Rodman Hall Behind the Scenes: Our Instructors
As the Art Educator at Rodman Hall, MICHELLE NICHOLLS coordinates and organizes public programming, outreach, art education classes and camps, Gallery Tours and School Programs. She is an Educator and Artist and is a graduate of the Graphic Design Program at Niagara College as well as the Bachelor of Visual Arts Honours Program at Brock University. She enjoys teaching all ages and holds a bachelors degree in Education, also from Brock. She works with many art forms including painting, drawing, printmaking and animation.
Michelle (on right) is pictured here with gallery Director Stuart Reid.
EMILY ANDERSON is pursuing her degree in Concurrent Education at Brock University. She is focussing on the Junior/Intermediate level. Emily is intersted in examining sculpture and performance art in her personal work. Emily is a long-time volunteer in the Rodman Hall Education programs and has also worked as an assistant in the Education Department in both the school programs and Summer Art Camps. She is also a Rodman Hall Docent.
This fall Emily will be instructing the Saturday programs for Kids and Youth as well as PA Day Art Camp. She also assists the Educator in delivering community events and programs for families.
JANA SIMMS-BERGSMA is a local artist who specializes in scenic painting. Besides teaching for Rodman Hall she also paints scenery for the Shaw Festival and other local theatre companies. She received her BA in studio art from McMaster University and is currently focusing on a series of large paintings based on St. Catharines. In her personal work she enjoys integrating forms of drawing and printmaking.
This fall Jana will be instructing the Adult Painting "Foundation + Exploration" class examining acrylics and watercolours.
Jana has recently instructed adult programs in "Mixing Media & Painting" and "Watercolour Painting".
ADULTS & KIDS
NANCY NIGH is a textile artist and visual artist located in St. Catharines. Besides her interest in felting, Nancy is an accomplished artist and instructor of quilting techniques who also enjoys painting, drawing and photography.
Nancy will be instructing the Adult NUNO felting workshop this fall, and this past summer she also instructed textile arts for kids.
KRISTEN NEUDORF was born in Welland, Ontario. She received her Masters of Art Education from the Academy of Art University, San Francisco and her Bachelor of Arts (Honors level-Specialized in Fine Arts) from the University of Guelph. Kristen is both an Artist and Educator who works across a range of diverse media including painting, drawing, sculpture and printmaking. She is passionate about art and art education and is inspired by the very process of creating.
Kristen’s artwork is reflection of her personal experiences and emotions. She has exhibited in both North America and abroad including Gallery NONA in Brisbane Australia, the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco California, and the Zavitz Gallery in Guelph Ontario. Her commissioned work can be found in private collections on 2 continents.
Kristen has worked previously with Rodman Hall and local Secondary Students during the CEVAW Exhibition “Journey to Healing and Empowerment”. She also teaches young artists in Niagara and Mississauga.
Kristen will be instructing our Art Starters program for Ages 3 to 5 in the winter 2016 session.
KIDS ART CAMPS
DAPHNI DREMETSIKAS enjoys many forms of art and Photography but is currently exploring alternatives to traditional art media including: creating Assemblage and Appropriation. Daphni is a graduate of the Brock University Teacher Education Concurrent Bachelor of Education program specializing in Visual Arts. She has also obtained her Master's Degree in Education from Brock University.
Daphni has been working as an Educator for the Hamilton School board for the past few years.
Daphni is a long-time instructor of our Summer Art Camp programs.
CANDACE COUSE has been working as a practicing artist at the national and international level for the past ten years. Her practice focuses on painting, textile and video work, which has been included in numerous gallery shows across Canada, the USA, UK, Switzerland, Italy and India. She has been teaching, leading workshops and conducting research for the past 5 years and now teaches at Brock University in the Visual Arts Department. Candace earned her BA from Brock and an MFA from The University of Calgary. She is currently working towards her PHD at Brock in the field of Interdisciplinary Humanities. Her research will look at the role that art production has on artists undergoing illness and body trauma.
Candace recently instructed the Adults Water-Mixable Oil painting program in the spring of 2015. Rodman Hall is excited to welcome Candace to the team. Her expertise in this medium will truly benefit the participants in this and other upcoming programs.
Please visit Candace’s website (click here) to see examples of her personal work.
image: detail from Landlocked, 2010
Candace looks forward to instructing upcoming programs for adults in the fall or winter sessions. Check back for details.
KYLIE MITCHELL is attending Brock University enrolled in her third year, pursuing a degree in Concurrent Education at the Intermediate/Senior level. Kylie is interested in painting and illustration in her own work. She hopes to one day teach art and history at the high-school level.
This fall Kylie will assist with programs for schools, community and special events. Kylie worked this past summer as an Art Education Programming Assistant.
SAM CLINE is attending Brock University for Visual Arts and is entering her third year of study. Sam is interested in teaching art in the future. In her personal work she has recently been commissioned to create both painting and sculptures.
This fall Sam is excited to assist with our programs for youth and families.
BRITTANY BROOKS is a multidisciplinary artist from St. Catharines ON, attending Brock University for Studio Arts. Her visual practice includes illustration, animation, performance art and music. Brittany was the 2014 recipient of the St. Catharines Emerging Artist Award and since then has been awarded artist residencies at Sparkbox Studios and White Rabbit Arts. She has also worked with Suitcase in Point Theatre Company as a collaborating partner of In the Soil Arts festival.
Brittany worked this past summer as the Audience Engagement Assistant providing support in front-line public relations, leading historic and exhibition tours and assisting with marketing and communications initiatives.
KATIE PERCIVAL loves all forms of art and has participated in many herself. Dancing, painting, drawing, sculpting, mix media, and photography are only a few mediums Katie has worked with, but her favourite is mixing everything together. Katie is has recently graduated from teachers college at Brock University obtaining her degree in Concurrent Education (Intermediate/Senior) for Visual Arts/English.
Katie has been an Assistant and Instructor for our Summer Camps, School Programs and Art Classes for the past 5 years.
This fall Katie is enrolled in a Museum Studies Program in Barrie. We want to wish her luck in her studies!