Adrian Golban is known for his large scale public works of art, which grace numerous public and private collections. His works have been prominently exhibited in Romania (59 exhibitions), as well as all across Europe (18 exhibitions) in countries such as Austria, Slovakia, Italy, Ukraine, Belgium, and Holland, and they have been awarded numerous prizes and diplomas. Adrian’s work has its aesthetic base in the classical, modernism and abstract expressionism. He specializes in portraiture and abstract forms. Loyal to wood, stone, bronze and terracotta, he enjoys exploring non-conventional materials as long as they can contribute to the development of his visual vocabulary.
Adrian on teaching: My goal is to teach students the alphabet of sculpture’s visual elements and shapes. By breaking down the steps for measuring and then replicating all the proportions and angles, I take the mystery out of creating three dimensional artwork. This gives students the tools and skills they need. Knowing this alphabet, they can build on that and create words and sentences in their artwork. I enjoy discovering each student’s talent and potential and helping them develop as artists.
Alison R. Montgomery lives and works in Saskatoon and has been painting in watercolour for over thirty years. The riverbank, prairie and fields near and around Saskatoon and the shores of Waskesiu Lake and area in Prince Albert National Park are her preferred outdoor studios. Alison’s plein airlandscape paintings have been showcased in many solo and group exhibitions, and her work is represented in many corporate and private collections. Her most recent solo exhibition was in November of 2018 at Hues Art Supply and featured works in watercolor on canvas in an exploration of the work of the dancer as subject matter and of the studio, both for the dancer and the visual artist, as a workplace.
Alison taught Secondary Visual Arts in the Saskatoon Public School District for thirty-one years, superannuating in June of 2015. She studied at the University of Saskatchewan, graduating with a Bachelor of Education in 1984 with a major in Art and History, and recently earned a Masters in Adult Education/Lifelong Learning with a focus on Indigenous ways of learning (2017). Alison continues to teach in the SPSD, is currently an instructor in the University of Saskatchewan College of Arts and Sciences Community Arts Program and at Hues Art Supply in Saskatoon.
Alison on teaching: My role as an instructor is to create a safe and respectful learning environment. Over my own teaching career, both as a high school Visual Arts instructor and more recently as an adult educator, I have come to know the importance of building relationships, collaborating with colleagues and having a sense of humor. I encourage students to share knowledge, exchange understandings and explore new ideas, and along the way I do my best to provide helpful feedback and practical advice.
Saskatchewan mixed media artist and art educator Bobbi Clackson-Walker creates with paint, paper, glass, and encaustic. These are materials that she finds inspire her to visually explore the light, colour, and space of the Saskatchewan landscape.
“I am a maker by nature and my work is created through improvisational play with varied materials and visual elements of line, colour, shape and form. As each piece evolves and takes hold, these elements become charged with personal memories, observations, and musings of life lived on the northern tip of the Great Plains.”
Bobbi maintains a full-time studio practice and is an instructor of Visual Art Foundations in the Community Arts Program at the University of Saskatchewan as well as a facilitator of mixed media workshops in collage, glass, resists and encaustic, at her studio, Prairie Studio 315. Bobbi's work is held in private and corporate collections across Canada and internationally. She is a member of the Canadian Artists' Representation (CARFAC), and the Saskatchewan Craft Council.
Bobbi on teaching: Materials, process and play are the hallmarks of my art practice and aspects of my practice that I enjoy sharing with others. There is always something fresh and engaging that comes from learning a new skill or perspective. Facilitating the exploration of new processes and understanding through guidance and play I find to be one of the most rewarding activities as an art educator. My aim is to provide every student with practical knowledge, a path for personal growth, and an experience of enjoyment in the act of creating.
Carol Wylie has engaged in an active art practice for thirty years, exclusively working with portrait and figuration. She holds an MFA from the Vermont College of Fine Arts, a BFA in studio art and BA in psychology from the University of Saskatchewan. She resides in Saskatoon, SK and divides her time between personal practice, teaching drawing and painting for the University of Saskatchewan Community Arts Program, and art education at Remai Modern Art Gallery of Saskatchewan. She is a member of the Studio on 20thartist collective.
Carol on teaching: My approach to art instruction begins with helping students learn to observe accurately in order to inform their work and build confidence. Students will gain familiarity with art terminology, materials and process, with ongoing identification of stylistic tendencies and strengths. I provide a non-threatening, supportive environment for exploration, offering feedback and guidance in the student’s art practice.
Carol is a member of the artist group Studio on 20th, and you can find them on Facebook.
Cassie Kos has been a photographer since 2011, and has enjoyed growing her knowledge and improving techniques the entire journey. She loves to get lost in getting great photos and enjoys the moment and surroundings. Cassie photographs a bit of everything. Being in a village of 300 people, it’s important to diversify, but she also loves the new challenges and growth that have come with learning other photographic areas of expertise. She is an accomplished photographer of travel, commercial, wedding, portrait, underwater (she is a PADI certified Rescue Diver), and real estate photography. Additionally, Cassie have traveled to 49 countries and counting, so she has had some spectacular travel photography opportunities.
Cassie on teaching: I love to share the excitement of capturing a great photo and guide people to that “aha” moment when a technique clicks for them. Especially when photographing beautiful travel scenes or an intense sunset, it’s nice to share that with people and even better when I can help people capture that beauty in their photographs. My teaching style is quite loose and exploration based. I feel that when a photographer is having fun and enjoying the photograph they are creating and editing, that love comes through in the finished product.
Cate Francis’ artistic practice consists of printmaking, illustration and wheat paste collage. She holds BFA from the University of Saskatchewan (2008), an MFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (2014) and a Prairie Horticulture Certificate from the University of Saskatchewan CCDE (2015). She has shown work in galleries across North America and her work has been published in national publications including Applied Arts, Grain Magazine, and the Antigonish Review.
Though the majority of her practice is based in representational drawing and traditional printmaking, since 2015 she has focused on combining her interests in art and ecology into collaborative community engaged art projects and public murals. Most of her public art is carried out under the umbrella of the Paper Wildlife Conservancy, which is a city wide wheatpaste campaign with the goals of engaging Saskatoon residents with the local ecology, architecture and fostering a positive awareness of street art in the city.
In addition to her art practice, Cate is an instructor at Void gallery and drawing instructor the Community Arts Program at the University of Saskatchewan. She volunteers her time in the community as a weekly radio DJ on CFCR and executive board member of Void Gallery. She must secretly really like meetings, as she can often be found sitting on committees for several arts organizations throughout the City.
Cate on teaching: As an arts instructor, it is my role is to establish a comfortable, open and dynamic learning environment in which students feel empowered to explore new mediums and concepts that are of interest to them. I focus on developing a solid foundation of technical skills so that students can confidently work towards developing their own personal artistic vocabulary and practice. Developing a proficiency in both technique and conceptualization takes practice, practice (and more practice) as well as the ability to seek out and utilize feedback from instructors and peers. To this end I try my best to approach each student at a level where they are comfortable during in class work periods, one on one meetings and informal group discussions. To help facilitate a comfortable learning environment, I typically begin studio class with warm up exercises, emphasizing that there are no mistakes, only opportunities to learn, backed with an expectation of hard work, openness and respect. Though the majority of class time is spent hands on, I often introduce new techniques and projects with short slideshows highlighting both contemporary and historical applications of a technique or concept, and encourage others to share their own interests and inspirations with the group. I believe that exposing students to a range of possibilities helps them locate their own work within a broader social and cultural context.
Cheryl Tuck-Tallon grew up in the floral design business and also owned her own shop. There she learned the elements of design, balance, texture and colour and it has transferred into her 2D artworks. She is a graduate of the USCAD program, and former owner of the Black Spruce Gallery. Cheryl works in acrylics, oils and watercolour, and subject matter includes landscape, abstracted landscape, florals, and abstract inspired from nature.
Cheryl has pursued an in-depth study of composition, design elements, and perspective. While she truly believes we all have an innate sense of these elements, increasing her conscious awareness has allowed her art to elevate to a new level. Cheryl is represented by the Darrell Bell Gallery in Saskatoon and the Black Spruce Gallery in Waskesiu.
You can find Cheryl on Facebook.
Craig Berry holds a BFA in Drawing from the Alberta College of Art in Calgary. After 20+ years as a graphic designer, he furthered his art studies in 2006 at the Academy of Realist Art in Toronto studying classical realism. He completed an advanced colour theory workshop with master painter Graydon Parrish at the Grand Central Academy of Art in 2008. In 2008, Craig studied privately for 2 years with contemporary figurative artist Scott Owles. Among current painting commissions Craig is preparing for a show out of his studio in the Fall 2019.
Craig on teaching: My goal is to teach the practical side of painting and drawing. When a student focuses on skill based training they gain the confidence to create the image in their mind onto paper or canvas. Knowledge is an asset for any student in learning to solve drawing or painting problems therefore I focus on teaching students the fundamentals within the visual language.
David Mandeville was trained in medical photography at St. Bartholomew’s Hospital and the London Polytechnic Institute in London, England. He came to Saskatoon in 1969 to join the University of Saskatchewan’s Division of Audio Visual Services’ photography department and was also a sessional lecturer for the College of Education’s Educational Communications Program. Since retiring from full time employment he has continued his association with the University as a photography instructor with this programme and as co-ordinator for the CPR programme for the colleges of Medicine and Dentistry.
David on teaching: I like to keep my classes relaxed and encourage students to ask questions and offer their point of view. I feel that students need a technical grounding in the uses and capabilities of the camera and photographic process before they can go exploring and attempting to bring to life the concepts seen with their inner eyes. The classes need to be instructional but also fun or why else would you ask students to come out in the middle of a Saskatchewan winter! Being in touch with younger people keeps me feeling young and fresh. Students often show up with great technical skills and capabilities which is a constant challenge for me to keep up with. However I find it so satisfying when they realise that the basic concepts of art and composition haven’t changed over time, they are just visualised in a different way.
Degen Lindner is a practicing artist and teacher. Her works range from drawing and painting the figure to landscapes and abstracts. She has had her work commissioned and has participated in numerous individual and group shows. Degen has a Masters of Fine Arts and a Bachelor of Education. She also teaches through the Continuing and Distance Education Program at the University of Saskatchewan, has been an instructor for the Mendel Art Gallery in Saskatoon, and has taught for the Community Arts Program and the Emma Lake Workshops for many years. Degen has also had a lengthy association with the Emma Lake Artists’ Workshops.
Douglas Frey has been a fulltime studio goldsmith since 1978 focused on producing one of a kind and limited edition jewellery using traditional hand fabrication techniques. He is self taught and over the last 34 years has taken the opportunity to work with many well known Canadian metal smiths. Douglas also is an accomplished lapidary producing both cabochon and facetted gemstones for use in his jewellery pieces. His work is found in collections both nationally and internationally. He was born and raised in Saskatchewan and is an alumni of the University of Saskatchewan.
Elisabeth Miller has always been fascinated with stained glass and its ability to engender emotion. She is particularly taken with the colours and interplay of the transparent and opaque glass. Discovering fused glass opened up a whole new world for her. She likes the combination of the technical skills needed to produce the artistic finished product and the freedom from traditional copper foil or lead lines. One of her goals is to produce beautiful functional pieces, such as bowls and platters, that make people smile. A second goal is experimenting with glass as a canvas, brush, and paint to produce the emotion and feel of a painting using glass as a medium. Ultimately, Elisabeth would like to have people see glass as not only a functional medium but also a true fine art. Glass allows her to blend a number of techniques to give voice to her wild imagination. Elisabeth and Robert Miller work together in their glass art business, Fractured Glass Studio. Some work they compose together and some pieces come from their individual interests and skills.
Elizabeth Babyn received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drawing and Painting at OCAD University in 2005. She worked and taught as an artist in Caledon Ontario, and moved to Saskatoon in 2011. As Elizabeth’s interest shifted from painting to sculpture and installation, she completed her Master of Fine Art degree in this area of study in 2016, at the University of Saskatchewan. Whether making intuitive non-objective paintings, or making installation and media-based work, Elizabeth has always viewed the art-making process from a meditative, spiritual and holistic perspective. As a consequence of her own personnel disconnect from the spiritual harmony that she seeks, Elizabeth currently focusses on dystopian realities that are linked to over-consumption, a discordant symptom that perpetuates her need to fill that void.
Elizabeth on teaching: As a facilitator, my teaching style is fairly loose and organic. I enjoy providing encouragement and support, as I give constructive feedback that helps identify the strengths of each individual participant within the learning environment. I open my class sessions with a presentation that provides some context and inspiration regarding a variety of contemporary art practices relating to the material that is being investigated. In addition, foundational instruction is given to provide participants with a framework that will instil confidence for future explorations and experimentation. The incorporation of short experimental exercises that are process based and not product driven, also serve to create a safe environment for individuals to find their own voice and source of empowerment, as they navigate their way through unchartered territory. Opportunities for group critiques and collaborations are also incorporated into the workshop setting to help expand critical thinking and analysis relating to the work that is being created. I never cease to be amazed and invigorated by the new and exciting creative approaches that are generated within the framework of these classes.
Iris Hauser is a Canadian artist and painter. She is best known for her use of narrative and symbolism within portrait paintings and works primarily with oil paints. Hauser was born in Cranbrook, British Columbia, and studied art in Victoria before attending the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax, followed by a year of independent studies in Germany. On moving to Saskatchewan, she continued her studies in the department of Art and Art History at the University of Saskatchewan. Her work has been collected by many patrons, including the Canada Council Art Bank, the Saskatchewan Arts Board, the University of Regina, the Kenderdine and the Remai Art Galleries in Saskatoon, and the Mann Gallery in Prince Albert. Her work has been exhibited extensively in solo and group exhibitions in public and private galleries throughout western Canada and abroad. Major commissions include portraits of the chancellors and presidents of the University of Regina, and the chief Justices of Saskatchewan.
Iris on teaching: I feel that my role as a teacher is to give students the technical skills they need to create their art, and to create an atmosphere of encouragement and support. My goal is to try to help every student to follow their own unique vision, and to assist them in developing the skill set that will allow them to succeed.
You can find Iris on Instagram.
Fifteen years ago, Karen Welch-Smith and her husband emigrated from England and arrived in Canada with their two young children. While everyone else was busy with work and school, Karen rediscovered her love of the creative life. A natural teacher, she has been instructor for visual art programs in her community, in her local elementary school and now running her own small art studio, Funky Artsmiths, with classes for all ages. She enjoys sharing her knowledge and experience of art in a way that is vibrant and fun, making her programs engaging for everyone. Karen is currently the chairperson for the Saskatchewan Arts Showcase committee, and the School Art exhibit is her passion. Karen enjoys all art forms but especially dry art media like pastel and coloured pencil as well as painting with oils. She recently graduated from the University of Saskatchewan Community Arts Program.
Karen on teaching: As an instructor, I feel it is important to have a foundation of technical skills that provide students with the confidence to explore their chosen medium(s). It is important to me that students are comfortable within the class environment. I encourage the beginner to experiment and the more experienced student to challenge themselves. I beiieve students should feel excited to learn, ask questions, and be curious about making art. I enjoy facilitating conversations within the student group, encouraging students to look at, and think critically, about their art. I hope my enthusiasm for the artistic journey and creative process inspires students to relax and enjoy their own creative discoveries.
Kelly Goerzen was raised in Saskatoon, receiving her initial art instruction from Reta Cowley during four years at Bedford Road Collegiate and graduating from the University of Saskatchewan in 1975 with a BSc. Honours degree in Biology. Embracing the watercolour medium and working in an impressionist plein air tradition, Kelly began painting full time in 1981. Her studies in botany have uniquely informed Kelly’s interpretation of natural landscapes. Her work has been exhibited primarily in western Canada, and has been collected nationally and internationally. Since 2006, Kelly has expanded her artistic repertoire to include a more intense exploration of shape, colour and composition on large-format canvas, infusing her naturalist painting style with a contemporary edge.
Kim Ennis was born in Saskatoon in 1956. Drawing and painting independently until 1980 he then became a protégé of the late W.H. Epp and worked mainly in bronze, stone and wood for the next two decades. In 2009 he completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Painting) with Great Distinction at the University of Saskatchewan. He then completed a Special Case Master of Arts in Art History in 2012, with his thesis, The Numinous Land, on spiritual aspects of Saskatchewan painting. He currently owns and operates Vanishing Point Picture Framing, paints in his home studio and teaches painting and studio practice in the University of Saskatchewan Community Arts Program.
Kim on teaching: I am a natural teacher because I always want to share my own discoveries with others. In my experience, the best teachers challenge their students to join them at the cutting edge of their own research, asking the questions that they themselves are seeking to answer, offering up their own ideas as possibilities and inviting collaboration. This mutual teaching and learning situation demands flexibility on the part of both teacher and students, so that all are free to change their minds and their practices as the new realities emerge. There is an element of unpredictability, and therefore risk for everyone. Art is an adventure for the brave, talent is of little use without courage.
Lenneke Verweij has enjoyed different art mediums since she was a young child. She has been working with glass since 1988, and co-owned and operated Artistic Touch of Glass (a stained glass supply and teaching studio) from 1992 until the end of 2012. Lenneke has been teaching with the U of S Community Arts Program since 2005. In 2009, she completed the USCAD program and received her Certificate of Art and Design, and has been in art shows at St. Thomas Moore Gallery as an instructor and as a student. Lenneke has also been shown as a feature artist at both Rosthern's Station Place Gallery and The Mendel Art Gallery gift shop. Since 1992, Lenneke has participated in the Saskatoon Glassworker's Guild show Glassart. The traditional methods of working with stained glass are Lenneke’s main interest, including making windows and lamps that are done in lead or foil work, and painting on glass to add detail.
Mary-Anne Parker is an artist, storyteller, and outdoor enthusiast. She has spent much of her life doodling and colouring on any surface that stays still long enough. She loves to explore and create, drawing inspiration from the outdoors and the many art galleries around the city. While not teaching, she and her husband Dennis, along with many of their children and pets, plan on exploring as many National Parks as possible, and she is very much looking forward to teaching our children's art classes.
At the tender age of 25, Miranda Jones immigrated from Australia to Canada into the teeth of her first Canadian winter. Thirty six years later, she has acquired the skills needed to live in Saskatchewan, pursue a successful art career and to become a qualified art and yoga instructor. These include Nordic skiing, year round cycling, sub-arctic swimming, an MFA from the U of S (1989) and Iyengar International yoga teacher certification (1998).
Miranda currently exhibits her work through a shared artist work space Studio on 20th in downtown Saskatoon, at Nouveau Gallery in Regina and The Parker Gallery in Nelson, NZ. Her work is represented in public and private collections in Canada and Internationally and she has been awarded a number of grants and artist residencies both in Canada and abroad.
Most recently this included an artist residency at the Saskatchewan Legislature Building in Regina for Centenary celebrations and resource artist for CollaboratioNZ, in Whangerai, NZ in 2015. Miranda enjoys working in a wide variety of media from paper to steel, but a foundation in drawing and a love of colour are central to her work. She loves to share her knowledge and skills through teaching as she believes creativity at all levels helps to empower us as individuals.
Robert Assié was born on October 13, 1976 near St. Breiux, Saskatchewan, and now lives in Saskatoon. Robert is an architectural stone mason and sculptor. His formal education in stone carving and sculpture began in Weymouth, England, and he continued his studies and carving at L’abbey De St. Antione in France under master Claude Chevenement. Currently he is a carver and educator at Tesella Stone Carvers in Saskatoon. Robert was the first non-European winner in the history of the Munzien carving competition in Germany. Back here in Saskatchewan, among other projects, he carved the large round piece of Tyndall stone with the crest of the U of S College of Kinesiology.
Robert on teaching: Classical stone carving is analogous to classical piano, ballet or even swimming. There is a progressing scale of difficulty in tool skills, drafting and visualization aimed towards developing the skills to reliably carve stone with accuracy and efficiency. The foundations are tool skills (dexterity with mallet and chisel), subtractive problem solving (mapping an efficient route to create a carving) and drafting/drawing skills (translating a 2d drawing into a 3d carving). My approach is to gradually expose students to a range of projects that incrementally increase in difficulty. Exactly like swimming, a efficient way to move through water, there is a skilled and efficient way to move through stone. Each project opens up new skills and opportunities to practice these skills. Progressively increasing visualization and mechanical abilities. Projects incorporate opportunities for artistic input from participants while maintaining sight of learning and improving carving skills.
You can view Robert's work here.
Robert Miller has always liked the way stained glass can be manipulated to form various artistic or functional pieces. He started with stained glass and the copper foil technique and then moved on to explore blown and fused glass. Robert settled on fused glass as it allows him to combine techniques and methods to explore endless possibilities and push the boundaries of the glass and his imagination. An expanding number and size of kilns has allowed him to do this. Robert likes to take workshops and classes with various instructors and enjoys building on this knowledge to express and increase his artistic abilities. He has been an active member of the Saskatoon Glassworkers Guild since 2011. He has been on the executive, off and on, of the Guild for the past 6 years. Robert is also a juried member of the Saskatchewan Craft Council and exhibit and sells his work in galleries, gift shops and shows around the province. He continues to try and grow his knowledge and technical abilities, through experimentation, and translating what he sees in his head into glass.
Robin Adair is a visual artist, art educator, and interdisciplinary scholar based out of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. In his art practice, Robin specializes in pen and ink drawings and pencil works that examine the psychological currents of family relationships and domestic spaces. Recently, he has been exploring various practices associated with the altered book, and experimenting with stop-motion animation. As an art educator, Robin facilitates school workshops through the Remai Modern, and teaches classes through the Community Arts Program at the University of Saskatchewan.
Robin completed his Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2005, and a Master's degree in English Literature in 2010. He is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Saskatchewan. Robin's academic research focuses on the novels by Virginia Woolf and the artistic theories and practices of the Bloomsbury group. He is also examining how Woolf's prose experiments correspond with Maurice Merleau-Ponty's philosophy of perception.
Robin on teaching: In the classroom I consider myself a facilitator. For me, the facilitator role is a juggling act between demonstration and mediation. The methods I utilize are intended to draw students into a learning frame of mind so that they are empowered to take ownership over their own development in the course. I am aware of the various comfort levels students may have coming into the class for the first time. Although I ultimately want to challenge my students, and to stretch and enrich their established learning habits, I know from experience it is best for this to happen gradually over time and at the pace of each individual student. The guiding principal behind my teaching philosophy is to do the necessary work behind the scenes to create a stable scaffolding for both the students and the teacher to collaboratively build a safe and vital learning environment. My teaching approach is about giving the students enough space, and providing the necessary tools, to practice specific skills while developing an individual channel for creative expression.