Elena Hartman’s creative inspiration has always come from nature and kids and she learns so much from both.
Elene took her first clay class at 6 years old and the experience opened up a world of endless possibilities for her.
She was hooked on clay from that moment and is excited to share her knowledge with the next generation of students.
Elene is a member of the St. Albert Potters Guild and has been teaching clay programs to kids and youth for the last 10 years.
Eva Schneider grew up in Edmonton, as a middle child in a family with 6 children and numerous little cousins. What she took from her exciting, and often loud childhood, was a connection to children and play, and a deep love for art. In 2012, Eva Schneider received her Bachelor of fine art and design from the University of Alberta, with an emphasis on Printmaking and painting. In 2014 she completed a yearlong residency with SNAP gallery and the resulting work was shown at the gallery in a solo exhibit titled “City in a waffle Iron”. Additionally, Eva worked at E4C’s ArtStart, a non-profit, educational, community, arts-program from 2009-2012. In her time there she taught numerous art classes in a variety of mediums to children between the ages 5-15. She then went on to manage the program where she became skilled at developing new and exciting art curriculums. Eva is honored and excited to bring all she has learned about building children’s confidence through creativity to The Art Gallery of St. Albert.
Eva teaches the Art Gallery of St. Albert studio clay and multimedia programs on weekdays.
Louise Peterson has been teaching clay programs to students for over 25 years! She is a long-standing member of the St. Albert Potter’s Guild and has her own home pottery studio. Louise loves to share her passion and knowledge of clay with others.
Louise teaches the Art Gallery of St. Albert studio clay and multimedia programs on Wednesdays and Thursdays.
Shannon Vance is an art instructor and Program Manager for Art Gallery of St. Albert. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with the University of Alberta and currently holds seven “Foundations of Teaching for Learning” certificates through Commonwealth Education Trust. Shannon teaches outreach and studio art programs to school groups of all ages and strongly believes in the importance of art education and lifelong learning. “Art Gallery of St. Albert art programs are designed to expand on a students current curriculum knowledge of a subject through creative hands-on art making. As professional artist facilitators, we have the ability to support teachers and students by exploring different learning objectives through art, thereby inspiring a new generation of creative thinkers.”
Shannon teaches the Art Gallery of St. Albert outreach, studio clay and multimedia programs whenever the opportunity presents itself!
Stella Kaufman, B.A. (Hons) Fine Art; P.G.C.E., was born and educated in England and has lived and worked in four countries – England, Cyprus, Canada and Uruguay. Her artwork is included in numerous collections and has been shown in many exhibitions. She has been teaching for the AGSA for fifteen years and is now just subbing in order to devote her time to developing her work as an artist. She and her husband live in Edmonton but winter at their house and studio in La Paloma, Uruguay, a beautiful biosphere on the Atlantic Ocean. Stella’s artwork is available through the AGSA Rental and Sales Gallery.
Stella substitute teaches for the Art Gallery of St. Albert Outreach, studio clay and multimedia programs from September to October and again from May to June.
Tessa Stanley graduated from the University of Alberta and worked for over 10 years with adults and children in special needs populations. When she took time off to raise her kids, she discovered a passion for the arts and completed classes in the Fine Arts Certificate Program at U of A and found numerous workshops, apprenticeships and training to further her artistic skills. She started volunteering and teaching art classes to children, which led to eventually developing and opening her own business running an art studio for children. She is currently a member of the Federation of Canadian Artists and an active participant in a Clay studio. Tessa is experienced in watercolour, oils, acrylics, sketching, multi-media collage and in hand building, throwing and glazing pottery.
Alison Prsa received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art and Design at the University of Alberta in 2016. She worked as the summer student at the AGSA that year and continues as an instructor for school and community programs.
Alison’s artwork often includes a range of media assembled to create tactile sculptural forms. She enjoys working with clay, plaster, paint, and textiles while experimenting with new materials and technology. Alison is passionate about art as an experience of play and experimentation. Throughout her education, work experience, and independent projects, Alison has gained experience working with a wide range of artistic mediums including painting, sculpture, printmaking, dance, music, and textile work. She loves teaching and creating art with people of all ages and abilities.