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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

Music – Beginner Guitar

Learn the fundamentals of acoustic guitar playing including posture, tuning, chord shapes, rhythm and strumming and chord progressions.

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  • Earring Workshop

    This workshop will provide a brief history of design and enough practical skill to create your own works of art.

    Earring Workshop
  • Painting – Art as Activism

    Explore the impact of message and meaning in the contemporary art world. Understand and work towards methods, research and the creation of a major work.

    Painting – Art as Activism
  • Kids' Art Camp - Artistic Fusion

    Dive into the world of colours, textures, and imagination, using a variety of exciting art materials like acrylics, oil pastels, paper, and more.

    Kids' Art Camp - Artistic Fusion

Meet our Faculty

Gunnel Hag
Gunnel Hag

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Gunnel Hag studied Textiles in Stockholm, Sweden and London, England. Her clothing, interior fabrics and wall art have been represented at International Art and Design exhibitions. She has received many grants and awards for her work, including Ontario Arts Council grants and a Ministry of Industry and Trade Award. In her studio in Toronto she prints and dyes all the fabrics for her art work. Over the years she has printed and dyed fabrics for film and theatre companies in Canada and the United States, as well as producing a line of hand printed fashion. Gunnel was a professor in the Textile Studio at Sheridan College, School of Crafts and Design in Oakville, Ontario for twelve years, and has been a visiting lecturer at the National Institute of Design in Ahmedabad, India. She is an enthusiastic, innovative and creative teacher, who teaches workshops and gives presentations and lectures internationally. Gunnel has published two books: Creating Texture and Creating Texture: Soft Texture. Her concern with health and safety, both in her studio and in the classroom, has led Gunnel to actively promote her water based Colour Vie Pigment System. www.colourvie.com www.gunnelhagstudio.com
Chris Bahry
Chris Bahry
Chris Bahry has carried his sensibilities and experiences from his mentorship under Bruce Mau in the world of print, branding, product, video and architectural design into motion design and filmmaking. Over the course of his creative career, Chris has actively sought out beauty and meaning in the places where the visual arts and sciences converge. In 2009, Chris and his longtime collaborator Alexandre Torres met EP Kate Bate and founded Toronto-based design and animation studio Tendril. Currently Tendril is represented in the US by Blacklist, in Canada by Hesty Reps and in Europe by Passion Pictures. Tendril Design + Animation Inc. is a design and animation studio with roots in Brazil and Canada, where a diverse group of directors, designers, and artists come together to push the boundaries of the visual storytelling experience, employing an always evolving kit of styles and techniques. Our vision is to rediscover the everyday through the filter of our imaginations. To inspire and be inspired.
Victoria Wallace
Victoria Wallace
Victoria Wallace is an artist-educator, born and raised in Toronto. For over 25 years she operated a successful mural and specialty paint finish company in Toronto which included work for film, television, commercials, schools, businesses and countless private residences. She has shown her paintings in galleries, art festivals and group and solo exhibitions across Ontario for over 4 decades. Her work is held in private collections across Canada, the US, and Europe. Victoria is an elected member of the Ontario Society of Artists, the Society of Canadian Artists, an active member of the Federation of Canadian Artists and a regular on the Kawartha Autumn Studio Tour. She is a Golden Artist Educator for Golden Artist Colors and an R&F Certified Encaustic Instructor with R&F Handmade Paints. In addition to the Haliburton School of Art and Design, Victoria has taught at Sir Sandford Fleming College (Peterborough), Lakefield College, Station Gallery (Whitby), the York Artists' Guild (Toronto), Humber College Assembly Hall (Toronto), the Art Gallery of Peterborough, the Art School of Peterborough, with GoBoomerang (online) and many other public and private arts and educational institutions. www.victoria-wallace.com
Jeremy Laing
Jeremy Laing
Jeremy Laing spent his childhood on an army base in Germany. He learned to sew at age 13 by watching his mother, and has been making clothes ever since. Jeremy's self-taught method, which combines organic and geometric approaches to pattern making and construction, was honed while studying in Toronto, on exchange at Westminster University in London, and through an apprenticeship with Alexander McQueen. Following his apprenticeship, Jeremy worked freelance developing showpieces for five of McQueen's collections, demonstrating his strength in innovative pattern making, garment construction, and the use of textile to create form. In 2011, Jeremy was a finalist for the prestigious ANDAM Fashion Award. In Jeremy's view, garments are a sum of parts, all functioning in relation to one another and, ultimately, to the body. His collections often stem from his elaborations on simple principles of construction and form, drawing simultaneously from couture and tailoring traditions. Jeremy currently lives and works in Toronto, Canada.
Sam Paonessa
Sam Paonessa

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Sam Paonessa is a professional artist with a creative career spanning over 35 years. Upon graduation from the Ontario College of Art, he worked as an illustrator for one of Canada's largest commercial art studios, TDF Artists, and subsequently joined Hallmark Cards Canada in roles of illustrator and later, art director. Widely exhibited and awarded, Sam has gained the attention of both corporate and private fine art collectors across North America and abroad. The Museo di Cultura in Pescara, Italy has one of his landscape paintings in its permanent collection. His coin design, Canadian Icons, was selected as a finalist for the Royal Canadian Mint 2017 150th Collection commemorating Canada's anniversary as a nation. Sam also has category awards for his paintings from a Plein Air magazine competition. His popularity for teaching workshops continues to grow across Ontario. www.sampaonessa.com
DeAnn deGruijter
DeAnn deGruijter
DeAnn deGruijter is an award-winning actor, theatre teacher, Arts & Education Consultant and Expressive Arts Facilitator. She holds an MFA in Theatre and Teaching and is a graduate of the Expressive Arts program at Haliburton School of Art + Design. DeAnn has performed at both Stratford and Shaw festivals, as well as on stages large and small across Canada and abroad. She worked in political satire at CBC radio comedy for many years, voiced Paw Patrol's Mayor Goodway for seven seasons, and has taught for the Canadian Opera Company, York University, Young People's Theatre, and various school boards throughout southern Ontario. She brings EXA to the Social Planning Council of Peel and multiple groups and organizations both in person and online. DeAnn is an advocate of Prescribing Arts in Healthcare. Her classes are infused with knowledge, experience, emotional intelligence, and her signature sense of humour.
Helen McCusker
Helen McCusker

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Helen McCusker is a graduate of the Sheridan College Illustration Program and has been a practicing artist for more than 40 years. A member of the Etobicoke Art Group, she has work in private collections, and exhibits in solo, juried and group exhibitions. For over 20 years, Helen has taught art classes throughout the GTA, specializing in drawing, figure drawing and painting, portraiture, and paper sculpture. Helen's teaching is based on a solid understanding of drawing and design principles and personal attention to each student. She is enthusiastic about helping students discover their potential and encouraging artistic exploration. http://eaglewoodstudios.blogspot.ca Facebook - Helen McCusker Artist Instagram - @helen.mccusker
Harriet Boon
Harriet Boon

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Harriet Boon is a spinner, dyer, weaver, and retired shepherd. She earned her Master Spinner certification in 1976 and continues as an instructor in Spinning Certificate programs. Her involvement with fibres and natural dyes spans five decades, during which time her education was enriched through travels in Europe and Asia. Harriet teaches workshops in Canada and the US.
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
John Shaw Rimmington
John Shaw Rimmington
John Shaw Rimmington spent many years specializing in restoring historic stone and brick buildings and eventually extended his focus to using stone in landscaping and building traditional dry stone walls. His expertise has developed from masonry practice and comprehensive research into traditional stonework in Britain, where he has worked with professionals associated with the Dry Stone Walling Association of Great Britain. He is the president of Dry Stone Walling Across Canada, (www.dswa.ca), an organization that offers instructional workshops for homeowners and landscape students on every aspect of dry stone construction. In 2004 he and members of the DSWA built Springdale Bridge, a permanent 6 foot arched stone bridge in downtown Port Hope and in 2005 he collaborated with international dry stone artist Dan Snow to build a permanent stone ruin on the same site. In 2006 he initiated a unique project based on a book by Farley Mowat, where dry stone wallers from all over the world collaborated to build a permanent stone structure in the shape of a pre-Viking dwelling in Canada. He also designed and built the 12 foot high dry stone `Cheese Wedge' at the Niagara Botanical Gardens. In 2012 he designed, organized and oversaw the building of the first double arched dry stone bridge in Canada at a private estate near Montreal, QC. http://thinking-stoneman.blogspot.ca/"
Mary Intven Wallace
Mary Intven Wallace
Mary Intven Wallace, award winning artist, educator, and author, shares her love of the land, sea, and sky in her contemporary paintings of the Canadian landscape. In her artwork, she shares her view of this wonderful world as a place of vibrant colour. Mary's landscapes brighten the walls of galleries across Canada, many private collections, and are also featured in her published books which have won awards such as the International White Raven Award and the National Outdoor Book Award. www.maryintvenwallaceartist.com/ Facebook: www.facebook.com/maryintvenwallaceartist/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/maryintven/

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