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 as well as School Tours. 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.
EMILY ANDERSON is entering her second year of studies at Brock University in the Education Department, pursuing a degree in Concurrent Education at 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 just worked throughout the school year as an assistant in the Education Department. Throughout the year Emily assists the Art Educator at developing and delivering activities for the Family Programs, Art Camps, School Groups and special events.
This summer Emily will work as an Art Education Programming Assistant. Rodman Hall thanks the Young Canada Works Program funded by the Department of Canadian Heritage and the Canadian Museums Association for making this position possible.
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.
Jana has recently instructed adult programs in "Mixing Media & Painting" and "Watercolour Painting".
Please check back in August for Upcoming Adult Programs.
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 summer Kylie will work as an Art Education Programming Assistant. Rodman Hall thanks the Young Canada Works Program funded by the Department of Canadian Heritage and the Canadian Museums Association for making this position possible.
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.
This summer Daphni will be Teaching Art Camps for ages 6-8 and also the illustration camp for ages 9-12.
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.
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.
This summer Katie will be teaching the Summer Art Camps for ages 9-12, and also the Art Dance and Music Camp for ages 6-8.
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.
This summer Brittany will be working as the Audience Engagement Assistant providing support in front-line public relations, leading historic and exhibition tours and assisting with marketing and communications initiatives. This position is partially funded by the Young Canada Works Program provided by the Department of Canadian Heritage and the Canadian Museums Association. Rodman Hall is grateful for their support.
SPENCER DRUMMOND is a long-time art student of Rodman Hall. Spencer enjoys working with drawing and paper sculpture in his own work.
Last summer he participated in the Art Camps as a volunteer. This summer Spencer earned Co-Op credits towards his Specialist High-skills Major in Arts and Culture as part of his Secondary school diploma. He looks forward to doing more volunteering in the future.
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.