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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 – Guitar – Secrets of Fingerstyle

During this course, you will be introduced to several techniques and musical subjects pertaining to fingerstyle guitar.

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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

Albert Cote
Albert Cote

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Albert Cote graduated from Brock University with BA degrees in Visual Arts and Education. His natural artistic abilities, imagination, visual arts background, and his experience in operating a quilt store for many years has served as a starting point for a very successful longarm and fibre arts career. He has many commissioned pieces in the Niagara area as well as throughout Canada and the US. His innovative classes and trunk shows are an attraction for many people in the quilting world. www.imaginationtextile.com
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.
Brenna MacCrimmon
Brenna MacCrimmon

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Brenna MacCrimmon took up the ukulele in 2009 and now rarely leaves home without it. Her musical adventures began over 30 years ago when she set out to study the music of Turkey and the Balkans. Since that time she has performed in Turkey and abroad with Selim Sesler (trad Turkish Gypsy), Muammer Ketencoglu (trad Balkan) and psychedelic Turkish rock group Baba Zula, as well as numerous ensembles in the US and Canada. She has also toured Europe with Balkan beat DJ Shantel and the Bucovina Club Orkestra. Brenna has recorded with the above musicians and has appeared as a guest on many albums and film soundtracks in Canada, the US, and Europe. In 2010, she found herself in Moscow as a member of the cast of Bobble with Bobby McFerrin. More recently in Toronto, she performs with Juno and CFMA nominated Turkwaz, sings with ragtime pianist Bill Westcott and runs regular ukulele sessions in her downtown studio. During the pandemic, she has been a frequent guest artist with Mabellearts, delivering community arts programs online for newcomers, and has been learning the practical aspects of Turkish shadow puppetry. www.greengoatmusic.ca
Rene Petitjean
Rene Petitjean

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Rene Petitjean has been a maker of objects for more than 40 years. After attending Sheridan College, he bought Robin Hopper's Hillsdale, Ontario studio in 1975 and began a reduction-fired line of pottery, selling to stores throughout North America. Moving to Creemore in 1979, the business expanded to include a selection of salt-glazed pottery sold under the Bowerman's Hollow logo. In the late 1980's Rene developed a fascination for wrought iron, and eventually left the ceramics field and began to design and build architectural iron. Many of his projects have been large in scope and have taken over a year to complete. Currently, he takes commissions from selected architects, builders and interior designers. In 1998 he assisted with the design of the Haliburton School of Art + Design's Artist Blacksmith Certificate Program, of which he is a faculty member. Rene also teaches in the Ceramics Certificate Program. www.renepetitjean.com
Susan Rankin
Susan Rankin
Susan Rankin lives and works from her home in Apsley Ontario. She graduated with honors from Sheridan College, Oakville Ontario, in 1989 and received a three year artist in residency at the Harbourfront Centre glass studio, in Toronto from '89-'91 and a short term residency in '06. She has studied glass at the Pilchuck Glass School, Haystack School of Craft and Penland School of Craft in the U.S. Susan currently teaches glassblowing at the Haliburton School of the Arts, Haliburton Ontario. Her towering columns and lively voluptuous vessels wrapped in vines, leaves and flowers have been shown in 34 solo exhibitions and numerous invitational and group exhibitions across North America in many of the most prestigious venues for contemporary glass. Rankin has work included in public collections at the Corning Museum, Claridge Collection, Michel-Pierre Grenier Collection, Saskatchewan Arts Board, Winnipeg Art Gallery, USB Bank (Canada), Department of Foreign Affairs, Musee des beaux-arts de Montreal, Montreal, Quebec, Glazen Huis, Flemish Centre for Contemporary Glass Art, Lommel, Belgium, well as in many fine private collections. www.susanrankin.com
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
Karyn Gingras
Karyn Gingras

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Karyn Gingras, when signing up for a night school class in tap dancing, was told that the course was full. But, they added, the millinery course had lots of space. The rest, as they say, is history. Karyn is the owner/designer of Lilliput Hats, three decades old traditional millinery. As all the Lilliput hats are crafted on site in the studio/atelier, the store has become a curious landmark in the city, where visitors can glimpse old-world techniques while their hat is made before their eyes. Lilliput hats are carried across the country at Holt Renfrew and other fine boutiques in Canada and the US. The hats are in the collections of Whoopi Goldberg, Celine Dion, and former Governor General of Canada, Adrienne Clarkson. Karyn's many theatre, television, and film credits include Mama Mia, Music Man, and The Evelyn Dick Story. Most recently, she created the hats worn by Gord Downie on the Tragically Hip's Man Machine Poem tour. She is the recipient of several awards, including the 1999 City of Toronto Accessories Designer of the Year, the One-of-a-Kind Show Best Traditional Craft, and the One-of-a-Kind Show Hall of Fame. She has taught at the International Academy of Design and Ryerson University of Design. www.lilliputhats.com
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
Saskia Wassing
Saskia Wassing
Saskia Wassing is an artist trained in embroidery and weave at Glasgow School of Art, Scotland. She creates joyful textiles, inspired by her past experiences, observations and memories. Referencing her sketchbook drawings, Saskia works freely onto a textile ground. Embroidering by hand and by using a basic domestic sewing machine as her drawing tool, layering fabric and thread into colourful narratives. Saskia has exhibited her work extensively and been commissioned to design and produce custom furniture, textiles, embroidery and prototypes for individuals and industry. Saskia teaches to all ages and levels and is currently faculty in the textile department of Sheridan College. www.saskiadesigns.com
Nicholas Russell
Nicholas Russell

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Nicholas Russell holds an Honours Degree in Music and also studied the art of guitar-making with Master Luthier Sergei De Jonge, designing and constructing a concert classical guitar under his tutelage. As a professional guitarist and music educator, Nick's musical style and knowledge spans genres, but his current exploration as a guitarist lies at the intersection of acoustic music, classic and contemporary jazz, and progressive rock. In recent years he has expanded his freelancing to include work as a composer (Dusk Dances Dance Festival, Arts Bournemouth University) and as a studio musician (Metalworks Studios, Escarpment Sound, Deschamps Studio). Numerous studio projects he has worked on have aired on national radio (CBC, Jazz FM, CFRU) and international television. Nick is officially endorsed by Godin Guitars (CAD) and Keeley Electronics (US). His most recent music release, ARCHTOP, was recorded on a 1949 Gibson L-7 Archtop guitar in 2021 and can be heard on all major streaming platforms as well as on his official website www.nicholasrussell.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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