Our Instructors


Stephanie Jonsson’s practice has grown to include glazes and fabrics since graduating from the University of Alberta in 2005 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a major in sculpture. In 2007/2008, Stephanie did a yearlong residency at Harcourt House Gallery in Edmonton, AB and was nominated for the Emerging Artist of the Year for the Mayor’s Evening of the Arts Awards in Edmonton. During 2009 she received the Award of Achievement from the Alberta Craft Council for outstanding efforts in ceramics, and was listed among Avenue Magazine’s “Top 40 Under 40” in Edmonton. In 2012, Stephanie completed her Master of Applied Arts degree at Emily Carr University in Vancouver, BC. She taught ceramics full time at Kwantlen Polytechnic University from 2013 – 2014. The following year she was a yearlong resident artist in Medalta’s International Artist in Residence program. She started as the Head Technician in the Sculpture department at the University of Alberta in 2016, where she is currently employed.



Atya Khan is a visual artist/educator living in Edmonton. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Punjab, Pakistan. As an abstract expressionist artist for over 20 years, she has loved colours in acrylic and oil paints. She works to create an experience for further self-discovery and creativity inherent in the artistic process. She provides a comfortable and inspiring environment where people can tap into an intuitive realm. To her, there is no concept of right or wrong while creating a unique piece of art.



Andrew McCaffrey is an Edmonton based Commercial Arts Sculptor, specializing in the reproduction of small figurines, toys and tools. He has garnered recognition through a roster of miniature portrait figurines he has created in likeness of, and presented to, popular alternative rock artists. He has also sculpted for a stop motion animation children’s television production, Tour de Alberta, and other local organizations.  He has experience working in bronze casting, and has shown work locally and abroad.



Jordan Pearson studied at the Florence Academy of Art in Italy, has a Visual Arts Diploma in painting from Red Deer College and holds a Bachelor of Education in Fine Art from the University of Alberta. She is an artist, educator and beekeeper who practices oil and encaustic painting full time in her Edmonton studio. Jordan’s work focuses on local Canadian wildlife and landscape as she hopes to promote thoughts around respect, concern, action and local conservation. Through teaching and volunteering in several art centres, she is passionate about helping others use art as their creative outlet.


Ritchie Velthuis, an Edmonton based artist, has been a practicing his craft for most of his life. This commitment was rewarded with the distinct honour of designing a Homeless Memorial for Edmonton in 2011 which was collaboratively created with Keith Turnbull, Mike Turnbull and numerous community artists. The last 25 years have been devoted to exploring sculpture in various mediums including clay, resin, stone, cement, ice, and snow. He has received numerous awards for his ice and snow practice which include People’s Choice, Artist Choice and 1st place in the national category of the International Snow Sculpture Event at Carnival in Quebec City.



Community Outreach:


Tamara Deedman is a Canadian artist who recently received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from NSCAD University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Currently residing in Edmonton Alberta, she has been working at SNAP Printshop as an emerging artist in residence and with the Art Mentorship Society of Alberta trying to dismantle the stigma behind mental illness and to help create accessible, safe spaces for individuals seeking to find wellness through art. 


Roger Garcia is a self taught freelance illustrator who has been working in acrylics, ink and digital media professionally for over 10 years. His illustrations have been published in children’s books, ads, newspapers and educational material. Roger’s passion extends into the other parts of the gallery as well, acting as both an educator and helping to assist with art rentals. He is also an educator at the Art Gallery of Alberta and McMullen Gallery, educating youth and adults. As an educator, Roger feels passionate about working with youth because of their passion for life and laughter.


Lindsay Knox is an Edmonton based visual artist who uses a variety of media to express ideas about place, memory and the body. She holds a MFA from the University of Alberta, majoring in Drawing and Intermedia and she holds a BFA from the University of Victoria. Knox has given artist talks at both the Esker Gallery and the Banff Centre for the Arts and has exhibited throughout Alberta and BC. Currently, she is an art mentor for the Art Mentorship Society of Alberta and has an active studio practice. She has a passion for sharing art techniques, introducing new materials and sharing information about contemporary artists.




Joan  Roberts became an art instructor for the Out of the Shadows art program in March 2014 after being in the class six years and when Cathy McLear (founder), decided she would make a good instructor. She became Jane Walls’ co-worker for the Art Enrichment class at Harcourt House a month later. Together they continue to facilitate our free drop in Art Enrichment class every Friday from 1 – 4 pm. She also works as an art instructor for Senior Centres in Edmonton putting on beginner and intermediate classes when needed. She worked as a parent aid in elementary school for five years and also taught knitting and crocheting to children and adults in communities around the area of Prince George, B.C.


Debra Rusler is also known as Horeczko Rusler, artist. She graduated in 2000 with a BFA in Art and Design from the University of Alberta. Debra travelled extensively during and after her time with the University and has had a studio practice of her own since 1999. Debra’s most recent art show was in Edmonton at Aria’s in November of 2017. In the past she has had several solo shows and work at The Front Gallery in Edmonton. You can find Horeczko Rusler artist page on Facebook.

Debra began her teaching career at Harcourt House in 2000-2006. She taught at many centres and schools on a one time basis and with extended projects as well, including being hired for a project at Grandview Heights and sessions at CASA centre with various health professionals. Having a family is a busy schedule, and Debra took time off to raise her son and do an Education degree at the University of Alberta. During this time, she worked for the City of Edmonton at the City Arts Centre, piloting the program at Terwillegar Recreation Centre. Debra eventually returned to Harcourt House in 2014 where she remains an Outreach Instructor for the Education program.



Jane Walls, B.Ed., Early Childhood and Art, has been teaching art at Harcourt House on Friday afternoons for 9 years. She believes in art as a therapeutic tool. Facilitating and enabling many forms of art expression, personal growth and development. She is currently working in fabric and watercolour.