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Want to try something new? Explore our 2022/2023 visual and performing arts classes! See our list of new classes for children, teens and adults below.
Simran Toor graduated from the University of Winnipeg Asper Centre for Theatre and Film with a major in Theatre Studies and a specialization in Devised Theatre. She shares a passion for learning, education and personal growth. Simran has worked with children and youth in a professional setting as a direct support worker and as an instructor. She tries to find creative ways to convey and communicate information and strives to ensure her students have the tools and recourses necessary to succeed. Simran believes it’s important to take into consideration the fact that every student learns differently and expects different outcomes out of the classroom. Her goal is to create a positive, judgement-free, approachable and creative space for students to convey their thoughts and emotions, comfortably be themselves, discover new skills while strengthening pre-existing ones, collaborate and ask questions. An environment of exploration and freedom allows for an open mind which is the fuel to the fire we call creativity.
I am an emerging interdisciplinary visual artist and fashion designer from Coquitlam, BC. I love patterns and colours and create art in a variety of mediums including painting, murals, clothing design, upcycling vintage, collage, textile sculpture, dance, film and photography through the brand I run called Pattern Nation. I have a BFA in visual art from Simon Fraser University (2016) and a degree in fashion design from Cape Town College of Fashion Design (2021). I have taught youth art workshops at ArtStarts in Vancouver, painted a mural with youth through “Painting with a Purpose” in Durban South Africa and shared Blobs, interactive play sculptures with youth in Durban (South Africa), London (United Kingdom), and Vancouver at the Museum of Vancouver, ArtStarts, Art in the Park (North Van), Poco Community Centre, Circles Festival and The Granville Promenade. I have shown my art and fashion designs at galleries and on runways locally and internationally since graduating from Riverside high school in Poco (2011). I believe in encouraging creative expression and individuality in my students. I have been told by the parent of a past student that “The creativity and initiative that you inspire and encourage have far-reaching effects while providing a welcoming, inclusive, fun and supportive environment.” I strive to create that type of experience for all my students while sharing with them tools with which to realize results and open doors in their imaginations. As a former student of Place des Arts Summer Fun! program, I am overjoyed to be teaching at this summer camp that inspired me as a young artist.
Fibre Arts for Adults
Born and raised locally, fibre art skills including knitting, sewing and weaving were first passed on to me by family members. A self-taught spinner, to begin with, I have pursued a greater depth of knowledge through workshops and have won awards for my work. Dyeing with natural dye sources has become a great passion as well. I have taught “beginning spinning” at a local yarn store. Sharing my fibre passion with others is always a deeply satisfying process.
Fabric Printing, Stamping and Dyeing
I am a textile artist and art teacher, with almost thirty years of a career dedicated to the resist dyeing methods of Batik and Shibori, and the universe of fibres. I have practised Batik on fabric and on paper for 17 consecutive years and the other years were mostly dedicated to Shibori. In the last few years, I have been also fascinated by the world of stamping and printing, which I love to combine with dyed surfaces. I have a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts and Education, a Master’s Degree in Fine Arts/Textiles and a Certificate in Expressive Arts Therapy. I combine all my studies and work experiences in my teachings, transferring my knowledge while fostering students’ creativity, imagination, and their search for individual languages. I have worked with people of all ages and backgrounds as a mixed-media art teacher and as a textile art teacher, offering short and long programs in a variety of settings and class formats. I love leading community projects and facilitating collective artwork, helping people to connect through art and the unique qualities of textiles.
Calligraphy and Ink Painting
Ming Kong began her traditional training in Chinese calligraphy at the age of seven. Brush and ink have been an integral part of her life ever since. Over the years, Ming has come to see this ancient art in a Contemporary context and continues to explore its connection to life today. She values calligraphy as a pure form of expression and believes each written character contains stories that transcend time and space. Her teaching philosophy is to help others find their mode of expression by unpacking the language of calligraphy.
Ming Kong has a master’s degree in Calligraphy from the Chinese Academy of Arts, Beijing. She has five years of work experience in an art gallery in Taipei, where so also studied traditional ink landscape painting under a senior researcher from the National Palace Museum, Taipei. In addition to traditional mediums of brush, ink and rice paper, Ming works primarily in mixed-media exploring themes of tradition versus modernity and cultural identity.
Vancouver-born, classical pianist Mira Patel began playing piano at four years old and has furthered her musical education since. She has participated in many music festivals including Kiwanis, BC Conservatory of Music Festival, CDMF Performing Arts Festival, winning trophies and scholarships. At the age of sixteen, she completed her ARCT Elementary and Intermediate Piano Pedagogy exams under the study of Irina Faletski and began teaching piano.
She later went on to study at the University of British Columbia and received her Bachelor of Music under the study of Amanda Chan. She currently accompanies choirs at church, plays for weddings and special events at different golf courses across the Lower Mainland.