It is my goal to provide a positive, enjoyable art environment that encourages students to take safe risks. I strive to help individuals learn, and advance, at their own pace, with the purpose of creating confident, self-motivated artists.

Lori Dreyer Spendiff

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About me...

Originally from northern Ontario, I grew up in Toronto and attended the Ontario College of Art with the goal of becoming a famous illustrator. I am not famous, and I am not an illustrator, but I have been fortunate to be able to work in art and design continuously since graduation. I started teaching art when my children were very young, and sharing my love of drawing and painting has been my focus and passion for over twenty years.

While raising a family, my own work consisted mainly of preparing watercolour demonstrations for the next class. Now I am taking the time to explore my own work, which in addition to my traditional, detailed drawings and paintings, includes a looser approach to both. I am also getting back to my first love, which is drawing, and exploring line with or without the addition of colour. My love of texture is bringing me back to the acrylic medium, as well as the combination of watercolour and collage. Then, make a sample of everything in miniature, 2 ½” x 3 ½”, and you have my latest addiction – Artist’s Trading Cards!

I believe that everyone can enjoy the process of making art, and I enjoy introducing people to this process. I also enjoy the challenge of working with experienced artists and helping them to stretch their abilities. I currently teach drawing and painting for the Town of Richmond Hill and the City of Toronto, in addition to facilitating workshops in various watercolour and mixed media techniques.

In addition to being an artist, I am a Girl Guide Leader, an animal lover, and a knitter. I live in the north end of Toronto with my family, which includes a big dog, and a small cat.