Meet our instructors

Continuing Ed instructors are practicing artists, fine craftspeople, and designers who are keenly interested in helping you connect with your creativity.

JOAN IRVIN is an interdisciplinary artist, educator, writer, and curator. Her jewellery and small-scale mixed media works have been exhibited nationally, in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. Originally trained as a ceramist, Joan obtained a BFA in Visual Arts from The University of Calgary, and subsequently completed The Banff Centre's Advanced Studio Program. After working as a ceramic artist, technician and supervisor of Calgary's Wildflower Arts Centre, Joan registered in the Jewellery + Metals program at Alberta University of the Arts in 1999, winning numerous awards and graduating with distinction. She further developed her metalworking skills through study at the Penland School of Crafts, working with a goldsmith, and an AFA Art Production Grant. An active arts advocate, Joan was awarded the Alberta Craft Council's 2009 Award of Honour. Examples of Joan's work can be found in Dona Meilach's book, Teapots: Makers & Collectors. Learn more about Joan's approach to teaching on our YouTube channel.

EVELINE KOLIJN is a Calgary-based printmedia and multidisciplinary artist. She experienced an international childhood and received a Master’s degree in Cultural Anthropology from the Rijksuniversiteit Leiden, The Netherlands. She graduated from Alberta University of the Arts with a BFA in print media in 2008 and was the recipient of the Governor General’s Academic medal. She has been a long-time board member of the Alberta Printmakers’ Society and is a founding board member of the THIS IS MY CITY Art Society. She has exhibited nationally and internationally, most recently in Ireland, China and Sydney, Australia. In the summer of 2012 she participated in the Emma International Collaboration in Ness Creek, Saskatchewan. In September 2012, she travelled on a Connecting Calgary 2012 grant to Alkmaar, The Netherlands, for a printmaking residency and solo-exhibition. She designed the 2012/13 Park Banners for the City of Calgary, which are based on her lino-cuts. She is currently an Extended Studies instructor at Alberta University of the Arts and a teacher for the Royal Conservatory’s Learning Through The Arts program.

KASIA KORALEWSKA was born in Poland and graduated with a Masters Degree in 2009. She majored in printing on textiles and video art at Academy of Fine Arts in Lodz, Poland. During a one-year exchange student program Kasia explored mixed media, drawing, installation and printing on textiles at Alberta University of the Arts. She moved to Canada in 2009 where she now lives. Her artistic practice involves creating large-scale textile pieces, drawings and video installations. Her art has been shown in galleries in Berlin, Germany, Warsaw and Lodz, Poland, Klatowy in the Czech Republic, and in Calgary. Learn more about Kasia's approach to teaching on our YouTube channel

MELANIE T. LONG is a second generation Calgarian. She holds a Bachelor of Art from Alberta University of the Arts, majoring in glass, and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Calgary, majoring in Secondary Arts Education. Ms Long has studied glass worldwide including Pilchuck Glass School, Penland School of Crafts, Chrysler Museum of Glass, and the Australian National University. Long has taught painting and drawing classes at numerous institutions and locations including the Calgary Board of Education, Montserrat in the West Indies, and the Guna Yala region located in the San Blas Archipelago. She has exhibited her work throughout North America. Often combining multiple mediums, Long explores the psychology and physiology of anthropomorphism. Examples of her work can be seen at www.melanietlong.com.

LORI LUKASEWICH received her art education at AUArts, and has applied her art and painting skills in the areas of graphic art, visual presentation, film and television properties, jewellery design, furniture design, decorative and faux painting, and paleontological restoration. She has exhibited throughout Alberta and her work can be found in many public, private and corporate collections. In 2001, Stoddart Kids published "The Night Fire", a children's book written and illustrated by Lori. Deeply involved in fine oil painting, Lori also has a passion for teaching visual arts. Learn more Lori's work and her approach to teaching on our YouTube channel.

MALCOLM MOONEY is an artist, poet, singer and lyricist, and one of the most celebrated figures in contemporary music circles. He was the original vocalist with the seminal 1960s/1970s German rock band CAN. Mooney’s recordings with Can remain among the most influential of the past forty years. Mooney appears on seven CAN albums including ‘Monster Movie’ (1969) and ‘Soundtracks’ (1970). He left the band in 1970, returning to the United States to focus on his own artistic development. In 1986 Mooney rejoined CAN to record the reunion album ‘Rite Time.’ Since then Mooney has continued to make art, write, and work on musical projects including 1998’s ‘Malcolm Mooney & The Tenth Planet’ that released a self-titled album that year, ‘Mogadishu’ in 2005, ‘Hysterica’ in 2006 and ‘inCANtations’ in 2011. White Columns Gallery released WC006, with poems and music at the NY Art Book Fair at PS1 in 2012. Mooney performed with White Columns curator, and DJ, Matthew Higgs at Art Basel Miami in 2013. Most recently Mooney recorded an album and produced a book for Pavees Dance, a new group that appeared in February 2014 at The Sons D’Hiver festival in Paris. Malcolm Mooney has performed and exhibited his artwork extensively over the past thirty years, most recently at White Columns Gallery in NYC and at Skyline College Art Gallery in San Bruno California. Malcolm Mooney received an MFA from California State University in 1987, and a BFA from Boston University’s School of Fine Arts and Applied Arts in 1979. Learn more about Malcolm and his approach to teaching on our YouTube channel

MARK VAZQUEZ-MACKAY graduated with a BFA Degree in Painting from AUArts in 2002--before moving to San Miguel de Allende (Mexico) in search of a different culture and history. After completing his MFA Degree at the Instituto Allende, Mark returned to Calgary in 2004 to continue painting and drawing in his own studio. His work focuses on an observational transliteration of appearances; see www.markvazquezmackay.com. Learn more about Mark and his approach to teaching drawing on our YouTube channel or painting.

RYAN VON HAGEN  is an Animator, Editor, Filmmaker, Sound Designer and Musician living in Calgary, Alberta. Ryan received a BFA from the Alberta College of Art & Design through the Media Arts and Digital Technology department in 2012. Since then, he has worked on feature length documentaries, AFA funded short animated films, theatre productions as well as at his own artwork displayed in fine art exhibitions. Ryan has a wide technical background in the world of animation; he is proficient in stop motion animation, hand drawn animation, cutout animation, rotoscope animation, and animated green screen techniques. Ryan has been teaching animation with Quickdraw for the past three years, where he also works as the Programming Director.

NATHANIEL WAGENAAR received his BFA in New Media from the University of Lethbridge, and his Master’s of Architecture from the University of Calgary. His combination of technical and artistic interests has led to a diverse work history, ranging from working on XBOX 360 games with Relic Entertainment, to working at the Canadian Space Agency. He currently works at the award winning Marc Boutin Architectural Collaborative in Calgary as an Intern Architect. Nathaniel’s current interests lie with conceptually driven architecture, and how this can be informed by diagrammatic representations of external forces. He believes that if you can design one thing extremely well, you can design everything. Learn more Nathaniel and his approach to teaching on our YouTube channel.

STACEY WATSON studied at the University of Calgary in Photography and Printmaking. Her MFA program also involved training at the Royal College of Art in London. Since finishing her formal education in 2004 she has exhibited internationally, including at Art Basel Miami in 2007 and locally, including at The Art Gallery of Calgary in 2009. Her practice spans photography, video, assemblage and painting, along with heavy doses of papier mache. She has taught at Havering College, England and the University of Lethbridge. She is currently the Curator at Pith Gallery, Calgary.

SANDY WONG’s passion for design and typography began at a very early age and has never faltered. With over 20 years of industry experience, Sandy has produced an array of marketing collateral for a variety of industries ranging from residential and resort real estate to public sports facilities to retail packaging. From hand drawn type to the creation of full bodied marketing campaigns, her work in art direction and graphic design have been recognized throughout Canada and the United States. Graduating from Durham College’s Graphic Design program, with stops at Alberta University of the Arts and Ryerson University along the way, Sandy continues to explore new mediums of creative expression through glass blowing and painting. View Sandy’s work at Sandy-Wong.myportfolio.com

WILLIAM YEE came to Canada from Hong Kong in 1975 to seek freedom and inspiration in the arts. After a year of study in The Fine Art Faculty at the University of Lethbridge, William came to Calgary in 1977 to join the first group of students to enter AUArts's Photography Major program. Since then, he has been involved in various commercial photography businesses, including set up of the first independent 1 Hour Photo Lab in Calgary in 1985. In his 30+ years as a professional photographer, though working in many fields of commercial photography, William's passion remains editorial photography. He believes a photo should lead viewers to think and imagine what the story is behind the image, and that there should always be a deeper meaning in a photograph besides the obvious presentation of the image.