Next Exhibition

Galerie de la Ville


January 27 to February 24, 2019

Senior discounts

Seniors art course discount for residents of D.D.O. and non-residents
(65 yrs. +)


About our teachers

Claudine Ascher

Claudine Ascher has been a professional artist for more than 20 years. She has a Bachelor of Arts, a Diploma in Education from McGill University, a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Master of Art Education from Concordia University. She has taught art technique and practiced at Arts Centers around Montreal and Banff.


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Laurie Dumont-Bal

Laurie Dumont-Bal will soon be graduating from the Professional Theatre (Acting) Program at John Abbott College. She is a bilingual theatre performer who has had the opportunity of studying under prominent Montreal theatre artists. She was a counselor in training for the DDO Summer Fine Arts Camp. She has also performed in theatrical productions in Montreal.

Kristy Boisvert

Kristy Boisvert holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a Specialization in Art Education from Concordia University. She has graduated from Professional Photography and Illustration and Design at Dawson College. Kristy is a freelance illustrator and graphic designer specializing in children’s illustration and small business branding.

Kevin Bourne

Kevin Bourne is a Montreal based jazz guitarist and graduate of the Jazz Faculty Program at McGill University. Most recently, Kevin has been performing on board the NCL Norwegian Sun as the guitarist for the ship’s showband, playing with artists from all over the world. As a freelance musician, he is accustomed to playing in various jazz ensembles, but has also been involved in various musical theatre productions since 2012, both as a guitarist and a band leader. The most recent productions Kevin was involved in was with the West Island Student Theatre Association (WISTA), including their production of Bye Bye Birdie, in which he conducted the pit orchestra and served as band leader. His previous work has been in productions by McGill’s Arts Undergraduate Theatre Society, Beautiful City Theatre, Côte Saint-Luc Dramatic Society, as well as WISTA.

Megan Bradley

Megan Bradley

Megan Bradley is a graduate of the John Abbott College Professional Theatre Program and has been working at the Dollard Centre for the Arts for over five years, teaching Theatre during the school year and working at the Summer Camp. This is her fifth year as the co-supervisor of the Summer Fine Arts Camp. Outside of DDO, Megan is an actor and works with the Montreal Shakespeare Theatre Company doing their ‘Shakespeare for Kids’ School Tour.


Bernard Caron

Bernard CaronBernard Caron has been teaching since 2002 and became co-founder and co-director of the Tango Rico school in Chambly from 2003 to 2013. He is an associate professor at Air de Tango in Montreal and is the founder of, an event directory for the tango in North America.

Jelani Corbie

jelaniJelani Corbie studied Popular Music at Vanier College and Integrative Music Studies at Concordia University. He is a song and music composer who has performed with various groups and has taught in community music schools.

Caroline Di Nunzio


Caroline Di Nunzio has a DEC in Creative Arts and Culture from Dawson College and is completing her degree in Art Education at Concordia University. She has taught art in elementary schools and art centres in the area including our own Summer Fine Arts Camp.

Marie Dubois

Marie Dubois is a second year student at John Abbott College. She has always been very creative ever since a young age. She started dancing in ballet at the age of 3, then slowly got in to the Hip Hop style. In elementary school, she started gymnastic and created original dance routines for competitions. In 2013, she then went back to Hip Hop and danced on a competitive team making it a great and memorable life experience. After a summer of co-teaching Hip Hop this summer at the Fine Arts camp, she is very excited to start a new experience and teach new people, and also learn from each other. This will help to develop many dance styles all the while having fun!

Olivia Emond

Olivia Emond has been dancing since the age of 5 and has been dancing competitively since the age of 10 at Sheila Parkins Academy of Dance and Music. She has completed examinations for ballet, tap, and jazz including the ‘Associated Dance Arts for Professional Teachers’ and ‘Cecchetti’ examinations. She has also won a merit award for ‘Dance’ at graduation and has been recognized for her technique and dedication at many competitions as well.

Arianna Garcia-Fialdini


Arianna Garcia-Fialdini has a Masters in Fine Arts, Painting and Drawing from Burren College of Art in Ireland and a Bachelors Degree in Art Education from Concordia University. She has experience teaching elementary and high school levels and has exhibited her work in Montreal, Ireland and New York.

Josée-France Girard

Josée-France (Jo) has been drawing, coloring, painting, sewing and crafting since she was old enough to hold the tools in her hands. She studied fashion design at Marie-Victorin and went on to work in the field. She continued on with her studies by getting a diploma of Psychofigurism and Makeup Artistry from the Edith Serei Academy which lead to working in the beauty and makeup field. She worked and travelled all over North America representing and teaching for an international makeup line esteemed for their artistry and education philosophy. To add, she studied and worked in the world of hair styling. All while continuing to feed her passion for art through the forms of drawing and painting. She has recently become a Certified Zentangle Teacher (CZT), where she guides students of all ages and all walks of life through the relaxing and empowering Zentangle Method.

You can find her on Instagram under ThriveInk and fashionistajZo.

Janette Haggar

Janette Haggar

Janette Haggar has a DEC in ceramic technology from John Abbott College, a Bachelor and a Masters Degree in Art Education from Concordia University. She has experience teaching at the preschool through to university level.

Luc Herrmann

Luc Herrmann is a Montreal based guitarist who has been performing regularly in Quebec and across Canada for the last 10 years. Either as the leader of his project the ‘‘Luc Herrmann Group’’ or as a sideman for musicians like Geneviève Racette, Isabelle Young or various jazz groups. Holding a Bachelor’s in jazz performance from McGill university, his specialty lies in jazz but he has a great interest in a wide variety of music. Luc’s guitar lessons are personalized to the needs of each individual student and the guitarist is passionate about teaching his students how to profoundly master the neck of their guitar and dissect their favorite songs.

Karen Ho


Karen Ho has a BCA in Music (Jazz) and a Master of Musicology from Université de Montréal. She has taught at various music, elementary and preschools on the West Island.

Jacinta Ionno

Jacinta Ionno has a BA from McGill University, a degree in Commercial Art from the Art Academy and is completing a BFA at Concordia University. She has experience teaching both children and adults and has exhibited her artwork around the Montreal area.

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Corinne Krikorian

Corinne Krikorian has studied dance from a young age and tango since 2003. After learning from experienced teachers in Montreal she moved to Buenos Aires to study with renowned tango Masters. She teaches in Montreal, Quebec City and internationally and operates a popular milonga (tango dance evening) at the Rialto Theatre.

Sherrie Marginean


Sherrie Marginean is a professional musician with over 20 years performing and teaching experience. Her classical training was at Vanier College with Jocelyne Fleury-Coutu. She has travelled extensively with her musical group, co-written and recorded two albums, performed on other’s CDs and was the voice of several radio jingles.

Renée Mizgala

While studying Fine Arts at Concordia University in the early 1980’s, Renée decided to look elsewhere for inspiration and discovered watercolour – she never looked back. Enthralled with this medium, Renée continued her studies in Montreal with Renata Heidersdorf and Ming Ma. She also took many workshops with American watercolorists, including Gerald Brommer, Chen Kee Chee and other masters in their field.
Her watercolours of nature-inspired subjects have won awards in Canada and the United States, and can be found in private and corporate collections in North America and parts of Europe.
Renée began sharing her passion for watercolour by teaching, first children, and then adults at her home studio in Dollard-des-Ormeaux. By the early 1990’s she was teaching primarily adults at her studio and also offering workshops for many artists’ groups and associations.
A member of the Lakeshore Artists’ Association, founding member of the Dollard Artists’ Association and long-time member of the Dorval Artists’ Association, Renée continues to teach and paint in her studio and also experiments with various papers and techniques not only to be more creative in her own work, but to inspire her students to improve in theirs. Her classes allow students to explore and develop their creativity as well as master the finer points of watercolour techniques. “Each person is an individual, and their work must reflect their individuality. One must come to class with an open mind ready to take risks, have fun and enjoy the journey”.

Jasmine Mrenica

Jasmine Mrenica is expecting to graduate Dawson College’s Professional Theatre program in May 2018. She has been passionate about drama since she was young, and has worked at the Centre Des Arts de Dollard Summer Fine Arts Camp for years in numerous positions. She is incredibly fortunate to be able to help kids develop their sense of creative expression and imagination as a teacher of this class. This is her second year teaching.

Jason Nocie

Jason Nocie is a recent addition to Canada after moving to DDO from Vermont. In university, he majored in drawing, painting, printmaking with a minor in art history. His master’s degree was in sculpture, working with both alabaster and marble. He also spent time in Carrara, Italy where he was taught by a master sculptor. For the past several years, Jason has focused on wood burning, primarily in recreations of historical maps.

Nancy Norena

Nancy Norena

Nancy Norena has a Bachelors Degree in Art Education from Concordia University and has experience teaching workshops in various Elementary and Pre-schools.

Carl Ragonese

Carl RagoneseCarl Ragonese has a Masters in music from Université de Montréal and a Bachelor of Arts (Music Theory /Composition) from Concordia University. Carl has been teaching piano and music theory in various public and private schools since 2001. He also has many years experience in preparing students for piano exams including McGill conservatory, RCM and Vincent d’Indy. Carl is also very active as a composer/pianist performing with his ensemble throughout the city and abroad.

Charlie Rossen


Charlie Rossen has a DEP in Professional Theatre at John Abbott College. He is teaching at the Dollard Centre for the Arts’ Saturday theatre classes and has been working at the Fine Arts Camp. This is his sixth year as the co-supervisor of the Summer Fine Arts Camp. Charlie has appeared in local theatrical and radio productions and international films.

Linda Beck Sidel

Linda Beck Sidel has a DEC in Creative Arts from Vanier College and is a graduate of the Interior Design Programme at Dawson College. She has experience teaching workshops in Acrylic Mediums privately and at various locations throughout Montreal.

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Geneviève Sideleau

Geneviève Sideleau

Geneviève Sideleau lives and works in Montreal, where she earned her MFA from Concordia University.  She has exhibited in Montreal, Ottawa, Northwest Territories, Boston, South Korea, and Serbia with an interdisciplinary practice involving painting, drawing, object-based work and installation.  Sideleau is an art instructor working in several art centers in Montreal and also volunteers her time to give creative classes to the elderly in the West Island.  You can find her work in private and public collections across Canada, United States and abroad as well as at Seven Below Gallery in Ottawa.

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