Here at the Anna Templeton Centre we are enormously lucky to have so many amazing instructors sharing our space, and their skills, with you! Scroll down for information on these incredible artists and craftspeople.
|Anita Singh – Anita is represented by the Leyton Gallery
‘I was born in Guyana, South America with a Russian and Indian bloodline. Grew up in Montreal and Toronto where I studied graphic design and printmaking. Lived in British Columbia for 10 years, where I worked as a graphic designer and visual artist. In 1997 I lived in upstate New York for one year, where I did an internship in bookarts, papermaking and printmaking. I also lived in England for one year, where I did an apprenticeship in letterpress printing and various bindings techniques. I have travelled extensively through Canada and the USA. During a cross Canada trip in 1999, I discovered and fell in love with Newfoundland. I now live with my husband and son in downtown St. John’s, where I work as a printmaker, papermaker, bookartist and art instructor.’
Anita’s work often manifests in many layers, with exquisite and vibrant colour, complex line and pattern, and intriguing subject matter. Her skill in a variety of media is unparalleled. Anita is a favourite instructor amongst youth and adults alike.
|Catherine McCausland – Catherine is represented by the Emma Butler Gallery
Catherine grew up with her mother’s love of textiles and embellishments. This early attraction to the fibre arts led her to further studies at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax and the Textile Studies programme at the College of the North Atlantic in St. John’s. Reclaimed textiles feature prominently in all of Catherine’s work. She feels that there are memories imbued in fabric that has passed through homes and lives.
Catherine McCausland has exhibited her work in St. John’s, Corner Brook, Ottawa, Toronto, London, Ontario amd Washington, DC. She has been involved in group exhibitions at the Art Gallery of Newfoundland and Labrador, the Newfoundland Museum and The Rooms.
|Gerald Vaandering – You can view Gerald’s work here
…and follow his blog here
Gerald Vaandering has been making and teaching art for the last 30 years. He has shown throughout Canada and theU.S., as well as in the UK. His work is collected by a number of galleries, corporations and private collectors. He works with silkscreen printing, drawing, painting, and encaustic. Publicly showing culturally directed images of an economic culture and privately showing his highly textured landscapes. Gerald lives and works in Pouch Cove with his wife.
|Greg Bennet – Greg Bennett is represented by the Christina Parker Gallery
Greg is a respected local artist who has exhibited widely in Newfoundland. In addition to private collectors, Greg’s work is in the Collections of the: Provincial Art Bank, Art Gallery of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canadian Art Bank and City of St. John’s Art Bank. Greg’s skill with oil paint is remarkable, and he is widely renowned as an exceptional teacher, with both traditional and inventive applications of this historical medium.
“I have loved art and have sketched since I could hold a crayon. My formal art training began at an early age with enrichment art programs and I placed third in the Provincial Arts Competition. I attended the College of the North Atlantic’s Textile Program graduating in 2005. I have taught art since that time. My professional training also includes advanced art history, art studio programs and training under many well known local artists. While all mediums are of interest my true loves are working with clay, ink drawing and silk painting. I established a children’s art program at a city daycare where I taught children ages 2 to 9 years old, developing their creativity through art exploration. I was also the art coordinator and instructor for the Mount Pearl Seniors Independent Group where my creativity and passion helped double the programs enrolment. My lifelong love of art, talent for teaching, and passion for sharing the two has brought me success and fulfillment both personally and professionally.” – Laura
With so much teaching experience Laura has literally hundreds of exciting craft and art activities for young folks, which keeps kids coming back to her classes year, after year, after year…after year… Not to mention her great attitude!
Paul has over 15 years experience working with stained glass, about 10 years experience teaching, and with the Anna Templeton centre since 2007. He is a Member of the Craft Council of Newfoundland & Labrador and a former member of the Craft Council of Ireland. His works are occasionally seen at the Devon House Craft Shop.
|Philippa Jones – You can view Philippa Jones’ portfolio here.
Philippa Jones has been a St. John’s based artist since 2009. Prior to moving to Canada Jones completed a BA in Fine Art and an MA in Interactive Art & Design at University College Falmouth. Jones’ diverse art practice has included and sometimes combines printmaking, painting, pen and ink, animation, art games and interactive installations. Central to Jones’ work is the exploration of constructed realities, active myth making and a celebration of wonder and the inquisitive mind.
“In my art I aim to create a space into which the participant can project their imagination and to some extent determine their own experience.”
|Shirley Scott – a.k.a. Shirl the Purl!
Shirley Scott, also known as Shirl the Purl, is a specialist in traditional knitting from countries that border the North Atlantic. She is presently in love with fine lace knitting. Not only is she an expert at breathing life into existing patterns, but she has a love for creating her own! Unique lace designs are a specialty, and can be purchased as kits from Shirl at great events like Some Good Market
| Susan Furneaux – View some of Susan’s work here
In her studio, Susan works slowly and deliberately to apply layers of dye and hand stitching to each piece. The extensive time commitment necessary for the techniques that Susan uses allows for thorough contemplation of the ideas to be expressed and the form that each piece takes.
“I want my students to learn to solve problems, make decisions, and find the confidence to design and create their own expression.” Susan teaches widely – at the Anna Templeton Centre, the College of the North Atlantic, in rural classes and workshops around the province (which she finds extraordinarily rewarding) and outside the province too!
Susan is also the brains and hands behind Black Hen Studio
| Susan Stephen – You can view (and purchase!) Susan’s work here
“The inspiration for my jewellery comes from exploring the idea of impermanence in nature. I like using silhouetted images to suggest a figure as if caught in shadow, or frozen in time. As we experience wildlife in an increasingly all too fleeting way, these shadow images play with the illusion of permanence in our everyday surroundings. But every tiny thing is always changing, shifting, moving on. We must pay greater heed to the ebb and flow of the natural world if we are to facilitate change.” – Susan
Susan’s Metalwork for Jewelers workshops here at ATC always fill up fast, as she is known for her patience, skill, and beautiful work.
|Wallace Ryan – Join Wallace’s adventures in Comics and Design on facebook!
Wallace has over 10 years experience teaching comics to people of all ages and abilities. He never fails to impress folks of all ages with his wide breadth of knowledge on comic and graphic novel history from all over the world. A few pencil lines, a dash of ink, and Wallace can create fully emotive characters in a huge variety of scenes – be they subterranean, in downtown New York City, or outer space!
In addition to instructing Wallace also runs the Break Down Comic Jam at Anna Templeton Centre the first Friday of every month, from 7 – 9 pm