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.
Elise Muller has her Certificate in Expressive Arts from HSAD/Fleming College (2008) and she just completed a Healing With The Arts Certificate from University of Florida (2019). She has offered individual and group Expressive Arts sessions for ten years as well as interactive community experiences at all the Nuit Blanche North events in Huntsville. Elise first became interested in the healing powers of art after a stone-carving course in 2001 helped her heal from a miscarriage. After that she completed her BA in Culture and the Arts so that she could take the Post-Graduate Expressive Arts program. Elise enjoys cultivating creativity in herself and others.
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.
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.
Jackie Partridge graduated in 2018 with her Master of Fine arts in the Fibres and Material Practices Program at Concordia University in Montreal, QC. In 2015, she completed her Honours Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting and Drawing and her Honours Bachelor of Education specializing in the intermediate and senior level at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, ON. Jackie is currently living and working in southern Ontario.
Marcia Frost is a multidisciplinary artist/craftsperson who was raised on a small farm on the outskirts of Sundridge ON where her family has lived for many generations.
Being on the land and having animals played a huge roll in shaping her world of wonder and make-believe.
Marcia left the farm to attend the Textile Design & Exploration course at Sheridan College where she won many Outstanding Achievement in the Textile Studio awards and placed 4th in the Surtex Design Competition in New York (featuring submissions from 5 countries).
From there she went to OCADU gaining her Bachelor of Design in Illustration (Honours).
Marcia also received a diploma in Community Work (Honours, Deans List) from George Brown College.
She had multiple shows and sold her work at venues such as The Gladstone, Transit Space, The Remarkable Bean and many others.
It was while in Toronto that Marcia was invited into the First Nations community, attending many different ceremonies and began learning Swampy Cree from traditional first speaking Elders.
She has had her work at the NCCT, Dodem Kenonsha, Council Fire, The Native Women’s Centre and others and is honoured to have patrons from many different Nations across Canada.
Marcia’s work has been worn by Chiefs at the Assembly of First Nations and has gone to Elders as gifts from the University of Toronto, the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto and Native Child & Family Services.
While doing her community work with Sound Times, Friends & Advocates and NCFS, Marcia enjoyed bringing art to her clients and noticed early on that everyone has a desire to express themselves in a creative way (whether that be drawing/painting, singing, theatre, writing, music or telling stories etc)…it’s of great interest to her to witness that expression and honour it.
When we can express ourselves, take whats inside and share it with another in order to look at it, perhaps in a different way, we gain insights into ourselves and others… this not only builds compassion for ourselves and those around us, it puts something real and valueble into the universe and helps us find peace.
Marcia has also done a lot of work around homelessness, food security, and with those struggling with mental health and addiction issues.
My mother gave me my first book of poetry on my eleventh Christmas.
E E Cummings opened up the door into a world of words and images for me that I continue to explore and co-create inside of every day.
I was born in Toronto and lived there until I was 8 years old. I have a deep affection for cities, but need a balance with the raw elements that only Nature has.
I spent almost all of my childhood summers on PEI. My grandparents farmhouse in Fortune Cove is where my parents’ large families converged once a year.
The time spent there was always fantastically romantic and magical.
For my formative years my family and I moved one hour north of the city to the country. This was the place where I played and adventured for days on end~ inside forests, around the edges ponds and farmers fields, taking hold of wildlife and my wild self.
I have worked in film and television for over 20 years now, travelling across Canada, The US, Africa, Europe, Central America, South America, South East Asia & The Caribbean Islands.
I have also lived and worked in New York for 2 years.
My family has lived Muskoka, and we have raised our 2 school aged boys here, for over 10 years now.
My BAA is in Radio&Television Arts from Ryerson University.
I have worked on hundreds of projects in the genres of feature films, short films, television series, documentaries, music videos and broadcast news rooms spanning over 20 years now.
My clients have included such companies as CBC, TV0, Alliance Atlantis, Corus, A&E, CastleRock, Disney, TSN and so on.
Working with such Artists as Serena Ryder, Amy Sky, The Cranberries, Mandy Moore, LL Cool J, Blue Rodeo, Billy Talent, Elizabeth Hley, Hugh Grant, James Caan, Ally Sheedy, Henry Czerny, R H Thompson, Albert Schwartz and more.
I am also a stills photographer and videographer.
I began my career as an editor.
I have also maintained a 6 year private part-time practice/humanitarian work as a Family Counsellor, Keynote Speaker and Guest Middle School Educator.