big kids in our space

Melissa

founder & studio owner

Favourite art medium: paint

 

Creative past time: building and painting things

 

Favourite candy:  swedish berries

 

Inspiration: young children at play.

Joy

Program Manager

Joy grew up in the Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia. She began sewing and woodworking with her parents as a child, and has never stopped!

Her love of art, children, and helping others led her to earn her Early Childhood Education diploma from the Nova Scotia Community College in 2014. Since then she has been bringing her love of child led learning and passion for play to child care centers, schools, and hospitals both in Nova Scotia and here in Guelph.

At the Art Factory Joy found a place that matches everything she believes in about children and art.  Joy loves being a part of a community that supports and celebrates children and their families. The philosophy of our studio really resonates with her personally and professionally.

Favourite art medium: textiles & watercolour

Creative past time: sewing and painting

Favourite candy: Sour cherries! And gummy bears… and chocolate. I have a sweet tooth!

Inspiration: The children! They have inspired me to take more risks in my own artistic practice and to just enjoy the process without worrying about a perfect finished product. I love being able to support them as they explore and discover their own abilities!

Christina

Sr. Studio Assistant & Assistant Builder

Baby Basquiat and Frida’s Friends Program Leader

Fun, organized and full of ideas Christina always had a passion for learning through play. She is driven to create engaging environments for children in which they feel inspired and valued.

She earned her ECE diploma in her native Germany is a mother of two, worked as a camp counsellor, in a foster home, various child care centres and as an EarlyOn facilitator.

At CAF Christina leads our Baby Basquait, Frida’s Friends and All by Myself programs.

Favourite art medium: wood

Creative past time:  cross stitching

Favourite candy: gummy bears

Inspiration: children, nature, community and the children’s art factory

Peter

ChiEf Building Officer

Truly behind-the-scenes and compulsively curious, Peter knows a little bit about a lot of things.

He likes to tinker and modify. A short time after his wife, Melissa, opened the Children’s Art Factory – when a wooden puppet theatre needed filigree – Peter found himself at Guelph’s Diyode, the non-profit DIY dream-space full of tools, with a laser cutter that would change the face of their little art studio.

“Melissa’s the artist. No one can do what she does,” he says. But he’s the master craftsman behind it, producing gnome homes, castles, figures and creatures, and all of the studio installations and rent-ables.

Favourite art medium: wood and all the building tools!

Creative past time: building and cooking

Favourite candy:  chocolate covered almonds

Inspiration & other past times: being a dad & playing video games with his 3 boys. Listening to John Prine.

Anisa

Favourite art medium: watercolour & oil pastel

Creative past time: making charcuterie boards

Favourite candy:  red licorice

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