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About Arts Education

North Van Arts offers arts education in the form of courses, workshops, and camps programming for all ages, interests and abilities.

Art Instructors

Felicia Chang

Felicia Chang is a documentary photographer specialized in family, newborn, and childbirth photography. Her “day in the life” sessions capture the real moments of your family, documenting the visual story of your life.

Jeff Wilson

Jeff Wilson grew up in Edinburgh, Scotland & trained as a structural geologist.  He worked in mineral exploration around the world, settling in Vancouver in 2004, and took art classes at Emily Carr University, kick-starting a hobby that transitioned to a full-time...

Clement Yeh

Clement Yeh is a studio artist, instructor, science-fiction nerd, husband, father, and a lousy singer. He has a BFA in Drawing (2002) from the Alberta College of Art and Design and an MFA in Sculpture (2009), and has been teaching at Thompson Rivers University since...

Ideet Sharon

Ideet is an artist, certified Expressive Arts Therapist, and mom living in beautiful and diverse Vancouver. She Attended the Vancouver Film School and worked many years as a digital animator in the film and TV industry. As an artist, she works out of 1000...

Dave Biddle

Dave Biddle is an artist and teacher working and living on unceded Coast Salish territories. As an artist he likes to make animations, videos, music, paintings, and sometimes do performances too. As a teacher he doesn’t worry too much about technical perfection,...

Zaiwei Zhang

Zaiwei Zhang is an illustrator based in Metro Vancouver, Canada. When he is not drawing, he is probably thinking about opening up a ramen shop. His work has been recognized by American Illustration, Society of Illustrators, Communication Arts, 3×3, and Creative...

Wake Cook

I am a Queer-Canadian comic artist, and my practice prioritizes respectful and diverse storytelling across a variety of genres. My dream has always been to create comics, and it is a passion I am excited to share. My practice also includes storyboarding for animation,...

Valeria Ascolese

Valeria is a Peruvian-Italian multidisciplinary artist and educator born in Lima, Peru. A graduate of Capilano University, she has collaborated with theatre companies like Rumble Theatre, Bard on the Beach and Pacific Theatre, while simultaneously working in film and...

Kathy van Gogh

Kathy van Gogh has been a professional visual artist since 2001, although as most artists would tell you, she has been obsessed with colour and creativity all her life. Her formal training began in the USA and in Canada. To further hone her skills, she travelled to...

Taslim Jaffer

Taslim Jaffer is a freelance writer and writing instructor with a special interest in culture and society. Her writing has appeared in Maclean’s, Huffington Post Canada, Unearth Women, CBC Parents, WestCoast Families and others. As the cultures columnist for...

Hilary Grist

Hilary Grist’s signature brand of firefly folk dipped in dreamy, art pop envelopes her dulcet, often delicate vocal delivery. A diverse artist, her poignant and playful songs have been featured regularly on CBC Radio and heard on TV shows like: Grimm (NBC), Being...

Margaret Joba-Woodruff

Using the techniques of drawing, bookbinding, and printmaking, my art practice focuses on patterns, nature and the body. The materials I work with such as fabric, paper, ink, copper, limestone, wood, and water all help guide the direction of each piece. Ultimately, I...

Joyelle Brandt

A modern-day Renaissance woman, Joyelle has created an album of original music, written multiple books for children and adults, and performed as a poet, musician, and speaker. Her combined education in Vocal Jazz, Gender Studies, and teaching has informed a career...

Sarah Turner

Sarah Turner is a writer and editor living in Port Moody, BC. Her award winning creative non-fiction has been published in various places including Event, the Utne reader, Literary Mama and the anthology Sustenance: Writers from BC and Beyond on the Subject of Food....

Leah Gies

As a Youth Worker and Student Support Worker with the Vancouver School Board for the past 14 years, Leah discovered a passion for using art to inspire creativity and self-awareness in the students she works with. She is a life-long lover of drawing, writing and...

Michele Mateus

Hi, I’m Michele and I am so glad you are here! I’m a wedding and portrait photographer, and everything I do centers around creating connection. I get to know my clients and learn the stories they want to tell before my camera ever comes out. Together, we co-create...

April Lacheur

Back in 2007, April was creating art as a hobby while working as full time Registered Nurse in post open heart surgery in Victoria, BC, Canada. Fast forward 10+ years and April is now working as a full-time artist, having traded in her in stethoscope for a paintbrush....

River Kero

River Kero is a queer Canadian artist born and currently living in Vancouver, British Columbia. His practice consists mostly of graphic novel illustration, scriptwriting, prose, and traditional drawing with pen and ink. As an artist who grew up in rural British...

Jeanne Krabbendam

Jeanne is a mixed media painter, living in Vancouver, Canada. With formal art training in Europe (The Netherlands and France), she lived in Tunisia and Holland before immigrating to Canada in 1999. Jeanne is an artist with broad exhibit-experience, both in North...

Alison Tedford

Alison Tedford is an Indigenous freelance writer and marketing consultant from Abbotsford, BC. Her personal essays have been published on CBC, Al Jazeera, Today’s Parent, Upworthy, Good Men Project, Scary Mommy, in print publications and more. Her debut book, Chronic...

Isidora Nojkovic

Isidora Nojkovic is a Serbian-Canadian cellist who performs internationally as a soloist, chamber, and orchestral musician. She has a passion for contemporary music, having premiered over 50 works, and is active in commissioning and working with living...

Margaret Joba-Woodruff

Using the techniques of drawing, bookbinding, and printmaking, my art practice focuses on patterns, nature and the body. The materials I work with such as fabric, paper, ink, copper, limestone, wood, and water all help guide the direction of each piece. Ultimately, I...

Sarah Turner

Sarah Turner is a writer and editor living in Port Moody, BC. Her award winning creative non-fiction has been published in various places including Event, the Utne reader, Literary Mama and the anthology Sustenance: Writers from BC and Beyond on the Subject of Food....