Meet Our FCAG Instructors
Wendy is an award winning watercolour painter who shares her joy of the medium through teaching workshops and lessons at various art centres in Ontario. Her work hangs in private collections in Canada and the US. Her favourite subjects include random small details found in nature, wildlife, and the wonderful landscapes of Canada. Wendy’s classes include lots of demonstrations, and you are encouraged to work on what interests you most.
Megan is a mixed media artist from Toronto. Teaching visual art since 2007, she works with students in a variety of drawing, painting, and sculpture media. Megan instructs weekly courses at FCAG for children, teens, and adults. She also directs and instructs our art camps, working with children age 6 and up.
Nancy Buckingham has been teaching art for 18 years. Her style is representational with attention to detail, depicting everything from landscapes to abstracts. Her welcoming classes cover colour theory, perspective, composition, and everything in between. Every class Nancy teaches includes a demonstration of various techniques.
Nancy received her first art training in oils from the world renowned Italian artist Albert Chiarandini in 1978. Work in a variety of media followed, but none captured her heart like the fluid and transient nature of watercolour. She has studied with Master Artists June Thompson and Gordon MacKenzie, whose knowledge and talents have become the backbone of her teachings. Affiliations also include The Guild of Portrait Painters. Nancy is an active volunteer in the arts community in the City of Toronto and has received many awards in her career.
Nancy founded an Art Therapy Group for seniors which has taught her the importance of appreciating the little things.
Maria Iva is an accomplished landscape painter who works in two media: oil and dry pastel. In her work she uses an impressionistic approach. She finds inspiration in beautiful Ontario nature scenes: forests, marshes, lakes, dunes and beaches. The subjects of her paintings are trees, grass, rocks, water and sand. She is inspired by sun lit scenes with vibrant colours and she tries to pass on this excitement to her viewers. She has found that she gets the best results when she uses the pure pigment of dry pastels or paint with a palette knife in oils. Maria is a Signature Member of the Pastel Artist Canada and an Elected Member of the Society for Canadian Artists. As an instructor Maria’s goal is to create a relaxed class environment where each student can learn at their own pace and level.
You can see Maria's work at her website: ww.mariaiva.com
Jacqueline Crawley has been teaching art for over 15 yrs. She teaches drawing, painting and sculpture. Jacqueline has a fine art degree from the University of Guelph, enrichment courses in art history and theatre design at the University of Toronto, and architectural structure and illustration from Ryerson. She has worked as an editorial illustrator, architectural draftsman, exhibit detailer and art teacher. She brings to her teaching a strong interest in all art and artistic expression. Her goal as an art instructor is to encourage personal artistic growth.
You may find Jacqueline at the following locations:
Islington Senior's Centre
Visual Arts Mississauga
Schwartz Reisman Centre
To view Jacqueline's work please visit:
her teaching webpage: artinstructor.net
Kelly McNeil graduated from Ontario College of Art in Editorial Illustration 1983, and Ontario College of Art and Design University with a Bachelor of Design in 2012.
She has been a Wildlife Artist for 19 years, and shows her work internationally, as far away as Russia, Tasmania, and has Galleries in Fuquay-Varina, NC and Jackson Hole WY, as well as Southern Ontario. She exhibits in large Wildlife Shows in Charleston, South Carolina (SEWE) (14 years), and Buckhorn, Ontario (Buckhorn Fine Arts Festival) (14years). McNeil can be found painting in her Eastern Wildlife Studio, in Brampton, ON.
To McNeil, a painting has to capture the drama and life of the subject. She has learned so much about the natural world since studying wildlife. She has discovered an abundance of wildlife in her own backyard: Deer, Blue Herons, Night Herons, Cardinals, Blue Jays, Red Tailed Hawks, and Owls are just some of them.
To view Kelly's work: www.kellymcneil.net
AWARDS & HONOURS
2018 Top Award, Golden Turtle, Moscow, Russia
2017 Ducks Unlimited Canada
2014 Ducks Unlimited Canada
2013 Sponsored by the Dragon Fly Gallery to attend the:
“Robert Bateman Workshop” on Cortez Island BC.
2012 Third Place, Golden Turtle, Moscow, Russia
2011 Brampton Citizen’s Award
2010 Brampton Art’s Person of the Year
2009 Best Oil, Tas Art, Tasmania
2002 to 2018 Many award
June has been a Franklin Carmichael Art Group teacher for over 30 years. June has had many group and personal shows and has done workshops here in Toronto and abroad. June's personal attention, demos and problem solving have proven to be her specialty.
Every year we are honoured to have June host her own birthday workshop at FCAG. It has been a long tradition at the Centre (make sure to get on our email list to be invited!)
Since 2016, we are honoured to have one of signature studios named after her. Many of our classes and workshops are held in the main house downstairs which is named the "June Thompson" studio.
Aisha is a promising artist who has specialized in miniature painting which is an ancient South Asian technique of illustrative art using watercolours. She is also a sculpturist. She has participated in several solo and group exhibitions in Toronto since she migrated to Canada few years ago.
Aisha has held numerous exhibitions of her art work in Pakistan and Germany. She loves teaching art and has several years of teaching experience in Pakistan, her birth country.
For the past few years, Aisha has been experimenting with different mediums instead of traditional watercolours to create art work with a mix of both traditional and modern techniques.
Catharine De Montmorency
Catharine is an accomplished “Plein Air” artist using oil and acrylic mediums. She hosts painting trips for eager students to unique locations in the GTA, Northern Ontario, and Quebec. With over 14 years experience teaching art, she stresses the importance of good composition, sketching, and colour theory in a relaxed class setting. Catharine’s work can be viewed in Galleries in the Algonquin region and at various locations in Toronto.
All Child and Teen Instructors are required to have certified background checks as well as First Aid Certification.