Our Instructors


Nicole A Go Go is a Blanche MacDonald Fashion Design graduate. She’s trained in clothing design, pattern making, and sewing and can often be found making colourful garments in fun silhouettes with vintage fabrics. Nicole has several years of experience working for local prominent designers and costume makers, and now operates a customer order only label. She’s very passionate about sustainability and fair practices within the garment industry. She loves sharing her knowledge of the industry with others and helping people discover a more meaningful relationship with their clothes. This means educating people on the true cost of fast fashion, sharing her technical skills, and pushing people to find their signature style.


Ross Bradley, a graduate of the Ontario College of Art and the University of Guelph,  has exhibited his work nationally and internationally for over 35 years. His work is represented in corporate and private collections, including the Alberta Foundation for the Arts and the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies. An active, Life Member of Harcourt House since its inception, he volunteers with the organization of the centre’s figure-drawing classes. A Life Member of the Alberta Society of Artists, Mr. Bradley also exhibits his figure-based work regularly in solo and group exhibitions across Alberta.

For the past 20 years, his studio practice has been divided between drawing, sculpture and photography. The common threads through all of his work are the study of the human form and the attempt to explore the variations and individuality of the figure, and the attempt to capture how the human form occupies and moves through space.



Micheal Cor holds an MFA from the Hoffberger School of Painting at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), has completed MICA’s College Teaching of Art program, and brings unique perspective to his more than traditional painting courses. He is currently employe as a Technician in the Sculpture Department at University of Alberta and lives and creates his work in Edmonton.


Santoshi Davis BCR, CEC is a graduate student working towards a Masters in Psychotherapy, Spirituality and Art (Art Therapy Specialization). She is an experienced artist and caring corporate leader with certifications in executive coaching, positive psychology, addictions studies, and yoga. She is playful, spiritual, unconventional, and well travelled – both in geography and in life. Understanding the circle represents the wholeness, she has a special interest in creating mandalas from found objects. In her creation of art, Santoshi aims to lovingly assign new meaning to what was once relegated as useless.


Maren Kathleen Elliott is a visual artist and musician. Born in Edmonton, AB, she was raised immersed in the arts, training in classical viola, dance, and voraciously exploring visual & written expression. Maren received her BA (Psychology, Music) from the University of Alberta in 2016. In 2017, she was artist-in-residence at the University of Alberta’s Arts-Based Research Studio and received an individual project grant from the Edmonton Arts Council for her work in mixed media. Maren has also been actively involved in the wider arts community of Edmonton, volunteering with organizations such as the Nina Haggerty Centre for the Arts. In her studio, she often combines images and seemingly ordinary materials into creative meditations that bridge her passions for social sciences and human connection. She is currently one of six featured artists for the Shaw Conference Centre’s 2018/2019 Community Art Program.



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.



Sara McKarney makes process oriented drawing, printmaking and sculpture focusing on ideas of place, history, and archiving. The documentation of unassuming, everyday objects is a continuing theme in the work, exploring the ideas of home and belonging. Her work has been exhibited in galleries and found-space locations across Canada and internationally. She received a Fine Arts Diploma from MacEwan University, a BFA from the University of Lethbridge, and completed a Preparatorial Work-Study through The Banff Centre. She currently works as a Preparator at the Art Gallery of Alberta and is the Advocacy Director for the board of VAA-CARFAC.



T.J. McLachlan is an artist living on the Canadian prairies. After receiving a BFA in Critical and Cultural Practices (Emily Carr University of Art and Design) he is now a graduate student at the University of Alberta where he has received a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Grant to study the role of systemic privilege in meaning-making processes. Embracing an interdisciplinary approach, he looks to find connections among disparate fields such as Linguistics, Critical Race and Whiteness Studies to inform his artistic research. His practice works primarily with objects, embracing a variety of materials and approaches to develop conceptually rooted projects.



Freyja Patton is an American in Canada with an unrelenting hunger for language and art. To satiate this hunger she indulges in reading and writing and learning a bit about everything and making things with her hands. Her favourite materials are words, paper, ink, cardboard, typewriters, and photocopiers.

Freyja has a 2011 BFA in Fine Arts (Studio Art) from the University of Lethbridge. She is currently based in a basement studio in Edmonton, Alberta, henceforth named the Better Than A Bathroom Studio and Gallery.



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.


Brandi Strauss is a visual artist and musician living in the northern metropolis of Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA. Brandi’s foray into collage began by creating paper zines. Her collages are created both in analog(by hand) and with digital manipulation. She is inspired by dreams and the subconscious of the human mind. Her artistic outputs, are released under the platform known as Static Control, including audio recordings, collage, print media, video etc and more.



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.



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Devon Beggs was born in Edmonton, Alberta in 1983. Beggs works predominantly with textiles and fibres, but also incorporates sound, video, performance and installation into his practice. Beggs completed an MFA at Concordia University in Montreal in 2011 and currently lives and works in Edmonton. He has exhibited his work in Montreal at Parisian Laundry and Art Mur, in Vancouver at Gallery Atsui, and was recently included in the Future Station: 2015 Biennial of Contemporary Art at the Art Gallery of Alberta.



Stacey Cann is a multidisciplinary artist living in Edmonton, Alberta. She holds an M.A. in Art Education from Concordia University and a B.F.A. in Print Media from Alberta College of Art and Design. Her work is a phenomenological analysis of everyday life and has explored themes of memory, loss, environment, labour and time.

Cann has taught at the Society of Northern Alberta Print-Artists (SNAP), Concordia University, Alberta College of Art and Design, MacEwan University, the Art Gallery of Alberta, as well as Harcourt House Artist Run Centre. As well, she has had solo exhibitions as part of Next Fest, at Latitude 53 Contemporary Art and Harcourt House Artist Run Centre. Cann has also shown her work in group exhibitions at the International Print Centre New York, the Mass MoCA and Richmond Art Gallery. Stacey Cann curated exhibitions at Ste. Emilie Skillshare in Montreal and at the Jackson Power Gallery as part of the Works Art and Design Festival.



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.