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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

Fibre Arts – Natural Dyeing – Madder, Marigold, Indigo & More.

Learn the basic techniques of dyeing fibre using pigments from flowers, bark, roots and more.

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  • Photography - Finding Your Voice

    If you love photography but find yourself in need of a boost to get out of the photo rut, this course is for you.

    Photography - Finding Your Voice
  • Mosaic Coffee Tables

    Learn about different substrates and materials, and create a beautiful, tiled mosaic coffee table suitable for indoor and outdoor use.

    Mosaic Coffee Tables
  • Design for the Future

    Explore some of the modern tools and techniques used by artists, designers and businesses to produce innovative new products and artifacts in the world.

    Design for the Future

Meet our Faculty

Jane Lewis
Jane Lewis

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Jane Lewis has been leading vocal groups since 2008, from "finding your voice" and "how to sing harmony by ear" workshops to various choirs, Circle Singing, and community singing events. She has been studying improvisational singing with Rhiannon, and during the pandemic, attending Musica do Circulo music improv training workshops online. As a singer-songwriter, she is often compared to Carole King, playing piano-based music that draws on her strength as a lyricist and singer. She performs most often with the folk duo Gathering Sparks (with Eve Goldberg), nominated for a 2014 Canadian Folk Music Award for Vocal Group of the Year. Jane has released two solo recordings, and Gathering Sparks released their newest album on Borealis Records in September 2019. www.janelewis.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
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
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
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
Rob Stimpson
Rob Stimpson
Rob Stimpson, originally from the small town of Hudson, Quebec, is an accomplished outdoors person carrying exceptional expertise in the world of photography. With a background in tourism, Rob has achieved international publication, award-winning photographs and a penchant for wilderness. Early in his career Rob started out as a photographer?s assistance in Basel, Switzerland, which laid the foundation for his success today. He has photographed for Ontario Tourism, Parks Canada, Ontario Parks and many organizations actively supporting tourism. Over the last decade Rob explored many remote and wilderness areas including Antarctica, the Arctic, Northern Quebec and Labrador as well as Greenland, all in the role of expedition photographer and photographer in residence. In October 2012 Rob was nominated and elected into the Royal Canadian Geographical Society?s, College of Fellows and in 2016 The Globe and Mail and Lexus profiled him along with 9 other artists. He co-authored `An Artists and Photographers Guide to Wild Ontario? and has also been a contributor for a number of published books. Rob?s work is proudly displayed in the Canadian Canoe Museum, Ontario Parks French River Visitor Centre & Arrowhead Visitor Centre and many of his images are prominently displayed in private homes. An avid teacher, Rob instructs photography part time at Fleming College, writes for northern tourism organizations and maintains his photographic gallery. Most recently he was selected to be an ambassador for the Royal Canadian Geographical Society. www.robstimpson.com
Amanda McCavour
Amanda McCavour
Amanda McCavour works with stitch to create large-scale embroidered installations. Through an exploration of line and its 2D and 3D implications, stitch is used in her artwork to explore various concepts such as connections to home, the fibres of the body, and more formal considerations of thread's accumulative presence. Amanda holds a BFA from York University where she studied drawing, and in May 2014 she completed her MFA in Fibers and Material Studies at Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, PA. She shows her work in galleries nationally and internationally with solo and two-person exhibitions in 2018 in Annapolis Royal (Nova Scotia, Canada), Stratford (Ontario, Canada), Tulsa (Oklahoma, USA), Edmonton (Alberta, Canada), Antigonish (Nova Scotia, Canada) and Ottawa (Ontario, Canada). She has recently completed residencies at Harbourfront Centre's Textile Studio in Toronto, at Maison des Metiers D'art de Quebec in Quebec City, and the Klondike Institute of Art and Culture in Dawson City, Yukon. She has received numerous awards and scholarships from The Canada Council for the Arts, The Ontario Arts Council, The Toronto Arts Council, The Handweavers and Spinners Guild of America, Craft Ontario, The Ontario Society of Artists, The Surface Design Association and The Embroiderers Guild of America.
Andrzej Maciejewski
Andrzej Maciejewski
Andrzej Maciejewski has worked as a professional artist for more than 30 years, including experience in commercial photography and art education. He has published four books Bread, Toronto Parks, After Notman and Garden of Eden. Andrzej's work has also appeared in numerous magazines and can be found in several public and private collections including National Gallery of Canada, McCord Museum of Canadian History, Museum fur Kunst und Kulturgeschichte (Dortmund, Germany) or Preus Museum (Horten, Norway). He has exhibited his photographs in Canada, USA, UK, Germany, Finland, Norway, Latvia, Poland and Uganda and is the recipient of numerous awards, including Canada Council and Ontario Arts Council grants.
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.
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
Julie Gemuend
Julie Gemuend
Julie Gemuend is a Canadian artist. She studied visual arts with an emphasis on photography and video at Brock University as well as Ryerson University, where she received her Master of Fine Arts. Her practice is aligned with a number of intersecting movements that emerged in the 1960s, including body art, performance-based video, and land art. Julie employs her body to speculate on theories concerning the self, space and the relationship between interior and exterior landscapes. She has been the recipient of various notable awards and grants and exhibits her work both nationally and internationally.

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