Our 2024 Instructors

Alex Lowe

Alex Lowe

Alex will be teaching a number of art and painting projects in all the camps this Summer. She is creating a public art installation for Artworth this year in the children’s section of the Campbellford Library. It will be a wall mural and a backdrop for 3-D sculptures of birds and plants made by the senior campers. In addition to public art inside the library, Artworth has partnered with the Library on a related outdoor mural (further details to come!).

Inspired by the time traveller theme, Alex will be facilitating camper creations in the form of mythical creatures with moving parts. Alex is also leading watercolour painting at both junior camps.

Alex Lowe is an illustrator, author, and art instructor who lives and works in Northumberland County. Alex has a passion for storytelling and book illustration and has been creating her own stories and characters from the moment she could hold a pencil. She is a graduate of the Honours Bachelor of Illustration at Sheridan College. She illustrated her first published book at the age of 18 and went on to write, illustrate, and publish several more. Her work consists of a varied mix of traditional and digital media, with a current preference for watercolours and ink. Alongside her illustration practice, she enjoys teaching classes for children and families in her community.

Amanda O'Rourke

Amanda operates Bellmont Farmstead in Havelock where she makes maple syrup, gardens and tends to her greenhouse operation with her family. Amanda was the Artworth camp manager for 2019 and 2021. She has helped run various nature camps throughout Ontario over the years. This year she will be growing plants for the Artworth junior camp in Warkworth as part of our Butterfly Garden project at St Paul’s United Church (To be confirmed).

Amanda O

Angelica Ottewill

Angelica Ottewill is a retired music and drama teacher as well as a freelance harpist, vocalist and storyteller.  She has performed at numerous local events, including the Lilac Festival and Art in the Park.  She is a frequent performer at St. Paul’s United Church and has performed for students at Campbellford Public School. You can find her on you-tube: Sir Orfeo,   Ghost Fetches, Tales and Tunes of Edith Fowke  and  The Faithful Wife.

At Artworth, Angelica is working with the juniors in Warkworth. They will learn to play a simple melodic rhythm on Orff instruments (xylophones and glockenspiels) and incorporate them into a story with puppets.

Angelica Ottowell

Anna Silverstein

Back by popular demand, Anna is bringing her love for nature and the arts through two projects in 2024. She will be leading felted creations with the Senior Campers (July 15-19) and paper-making projects with the Warkworth Junior Camp.

During the school year, Anna is a supply teacher with the Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board. Her education spans a number of disciplines, from the study of architecture in Nova Scotia to organic farming in British Columbia, Outdoor Education, and most recently, a Masters of Arts in Child Study and Education from OISE at the University of Toronto.

Anna Silverstein

Bernardo Padron

Musician and Teacher

With a master’s in music and a lifetime of teaching young people, nurturing music-making is one of Bernardo’s greatest joys. “If one is lucky, we find an instrument with which to establish a relationship with music through our voice and/or an instrument. The ukulele is a wonderful instrument for beginning that beautiful journey.”
At Artworth this Summer Bernardo will be teaching in the Music Makers Senior camp week (July 8-12) and introducing easy and fun Ukulele songs.

Bernardo Pardon

Blades of Glory

Blades of Glory is a medieval education and entertainment initiative based in our very own Hastings. They have a mission of making learning about ancient civilizations fun. Blades of Glory will take campers from the Senior and Junior camps (July 8-12) on a field trip back in time to experience: Falconry, Archery, Mideaval Dance, Making Chain Mail, Dragons, Mythical Creatures and more. This will be an unforgettable day of time-travelling.

Douglas Morlock

Douglas Morlock has been a practicing Blacksmith and metal artist since 2003. He divides his time between commissions, original work and teaching from his shop in Warkworth, ON.

Douglas will be doing a blacksmith demonstration for the junior camp in Warkworth as they time-travel back to the olden days in the village.

Kimberly Davidson

Kimberly Davidson, mom and long-time city dweller turned country star-gazer, a graduate of the Toronto Institute of Holistic Nutrition. Once a costume maker for Cirque du Soleil, Kimberly loves bringing that creativity to the kitchen. She is the founder of Sans Kitchen and runs the school nutrition program for Incredible Trent Hills; Along with healthy food, Kimberly is passionate about our planet. (Check back for details)

Kimberly Davidson
Lawrence Cotton

Lawrence Cotton

Sounds and Stories

Award-winning actor, director, vocalist, and multi-instrumentalist Lawrence Cotton has been exploring these expressive art mediums since his youth. An original cast member of the multi–Tony Award-winning Broadway revival of Show Boat, he was later cast in an International touring company of Phantom of the Opera. For close to a decade, Lawrence worked as an artist in education creating and performing  ‘Opera for Young Audiences‘ shows; and leading storytelling workshops across Quebec and Ontario. He is currently music director at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Campbellford and is very excited to share his accumulated experience with the youth of Trent Hills through Artworth.

At Artworth this Summer Lawrence will be teaching in the Music Makers Senior camp week (July 8-12). Lawrence is excited by the power of storytelling as a tool for building confidence and self-awareness.   Drawing on theatre games and stagecraft, he will focus on using classic stories, myths and legends with the collaborative creation of sounds and sound effects.  

Lise Varrette and Matt Stearns

Lise and Matt have invited junior campers in Warkworth (July 22-26) to visit Feather Farm at the edge of town to meet Pearl (pictured here) a 5-year old wild Pinto from Chincoteague and a herd of mini-horses. The campers will groom and feed the mini horses and hear stories about all the members of the herd of 3 big horses and 8 mini-horses.

Lucas Donald

Nature Connection Manager

Lucas is the nature connection manager at Artworth. He is coming back for a second year to lead campers in craving and wilderness crafts, bird languages and animal tracking, games and mindfulness activities. Lucas has a way of supporting the campers however they need throughout their experience. He is passionate about the outdoors and learning about the intricate lives of plants, animals and all living beings, then passing those lessons on to others through stories. This year Lucas is taking campers on a deeper dive into the world of wild-winged creatures with a focus on local bird behaviour and language. He is also leading wood carving projects with the Seniors Camp.

Nicholas Reynolds​

Nicholas Reynolds

Environmental Education Technician, Lower Trent Conservation 

Through interactive models and games, campers will explore what a watershed is and experience how all of the water is interconnected while learning about the rivers and tributaries and more about wetlands within their community.  An interactive augmented reality sandbox will be used to create a topographic map that moves with the movement of the sand and simulates the movement of water throughout a watershed. Campers will take a closer look at the Lower Trent watershed region through a 3D model to help understand the natural features within our watershed.

Pamela Schuller

Sculpture and mosaics

Pamela is a community artist and arts educator with 30-plus years of experience. She is committed to fostering personal growth and social change through accessible expressive arts. Pamela works in a diverse range of artistic mediums, including mask making, mosaics, paper mâché 3D murals and story sticks.

At Artworth this Summer Pamela is facilitating the creation of paper mâché sculptures with the Senior Camp. The sculptures will be permanently installed as part of a new mural installation in the children’s section of the Campbellford Library. As well as beautifying the 3D mural display area, the project will visually demonstrate the value of individual contributions to the whole, both for participants and for all who will view the installation. Pamela will be bringing her joy and fun to the junior campers who will be creating mosaics.

Pamela Schuller

Sarah Helm

Camp Manager and Steering Group Facilitator

Sarah is the Artworth camp manager and the face behind the brand Homesouling. She spent the last 7 years in college and university studying under the child and youth sector. Supporting children and youth in an environment that encompasses nature and creativity is very important to her. Sarah grew up in Brighton ON and lives in Roseneath. She has always lived in small towns and recognizes the power that comes from communities coming together. Sarah is a member of the Artworth steering committee.

“I am looking forward to working alongside Artworth this summer and for the ones to come.”

Sarah Helm
Skye Morrison

Skye Morrison

Skye is silk-screening and decorating t-shirts with all the camps and silk-screening with the Teens during the leadership program. She is also leading a wild wing-making activity with the junior campers in Campbellford.

Skye Morrison Canadian educator, researcher and designer with a lifelong interest in traditional crafts. She received her Ph.D. in Folklore Material Culture) from the University of Pennsylvania. Her MA in Design and Environmental Analysis from Cornell University and her Diploma in Design (Textiles) from Sheridan College, Canada. She was a professor at Sheridan College School of Crafts and Design from 1978 to 2002 when she left full-time teaching to pursue research projects. Skye Morrison has been an Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Fine Arts at Concordia University, Montreal, since 2000.

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Camp Location

St Paul’s United Church in Warkworth Kennedy Park/Rotary Hall & St Andrews Church in Campbellford