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Junior PAVAS Program Coordinator
Since 2010, Caroline has been the Junior PAVAS program coordinator at Studio PAVAS. Caroline is a graduate of Early Childhood Education at Sheridan College which enriches her education and guidance of all her students. She brings years of dance training and experience in the arts to the program.
A graduate of the BAA Illustration program at Sheridan College, Janet Parsons currently resides in Oakville, Ontario. In addition to being an illustrator, she teaches children's art classes. Surreal, romantic and allegorical, Janet's work features bold colour palettes, graphic shapes and organic elements to create unique images. Janet takes inspiration from nature's enchanting beauty and the raw emotional states of living things. Janet has been teaching at Studio PAVAS since 2016. View her artwork on her website.
Bridget graduated from the University of Toronto and Sheridan College, receiving an Honours Bachelor of Arts and a Diploma in Art and Art History, respectively. She specialized in painting and drawing. Bridget is a visual artist, and has exhibited in various art galleries including the Edward Day Gallery, and the Blackwood Gallery. Bridget brings her passion for the arts to the classroom, as well as her 5+ years' experience teaching children of all ages. View her artwork on her website and you can also connect with her on facebook.
Joseph Sampson graduated from the Ontario College of Art in 1995. After OCA, he began freelancing as an illustrator while continuing to paint. Painting quickly became his sole occupation. Joe's portfolio is comprised of a variety of scenic imagery, and is currently focused on waterscapes. Drawn to shorelines, beaches, lakes, oceans and streams, Joe uses water imagery to depict the dichotomy between movement and immobility. A detailed understanding of light's ability to create color, shadow and tone is utilized to set mood in each painting. Whether the focus is cold, warm, tranquil or angry, waters' magnificence strikes the viewer and an emotional response is evoked. This is due, in part, to the large scale of the work. From a distance, the viewer is drawn towards what appears to be a photograph. Upon closer inspection, brushstrokes are revealed and the observer is made aware of the meticulous layers of brushwork, resulting in the illusion that the viewer is still for an instant, at the waters' edge. Studio PAVAS is thrilled to have Joe return and be a part of the faculty. View his artwork on his website.
Vanessa Simonetta (on leave)
Vanessa is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art and Design University. Since 2004, Vanessa has been taught by Joe Sampson and then became his assistant, teaching all ages of students at Studio PAVAS. She has taught drawing and painting classes for the past 5 years.