Faculty: Jay Dampf
Jay Dampf's classes attract both the curious beginner and the more experienced artist because he has an ability to create an atmosphere of infectious enthusiasm and relaxed, constructive learning. At present, he teaches 13 classes weekly in a variety of media, techniques and personal pursuits, as well as weekend seminars in drawing, painting, and drawing for woodcarvers. His reputation has recently earned him invitations to judge woodcarving shows, as well as the Award of Teaching Excellence from the Toronto Board of Education. Jay's art has won many awards in Canada and the US, and virtually all of his works are hanging on walls across North America. His artistic interests are as varied as his education and experience, which include the prestigious, specialized art program at Central Technical School, and George Brown College's Fine & Commercial Arts program, followed by several years in the advertising and design industry. Jay's interests in wildlife, art and archaeology have sparked extensive travels through Africa, South America and Europe. These sources of inspiration are reflected in his continuing artistic growth.