Meet Our Art Teachers
I am a passionate Early Childhood Educator, having 24 years experience working with children and their families. I am dedicated to embracing every teachable moment and fostering growth with each child’s unique personality and learning style.
My work experience has offered me the pleasure of working in the Public School system and in the Montessori Casa class environment. I developed, owned and operated Our World Preschool in Huntsville. All of these have offered me a wealth of experience while working in different environments.
It is with considerable enthusiasm that I offer creative art classes for families during the formative years of their children and in their quest for beginning journeys in art and self expression. I believe that providing meaningful ways for young children to connect to themselves, each other, and the world around them in a safe and friendly atmosphere is key to their personal development.
Diane is an Artist/Facilitator. Upon completing studies as an early childhood educator at the University of Manitoba, Diane spent several years teaching the primary level in Winnipeg, Manitoba and in Montreal, Quebec. She has an extensive background working with children, teaching in all inclusive schools where special needs children were integrated in regular curriculum. She also brings the experience of management and marketing from a wide range of industries.
Since 2001 Diane has facilitated art workshops in various communities for children, teens and adults. She has worked with Community Centres, various District School Boards, and as well, with the Toronto Conservatory of Music Learning Through the Arts Program.
In 2009, Diane relocated to the Muskoka area and has since become involved with the Huntsville Art Society, the Almaguin Highlands Arts Council and with Muskoka Arts & Crafts. Diane is dedicated to promoting and developing visual arts programs for children, youth/teens, adults and seniors and she specializes in teaching Drawing & Perspective, Pen & Ink, Water Colour and incorporates technique in acrylic painting for children and youth
Diane’s teaching and facilitating experiences with children, educators, adults and seniors alike, have without a doubt changed her ‘vision’.
Diane has seen and has directly experienced with her students how the art process allows creative growth, develops and strengthens problem solving skills and more significantly, brings about a subtle holistic healing on all levels.
Her goal is to continue to bring awareness of the arts first and foremost as a way of seeing and of expressing, to broaden the boundaries that define ‘artist’, to help dissolve the fears that prevent people from experiencing an art form by making the process easy, friendly, and available to everyone.
More importantly, to make available to all who have an interest, the inherent and subtle healing benefits this art form has to offer.
Diane herself works with Pencil, Pen & Ink, Water Colour, Water Miscible Oils, and Acrylic. Self taught, Diane has taken workshops with John Price, Peter John Reid, and Carole Rudderham.
Jennifer (Jenn) Snowden
Jennifer Snowden is a local Cartoon artist. She specializes in and is passionate about offering fun and relaxing ways to let your creativity soar.
Jennifer has always had a belief that learning should be enjoyable to help stimulate creativity. She believes that you are never too old to pursue a passion, especially in art.
Jennifer started specializing in cartooning at a young age and wanted to teach others to pursue their own passion in art. She is a student from the Charles Schulz Art Instruction School which has given her a strong foundation in many art styles. Jenn soon discovered a passion for the cartoon style of art.
She has taught at many places in the Huntsville area, ranging from private art lessons to teaching at the local library (no longer available).
To learn more about Jenn read the Interview Jenn had with the Huntsville Doppler.