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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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Jewellery Essentials

Work with some of Canada’s finest jewellery artists to develop the skills and techniques to showcase your artist vision. Start in January!

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  • Ceramics - Open Studio

    Immerse yourself in independent practice in a studio setting. Hone existing skills and develop new ones through self-directed projects.

    Ceramics - Open Studio
  • Blacksmith - Open Studio

    Opportunity for individuals with blacksmithing experience to explore and expand upon your skills in an independent open studio suitable for any subject matter and style of approach to your creative designs.

    Blacksmith - Open Studio
  • Glassblowing – Open Studio

    Opportunity for individuals with glassblowing experience to have access to the hot shop for independent open studio time.

    Glassblowing – Open Studio

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Susan Fisher
Susan Fisher

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Susan Fisher earned her BFA in Visual Arts and an Art Education Diploma at Concordia University, majoring in Graphic Design and Sculpture. Her Master's in Cultural Anthropology through Trent University focused on Indigenous Art Expression. Susan taught in Northern Alberta as an elementary teacher in a Metis Colony and then as a French Immersion teacher in Peace River. Since the mid '80's she taught art in various media and is now completely devoted to teaching Encaustic techniques with beeswax with HSAD, privately, and in various commercial galleries. Susan has shown in many galleries in Quebec, Ontario, and Alberta and was chosen to exhibit at the prestigious annual group show in Sagamihara Japan. Her work is currently shown at Meta4 Gallery.
Shannon Kennedy
Shannon Kennedy

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Shannon Kennedy has been exploring the cutting edge of design using digital manufacturing technologies like 3D printing for years, integrating the skills of the craft artist and the technologies of manufacturing. 3D modelling, rapid prototyping, and 3D printing advanced techniques have created a new way for her to realize her designs as a jeweller. She graduated in 1996 from the Ontario College of Art and Design and furthered her jewellery making skills by attending George Brown College's Jewellery Art Program. She is an award-winning designer, a Saul Bell finalist, and published PMC artist. In recognition of her PMC work, she was invited to give a PMC demonstration at the SNAG Conference in Toronto, 2013. Shannon is a passionate instructor at several colleges and galleries, as well as at her studio. She and her partner are currently running their own jewellery business, Cynosure Jewelry. www.cynosure-jewelry.com
Michael Sheba
Michael Sheba
Michael Sheba has a B.Sc. in Chemistry from McMaster University and studied ceramics in Holland. Originally working in stoneware and porcelain, he has for over 30 years, been recognized for his innovative contemporary approach to Raku as well as development of clay bodies and glazes. His work has been exhibited in Canada, the US and Europe. He was a board member and committee chair for the OCC, and vice-president and exhibitions chair for Fusion. Winner of various awards and honours, he has been an instructor at Metchosin, the New Brunswick Craft School, Canadore College, St. Lawrence College, University of Toronto Faculty of Education, throughout Ontario, as well as in the US, Mexico and Turkey. He was also artist-in-residence at Millsaps College, Mississippi and Vitra Studio, Istanbul. His work is found in the Indusmin, Saks Fifth Avenue and Charles Bronfman corporate collections, Burlington Art Centre, and the Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery. Michael's work is published in Raku: A Practical Approach, Hand-Formed Ceramics, The Ceramic Design Book, Ceramics: Mastering the Craft, Making Marks. Mastering Raku, and 500 Raku.
Rosemary Vander Breggen
Rosemary Vander Breggen

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Rosemary Vander Breggen is an Honours graduate of Studio Process Advancement at Fleming College and was the first Reclaim Resident Artist at HSAD in 2015. She spent seven years at Dundas Valley School of Art in Advanced Studio in Fine Art and also attended Sheridan College School of Design. Rosemary exhibits widely and is a published artist with work in international, corporate and private collections. She works primarily in the mediums of collage and paint, to which she has recently added sculpture and photography. @rosemarysart
Mary Pal
Mary Pal
Mary Pal is a Toronto fibre artist best known for her cheesecloth portraiture, artworks that are made with sculpted cheesecloth that is stitched to a textile backing, using a technique she pioneered over a decade ago. The resulting portraits are meticulously detailed and exquisitely textural. Her work has been exhibited and collected throughout the world and published in numerous books and magazines. With over 40 years of teaching experience, she is a sought-after and popular instructor who enjoys sharing her knowledge and skills with her students around the globe. A past director on the board of the international organization, Studio Art Quilt Associates, Mary is an enthusiastic promoter of the burgeoning fibre art movement. www.marypaldesigns.com
Wendy E. Bateman
Wendy E. Bateman
Wendy E. Bateman teaches weaving, spinning, braiding, creativity, textile science, and colour and design for textiles. She is a graduate "with distinction" from the Ontario Handweavers and Spinners Spinning Certificate program, a Master Spinner, a graduate of Sir Sandford Fleming College's Visual and Creative Arts Diploma Program and has been the owner of Fibres WEB studio for over 50 years. She has received numerous design, originality and judges' choice awards for her work and enjoys teaching her craft and sharing her environmental ideas. A recipient of the Enviro Hero for the Arts Award and an OHS Merit Award, she is recognized for being environmentally attentive through her art practice.
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.
Fly Freeman
Fly Freeman
Fly Freeman trained as a sculptor in Scotland, where she started her career as a stone carver, carving everything from gargoyles to gravestones and large-scale public commissions in granite. A mid-career move to Canada led to a radical shift in her sculptural practice: carving has been joined by construction as a sculptural method, and wood and other media are now worked alongside the stone. www.flyfreeman.com
Melanie Matthews
Melanie Matthews
Melanie Matthews followed her painting and drawing studies at Dawson College with the achievement of a BFA with distinction in Studio Art from Concordia University. She shares her time between her prolific personal art practice and an ever-expanding teaching schedule. Melanie is Golden Artist Colors Working Artist for Ontario and has been the Working Artist for Quebec since 2002. She is invited to lecture, offer workshops, and teach classes for many venues and art organizations, including the Visual Arts Centre, Dawson College, Concordia University, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, and the Canadian Society of Artists. She instructs on a broad spectrum of topics, including methods and materials of acrylic painting, acrylic encaustic techniques, monoprinting, bigger is better (large scale image-making), painting on Plexi, essential acrylics, mixed media, digital mixed media, contemporary water media, creative colour mixing, image transfer, and more. www.melaniematthews.ca
Gord Jones
Gord Jones

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Gord Jones is a watercolour artist residing in the Algonquin Highlands. The surrounding landscape in Haliburton is a great source of inspiration for most of his paintings. He interprets the essence of his chosen subject rather than producing detailed likenesses of actual places. Watercolour allows Gord to transfer the light and shadow that he photographs in real life to the painting. With a fluidity of colours, Gord combines impressionistic strokes and semi-abstract techniques to elicit memories of place and time in his transparent watercolour landscapes. Gord is an elected member of the CSPWC and the SCA. www.watercoloursbygordjones.com
Dagmar Kovar
Dagmar Kovar
Dagmar Kovar works primarily in fibres and drawing. With fibres, 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

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