Visual Arts Faculty
HCA Education Coordinator
Following the completion of her BFA from McMaster University, Victoria has worked with the Hamilton Conservatory for the Arts as a Visual Arts Instructor and Education Coordinator for close to 15 years. She is an original faculty member of the HCA Children’s Arts Exploration Program and Culture for Kids in the Arts Mentorship program, which together has introduced over 55,000 children from visiting regional and local School Boards to visual arts, dance, drama and music. Victoria is the Program Coordinator for Culture for Kids in the Arts (CKA), a charitable organization facilitated at the Hamilton Conservatory dedicated to providing access to quality arts programs to Hamilton children and youth. Project participation and coordination include the HCA Gallery, Hamilton Nutcracker Art Exhibition Series (2001- 2004), Chamber Music Hamilton (2000 – 2005), HCA Dance Theatre Displacement Project (2007 – 2009) , HCA Kinder Arts Exploration Program and the Culture for Kids in the Arts CONNECT Project, After School Arts Program and Artasia.
Alexander Dzuybko was born in Russia to a family of artists. He attended the Art Academy in St. Petersberg (Russia), and graduated from Art College. In addition to his regular scholastic program, he spent more than ten years studying the techniques of Old Masters, among them Rembrandt, Vermeer, Bouguereau, Tchistiakov and Savisnski. . Alexander is an expert at techniques developed in schools ranging from the Italian Renaissance to Flemish and Dutch masters and art academies of the 19th and 20th century. As well, he is a devoted follower and ex-student of renowned Russian artist Yuri Skorikov. Alexander has many aspiring students and followers. He teaches workshops and seminars for many individuals and art groups, semi-professionals and professional artists. His greatest motivation is his own successful artistic career and belief that the need exists to reveal many missing links in today’s art education. His knowledge and teaching method provide his students with a solid foundation for the development of their drawing and painting skills and also encourages them to establish their own artistic style.
Faculty – Children’s Art Instructor
Cornelia Peckart graduated with honors from the Ontario College of Art and Design in 1987. After living in Toronto, Berlin, Ottawa, Pittsburgh, Rotterdam and Burlington she has come back home to Hamilton. During the journey, Cornelia had the opportunity to work as an artist and educator at a number of internationally recognized art institutions which include the Andy Warhol Museum, AGO, Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh and Villa Zebra in Rotterdam. Her arts practice has earned her a fellowship in photography and exhibitions in Canada, U.S.A., Germany and the Netherlands.
Cornelia focuses on the evolution of popular culture and accepted ideals through drawing, painting, printmaking and photography.
Kinder Arts Exploration
Jennifer has been teaching young children for over 23 years. While attaining her Early Childhood Education diploma at Sheridan College she created a unique developmentally appropriate Creative Movement dance program promoting positive learning experiences within the arts. She has trained in jazz, tap, ballet, as well as ballroom and participated in an intensive program within the National Ballet School of Canada focusing on creative movement techniques. She strongly believes that in addition to what she can teach children, they are continually bringing enriching experiences to her. Jennifer is a mother of three, a graduate of Child Life Studies at McMaster University and teaches pre-school in Waterdown. She is thrilled to be joining the HCA’s Kinder Arts Exploration Team.
George is a Hamilton based portrait and lifestyle photographer. He was selected as one of Photo Life’s 30 Emerging Photographers to Watch in 2010, and has been published in numerous magazines.
Mike is a working comic book industry professional with over 12 years experience in writing, colouring and illustration. He has worked with publishers of all sizes including Marvel, Dark Horse and a number of small presses and creator owned comics. A former publisher, Gagnon has worked on every side of the industry and knows the ins-and-outs of not only the creation, but manufacturing and production, distribution and legal issues related to comics.