Arts Programs

Instructor Profiles

The carefully selected instructors who teach at the FirstOntario Arts Centre Milton, are respected, well-known artists with specialized knowledge in their fields.

Lisa Di Natale

 

Lisa Di Natale

Lisa is a multimedia designer and design educator. She graduated from the Material Arts Program at the Ontario College of Art and Design, and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Guelph, where she specialized in drawing and photography. She teaches design practice and theory in the Visual and Creative Arts Program at the Sheridan College Institute. Lisa has been a member of FirstOntario Arts Centre teaching team since the facility opened in 2011.

Angela Ferguson

 

Angela Ferguson

Angela holds a double major Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Guelph in Studio Art and Art History where she specialized in sculpture, drawing, installation, video and audio art. Her work has been exhibited at the Zavitz Gallery, Queen Elizabeth Park Cultural Community Centre, and The Boarding House Gallery in Guelph. Angie has been teaching at the FirstOntario Arts Centre Milton since 2013, and has held roles supervising and teaching the Arts Centre summer camps. Angie is currently finishing her Masters of Teaching degree at the University of Toronto.

 

 Christina Hamid

 

Christina Hamid

Christina graduated from York University with a Bachelor of Arts Honours degree where she studied Theatre and Play writing. She then went on to complete her Bachelor of Education degree at Western University, where she specialized in English and Drama. Christina has also interned at The Playwright's Guild of Canada. She is currently a member of The Women's Room Playwright's Unit and had a staged reading of her new work This Side Up in June 2017. Christina has taught dance classes for nine years and is trained in Jazz, Ballet and Tap. She is currently working as a background actor for television shows and movies. She teaches drama classes and writes children's plays for FirstOntario Arts Centre Milton.

Angela Lipscomb

 

Angela Lipscombe

Angela is an award winning visual artist and honours graduate in Graphic Design from George Brown College. A full time artist and instructor for the last 20 years for children, adults and seniors, Angela specializes in acrylics, oils, watercolours and oil pastel and has been commissioned as a muralist for schools. Her art has been published, accepted into open juried exhibitions, exhibited in various galleries throughout Ontario and purchased for private and corporate collections worldwide. 

Having recently trained in Providence Rhode Island under the fabulous Zentangle® inventors Maria Thomas and Rick Roberts, Angela is proud to add Certified Zentangle®Teacher (CZT) to her list of artistic credentials. Angela has volunteered countless hours over the years heading up various art executives in the southern Ontario region. She enjoyed a successful term spearheading a 5 year 'Art Matters' program in Oakville, a youth-led painting exhibition and auction for the Halton Catholic District School Board. She has been a member of the FirstOntario Arts Centre Milton team since the facility opened in 2011. To learn more about Angela, visit drawntoart.ca

Sherry Morse

 

Sherry Morse

Sherry is a graduate of the Sheridan College School of Craft and Design with a diploma in Textiles (Design and Print).  Upon graduation, Sherry worked as an artist and colourist in the wallpaper industry. Her work in textile arts includes printing, embroidery, quilting, needlework, costume, millinery and most recently, felting. Sherry has been involved in children's camp programs in Ontario and Manitoba for over 25 years.  She joined the FirstOntario Arts Centre Milton team in January 2015.

 Image of Rabia Shahzad

 

Rabia Shahzad

Rabia holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from National College of Arts (Pakistan), with a specialization in printmaking. Rabia is a professional cartoonist and has had her work featured in a number of publications including The News International. In addition to cartooning, Rabia has taught students of 3D animation Mixed Media Art at the undergraduate level. As an artist, she teaches all mediums of expressions like Graffiti Art, popularly known as street art. In her opinion Art is a direct reflection of our response to the way we interpret the world around us. Rabia has enjoyed teaching cartooning and manga classes as well throughout Peel and Halton and enjoys keeping up with the latest animated TV shows and movies so that she can share tips and tricks with her students. She joined the FirstOntario Arts Centre Milton team in June 2016.

 Aparna Rangnekar

 

Aparna Rangnekar

Aparna holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Sir J.J. School of Art in Mumbai, India. Following her undergraduate work where she specialized in mural painting, Aparna pursued postgraduate studies in ceramics and pottery. She is also engaged with various art groups in the community and serves on the board of Arts Milton, a not-for-profit organization that promotes, facilitates and catalyzes Arts and Culture engagements in the community of Milton.
Aparna has facilitated several community art projects in the Greater Toronto Area as well as facilitated community projects in Milton over past five years for the Ontario Culture Days. Two of her murals, created with the Milton community during Culture Days, are on permanent display in the Arts Centre Milton. Aparna joined the FirstOntario Arts Centre Milton teaching team in 2014.