Come discover your creativity and hidden talent in a friendly, comfortable, and encouraging environment under the guidance of artist, Angela Heppner. Principal teacher, Angela Heppner, studied Design at Ryerson Polytechnical Institute and Visual Arts at Brock University giving her knowledge in both technical and expressive and creative forms of art and design.
Angela has a deep passion for creating all types of art including: drawing, painting, sculpture, clothing and costumes, interior design, mixed media and has even taught food classes. She started teaching in her early years of university and has been doing so ever since. She has developed educational programs using art as a technique or means to teach other subjects. Teaching adults, teens and children on a one to one personal level is important to Angela and she devotes her time equally among her students. This allows students to develop at their own speed with little stress, and the freedom of choice to express their creativity in their own way. Every idea suggested by a student is welcomed and talked over. Angela enjoys working in all mediums. Mixed media is one of her choices as one is able to work with various materials not normally considered to be traditional. The studio is equipped with a large variety of design tools, art mediums and surfaces so that students are able to experience firsthand the difference between quality supplies and standard supplies. She continues to add to the mediums available for students’ usage at a minimal cost.
Students have comfortable seating, their own table and easels. The studio is large, and bright. The environment is always positive and students encourage each other making the experience pleasant while building the confidence of all students. While each student works on their pieces of choice, Angela is constantly discussing art and design theory and sharing her personal tips and secrets. She strongly believes in teaching each student as a unique individual. Angela believes a positive and encouraging environment has been instrumental to the success of her many award winning students. Some of her former students have studied art in college or university and now have professional art careers. Many of Angela’s students do art as a form of therapy, relaxation or as a personal statement with a desire to create and shape the world around them.
Angela has been actively involved and teaching at Peterson Community Workshop for ten years and has been the Executive Director of Peterson Community Workshop for the last five years. She has worked with many volunteers who have helped in a number of ways. She also welcomes High Skill Major students. She is a member of the City of Niagara Falls Arts and Culture Committee and also a member of the Chippawa Public Docks Committee. She is a past SEAC member for the Niagara Catholic District School Board and Past instructor for the Learning Disabilities Association of Niagara.