Meet Our Art Teachers

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Diane Finlayson

B.Ed specialized in Early Childhood Development . Facilitator for Children, Teens & Adult Art  programs.

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Call: 705-784-0380

Diane Finlayson

Diane is an Artist/Teacher and Workshop Facilitator.

She herself works in Pencil, Pen & Ink, Water Colour, Water Miscible Oils, and Acrylic.

 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.

Background and Experience:

Upon completing studies as an early childhood educator at the University of Manitoba (B.Ed), 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 quickly became 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’.  More importantly is to make available to all who have an interest, the inherent and subtle healing benefits this art form has to offer.

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Emma Sultmanis.

 Emma Sultmanis


Emma Sultmanis is a realistic and semi-surrealistic artist who is deeply inspired by nature and the outdoors. She specializes in acrylic painting, wood-burning and pencil and pen sketches, but is constantly exploring new mediums. She aspires to share her creative passion for the beauty of nature with others through her art.


Carole Rudderham


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 Carole Rudderham

Painting to me is an endless search, and ongoing journey, a source of great fulfillment and a wonderful way of life. Painting has also provided me with wonderful friendships and great satisfaction in helping others achieve their artistic goals.  I am an impressionistic landscape painter who cares less about detail and more about colour and abstraction. I believe in continuous learning and I am constantly exploring ways to “attack the canvas” to ensure freshness in my art. I begin a painting with a pencil drawing. I take care to have only 3-5 big shapes, lose the details, abstract the scene and then choose my colours. My goal is to create a painting that is visually exciting and leaves something for the viewer to add of their own.

Carole Rudderham is an accomplished artist whose work is widely recognized and highly respected. She is the recipient of several awards and is recognized for her dedication to promoting visual arts in Muskoka. Her art can be viewed in the Auburn Gallery of Fine Art and The Shipyards on the Wharf, Gravenhurst, The Red Canoe Gallery, Pt Carling, The Oxtongue Craft Cabin and Gallery, Dwight, Ontario and in private collections in Canada, USA, Europe and Africa. Carole, with a Bachelor of Nursing and a Master’s Degree in Health Services Administration, has had a highly successful business and professional career and thrived in a demanding position as the Executive Director of the Victorian Order of Nurses, Peel Region.

Carole and her husband John are now enjoying operating a small business in their home.

Carole is an impressionistic landscape painter who cares less about detail, more about colour and abstraction. She believes in continuous learning and is constantly exploring ways to “attack the canvas” resulting in fresh new approaches to art. She, in turn, shares her knowledge and expertise with local artists in workshops provided in her home studio.

Carole serves her community by contributing to several organizations in leadership roles. She served several years in executive positions for the Huntsville Art Society. She is a long-standing member of the Muskoka Arts and Crafts and of the East Central Ontario Art Association (ECOAA) and has served as co-ordinator of various art exhibitions including Algonquin’s ‘Mystery of the Park’ , 2010-2014.


3rd Place ECOAA – Algonquin Show 2003

D. Gatcke Member’s Choice -Muskoka Arts/Crafts 2004

Member’s Choice-Huntsville Art Crowd Valentine Show -2005

3rd Place ECOAA Algonquin Show –2005

1st Place ECOAA Algonquin Show –2007

Jeanne Webb Wasylkiw Award, “Best 2D Work in Show” –Muskoka Arts and Crafts-2009

Award of Excellence in Acrylic-Muskoka Arts and Crafts -2010

3rd Place ECOAA Algonquin Show-Acrylic- 2011

Award of Excellence in Acrylic –Muskoka Arts and Crafts 2014

Award of Best Use of Colour, -Muskoka Arts and Crafts, 2016

3rd Place ECOAA-Algonquin Show 2016


Location: Hunstville


Jennifer(Jenn) Snowden


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 .

To learn more about Jenn read the Interview Jenn had with the Huntsville Doppler.

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Judith Blanchette

Certified E.C.E. (Early Childhood Educator)

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Call: 705-380-1196

Judith Blanchette

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.