Meet Our Art Teachers
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.
Catherine’s art training began with a diploma in Interpretive Illustration at Sheridan Tech. She
has worked as a wildlife mural artist and graphic designer at a Nature Centre, in magazine
design, as an illustrator and art educator. She has also created marionette puppets and shows
for Huntsville’s Nuit Blanche.
Catherine is a multi-media artist working in watercolours, acrylics, pastel and papier mache
sculpture. Her subject matter ranges from wildlife, landscapes and whimsical dreamscapes with
Her original artwork and fine art reproductions can be viewed at her home studio “Mystical
Woods Studio” in Huntsville, Ontario and online at www.catherineluce.com.
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.
Helena Renwick has been painting and creating her entire life. Born into a family of Artists, her mother is a Sculptor and her father was a Potter. Helena graduated from the University of Toronto with a degree in Fine Art Studio and Art History. She recently created a series of paintings called “30 paintings in 30 Days” where she painting one small 6x6inch painting each day for 30 days. This is the second time she has attempted to paint every day. Her subject matter ranges from still life to portraits and everything in between. She has painted large scale murals and set designs as well as commission portraits of families. Helena recently left her position as the Executive Director of the Downtown Huntsville BIA to spend more time creating and doing what she truly loves. She lives in Huntsville with her husband, three grown children and two cats. Her cats have made excellent subjects for her paintings. She paints with acrylic and with oils.
Artist, Farmer and B&B Operator
Pam has been fascinated with sheep and all aspects of living off the land for her entire life. The city could not hold her interest, she needed space and land to raise animals, grow food and share with others her time and knowledge of rural living. And so the land of rocks and trees and water became her home. Pam has been playing with art for most of her life and is so grateful to be considered an artist since she has no formal training. It is because of this that she believes so strongly in the gift of art play. It is in doing this that you get to discover the gifts and perspectives we all have by tapping into the intuitive.
The process that Pam is most known for is called Watercolour with Wool and it is a combination of felting techniques used to create wool paintings. The wool comes from her sheep, she shears them and washes and dyes the wool and then takes the coloured fleece and creates art. She loves to share her process and knowledge of this very experiential art form that all can do from 5 -95 with no experience in art necessary.
All that is required is a sense for fun. Come out and join in and remember this is for fun and is a non judgmental activity.