Rodman Hall Behind the Scenes: Our Instructors

Rodman Hall Behind the Scenes: Our Instructors



Art Educator

As the Art Educator at Rodman Hall, MICHELLE NICHOLLS coordinates and organizes public programming, outreach, art education classes and camps as well as School Tours. She is an Educator and Artist and is a graduate of the Graphic Design Program at Niagara College as well as the Bachelor of Visual Arts Honours Program at Brock University. She enjoys teaching all ages and holds a bachelors degree in Education, also from Brock. She works with many art forms including painting, drawing, printmaking and animation.




JANA SIMMS-BERGSMA is a local artist who specializes in scenic painting. Besides teaching for Rodman Hall she also paints scenery for the Shaw Festival and other local theatre companies. She received her BA in studio art from McMaster University and is currently focusing on a series of large paintings based on St. Catharines. In her personal work she enjoys integrating forms of drawing and printmaking.

This Fall Jana will instruct the "Mixing Media & Painting" course for Adults.


ALISON GREAVES is a graduate of Ryerson with a focus on Photography. She has also recently completed her Masters Degree in Arts Education.

Alison currently instructs the Saturday classes for Kids and Youth as well as the PA Day Art Camps.

This past summer Alison instructed the Youth Summer Art Camp for ages 9-12.


CANDACE COUSE has been working as a practicing artist at the national and international level for the past ten years. Her practice focuses on painting, textile and video work, which has been included in numerous gallery shows across Canada, the USA, UK, Switzerland, Italy and India. She has been teaching, leading workshops and conducting research for the past 5 years and now teaches at Brock University in the Visual Arts Department. Candace earned her BA from Brock and an MFA from The University of Calgary. She is currently working towards her PHD at Brock in the field of Interdisciplinary Humanities. Her research will look at the role that art production has on artists undergoing illness and body trauma.

Candace will be instructing the Adults Water-Mixable Oil painting program in the spring of 2015. Rodman Hall is excited to welcome Candace to the team. Her expertise in this medium will truly benefit the participants in this and other upcoming programs.

Please visit Candace’s website (click here) to see examples of her personal work.

image: detail from Landlocked, 2010


EMILY ANDERSON is currently attending Brock University as a first year student in the Education Department, pursuing a degree in Concurrent Education at the Junior/Intermediate level. Emily is a long-time volunteer in the Rodman Hall Education programs and is working throughout the school year as an assistant in the Education Department.

Emily will be asssting the Art Educator at developing and delivering activities for the Family Programs, Art Camps, School Groups and special events.


KATIE PERCIVAL loves all forms of art and has participated in many herself. Dancing, painting, drawing, sculpting, mix media, and photography are only a few mediums Katie has worked with, but her favourite is mixing everything together.

Katie is currently attending teachers college to finish her degree in Concurrent Education (Intermediate/Senior) for Visual Arts / English at Brock University. We wish her the best of luck in the upcoming school year.

This past Summer Katie worked in the Summer Art Camp Programs. This position was funded in part by Young Canada Works through the Department of Canadian Heritage. Rodman Hall would like to thank both organizations for their generous support.


MONIQUE MOL focusses on painting and drawing in her personal work and is currently exploring changing rural landscapes. She was a part of the 4th year Visual Arts Students program who worked in Studios at Rodman Hall as well as exhibiting their final graduating work.

Monique is currently attending teachers college to finish her degree in Concurrent Education (Intermediate/Senior) for Visual Arts / Math at Brock University. We wish her the best of luck in the upcoming school year.

This past summer Monique worked in the Summer Art Camps.


KIRSTEN WILLIAMSON has recently completed her Bachelor of Education Degree at Brock University. She has specialized in the intermediate/senior division, but enjoys working with children of all ages!

Kirsten has a passion for painting and drawing, as well as an interest in collage, assemblage, and printmaking.

This past summer Kirsten instructed Youth Art Camps for Ages 6-8.

Kirsten will be heading out-of-town to pursue a diploma in Museum Studies this upcoming year, and we hope to welcome her back at the conclusion of her studies. We wish her the best of luck in the upcoming school year.


SEAN BENTON is a multi-disiplinary artist interested in both music and fine art. Sean has a passion for playing guitar, songwriting, drawing, and painting. He has completed a 2 year diploma in Visual Art from Sheridan College and is currently working towards his BA in Fine Art at Brock University. Sean hopes to one day teach drawing and painting at the post-secondary level. 

This past summer Sean worked in the Summer Art Camps. This position was funded in by Canada Summer Jobs through Service Canada. Rodman Hall would lke to thank Service Canada for their generous support.