Danica Loncar is the director, curator and founder of Art Works Art School and Gallery at 238 Jane Street in Toronto, also referred to in the community as "The Blue School". She is an Honours graduate of OCAD University and a recipient of the Lieutenant Governor's medal. Danica is a painter and teacher who taught both art and design at the college level. She was represented by Nancy Poole's Studio in Yorkville for a number of years and has participated in numerous venues including juried shows, group shows, solo exhibitions and commissioned projects both in Canada and internationally. She has been featured in various publications including a recent Alumni Feature Profile for the December 2011 issue of the OCAD University Alumni Newsletter. Danica was also interviewed on radio and television, as a guest speaker in 2012 at Concordia University Faculty of Art Education, and as a panellist on the OCAD University Career Panel, The Creative Class: Building Your Creative Career. Danica credits her inspiration and motivation for creating Art Works Art Gallery to the opportunity given her by Joyce Wieland back in 1989 at Wieland's Alma Gallery in Toronto, where she invited and encouraged Danica along with other young artists and students to show their work. As both Director and Curator of Art Works Art School and Gallery, Danica brings her passion for art and design to the community with a commitment to excellence that will foster a dynamic learning and exhibition environment for students of all ages.
David Allen grew up in Cheltenham, England, and immigrated to the Land of Milk and Honey at 18 years of age. "It was the 60's" he said, "the only career choices were rock star or photographer". David ran a professional studio for over 30 years. Shooting in all media, 8X10, 4X5, 2 ¼, 35mm. David has photographed everything from offshore oil rigs to corporate executives to gold mines. He has taken photographs coast to coast to coast for many decorating magazines and annual reports. In the 80's he was editorially written up as the 'Kodachrome Commando". David has lived in Bloor West Village since 1983, and has been a year round shooter, hiker and explorer of High Park ever since. Recently, he is enjoying passing his knowledge of photography on to a large group of people who, since digital, want to get out there and improve their skills.
Olga Battaglia is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art and Design and was accepted into the New York City Off-Campus Program. Presently, Olga teaches courses for the Toronto District School Board - Continuing Education programs. She is a professional artist exhibiting her work extensively and is the recipient of numerous art awards. Her art has been included in several corporate collections. Olga has been interviewed on television and featured in various publications. She was involved in establishing local artist-run galleries and co-producing the "Third Rail Arts Festival" for the Metro Toronto Arts Week.
During her career there have been changes in her personal work ranging from figurative to abstract artworks and ideas that extend beyond the art studio to street installations. Her inspirations have adhered to the elements and principles of art and the abstraction of cultural perceptions and ideas. Her true creative contentment is to explore the correlation between refined ideas and the interaction of colour and movement. In this quest it has led her to an exploration of various themes and deeply personal artworks.
Srebrenka is the principal owner of In Restauro Conservat Inc. Among private and corporate clients, museums and galleries, she lists Sotheby's and the Institute for Conservation and Restoration in Zagreb, Croatia. Srebrenka has lectured and taught for numerous institutions including the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Royal Ontario Museum, the Art Gallery of Hamilton and is currently a professor at York University. Her formal education includes the University of Zagreb, Concordia University, the University of Toronto and Queen's University in Kingston.
Business website: inrestauro.wordpress.com
Jennifer has been a practicing artist since 1995. Her approach to making art is representational, drawing inspiration from the natural observation of her surroundings. Studies in art include the Ontario College of Art and Design, Toronto School of Art and The Art Students League in New York City. Her work has been in a number of exhibitions and is included in public and private collections and her interest in animals led her to be chosen to paint the portraits of the Purina Animal Hall of Fame Inductees for five consecutive years. As an artist, her work is strongly rooted in a desire to share the creative process with others and in addition to teaching at Art Works Art School she has developed a wire sculpture and weaving program that she teaches to students of all ages at the TDSB.
Mike studied art and film at the University of Central Florida, received a B.A. degree in 1996. Mike has taught art classes and workshops at various schools and community centers for the City of Orlando and Toronto for more than ten years. He has been a guest art instructor at Runnymede Public School for three consecutive years. His paintings have been exhibited in the Orlando Museum of Art and several galleries in Palm Beach County and in Toronto. His art is influenced by animation, Warhol, Picasso, life experiences and film.
Olga Lysenko is a graduate of OCAD and holds an MFA in Visual Art from York University and a B.Ed. from the University of Toronto. She has shown her mixed media installations in galleries and various public spaces, as site-specific intervention projects. Her work was awarded with Canada and Ontario Council grants. Olga is a certified teacher, experienced in teaching Ontario curriculum to all grade levels. She has taught Mixed Media in the Adult programs at the Royal Ontario Museum and is currently teaching children and teen classes at Art Works Art School.
Shoora is a realist painter with an honours MA in painting from the University of Tehran. She has been teaching in colleges and private art institutions for more than ten years in both Iran and Canada. She participated in several group shows and festivals in both countries and is part of Marvin Gelber Prints and Drawing Study Center at AGO. Her paintings and drawings represent simple scenes of ordinary life and objects with a beauty and simplicity reminiscent of forgotten or untold memories and life stories. Her goal is to nurture curiosity and exploration in her students while examining the world around them, and to embark on a creative journey of learning through discovery and making. She believes that a great teaching method is to provide a self-experienced environment for students with which they may find themselves in the seminal role of both subject and artist. Learning about light, dimensions, proportions, physiognomy, are not only helpful for their visual capabilities but also their logical and imaginative notions of life and how they are represented in it.
Artist website: www.shooramajedian.com
I paint scenes that for me evoke a special memory from my youth. Growing up near Black Creek Pioneer Village, I was able to lose myself exploring the never ending un-manicured ravines and forests. My style has evolved from recording a scene to capturing the depth and mystery of nature. The depth of the emotional content in my paintings is realized through my desire to express my spiritual connection with nature. Capturing these everyday places they become sacred to me.
Graduating from the Ontario College of Art and Design in 1984, I now paint from my studio located in Bloor West Village. I am inspired to capture scenes of Ontario, and the Humber Valley in particular has become a major focus in my work.
Moojan is a painter and sculpture for more than 10 years. She has her BA in fine arts from Azad University of Tehran, and also a certificate in Computer Animation from Sheridan Collage. Her paintings, sculptures and animations are extremely expressive. She had exhibited her work in Tehran, London, Sweden and Toronto.
Moojan's work with students is imaginative and innovative and includes the study and exploration of Persian art inspiring children to create architectural elements including miniatures, calligraphy, patterns, and ancient objects using painting, mixed media, paper mâché, clay, wire sculpture and reliefs. Along with this program Moojan also offers Stop Motion Animation programs using her technique as an animator. In addition to working with Art Works, she also works with Innercity Angels in the public schools.
Bronwen Parker is a highly imaginative and creative self-taught artist with a passion for celebration, decoration, fun, and recycling. Over the past decade, Bronwen has worked with children of all ages at Home for Creative Opportunity, ArtHeart, and here at Art Works. She loves inspiring and encouraging children to explore, express, and enjoy their own creativity through numerous whimsical mixed media projects.
Currently her fascination with Organic Architecture, Folk Art Environments, Mosaics and Bottle Houses has sparked a passion to travel, meet, photograph and explore many amazing places and artists throughout the U.S. Artists dedicated to decorating their houses and gardens, and building monuments to share their message enthral her. Inspired by this passion, and her pure joy in building things, transforming spaces, and reusing materials in new creative ways, Bronwen, the Artist-in-Residence at Art Works Art School, is fully immersed in the process of creating Art Works Art Garden using recycled, donated, free and found items and transforming them into a very colourful and lively art space/mosaic sculpture garden out back of the school. The freedom to explore and express her imagination, creative vision and heart's desire through making things with her own hands, fuels her.
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Robin Polfuss gets to have fun with many different art forms from illustration to photography to computer arts, and has two businesses. RoRo Art is the highest quality, imaginative sock monkeys and sock animals, toys and clothing, which Robin makes and sells at art shows and online. Unraku is a puppet movie production company, working collaboratively with other artists as a puppet builder, performer, puppeteer trainer, videographer and editor.
Nada Sesar Raffay is a contemporary painter with over thirty five years of
She hold MFA Degree, specialized in Painting and Drawing, from the Academy
of Fine Arts ,at University of Zagreb, Croatia. She has exhibited
extensively in group and solo shows, internationally and in Canada through
The Edward Day Gallery, Toronto and Buschlen Mowatt Gallery, Vancouver.
Her paintings are part of numerous of private and corporate collections in
Canada and internationally.
Over the past 35 years, her painting directions have evolved to include a
number of themes that have affected her professional growth/explorations.
Abstract forms and energetic strokes are signature of her work. The mastery
of impasto technique is magnified by her unique taste for colour and dynamic
compositions. Her paintings are mostly oil and acrylic on canvases.
Nada believes that with her experience and guidance , students will be able
to better understand the world of abstract painting and with "canvas, color,
brush and a little music", to release the energy by creating their own
unique paintings. She works in her studio in Toronto.
Kass Reich was born in Montreal Canada. She works as an artist and educator and has spent a majority of the last decade traveling and living abroad. Kass graduated with a degree in Art Education from Concordia University then picked up and moved to Beijing where she worked as an early childhood educator for nearly three years. Working with the little ones inspired her to start making picture books for very young learners. After Beijing she lived in Hong Kong, London England and Melbourne Australia. She now finds herself back in Canada but this time in Toronto.