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.

 Julianna Cox


Julianna Cox is an animator, designer and artist based in Elora, Ontario. Some of her more recognizable work can be seen on the television series Creature Comforts and Shaun the Sheep from Aardman Animations and Henry Selick’s Coraline. Julianna is also a producer and creator at Mechanical Farm Animation, an independent studio co-founded with her partner and husband, Payton Curtis.

 Carolyn Eady

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!

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.
Wendy Hardy Wendy Hardy is a Guelph based calligrapher who’s love of lettering began in a high school art class. Having a BA in Literature from the University of Guelph, lettering was a natural progression as an artistic expression of Wendy’s love of words. Since 1983, she has continued her calligraphic journey with local and international workshops and instructors. She has been involved with the Royal City Calligraphy Guild for 16 years, 5 of those as president. For several years, she owned and operated Eden Place Village Glass and Gift in Eden Mills, specializing in stained glass. Through her current business, My Personal Scribe, she takes commissions for certificates, poems, quotes and mailings that longing for a personal touch. She is excited to start a new chapter with the Guelph School of Art, helping others to discover the love of lettering.
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.
Vita Keeling

Vita Keeling is a visual artist and instructor working in the mediums of painting and drawing. She has been an art instructor in the Markham, Toronto area for over 12 years and is a recent new resident in the Guelph region. A background in design and after a 28 year career as a Graphic artist turned to painting and returned to study fine art at the Toronto School of Art. She obtained her diploma and was the recipient of the Edie Yolles excellence in painting award. She has participated in numerous juried, groups and solo shows as well as conducting workshops here and abroad. Vita is part of a collective made up of six portrait painters calling themselves Painters6. Working from life bringing art and community together they are active exhibitors in the Ottawa, Toronto, Markham and Stouffville area. As an instructor Vita creates a learning environment that is relaxed, supportive and fun.

Eileen MacArthur Eileen MacArthur completed her MFA in painting at the University of Guelph and a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. Eileen has exhibited in Halifax, Calgary, Toronto, Buffalo N.Y, Chongqing, China, the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery and Guelph's MacDonald Stewart Art Centre. Eileen has taught at the University of Guelph, the Elora Centre for the Arts and for several years at the GSA. She was named as a finalist for the 2009 Kingston Prize National Portrait Competition.
Lydia Nieuwenkamp graduated with a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 2006, and currently lives in Guelph Ontario. Her work includes various types of printmaking, etching, dry point, lithography and linocut. The experimental contour lines, shapes, and patterns in the prints represent urban landscapes and suburban areas. Recently deconstructed buildings have become a new interest. The topographical maps and architectural representation is a continued inspiration.
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.

Ryan Price is an artist and illustrator who has lived and worked in Guelph for the past twenty-five years. His early career centered around printmaking culminating in the publication of ‘The Raven’, a version of Poe’s classic poem illustrated entirely in drypoint. In the years since the book came out his work has focused more on large scale drawings, mixing media, but mostly done in pencil on plastered panel and drywall.
Sonal Raje

Sonal Raje is a professional artist based in Guelph, Canada. She is actively involved in the local art associations, as well as global ventures that promote the arts. Her art had been shown in solo and group shows in Guelph, Toronto, New York, Paris, Florence, Hungary and Mumbai. She is a member of the Canadian delegation that is invited to participate in the annual show of the Société Nationale des Beaux – Arts (Est. 1862) at The Louvre in Paris in 2014 7 2016. Her Paintings “Thin Ice” and “Mirage” have been awarded the Bronze and Pewter Medals respectively from the Art Sciences and Lettres Society of Paris. Sonal also has a line of exclusive silk scarfs with prints of her original paintings. As an Art educator, she facilitates workshops in the community and teaches expressive art at her studio in Guelph

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.

Katie Wilde Katie Wilde is a Guelph-based visual artist with an affinity for nature, oddness and interactivity. She paints plants and birds, primarily in oil. Ranging from diagrammatic illustration to realism to the expressive and experimental, she enjoys trying new styles and following the rhythm and mystery of plants on artistic adventures. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Ottawa, and has exhibited in galleries and public spaces in Ottawa and Guelph/Wellington, including Gallery 101, Studio 66, Kloepfer Gallery, and the Elora Centre for the Arts.