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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

Ken Hussey
Ken Hussey
Ken Hussey, Ward World Champion in the Contemporary Antique Decoy category, has been carving duck decoys since 1982. Armed with a Mechanical Engineering diploma and further studies in graphic design, he enjoyed a varied career that culminated in many years as a graphic design instructor. He began carving decoys when, as an avid hunter, he noticed how much better wooden decoys performed than plastic ones. His efforts started with working decoys, progressed to decorative, and evolved into what would become the contemporary antique category of decoys. Ken has firmly established a reputation for excellence and is a sought-after instructor.
Kim-Lee Kho
Kim-Lee Kho

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Kim-Lee Kho is a multidisciplinary artist and former designer with a family of scientists and artists that have influenced her work. In 2016 and 2018 she was a featured artist in the In Situ arts festivals in Mississauga, with multimedia installations and live performances. Kim has participated nationally in exhibitions, residencies, and mentorships and had two major solo exhibitions in Toronto in 2019. A popular and knowledgeable arts instructor, she teaches at Neilson Park Creative Centre in Etobicoke, while also teaching, presenting, critiquing, demonstrating, and jurying exhibitions at the invitation of art groups in Ontario. www.kimleekho.ca
John Anderson
John Anderson
John Anderson is an enthusiastic studio and plein air painter, working in oils and acrylics. His excitement about the language and process of painting, accompanied with an element of creative joy is infectious. As a full-time artist and instructor, John is committed to assisting, mentoring and instructing here in Canada, in Provence, and in Tuscany. As a young boy, his first major influences were the paintings of Andrew Wyeth and later meeting A Y Jackson, he was inspired to absorb the landscape tradition of Tom Thomson and members of The Group of Seven. Many more artists have become the influence from which he has drawn the building blocks of his craft. The focus of much of John's work is the light story, as he describes it. His approach is a study in how the character of light movement creates the elements of composition in a pathway of light as it touches surfaces, creating shapes in value and colour from which to build an engaging surface in paint. John is represented by The Ethel Curry Gallery in Haliburton, Double Doors Gallery in Barrie, The Art Bank Collective in Clarksburg, as well as many guest appearances in other galleries. www.johndvidanderson.ca Instagram: @jdapainter
Todd Jeffrey Ellis
Todd Jeffrey Ellis

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Todd Jeffrey Ellis received an arts diploma from Niagara College in 1970 and completed his degree at OCADU, attaining his Bachelor of Design. He has worked extensively in various areas of the arts: teaching, directing, and set, prop, and furniture designing. His love of metalwork took hold when he discovered chasing, repousse, and the moving of metal in 1995. Since that time he has studied at OCAD U, George Brown College, the Haliburton School of Art + Design and through extensive studies with such renowned masters as Lois Etherington Betteridge, Brian Clarke, Charles Lewton Brain, and Don Stuart. In 2000 Jeffrey was awarded 'Best Holloware Award' in the Metal Arts Guild's 'Under Glass' Exhibition. In 2003 he participated in a group exhibition at Metalurge in Toronto, which showcased his expertise in the decorative form. He has taught at Niagara College, York University, Toronto Teacher's College, and the Haliburton School of Art + Design, and served on the executive of the Metal Arts Guild of Canada for seven years. In 2008 he was published in 500 Metal Vessels. In 2010 he had an exhibition with Susan Watson Ellis at the Ontario Craft Council Gallery, and Jeffrey and Susan created the window display for the Guild Show during the 2010 Film Festival. www.silversmith.ca/
Stephen Tulk
Stephen Tulk

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Stephen Tulk, MD, FCFP, B.Sc. (AAM), CMI is a family physician and medical illustrator who taught Anatomy for Artists and Life Drawing for over 20 years at the AGO and OCAD University. Both life drawing and practicing medicine has taught him how to observe. He believes that observing the figure is essential to understanding who we are as humans.
Kelly Gauthier
Kelly Gauthier
Kelly Gauthier is a Registered Art Therapist, RP (qualifying), PhotoTherapy Specialist, professional photographer and mental health radio show host. She has been in practice for over 13 years, working with individuals and groups in support of overcoming concerns such as anxiety, depression, trauma, abuse, addictions, and self-identify. Kelly has a passion for photography and has successfully incorporated photographs and projected imagery into her practice and her work with clients. For the past five years Kelly has dedicated a great deal of her time and her practice to supporting children and youth working through intergenerational traumas in remote communities and on First Nation reserves. www.pictureyourselfwell.com
Stephanie Rayner
Stephanie Rayner

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Stephanie Rayner is an artist, printmaker, international lecturer, art educator, and captivating storyteller. Her artworks, shown widely and collected by major art museums, deal with themes and issues relating to spirituality and science. In May of 2009 Stephanie was in China at the invitation of the Luxun Academy of Fine Arts, China's foremost art school, to teach the professors and select post-doctoral students watercolour printmaking and a special course on universal meaning in the arts. She was also invited to give lectures on her artwork in several universities throughout mainland China. In November 2009, the Maine College of Art (Portland, Maine) did a special month long gallery show 'First Impressions' of Stephanie's and her students' watercolour monoprint works. Her latest artwork, the 30-foot-long Boat of Eternal Return, was highlighted on the cover of the winter edition of Exile ELQ Arts & Literary Magazine. ELQ also did an essay for the magazine and a YouTube video on Stephanie and the creation of the boat. The Boat of Eternal Return ran as a four-month-long solo show at PAMA, and the same year Stephanie was awarded The Ashley Fellowship by Trent University. She is the first visual artist to receive this award. Stephanie's ability to inspire creative responses within the individual takes her teaching well beyond technique and into the very heart of the art process. Youtube: ELQ Stephanie Rayner
Kirei Samuel
Kirei Samuel

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Kirei Samuel's fascination with glass started purely by accident 25 years ago, when a friend gave her some scrap glass. For many years she travelled the Ontario art and craft show circuit and then, in 2009 she opened her studio/gallery which houses her one-of-a-kind pieces in jewellery, plates, bowls and artwork. In 2019 Kirei designed 550 pendants for the Women's Half Marathon in Wellington, ON. She also designed and built the bases for the pewter sculptures for the Dora Mavor Moore Awards for Toronto's annual theatre, dance and opera. She is happy to continue the Dora Award bases commission in 2023. Kirei has been a member of the PEC Studio Tour for the last 14 years. www.lalalandglassstudio.com
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.
Michael Flaherty
Michael Flaherty
Micheal Flaherty was born in St. John's and continues to call Newfoundland his home, while his work, research and studies in ceramics have taken him across Canada and beyond. He earned a diploma in Visual Arts from College of the North Atlantic, a Bachelor of Fine Arts from NSCAD University, and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Regina. Michael has previously taught sculpture and ceramics at NSCAD, University of Regina and Memorial University of Newfoundland, and worked as ceramics technician at Red Deer College. Spanning the past fifteen years, Michael's studio practice has explored diverse themes including politics in art, interdisciplinary craft, and human and natural geography. In 2011 Flaherty's work was recognized when he was a semi-finalist for the prestigious Sobey Art Award. Flaherty was a finalist for the RBC Peoples' Choice award and won the Large Year Award from Visual Artists Newfoundland and Labrador in 2013.
Miranda Britton
Miranda Britton

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Miranda Britton is a jeweller, multi-disciplinary artist and gallery owner based in Muskoka, Ontario. As a jeweller, Miranda creates pieces that explore the multitude of ways that humans converge with the natural world. Using abstracted and simplified representations of organic motifs, her pieces celebrate many facets of the natural world, reminding the wearer of their place within the natural order of things. Together with her father, Miranda opened the Britton Gallery in Bracebridge in late 2019 and the experience has re-invigorated her love of art in its many forms.

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