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.
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.