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Art + Design Education Leaders

We're known for providing unique and flexible programs taught by professionals who have shaped art, craft, design, media and heritage studies in Canada. No other college offers students this breadth of creative programming.

Learn at campuses in Haliburton and Peterborough that provide a one-of-a kind, hands-on studio experience. Our certificate, diploma and post-graduate programs will help you build a solid portfolio to take you to the next step - whether that's continuing education, embarking on a career, or starting your own practice.

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Featured Programs

Ceramics Advanced Studies - Mould-Making and Slip-Casting

Dive into the art of mould-making and slip-casting with our course to unlock the secrets of creating unique sculptural forms, inspired by a blend of historical and contemporary techniques.

Explore Program
  • Spinning - Beginners

    Explore the journey from fiber to yarn in a workshop that teaches washing, dyeing, carding, and spinning, enabling you to prepare and spin fibers for your own projects.

    Spinning - Beginners
  • Blacksmithing - Hammer, Anvil & Forge

    Suitable for beginners, this course enables students to acquire knowledge of blacksmithing through practical studio experience. Participants will use traditional blacksmithing techniques to craft a functional bracket.

    Blacksmithing - Hammer, Anvil & Forge
  • Photographing the Natural World

    Advance your photography skills with this intermediate course focusing on creative techniques, fieldwork, and post-processing, including blending and layering images, using either your laptop and software or the school's MAC lab.

    Photographing the Natural World

Meet our Faculty

Janine Marson
Janine Marson

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Janine Marson is a graduate of the Design Art Program at Georgian College and received a BFA from the University of Guelph. Her 30-year career has established a strong sense of direction, garnered several exhibitions and awards, and has provided the opportunity to influence hundreds of students with her calm, encouraging spirit. Janine loves to inspire others with art, teaching private art lessons in person and online via ZOOM. A trained, professional picture framer, she has provided her services with a keen eye for colour and design for over 25 years. Her commission work includes painting on a canoe for the Huntsville Festival of the Arts, and painting a paddle for the Algonquin Outfitters Paddle Art Contest. She is one of the muralists for The Group of Seven Outdoor Gallery in Huntsville and has painted six murals to date. Janine received a Woman of Distinction Award for Arts, Culture & Creativity in 2018. www.janinemarsonart.com
Jan Anderson
Jan Anderson

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Jan Anderson became a committed fabric artist-quilter after taking her first course at the Haliburton School of Art + Design. After experimenting and creating with glass, wood, stone, paper and wire, she is addicted to the texture, diversity and colour of textiles. Jan manipulates wax, wool rovings, rust, paint, dye, pigment, canvas, cotton, origami, embellishments, and more to produce unique wall hangings. She has over seventeen years of teaching experience at colleges and universities in Ontario and is recognized for her passion, creativity and innovation, touched by humour and motivation. www.bytheriverstudio.ca
Dagmar Kovar
Dagmar Kovar
Dagmar Kovar works primarily in fibres and drawing. With fibers, she creates sculptural works, hangings, and installations of various sizes, spanning from palm size sculpture to room installations. In drawing, she explores roots of creativity and the human mind. With her work, Dagmar explores how we connect to the world. Since 2012 she has focused primarily on the exploration of sources of creativity through the technique of "drawing with intuition", collecting valuable content and experiences, sharing these nearly continuously since then with students of widely various backgrounds, from novices to practicing artists. Dagmar has exhibited across Canada, the US, Europe, and China; received a number of government grants in support of her work; and her work is represented in private and public collections. For more than a decade, she has been teaching various art techniques as well as giving lectures and presentations on topics of creativity and connections with materials and methods. www.dagmarkovar.com
Sheila Mahut
Sheila Mahut
Sheila Mahut has been a glass artist and educator for over 30 years. She has exhibited internationally and successfully developed many blown and sculptural glass series. Teaching in the full-time program at Sheridan College for 18 years and at the Corning Studio at the Corning Museum of Glass, she has a diverse repertoire of skills and techniques in both kiln-formed and blown glass. In 2019 Sheila completed an MFA at the Alberta University of the Arts. She is known as an enthusiastic instructor who encourages her students to explore the joy of creating with glass.
Tanya Lyons
Tanya Lyons
Tanya Lyons graduated with honours from the Sheridan College glass program. She also studied at the University of Art and Design Helsinki, Finland, The Atlin Art Centre in BC, and the Toyama Institute of Glass Art in Japan. She taught glass at Sheridan College for four years, was a resident at the Harbourfront Centre as well as volunteering on the Board of Directors for the Glass Art Association of Canada. After 14 years in Quebec, Tanya has moved back to her hometown community to raise her daughter and continue her sculptural work with glass. Reflecting her passion for helping people find their way, she continues to teach in the glass program at the Haliburton School of Art + Design. She is the Co-Coordinator of the Madawaska Valley Studio Tour and a collaborating artist with the Ottawa Valley Community Arts organization. Tanya has always been a gatherer, collecting and taking in, objects, moments and memories. She uses glass in combination with natural and found objects to express and reflect her experiences, thoughts and questions about the world we live in and who we are. Her work has been exhibited throughout North America, Europe and Japan and is in many private and public collections including the Musee National des Beau-arts du Quebec. www.tanyalyons.ca
Elise Muller
Elise Muller

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Elise Muller has been sculpting stone since 2001 and her large public sculptures can be found in Dorset, Fergus, and Kingsbrae Garden. Elise's granite sculpture 'Attunement' won the 2018/9 Canadian Sculpture Competition at Kingsbrae Garden in St. Andrews, NB. Elise has been teaching stone carving to both adults and children for 19 years, and enjoys nurturing her students' individual creativity. Elise lives and works at Stone Tree Studio in Muskoka with her partner, furniture maker Cirvan Hamilton. www.stonetreestudio.ca
Jp King
Jp King
Jp King is an artist, designer, and educator with a career crisscrossing artistic, scholarly, and commercial terrains. The founder of Paper Pusher, a Risograph-driven publication laboratory and design studio, King is currently the Creative Director of Papirmass, an innovative subscription service that delivers art prints to subscribers all over the world. He holds an interdisciplinary MFA from OCAD U, where he was 2015 President's Scholar. His documentary film and research concerning discard culture and the world of waste has been supported by SSHRC, and The Banff Centre, and was nominated for a Governor General's Innovation Award. As an illustrator, his client list includes: Fast Company, Oxford University Press, Penguin UK, and Chronicle Books. He currently teaches at the University of Toronto, the Haliburton School of Art + Design and is visiting faculty at Concordia's Centre for Expanded Poetics, in Montreal. He lives and works closely with his wife, Kirsten McCrea, in Toronto.
Jessica Steinhauser
Jessica Steinhauser
Jessica Steinhauser is a Master potter on the wheel and continues to share her talents to students at the Haliburton School of Art + Design. Jessica's passion for the Kachelofen (wood-burning ceramic stoves) has had her travelling to clients worldwide installing over forty custom designs for the past ten years. She has won a major award at the Masonry Heater Association of North America's annual design/build contest for 8 consecutive years. Recent honours include: solo exhibition at the Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery (2014); Women of Distinction Lifetime Achievement Award (2016); winner of the 40th Anniversary Ontario Crafts Council Award (2016). Jessica is a graduate of the State school for Art and Design and the State School for Ceramics in Germany and resides in Guelph, Ontario. http://www.facebook.com/KachelofenArt
Paulus Tjiang
Paulus Tjiang
Paulus Tjiang graduated from Ontario College of Art in 1988 and continued his studies both at Pilchuk Glass School and as a resident at the Harbourfront Craft Studio until 1989. Utilizing primarily Venetian techniques with remarkable skill, he brings intense colour, precise detail, and an elegant disposition to his work. Paulus owns and operates Frantic Farms Clay and Glass gallery in Warkworth, ON. www.franticfarms.com.
April Gates
April Gates
April Gates is a full time ceramic artist and educator. After colourful and long meanderings in travel, work and education, she finally answered the call to study ceramics. A lifelong background in image making married a concern for function and ritual ~ and Blackbird Pottery was born. April's graphic and illustrative work has been nationally exhibited, collected and published. Her current obsession is to marvel the endless potential of the ceramic surface. As a facilitator, April is passionate about helping others to find their voice through artistic explorations. www.blackbirdpottery.ca
Ramune Luminaire
Ramune Luminaire
Ramune Luminaire is a visual artist and writer, creating drawings, sculptures and instillations. Her work is process driven, with lots of energy and trust put into finding connections and ways of accessing creativity. Ramune's work has been shown in galleries and museums in Southern Ontario, Toronto, Montreal, England and Norway. In addition to being an artist and educator, Ramune is a walker, dancer, meditator, listener and traveler. Born in Montreal, Ramune lived in England for thirty years. Currently, she lives in Peterborough, Ontario, with her husband and their four-legged companion. www.ramuneluminaire.com

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