Wellington County Museum and Archives.



Ryan Cassidy is a multi-disciplinary artist. His body of work is like a giant curiosity shop, consisting of stacks of illustrated books and comics, large-scale acrylic paintings of coloured mazes, handmade table-top board games, oddly functional upcycled furniture, tiny miniature worlds made out of clay, and boxes of audiovisual media. He's currently based in Guelph Ontario, but has lived in Vancouver, London, and Montreal, where he attended Concordia University's Interdisciplinary Studies in Fine Arts.



Erna de Vries has been an art educator for the past 35 years, with experience in elementary, secondary, post secondary and adult education. She has organized art shows, conducted workshops, judged fine arts competitions and created artworks for the private sector. Working in her Mount Hope Studio, Erna is developing a series of encaustic landscape paintings, utilizing poured concrete, metal and integrating architectural imagery/environmental mappings. She obtained her: BA in Art/Art History from McMaster University, B.ED from Queens University, Honours Art Specialist from York University and completed a Plastic and Fine Arts Certificate Program at Mohawk College. She is a certified encaustic instructor for “Enkaustikos”, an encaustic paint manufacturer in Rochester.




Carolyn Eady has always loved to draw and write in sketchbooks and journals. While at art college (OCAD) in Toronto, she marveled at the printmaking department and fell in love with papermaking, printmaking and found book arts. When she studied art overseas in Italy she further developed her love for hand bound books. Carolyn decided it was time to get serious and trust herself by following her dreams – Sprouts Press was born!
jason airbrushing picture of an eye Jason Gateman has been airbrushing since 1992. Since then the airbrush has been been his primary creative tool for his personal and professional artwork pieces. If it sits still long enough Jason has tried painting it with an airbrush. He is very passionate about sharing what he has learned from experience and other professional artists over the last 2 decades. The airbrush has taken Jason on grand adventures all across North America and he hopes to help others gain the confidence to pick up this amazing tool and give it a try.


Roisin Gormley-Young is a graduate of OCAD’s Illustration program, she has been teaching art to youth and adults upside down and backwards for twenty years. Previously the Education Coordinator at the Elora Centre for the Arts, Manager of Wyndham Art Supplies and Directress of the GSA she brings with her an arsenal of wild and zany tricks of the trade.
Laura Laura Harrison is a Guelph-based artist who likes painting blurry lights and landscapes in motion. Her main mediums are painting and drawing but she's continuously challenging herself to learn something new and explore different materials. She graduated from the University of Guelph in 2009 with a BAH in Studio Art and a minor in Art Theory. Since then she has participated in various exhibitions in Guelph, Waterloo and Toronto as well as illustrated a children's novel. Laura has been a Visiting Artist at the YMCA-YWCA Guelph as well as in elementary and high schools in the GTA teaching art and speaking about her own practices.
Monika Hauck Monika Hauck is an interdisciplinary artist who has a keen interest in process based methods and experimentation. She graduated from the University of Guelph Studio Art Program in 2012 where she focused developing skills in printmaking, drawing, photography and painting, bound together by an emphasis on site specific work or conceptual investigation. She developed an interest in paper marbling after realizing the potential synthesis of printmaking, drawing, bookbinding and a variety of other media. She currently spends her time marbling live during performances with her audio-visual collective VERSA.
Brett Holmes is an abstract painter and a graduate of Sheridan College of Art and Design; with a working background in journalism. Working in the disciplines of oil pastel, watercolour and acrylic painting, Brett's work is characterized by an emerging abstraction and perceptive visual persuasion. Brett works as an arts instructor at the Homer Watson House & Gallery in Kitchener, ON. He was also a visiting guest at Walt Disney Animation Studios Australia learning alongside animator Darryl Pennington. Brett has also written for the publication Lucid Forge Magazine and The Stratford Citizen. Growing up in an artistic city fueled his interest in fine art while he spent his time painting and drawing for hours on end. And those years of Christmas stockings stuffed with art supplies also helped!
Jessica Masters Jessica Masters has been working as a pastel artist and oil painter since 1995 after graduating from the University of Guelph with a degree in Fine Art. Her skills include printmaking, drawing, oil painting and pastel. She has been the
technician for printmaking at UofG, and taught printmaking at OpenStudio in Toronto. She was an Artist in Residence at KWAG where she also taught children's art courses, and produced a book and video on Printmaking techniques. She currently paints full time, exhibits her work in several Ontario galleries, and understands the delicate balance of raising a family and working as a professional artist.
Andrea Naismith


Andrea Naismith is the Calligrapher behind Scarlet & Alabaster, a Guelph, Ontario based business specializing in bespoke calligraphy, hand lettering and design elements for weddings, special events and small businesses. She has always had an artistic side, loved working with her hands and paying strong attention to detail - especially when it comes to party planning! Finding calligraphy helped her to bring all these loves together. She loves using calligraphy and hand lettering to help take her client's events and businesses to
the next level.

Laura Paghal

 Laura Paghal has been working with Wyndham Art Supplies for over 12 years and has been the director of the Guelph School for the past 4. She maintains the GSA studio, schedules the classes and enjoys assisting with the kids art camps. Laura attended Sheridan College's Art Fundamentals program and later obtained a diploma from Niagara College in Graphic Design & Art Fundamentals. Being surrounded by so many types of art materials on a daily basis, she is hard pressed to choose a favourite medium and enjoys creating art in various forms including printmaking, pen & ink, acrylic paint, soapstone, clay and papercraft.

Diana Raponi

Diana Raponi is an honours graduate from York University Fine Arts department. Her skills include printmaking, drawing, oil painting, sculpture and mixed media work. She has been teaching art to both youths and adults for 10 years. She is also an Elementary – Intermediate School Teacher. She has participated in solo and group shows around the Toronto area and is looking forward to participating in Guelph’s outdoor art show next year.

Stephanie Rogers


Stephanie Rogers is a visual artist as well as an art based educator. Stephanie graduated from the University of Guelph Studio Art program in 2013. During her time at Guelph she explored a variety of different art practices in order to have a firm grasp on varied mediums and styles. She is interested in climate change and ecological art, which she represent sculpturaly, and she is also interested in the constant struggle of craft practices, such as weaving, fitting into the contemporary art world of today. After teachers collage form OISE Stephanie has been working with teens and young children teaching the GSA summer camps for the past 3 years and working towards a high school arts position.

Laurie Skantzos

Laurie Skantzos is a Guelph based artist and has been exhibiting full time since 2008. She returned to University as a mature student in 1996 and fell in love with painting while she was enrolled in the fine art department at University of Waterloo. She shows her work in a variety of galleries throughout Ontario and regularly participates in the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, Toronto Artist Project and Guelph Studio Tour as well as the International Affordable Art Fairs with Spence Gallery. Laurie’s work is included in collections across North America, Europe and in Hong Kong. Her painting is largely inspired by the natural world and filtered through her inner landscape.

Michael Spillane

Michael Spillane was born in Swansea, South Wales, and has a broad and eclectic background both in the arts and natural sciences. He studied classical drawing and painting techniques, botanical painting and obtained a diploma in illustration and design. Michael has taught courses and workshops at Visual Arts Mississauga (VAM), Burlington Art Centre and Toronto Botanical Gardens. He has been teaching and operating his own studio in Mississauga now for over eight years (Spillane Studio of Fine Arts).

Joe Swanek

Joe Swanek is an artist/educator. A graduate of the Ontario College of Art (fine arts drawing & painting), The University of Guelph (printmaking) and Queen's
University (artist in the community program). He has had group and one person art shows in Ontario and New Brunswick. He has spent many summers painting (watercolour) in New Brunswick (St. Andrews by the Sea) and in and around Guelph. Joe has been a high school visual arts teacher for the past 30 years.

Sheri Tenaglia Sheri Tenaglia is most recognized for her pastel work but she is also accomplished in mixed media and encaustic. Her work is found in galleries and collections throughout Canada, the United States, New Zealand, Australia, Shanghai and Europe. Commercial work has included a large scale corporate public space commission, and high-profile portrait illustrations Sheri has worked on the executive of several arts associations and served on art show and mural juries, while teaching art to teens and adults, and offering portfolio building to students applying to post secondary programs. She has extensive experience in teaching art to all levels of artists for the past 22 years. (Her students have won over 90 arts awards to date). She has also organized many student and professional art shows.