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Our exceptional Art Instructors are all about creating a fun, low stress, non-judgmental environment that inspires everyone to enjoy getting creative. Their passion for art and for teaching translates directly into their events. All of our instructors are artists themselves, with experience in a variety of mediums.


David Cooper

David Cooper is a Winnipeg based artist primarily working in watercolour, acrylic, and mixed media. David has been painting for over 30 years and teaching art for the last fifteen. David’s paintings range in subject from figurative, landscape, and abstract. He is passionate about teaching art to students young and old through workshops and classes.

Classes at Forum: Beginner Acrylic, Advanced Acrylic and Intermediate Watercolour

Doug Fedrau

Doug Fedrau is an illustrator and graphic designer who is known for both his detailed line work in comic book art and hyper realism portrature. As a graduate of the Advanced Graphic Design program at Red River College, he worked as a graphic artist for several years. In recent years Doug has focused more on his portraiture and comic book art practice.

Doug illustrated the 2019 Gene Day Award winning graphic novel, Christie Pits and produced comics for digital and print media.

Classes at Forum: Intro to Portraits, Teen Comic Book Art, Comic Book Art for Adults


Jackie Neufeld

An artistic teacher turned landscaper, Jackie Neufeld has an Education Degree from the University of Regina and a Certificate in Prairie Horticulture from Assiniboine Community College. Teaching at Forum keeps Jackie connected to her passion of facilitating creativity within the community.

Classes at Forum: Children’s Art with Jackie and Summer Art Camp

James Culleton

James Culleton is a professional artist, furniture designer and musician. James has a B.F.A. Honours from the University of Manitoba. He has received awards and grants from the Manitoba Arts Council, Winnipeg Arts Council, and Le Conseil des arts art lettres du Quebec. James’ art can be seen on the front facade of the West End Cultural Centre and in several self-published books on drawing.

Classes at Forum: Drawing Basics, Beyond The Basics in Drawing, Portraits Like The Masters, Drawing From Music, Painting Basics


Jinyoung Park

Jinyoung Park is a watercolour artist with a Korean traditional ink painting background. She has loved watercolour painting since she started this medium several years ago. Jin possesses a profound admiration for its adaptability, its capacity for grace, its unerring authenticity, and its tranquil serenity.

Classes at Forum: Beginner+ Watercolour


Kelly Campbell

Kelly Campbell is a printmaker and art educator who has recently been focusing on community art and printmaking projects. Including a City of Winnipeg public art program “Youth With Art” project with Elwick Family Resource Center. As well as an “Artist in the Schools” with Kelvin High School. With these programs Kelly is teaching both groups various forms of printmaking. Kelly also prints their own work out of their studio in the Exchange.

Classes at Forum: Teen Drawing and DIY Screen Printing

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Linda Olzewski

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Nick Iskierski

Nick Iskierski has a fearless approach to experimenting with mediums. He creates unique pieces filled with character, whimsy and brilliant colours to make your eyes dance. His creations include hand sewn creatures named Cruddlies, clay and found object creations named Weirdoughs, wearable art, traditional art, and other treasures.
Nick brings his work to many art shows, maker markets and other creative events.

Classes at Forum: Children’s Art with Nick and Teen Art with Nick

Nico Narvaez

Nico Narváez is an emerging artist with a multicultural formation, having studied arts in Nicaragua, USA, and Canada. Nico’s work is a mix of mediums such as black smithing, pen and ink illustration, wood carving, as well as painting and printmaking.

Nico’s most recent Art exhibit was in May 2023 at the Steinbach Arts Council, where he is also an art instructor.

Classes at Forum: Preteen Stop Motion, Preteen Acrylic

Nicole Shimonek

Nicole is a visual artist based in Winnipeg who works with sculpture, drawing, video, and performance. She has participated in artist residencies at the Banff Centre for the Arts, L’AiR international (Paris), Bow Arts Trust (London), Brompton Design District (London), and Artscape Gibraltar Point (Toronto). She holds an MFA from the Chelsea College of Art and Design, UAL London.

Classes at Forum: Beginner Drawing & Painting

Pamela Jeffrey

Pamela Jeffrey is a professional multi media artist, musician, and art educator who has taught at Forum Art Centre, the WAG, Palette Club, and online private lessons. Pam holds a B.A. from McGill University, as well as a Professional Teacher’s Designation from the University of British Columbia.

Pam is best known for her work in oil pastels. She plays flute, whistle and harp, in Winnipeg’s “Flatland Ceili Band”. Pam participates in various group art shows and does private commissions.

Classes at Forum: Oil Pastel Painting, Beyond the Black and White and Mixed Media Magic

Rene Bruneau

Rene Bruneau is a self-taught Felt Maker working at mastering the age old textile art of Wet Felting since 1999. Over the years Rene has facilitated workshops and classes through shops, galleries, art centers and his home studio.

Classes at Forum: Intro to Wet Felting

Sage Sokoran

A functional ceramic artist and printmaker, studio technician and instructor. Sage currently serves as a director of the Manitoba Craft Council, Instructor and Studio Technician at the Winnipeg Art Gallery, and runs their own practice.

Sage focuses on the creation of community around and through the usage of functional objects. As a transgender and neurodivergent artist and instructor, Sage focuses on creating inclusive, constructive, and collaborative learning environments with students.

Classes at Forum: Intermediate Handbuilding, Intermediate Wheel Throwing, Beginner Wheel Throwing, Pre-Teen Pottery

Michael Saint Hilaire

Michel Saint Hilaire is a Franco-Manitoban, multimedia artist who explores new ways of conveying powerful human experiences through different mediums. He challenges himself to expand on the concept of a canvas, using found items and unexpected materials.

Michel brings his passion for artistic discovery together with almost two decades of teaching experience for the WAG, inspiring others to build on their own aesthetic and expand their vision of the world.

Classes at Forum: Fundamentals of Drawing and Fundamentals of Acrylic


Sana Mimouna

Originally from Tunisia, Sana Mimouna is a painter and jewelry designer. Holding a doctorate in Art History & Theory, she has taught internationally at different universities. Sana is currently teaching visual arts in the Franco-Manitoban school division and leading workshops at several organizations.

Classes at Forum: Preteen Manga, children’s Art, Children’s Art En Français and Children’s Summer Camp

Ysa Aguinaldo

Ysa is a Winnipeg-based ceramic artist and the hands behind Just for Fun Ceramics. With a background in teaching woodworking and visual arts, Ysa brings a wealth of knowledge and experience of teaching to her role as a ceramics instructor, nurturing the creativity and talent of her students. Beyond the classroom, Ysa continues to push the boundaries of her ceramics practice. Her dedication to functional ceramics allows her to merge artistry with utility, crafting pieces that are not only visually stunning but also serve a purpose in people’s everyday lives.

Classes at Forum: Beginner Wheel Throwing Clay


Alice RL

Alice is a non-binary, Ojibwe artist who takes inspiration from their life experiences and cultural teachings. They blend these inspirations with a signature palette of bright, playful hues to create stunning juxtapositions of human brutality and emotion with hope and whimsy. Their mediums includes video game and comic book art, digital and traditional illustration, and graphic design. Alice is graduate of the University of Manitoba Fine Arts Program and Digital Media Design at Red River College.

Classes at Forum: Children’s Art with Alice and Teen Art with Alice


Joel Nichols

Joel Nichols is an interdisciplinary artist currently residing in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The divisional nature of Joel’s identity inspires him to create work that is approachable to different communities in hopes that people can begin to understand each other. They have an undergraduate degree with honours from the University of Manitoba and a newly appointed Rhodes Scholar Elect.

Classes at Forum: Beginner Wheel Throwing Clay

Natalie Mark

Natalie Mark 麥月明 is an illustrator and cartoonist. Their work is somewhere between a reflection of life and small curiosities. Though they primarily work with narrative, Natalie has also made installation work for Pride Toronto’s 2017 street fair, and produced video work for 25th Reel Asian International Film Festival.

Natalie has created a public art project that is up in Downtown Chinatown (CHECK IT OUT), and is currently working on a short comic through a grant and mentorship awarded by CAKE Chicago.

Classes at Forum: Teen Manga

Tolu Toludare

Tolu Toludare is a professional ceramist with a core interest focused on ceramic practice both at contemporary and technical level, with nitty-gritty on ceramic materials and analytical study of material behaviour. Tolu’s loves to create harmony for thrown forms on the potters’ wheel with dexterity showing African/Asian master class.

Classes at Forum: Intermediate Wheel Throwing and Hand Building Clay


Desiree Mendoza

Desiree is an office management and communications practitioner by day and an artist on other days. She graduated with a B.A. in Communications in the Philippines (cum laude) and a diploma from the Creative Communications Program of Red River College. Desiree held her first major exhibition, “Peaceful Reflections” in November, 2023 with great success. Desiree is also a member of the Cre8ery Gallery in Winnipeg.

Classes at Forum: Beginner/Intermediate Watercolour and Loose Floral & Abstract Landscape Painting in Watercolour

Brenna George

Brenna George is best known for her thoughtful paintings made from abstracting events in her life. Her style is a mix of journaling and humor insights using exuberant brushwork and anthropomorphism. Brenna’s work is in the collections of both the National Gallery of Canada and the Surrey Art Gallery. She has mentored at MAWA, Video Pool, the Rural Arts Mentorship Program at MAN and MAWA, and privately through her website. She also teaches painting and drawing at the WAG, RWB, and Fort Garry Palette Club in Winnipeg

Classes at Forum: Beginner Water Soluble Oils and Intermediate Styles in Water Soluble Oils


Dave Carty

Dave Carty is a graduate of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design with Bachelor of Fine Arts and Art Education. Dave has worked as an illustrator, graphic designer, mural artist and scenic artist for theater, film and businesses across Canada.

One of Dave’s murals features Sir William Stephenson. The famed “A Man called Intrepid” hero and inspiration to the James Bond novels.

Classes at Forum: A Natural Way to Draw

Forum Art Centre’s instructors are committed to developing the full artistic potential of each student with creative guidance from experienced artists.

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