Laina Tsurusaki is a first-year student at York University. She is currently in the Concurrent Education program and is studying Children's Study to gain more knowledge about the teaching career. Laina always loved working with children, and have many volunteering experiences with young students in a classroom setting. She was always passionate about art-making, and is very excited to share her love for arts with many innovative children.
Fiona White is a recent graduate of the Master of Arts Program in Child Study and Education at The University Of Toronto. Born in Scotland, she has worked with children from age two to seventeen in several countries around the world. Fiona loves helping children to learn new art techniques and discover new talents and abilities. She is passionate about using art to help make lessons in school more engaging and believes that images and sculptures can be powerful tools to help children think and talk about big ideas.
I'm in grade 10 at Harbord collegiate Institute and I have been passionate about art and music since a very young age. I thought this would be a good experience for me because I love opening young minds to the possibilities of art. I love working with different types of media and I also enjoy drawing and silkscreening.
After graduating from Hijiyama University's ECE Program in Japan, Mari Okumura went on to work at the Hesaka Nursery School for three years. Since then, she has travelled around the world experiencing many different cultures and most recently teaching Canadian children to speak Japanese. Mari is excited to volunteer at the The Children's Art Studio where she can gain valuable art-making techniques in an Early Childhood setting.
Janice Liu is a second-year student at the University of Toronto. She studied at the Maryland Institute College of Art prior to moving to Toronto, and loves drawing and painting in particular. By volunteering at The Children's Art Studio, Janice not only continues to develop her own artistic practise, but also encourages our young students with their creative development. Janice will gain valuable experience working with kids of all age groups, and who knows….maybe Janice will be an art teacher one day!
Sharon Guan is a first-year Psychology student at York University. She is very passionate about working with children and dreams of becoming an elementary school teacher. Sharon has volunteer experience in a Kindergarten classroom and a children's recreational program. She loves assisting and motivating children through various arts and crafts. Sharon looks forward to bringing her positive attitude to The Children's Art Studio.
Kevin Chang was born in Taiwan and emigrated to Canada in 2009. He is studying Mathematics and Economics at The University of Toronto. Although he does not have formal training in art-making, he loves art and regularly visits The Art Gallery of Ontario to see both the current exhibitions and the permanent collection. Kevin is keen to assist in the studio to gain both art-making and teaching experience.
Michele Dillon is a high school student currently attending Burnhamthorpe Collegiate in Etobicoke. Michele has been interested in the arts all her life and is excited to share her passion at The Children's Art Studio. Michele volunteers on Wednesday afternoons during the Early Years and School Age programs.
As a Fashion Design and Business student at George Brown College, Phons draws her inspirations from her travels abroad and is thrilled to share her love for arts and crafts at The Children's Art Studio.