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Our Instructors: Children and Youth Courses

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All AGO children and youth courses are taught by experienced educators who are practicing artists.  Instructors work with students to facilitate artistic feedom and build a strong repertoire of techniques and skills, while having fun! 


Amanda Arcuri

Amanda Arcuri is an award winning, emerging photography-based artist working out of Toronto, Ontario. Her work has been exhibited at the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, the Gladstone Hotel and has been part of Scotiabank's Nuit Blanche and Contact Photography Festival. Amanda recently graduated from Ryerson University with a BFA in Photography. She is currently enjoying teaching Art and photography classes to children where she can inspire and encourage artistic play and exploration; while doing so in her own work. Amanda hopes to pursue further education and complete a Masters in Fine Art in the near future.  

Patricia Gora

Patricia has been working in the Education Department at the AGO since 2006. She has extensive experience working in School and Family Programming and as a summer camp Studio Instructor. Patricia has an MA in Early Childhood Studies and a BA in Early Childhood Education. In addition to working at the AGO, Patricia is an Instructor and Associate Researcher at Ryerson University and volunteer with ArtSync – Canadian Art Connected. Patricia’s teaching philosophy reflects her confidence in collaborative, student-centred teaching methods that encourage learning to reflect personally meaningful creative expression and understanding. 


David Lapp

David Lapp is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art and Design, and the University of Western Ontario(B.A.Psychology). He has been teaching cartooning at the AGO for 12 years. His artwork can regularly be seen in Taddle Creek magazine. Dave has created two graphic novels, 'Drop In' and 'Children of the Atom', which were published by Conundrum Press. Dave's work was also chosen for the 'Best American Comics' series for 2010 and 2011. He is currently working on a 500 page graphic novel for which he has received Canada Council grants. In spring 2012, his new graphic novel 'People Around Here' will be published by Conundrum. 

Janine Lindgren

Janine Lindgren is a visual artist, working primarily in sculpture and printmaking.  She is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art and Design University, and BA in fine art from the University of Guelph, as well as a BEd from the Ontario Institute of Education, University of Toronto.  Her artistic and technical skills have led to many freelance commissions, and assistant work for established sculptors. Janine has participated in group art exhibitions and solo shows, and her work is in private and public collections.  Going on 22 years, Janine has been a studio instructor at the AGO. Janine also teaches for the Toronto District School Board, conducts workshops, and teaches privately in her studio.  Previously she has taught Anatomy for Artists at the University of Guelph, and sculpture at Toronto's Harbourfront Centre.

Morgan Mavis

Morgan Mavis is a curator, contemporary artist and educator. Her practice explores the intersections of art, science and nature in the context of the representation of animal bodies. Mavis’ work subverts institutional traditions of looking at taxidermy as specimen. Her extensive work in the field is featured in the leading text on taxidermy: The Breathless Zoo, Taxidermy and the Cultures of Longing, By Rachel Poliquin. She holds a Masters of Museum Studies, specializing in the curation and conservation of animal bodies, with a BFA in sculpture installation and curatorial practice. Mavis has designed and delivered visual arts programming for Harbourfront Centre, University of Toronto, Varley Art Gallery, Textile Museum of Canada, Dawson City Museum, Toronto District School Board and OCAD University. Her art practice has taken her across Canada, from the far north to Toronto’s west end. She is founder and curator of The Contemporary Zoological Conservatory: a duration installation, home museum and private collection of antique and contemporary taxidermy mounts.

Daphne McCormack

Daphne McCormack is a graduate of Ontario College of Art and Design University. After a successful career as an illustrator in both Canada and the U.S., she took on a new pursuit as an Art’s Educator in various cultural institutions across Toronto including The Royal Conservatory, Harbourfront Centre and Station Gallery in Whitby. She has enjoyed working with children on large scale murals within the Toronto District School Board. She finds inspiration from her students, both young and adult, and of course, always hopes to inspire through technique, exploration and discovery.

Olia Mischenko

Olia Mishchenko is an emerging artist living in Toronto. She has been exhibiting in both solo and group shows since 2003, including Mercer Union, Paul Petro Contemporary Art, Diaz Contemporary, YYZ and Doris McCarthy Gallery and has recently participated in an artist residency in Münster, Germany. She is represented by Paul Petro Contemporary Art in Toronto. Mishchenko has studied Architectural Theory and Fine Art History at the University of Toronto and she has worked at the AGO as a summer camp instructor and family programs guest artist, and YYZ Artists’ Outlet in Toronto. She is currently an educator at Oakville Galleries and a sessional instructor at OCAD in addition to her work at the AGO.

Tiana Roebuck

Tiana Roebuck is an award winning multidisciplinary artist and educator based in Toronto. She holds a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and a MFA from the Cranbrook Academy of Art Bloomfield Hills, MI.  A former artist in residence and teacher in the Craft Studio at Harbourfront Centre, she has also worked as an instructor with OCAD, the Koffler Centre of the Arts and the York Region Catholic District School Board. Her art practice, based in traditional crafts techniques and traditions, has more recently grown to include digital media and installation. 

Bree Zorel

Born and raised in Calgary, Bree Zorel is an artist and art educator currently living and working in Toronto. She holds a BFA from Alberta College of Art + Design, and an MFA from NSCAD University.  Her artworks utilize diverse media to investigate the relationship between art and everyday life, and explore the performative possibilities of everyday circumstances. Characterized by a self-conscious optimism and a mixture of humour and pathos, her works shift continually, crystallizing in formations of drawing, sculpture, video, textiles, and photographs that alternate between artworks and documentation of actions and activities. Past projects include the fictional/functional Museum-as-Residence, the Contemporary Art Museum (CAM Calgary).  As an educator, Bree's focus is on empowering each student to engage with ideas and materials in uncommon and imaginative ways, thereby expressing the unique creativity inherent in each and every person.

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By telephone

Call 416 979 6608

Contact Centre Hours

Monday – Friday 9 am – 5 pm

In person

Visit the Weston Family Learning Centre ticket desk during the following hours:

Tuesday 10 am – 3 pm
Wednesday 10 am – 3 pm
Thursday 10 am – 3 pm
Friday 10 am – 3 pm

Please note: Members must provide their membership number in order to process requests. All orders must be paid in full at time of booking. There is a $2 handling fee per order for all classes, courses, lectures and talks.

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