Artist Instructors

Enzo Avolio

From Character Design and Animation to Drawing for Beginners and Art for Kids, the classroom setting is a wonderful and creative space to be in. It’s a place to acquire skills that equips students to express themselves in a healthy and beautiful way. For many years now, Enzo has been a Character Design Instructor at Sheridan College’s BA Animation program from which he is also an alumni. Along with portfolio review and tutoring, Enzo enjoys teaching at Neilson Park Creative Centre and several other private schools.

Khadija Aziz

Khadija is a textile artist and educator who investigates spontaneous experimentation in my process-based practice. Her fascination with the unknown has brought her to the creation of textile glitch art from her paintings and photographs through hand and digital manipulation collaborations. She graduated from OCAD University’s Material Art & Design program in June 2020 with a BFA and is currently pursuing an MFA at Concordia University’s Fibre & Material Practices program. Khadija received the 2019 Award of Excellence in Community Arts Engagement from the Ontario Museum Association for her work at the Textile Museum of Canada. In recognition of her creative practice, she has recently received the Shanks Memorial Award in Textiles from Craft Ontario and the Creative Promise Award from Surface Design Association in 2020.

Toni Caldarone

Toni is a maker, art instructor, and freelancer. She has been teaching children and adults for close to twenty years through various organizations such as TDSB’s Learn4Life Community Program, Artsjam, Parks & Rec and private workshops. She currently teaches through Neilson Park Creative Centre and Haliburton School of Art & Design’s summer program. Toni was an honours graduate of Humber College’s Recreational Leadership program with a corporate background in event management at a major Toronto venue/tourist attraction, having extensive experience planning and running programs in both the arts and leisure activities areas for all ages. Her artwork strays between reality and its counterpart, where natural and recycled materials find their way into her work. Toni is currently experiencing a renewed interest in collage, mixed media and 3-D work.

Lamis Haggag

Lamis Haggag's practice is an ongoing process of disturbing social autonomy and displacing boundaries without giving alternatives. She perceives her projects as subtle infiltrations to social confines. Well aware that those attempts contradict themselves and absurd in many ways, she sees them as a reflection of how people cope with restrictions. Lamis developed this approach to her work as she saw change proceeding towards her home country, Egypt, in 2011 and then re-evaluated it as she witnessed how far back Egypt's situation has receded. Surrounded by social confines, sexual harassment, corruption, Police brutality and militarization of every project and aspect of life, the general public in Egypt is still making the conscious decision of adhering to it, whether out of conviction or despair.

Kal Honey

Kal Honey was creative and obsessively detail-oriented from an early age: drawing, building models, embroidery, and photography. After attending Northern Secondary School's specialized art program in Toronto, Kal went on to become an award-winning graduate of the Ontario College of Art. After a 2009 travel sabbatical from his 20-year graphic design career, Kal re-focused his art and art instruction career. Often bold (but sometimes subtle), Kal's work in painting, graphics and collage is informed by his design sensitivity and training, his love of contrasts, and his penchant for text, wit and wordplay. As an instructor, Kal regularly teaches at Neilson Park Creative Centre and Haliburton School of Art + Design and Visual Arts Mississauga. He also leads workshops, gives lectures and juried exhibitions throughout Southern Ontario.

Jacintha Krish

A painter for many decades, Jacintha considers art a journey that breathes life into her soul along its path. “After many decades of juggling a career in business and administration as well as creative and visual arts, I now enjoy life in this vibrant city of Toronto being engaged as a full-time artist.” Her work involves teaching workshops, courses and painting demonstrations in various creative organizations in the GTA. She currently instructs at Neilson Park Creative Centre, Humber Valley Art Club and Oakville Art Society. Also, She teaches workshops in out-of-town locations Southampton Art School and Meacham Art Society. Her work is currently featured on international websites Saatchi and Artfinder and sold in Canada, USA, UK and South Asia.

Helen McCusker

A graduate of Sheridan’s Illustration Program, Helen has been making art for more than 40 years. Her main focus is on Figurative work – creating Expressionistic drawings and paintings that speak to movement, energy and the deeply personal. Helen’s Figurative work always begins with drawing from live Artists’ models – looking for the elusive ‘something’ that carries the work beyond the skill of the drawing. It is mostly created in-session, using models with whom she has worked closely over many years. She sometimes brings in outside elements – found imagery, which is then incorporated into the work to create a narrative. Helen also works with Paper Engineering as counter-point to her drawing and painting, creating Abstract Pop-Up sculptures incorporating hand-painted papers and collage.

Steve Rose

Steve is a graduate of Ontario College of Art and Design with a major in drawing and painting. He has exhibited his work in over 70 shows and has a diverse and experienced background as an artist/educator. His work is collected in private and corporate international collections. There are three main areas of interest to the artist: non-objective painting, life drawing, and printmaking (generally in the medium of lithography). In addition to active independent studio practice, Steve enjoys teaching and lecturing on art and art history and constantly taking workshops such as his life drawing sessions every Wednesday evening for the past 17 years. Steve is also involved in mentoring less experienced artists and various artistic collaborations.

Marjann Verstappen

Marjan was born in New Zealand, where she received her BFA in Sculpture from Dunedin School of Art. She moved to Canada in 2012 and graduated from OCAD University with an MFA in 2014. She lives and works in Toronto, where she is co-director of Younger Than Beyoncé (YTB) Gallery. Her practices encompass drawing and sculpture, photography, and working with communities. Through these actions, she explores concepts of mystery, truth, and how narratives about a place can be woven through objects and drawings. Recent exhibitions include Life, Onions and Hotdogs on Parade (Zalucky Contemporary), Every. Now. Then: Reframing Nationhood (Art Gallery of Ontario), Gallery Galleria (Galleria Shopping Centre, Toronto), and the Fung Wah Biennial (Flux Factory, NYC).