Meet our instructors
Continuing Ed instructors are practicing artists, fine craftspeople, and designers who are keenly interested in helping you connect with your creativity.
JACKIE BAGLEY is an Award Winning Designer who works in Film and Televiison productions as Art Director, Assistant Art Director and Graphic Designer. She holds awards in Graphic Design and Film Design including an Art Film that was shown at the MOMA in NY. Her film and television credits include productions by Stephen Spielberg, Warner Bros, Disney, Brad Pitt (Plan B Entertainment), MGM Studios, FX, MTV, Discovery Channel, Ridley Scott, Warren Littlefield (NBC), and the Cohen Brothers. Jackie teaches Graphic Design (School of Communication Design) and Figurative Sculpture (Continuing Education) at ACAD, Alberta College of Art + Design. Her work includes Video Documentary, Figurative and Conceptual Sculpture and large-scale conceptual Photographic work. Her work has been exhibited in New York with collections as far as the UK. Her work can be seen at jackiebagley.com.
DAN BARNFIELD is a Calgary based cartoonist and photographer with a Bachelor of Media Arts and Digital Technologies from the Alberta College of Art + Design. His work is often a sampling from the crazy and absurd of everyday life. Before finding his artistic calling Dan’s list of occupations included: Black Jack Dealer, Singing Balloon Delivery Gorilla (yup, totally involved a costume), Wedding Planner and Reserve Naval Officer. Dan is currently the Student Life Coordinator at ACAD, and enjoys talking about himself in the 3rd person.
BRIAN BATISTA is a Calgary based artist and animator and a man of many skills and talents. He graduated with a BFA with distinction from the Alberta College of Art + Design, was the recipient of a Board of Governors award, and was the 2001 graduating class Valedictorian. He co-founded the Calgary Underground Film Festival (CUFF). He teaches animation at the Quickdraw Animation Society and has worked in the media arts at artist run centres since 1999. He loves rubber hose arms and pre-code animation characters. His work can be seen at brianbatista.com. Learn more about Brian and his approach to teaching on our YouTube channel.
AXEL BERNAL BLADH was born in Mexico City. An earthquake forced his family to re-locate to Taxco, a small mountain town famous for its silversmithing production. It is in Taxco, that he learned traditional Mexican jewelry techniques in an art school that had its own alligator pit! Axel is an artist and designer working in Jewelry, Glass, Sculpture and Illustration. His mixed cultural background has exposed him to a series of almost surreal experiences that continue to fuel his imagination and permeate his works. He combines different materials and techniques to create narrative, dreamlike pieces. He describes them as still images from half remembered dreams, and postcards from still unknown fairy tales. Axel has a B.A. is in Industrial Design from UNAM, Mexico's National University, where he graduated with honours. His work has been seen in exhibitions in Mexico, Spain, Canada, Colombia and the Netherlands, and published in Mexico and the United Kingdom.
LISA CERNY studied at Simon Fraser University(B.C.) and Concordia University(P.Q.) before completing her BFA Degree in Glass at ACAD in 1997. Since graduating, she has worked, taught and studied at numerous glass studios and colleges. She has been a teacher's assistant at the Pilchuck Glass School (Washington) for such well known glass artists as Jane Bruce, Jiri Harcuba, and April Surgent. Lisa was a fellowship recipient at the Creative Glass Center of America, and was featured in an episode of “That’s Clever”. Learn more about Lisa's work and approach to teaching on our YouTube channel.
LINDA CHOW is an award-winning jewellery artist and graduate of ACAD. She has been an established goldsmith for over 20 years. In 1992, she returned to ACAD to explore new metal techniques and applications, and since leaving, has been experimenting with unusual sculptural forms. Linda includes non-precious metals in her jewellery designs and creates wearable sculptures from used culinary objects and other recycled materials. She exhibits both nationally and internationally and her work is in numerous private collections. Linda is also co-owner of Simply Metal Studio in Calgary. Learn more about Linda's work and approach to teaching on our YouTube channel.
KELLY COVERT is an artist/arts educator living and working in Calgary, Alberta. She is a graduate of ACAD, majoring in painting. Currently she is found working full time as an educator in the Calgary School System. Covert’s artistic practice focuses on simplified illustrations of quirky characters. Her imagery is that of hand drawn digital illustrations and each piece is a unique journey of expression, using colour, and line.
Sandy Nichols graduated from ACAD Visual Communications in 1988. She began working as a freelance illustrator and building an illustration/design studio with her partner. In addition, she joined artist’s agent Three In A Box and was with them for 20 years. Her illustrations appeared in a wide variety of magazines and advertising. More recently, she moved toward children’s book illustration. She won a nationwide competition to illustrate the 40th anniversary board book of Dennis Lee’s famous poem “Alligator Pie”. She has also been teaching Drawing Fundamentals at ACAD for four years and just completed her fourth children’s book.
REBECCA DAVIDSON, B.Eds, MAAC, LEED BD+C & Homes, currently works in Applied Research and Innovation Services at SAIT. Rebecca’s research focuses on collaboration with industry partners who endeavour to create high performance buildings, overseeing projects from design through fruition. Her role also includes verification on the effectiveness of innovative materials and technologies prior to construction market commercialization including feasibility analysis and structural testing. Rebecca holds a Masters in Architecture & Urban Culture from Universitat Pompeu Fabra/Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya in addition to being a LEED Accredited Professional in two disciplines, as well as an approved Living Future Institute Ambassador in Calgary, Alberta.
CAROLINE FORDE was born in Hamilton, Ontario and is a graduate of Sheridan College's Textile Program. She has moved to Calgary, Alberta to finish her BFA in Fibre at the Alberta College of Art and Design. Caroline is passionate about slow craft and Canadian design. She hopes to show the world just how much handmade objects and natural dyes have to offer. She has been the recipient of two textile residencies at Peters Valley School of Craft in Layton, New Jersey and at Harbourfront Center in Toronto, Ontario. You can view her work at carolinefordedesigns.com.
PAUL GARY is a principal in the industrial design and communication firm Formwerk Design. He obtained a DEC in Graphic Design (Sherbrooke, Quebec), BDesign from York University in Toronto and a Masters in Industrial Design from the ECAL in Lausanne, Switzerland. Work spans a variety of disciplines including communication design, product design, exhibit design, experiential design and wayfinding and spans both Canada and Europe. Past awarded work has included Letraset Canada, United Nations Year of Communications (1983) and Design Canada. Paul is a member of the IDSA (USA), SEGD (USA) and is an Affiliate member of the GDC. He has lectured in communication design, industrial design and design software applications in Calgary. When weekend time permits, he enjoys hitting the trails and capturing images of our neighbouring Rockies.
JULYA HAJNOCZKY was born in Calgary and raised by hippie parents, surrounded by unruly houseplants, bookishness and art supplies, with CBC radio playing softly, constantly, in the background. It was inevitable, then, that she would grow up to be an artist. She holds a BA in French from the University of Calgary and a BDes in photography from the Alberta College of Art + Design. Her multidisciplinary practice includes digital and analog photography, embroidery, and paper sculpture. She draws inspiration from classic children’s literature, science and natural history, and a lifetime of very Canadian summers at the family camp at the lake. See more of Julya’s work at obscura-lucida.com
TYLER HALLETT is originally from a small Canadian town. He now resides in Calgary, Alberta where he completed his bachelor of fine arts. When he isn't illustrating you can find him working with small and large businesses through his company Irregular Studios or teaching at the Alberta College of Art + Design Continuing Education program. To learn more about Tyler, visit his website at www.TylerHallett.com
JACQUELINE HUDON-VERRELLI graduated from the Visual Communications program at the ACAD in 2002. Since then she has worked on an inspiring variety of illustration projects for an equally broad range of interesting clients. She illustrated her first children’s book during the summer of 2007. Her work can be viewed online at www.jacquelinehudon.com.
JASON HUSSEY is originally from Newfoundland and Labrador, where he earned a B.F.A. from Memorial University, and diplomas in textiles and welding. He is the Educational Art Technician for the Sculpture + MFA Programs at Alberta College of Art and Design. Jason has an extensive background in visual art, theatre, film, and television which contributes to his own art making and teaching practices. His special interests include mold making, stone carving, metal casting, metal fabrication, welding, and design.
JOAN IRVIN is an interdisciplinary artist, educator, writer, and curator. Her jewellery and small-scale mixed media works have been exhibited nationally, in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. Originally trained as a ceramist, Joan obtained a BFA in Visual Arts from The University of Calgary, and subsequently completed The Banff Centre's Advanced Studio Program. After working as a ceramic artist, technician and supervisor of Calgary's Wildflower Arts Centre, Joan registered in the Jewellery + Metals program at the Alberta College of Art + Design in 1999, winning numerous awards and graduating with distinction. She further developed her metalworking skills through study at the Penland School of Crafts, working with a goldsmith, and an AFA Art Production Grant. An active arts advocate, Joan was awarded the Alberta Craft Council's 2009 Award of Honour. Examples of Joan's work can be found in Dona Meilach's book, Teapots: Makers & Collectors. Learn more about Joan's approach to teaching on our YouTube channel.
EVELINE KOLIJIN is a Calgary-based printmedia and multidisciplinary artist. She experienced an international childhood and received a Master’s degree in Cultural Anthropology from the Rijksuniversiteit Leiden, The Netherlands. She graduated from the Alberta College of Art + Design with a BFA in print media in 2008 and was the recipient of the Governor General’s Academic medal. She has been a long-time board member of the Alberta Printmakers’ Society and is a founding board member of the THIS IS MY CITY Art Society. She has exhibited nationally and internationally, most recently in Ireland, China and Sydney, Australia. In the summer of 2012 she participated in the Emma International Collaboration in Ness Creek, Saskatchewan. In September 2012, she travelled on a Connecting Calgary 2012 grant to Alkmaar, The Netherlands, for a printmaking residency and solo-exhibition. She designed the 2012/13 Park Banners for the City of Calgary, which are based on her lino-cuts. She is currently an Extended Studies instructor at the Alberta College of Art + Design and a teacher for the Royal Conservatory’s Learning Through The Arts program.
KASIA KORALEWSKA was born in Poland and graduated with a Masters Degree in 2009. She majored in printing on textiles and video art at Academy of Fine Arts in Lodz, Poland. During a one-year exchange student program Kasia explored mixed media, drawing, installation and printing on textiles at the Alberta College of Art + Design. She moved to Canada in 2009 where she now lives. Her artistic practice involves creating large-scale textile pieces, drawings and video installations. Her art has been shown in galleries in Berlin, Germany, Warsaw and Lodz, Poland, Klatowy in the Czech Republic, and in Calgary. Learn more about Kasia's approach to teaching on our YouTube channel
ADAM LAGACE is a metalsmith jeweller who received his BFA as a Jewellery + Metals major at the Alberta College of Art + Design. In his graduating year he received the Jewellery + Metals Program Leadership Award along with the Legacy Scholarship. He currently holds his studio practice in Calgary, Alberta where he was born and raised. Mr. Lagace's work has been exhibited in many venues including Influx Gallery, Triangle Gallery, Marion Nicoll Gallery. He has had work published in Links: A Collective Knowledge, 2010 and was featured in an issue of The Forge newsletter of the Vancouver Island Blacksmiths Association. Adam enjoys working with blacksmithing techniques and applying them to jewellery making using various grades of steel. He specializes in torch twisting and enjoys exploring the many ways this can be used to create original jewellery.
ROBERT LEWIS spent most of his childhood growing up on the rocky coast of Maine. He received his BFA, with honors in glass, from The School for American Crafts, at the Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester NY, and an MFA with honours from Ohio State University in Columbus. Robert lived in Seattle for seven years, working summers at the Pilchuck Glass School, and assisting various glass artists throughout the Pacific Northwest of the U.S. In 2004 he became a hot glass instructor at the Hilltop Artists in Residence program in Tacoma WA and was hired soon after as an Associate Professor at the Toyama City Institute of Glass Art in Japan. Mr. Lewis has exhibits his work internationally and his work is a part of many private collections. He has also taught workshops at Red Deer College, Haystack Mountain School of Craft, Penland Craft School and Pilchuck Glass School. Robert was recently a Lecturer in Glass at the Ohio State University in Columbus Ohio and has been a Sessional Instructor in Glass & Sculpture at the Alberta College of Art & Design since 2012.
CHARLES LEWTON-BRAIN has studied and worked in Europe and North America. A master goldsmith, author, artist--he teaches internationally on his research into rapidly manipulating metal and surfaces for artistic and manufacturing reasons. He invented Fold-Forming, internationally recognized as a new system of metal working. Charles is Program Head of the Jewellery & Metals program at ACAD, where he has taught since 1986, and Past-President of The Canadian Craft Federation, the national organization for craft. He co-founded the Ganoksin Project (www.ganoksin.com) with Dr. Aspler. It is the world's largest internet resource for jewellers, with over 700 pages of Charles' writing, receives four million unique visitors a year! Charles' articles can also be accessed through www.brainpress.com. Learn more about Charles and his foldforming technique on our YouTube channel.
MELANIE T. LONG is a second generation Calgarian. She holds a Bachelor of Art from the Alberta College of Art and Design, majoring in glass, and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Calgary, majoring in Secondary Arts Education. Ms Long has studied glass worldwide including Pilchuck Glass School, Penland School of Crafts, Chrysler Museum of Glass, and the Australian National University. Long has taught painting and drawing classes at numerous institutions and locations including the Calgary Board of Education, Montserrat in the West Indies, and the Guna Yala region located in the San Blas Archipelago. She has exhibited her work throughout North America. Often combining multiple mediums, Long explores the psychology and physiology of anthropomorphism. Examples of her work can be seen at www.melanietlong.com.
LORI LUKASEWICH received her art education at ACAD, and has applied her art and painting skills in the areas of graphic art, visual presentation, film and television properties, jewellery design, furniture design, decorative and faux painting, and paleontological restoration. She has exhibited throughout Alberta and her work can be found in many public, private and corporate collections. In 2001, Stoddart Kids published "The Night Fire", a children's book written and illustrated by Lori. Deeply involved in fine oil painting, Lori also has a passion for teaching visual arts. Learn more Lori's work and her approach to teaching on our YouTube channel.
MALCOLM MOONEY is an artist, poet, singer and lyricist, and one of the most celebrated figures in contemporary music circles. He was the original vocalist with the seminal 1960s/1970s German rock band CAN. Mooney’s recordings with Can remain among the most influential of the past forty years. Mooney appears on seven CAN albums including ‘Monster Movie’ (1969) and ‘Soundtracks’ (1970). He left the band in 1970, returning to the United States to focus on his own artistic development. In 1986 Mooney rejoined CAN to record the reunion album ‘Rite Time.’ Since then Mooney has continued to make art, write, and work on musical projects including 1998’s ‘Malcolm Mooney & The Tenth Planet’ that released a self-titled album that year, ‘Mogadishu’ in 2005, ‘Hysterica’ in 2006 and ‘inCANtations’ in 2011. White Columns Gallery released WC006, with poems and music at the NY Art Book Fair at PS1 in 2012. Mooney performed with White Columns curator, and DJ, Matthew Higgs at Art Basel Miami in 2013. Most recently Mooney recorded an album and produced a book for Pavees Dance, a new group that appeared in February 2014 at The Sons D’Hiver festival in Paris. Malcolm Mooney has performed and exhibited his artwork extensively over the past thirty years, most recently at White Columns Gallery in NYC and at Skyline College Art Gallery in San Bruno California. Malcolm Mooney received an MFA from California State University in 1987, and a BFA from Boston University’s School of Fine Arts and Applied Arts in 1979. Learn more about Malcolm and his approach to teaching on our YouTube channel
JAMIE MORRIS graduated from ACAD in 1997 with a BFA from the Visual Communications Program. After further study at the world-renowned Illustration Academy in Kansas City, he moved back to Calgary to begin his freelance illustration career. Jamie has since compiled a client list that includes names like Canadian Pacific, Parks Canada, and the Calgary Stampeders. More recently, Jamie has completed work on five murals for Glenbow Museum's acclaimed Mavericks project. In addition to his illustration and gallery work, Jamie has also been teaching at ACAD in the Visual Communications Department for the past 15 years. To see more of Jamie's work visit jamiemorris.ca. Learn more about Jamie and his approach to teaching on our YouTube channel.
SANDY NICHOLS graduated from ACAD Visual Communications in 1988. She began working as a freelance illustrator and building an illustration/design studio with her partner. In addition, she joined artist’s agent Three In A Box and was with them for 20 years. Her illustrations appeared in a wide variety of magazines and advertising. More recently, she moved toward children’s book illustration. She won a nationwide competition to illustrate the 40th anniversary board book of Dennis Lee’s famous poem “Alligator Pie”. She has also been teaching Drawing Fundamentals at ACAD for four years and just completed her fourth children’s book.
JENNIFER PARK is a multi-disciplinary artist born, raised and educated in Calgary. She studied at the Alberta College of Art + Design from 1990-94 graduating with a diploma in Sculpture. She then turned her attention to the domestic arts (being young and very foolish) and in a collaborative effort came up with her finest creation, her son. Discovering she had no natural talent for domesticity she returned to ACAD in 2000 and received a BFA with a Ceramics major in 2001. Jennifer then began her part time studio practice and much to her surprise decided to take up painting, jewellery-making, and photography, as well as ceramics and mixed media sculpture. She has a passion for art and craft and sharing what she knows about the two. She has been a member of the Burns Visual Arts Society for the past 10 years where she has organized two years of successful free workshops for Alberta Culture Days. She is still trying to master the domestic arts…with little success! Visit Jennifer's website at naturalicon.ca.
FAITH PERRAT is a multidisciplinary artist and educator based in Calgary. She received her Bachelors of Fine Arts with distinction from Alberta College of Art + Design in 2011 and her Bachelors of Education in 2018. She has a deep passion for learning that drives both her art and teaching career. Her artwork uses humour to explore how meaning and value are constructed.
GOLRIZ REZVANI is originally from Iran and currently lives and works in Calgary. Inspired by poetry, photography, and film, her vibrantly coloured figurative works offer critiques of contemporary culture and society. Golriz is drawn to constructing narrative images and subject matter in her paintings and drawings, where humans play the leading roles. She received her MFA and her BFA from Tehran University. She has exhibited extensively in both Canada and Iran. Visit Golriz's website at www.golrizrezvani.com. Learn more about Golriz's approach to teaching on our YouTube channel.
JOHN SMITH JONES graduated from ACAD in 2008 in the Jewellery + Metals Program. He has worked for many years in the oil and gas industry in Canada and overseas. His practice is mainly in making raised metal vessels, exploring form, surface, and colour. Examples of his work can be seen at www.johnsmithjones.com.
BRITA THOMAS is a Calgary based artist and designer. She received a BFA with Distinction in Printmaking from the Alberta College of Art + Design in 2003. Her love affair with paper has led her to explore print media, paper cutting, and drawing within her work. Brita has also worked in curatorial studies and arts administration, most recently as the Associate Director of the Herringer Kiss Gallery. She is currently the Creative Director of Canmore's, Highline Magazine.
MARGOT VAN LINDENBERG studied Education in the Netherlands, and received her BFA (with Distinction) from the Fibre Program at ACAD. Influenced by living and working in Africa and the Arctic, she explores identity through microscopic imagery, using thread to create new forms. Recently, she was honoured to exhibit in the 5th International Biennial of Textile Art in Buenos Aires (Argentina). Margot also designs and produces a line of contemporary silk scarves. She uses surface design techniques of hand-dyeing, devore, silk-screening, shibori, nuno-felting and stitching, and grows her own plants for natural dyes. Learn more about Margot and her approach to teaching on our YouTube channel.
MARK VAZQUEZ-MACKAY graduated with a BFA Degree in Painting from ACAD in 2002--before moving to San Miguel de Allende (Mexico) in search of a different culture and history. After completing his MFA Degree at the Instituto Allende, Mark returned to Calgary in 2004 to continue painting and drawing in his own studio. His work focuses on an observational transliteration of appearances; see www.markvazquezmackay.com. Learn more about Mark and his approach to teaching drawing on our YouTube channel or painting.
RYAN VON HAGEN is an Animator, Editor, Filmmaker, Sound Designer and Musician living in Calgary, Alberta. Ryan received a BFA from the Alberta College of Art & Design through the Media Arts and Digital Technology department in 2012. Since then, he has worked on feature length documentaries, AFA funded short animated films, theatre productions as well as at his own artwork displayed in fine art exhibitions. Ryan has a wide technical background in the world of animation; he is proficient in stop motion animation, hand drawn animation, cutout animation, rotoscope animation, and animated green screen techniques. Ryan has been teaching animation with Quickdraw for the past three years, where he also works as the Programming Director.
NATHANIEL WAGENAAR received his BFA in New Media from the University of Lethbridge, and his Master’s of Architecture from the University of Calgary. His combination of technical and artistic interests has led to a diverse work history, ranging from working on XBOX 360 games with Relic Entertainment, to working at the Canadian Space Agency. He currently works at the award winning Marc Boutin Architectural Collaborative in Calgary as an Intern Architect. Nathaniel’s current interests lie with conceptually driven architecture, and how this can be informed by diagrammatic representations of external forces. He believes that if you can design one thing extremely well, you can design everything. Learn more Nathaniel and his approach to teaching on our YouTube channel.
LAUREN WALKER is a mixed media artist based in Calgary, Ab. Lauren grew up in rural Nova Scotia where upon graduation she attended Acadia University in the Psychology and English Literature departments before moving to Calgary in 2002 to attend the Alberta College of Art and Design. Lauren graduated from ACAD’s painting department with a BFA in 2007. Shortly thereafter, Lauren enrolled in the Bachelor of Education/MT program at the University of Calgary where she graduated in 2012. Lauren has been showing her large scale mixed media paintings with the Herringer Kiss Gallery in Calgary, Alberta, over the past two years and has seen much success. She has shown in several group exhibits and as a featured solo artist. Her work has been acquired by several corporate and private collections and has been featured in a variety of media including “Artsy” as guest curator Joe Mimran’s top picks for the Toronto International Art Fair (2013), and more. Lauren’s work is an ever evolving study of patterns that occur in both nature and synthetically. She blends feminist traditions such as quilt making and textile work and appropriates those disciplines by adapting them to paint and collage. This process teeters between focusing on very geometrical forms and the organic, even biomorphic, shapes that inspire her, and often the dichotomy of the two. Lauren plays with negative and positive space and the piecework of pattern on pattern within her work.
STACEY WATSON studied at the University of Calgary in Photography and Printmaking. Her MFA program also involved training at the Royal College of Art in London. Since finishing her formal education in 2004 she has exhibited internationally, including at Art Basel Miami in 2007 and locally, including at The Art Gallery of Calgary in 2009. Her practice spans photography, video, assemblage and painting, along with heavy doses of papier mache. She has taught at Havering College, England and the University of Lethbridge. She is currently the Curator at Pith Gallery, Calgary.
SANDY WONG’s passion for design and typography began at a very early age and has never faltered. With over 20 years of industry experience, Sandy has produced an array of marketing collateral for a variety of industries ranging from residential and resort real estate to public sports facilities to retail packaging. From hand drawn type to the creation of full bodied marketing campaigns, her work in art direction and graphic design have been recognized throughout Canada and the United States. Graduating from Durham College’s Graphic Design program, with stops at the Alberta College of Art + Design and Ryerson University along the way, Sandy continues to explore new mediums of creative expression through glass blowing and painting. View Sandy’s work at Sandy-Wong.myportfolio.com
KRISTI WOO is the founder and designer for Riyoko; thoughtfully designed, comfortable, conscious and chic urban travel clothing and accessories. Kristi believes in ethical fashion, a lower carbon footprint, and lower consumption footprint. She sources, designs, pattern makes, and sews each style herself, and then locally produces the garments with various small teams of sewers. In her work, she combines traditional pattern techniques with innovative fabrics and modern technical details. Kristi is also a co-founder of Assemble Work/Shop, a local designer studio, workspace, and shop at cSpace. Assemble is founded on the principal of self sustainability and slow fashion. It aims to provide the founding designers a platform to continue their creative practices and bring together community through workshops and events. Kristi studied fibre arts at ACAD from 1995 to 1997 and graduated from Ryerson University in Toronto with a BAA in Fashion in 2001. Amongst other publications, Kristi's designs and entrepreneurial skills have been recognized in Bicycling Magazine (2013 to 2016), Momentum Magazine (2011 to 2016), Where Magazine (2013), Martha Stewart's Whole Living (2011). Learn more about Kristi by visiting her website at www.riyoko.ca
WILLIAM YEE came to Canada from Hong Kong in 1975 to seek freedom and inspiration in the arts. After a year of study in The Fine Art Faculty at the University of Lethbridge, William came to Calgary in 1977 to join the first group of students to enter ACAD's Photography Major program. Since then, he has been involved in various commercial photography businesses, including set up of the first independent 1 Hour Photo Lab in Calgary in 1985. In his 30+ years as a professional photographer, though working in many fields of commercial photography, William's passion remains editorial photography. He believes a photo should lead viewers to think and imagine what the story is behind the image, and that there should always be a deeper meaning in a photograph besides the obvious presentation of the image.
WILL YOUNG graduated with a BDes in Photography from ACAD and is currently working out of his own studio. His work is often bent with wry humour and irony, or explores more serious subjects such as urban sprawl. Will has a keen interest in editorial photography, and enjoys creating new personalities with his subjects. See his work at willyoungphoto.com. Learn more about Will's approach to teaching on our YouTube channel.
PATRICIA ZYRINN is a Filipina artist and designer who was raised in the United Arab Emirates. Her body of work is a response to her multicultural upbringing, exploring and seeking a connection to her cultural identity. In 2008, she moved to Calgary where she majored and graduated from the Jewellery + Metals program at the Alberta College of Art + Design. She graduated with Distinction, as well as received a Contemporary Studio and the Board of Governors Award. Patricia has shown and been featured in publications in Canada and the United Arab Emirates. She is currently working as a Jewellery Design Consultant using technology such as CAD (Computer-Aided Design) programs and 3D printers. Patricia also works closely with an orphanage in the Philippines, volunteering and teaching art classes to the children.