Classes at our stores are taught by DeSerres staff members!

Kathryn Wadel is an interdisciplinary mixed media artist, exploring the relationships between culture, art, science and social-engagement within her practice. She completed her BFA degree at Emily Carr University of Art + Design, with a Visual Art major and Social Practice & Community Engagement minor. In early 2018, Kathryn's work was featured in Leaning Out of Windows (LOoW), a four-year SSHRCC funded interdisciplinary art and science project, involving collaboration between artists and physicists to develop a shared understanding of how knowledge can be translated across disciplines and communities. As part of her pedagogical practice, Kathryn is the coordinator and instructor at the DeSerres Studio. She facilitates and encourages art-making as a creative process through socially-engaged material play. View Kathryn's work at

Kristina Drinkwater is an abstract and illustrative artist based in Vancouver, British Columbia. She currently studies Fine Arts at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. Kristina primarily works with ink, watercolour, and acrylic paints. Her painting style is diverse, ranging from clean, crisp lines, to free flowing drip techniques. In contrast, her drawing style primarily focuses on illustrative figures. Various elements inspire Kristina's art, such as filmography, videogames, music, nature, and much more. Kristina shares her artwork and love of art supplies on her social media platforms, allowing her to incorporate her interests of photography, film and music into her creative process. View Kristina's work at

Madeline Ballou is originally from Washington State. Madeline graduated with a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts from Pacific Lutheran University with a concentration in oil painting. Her drawings and paintings are often inspired from life, and she enjoys art history and art materials. Madeline studied abroad at the Burren College of Art in Ballyvaughan, Ireland, where she discovered her love for travel and became inspired by the natural landscapes of Ireland. Madeline served as an apprentice to an art restorer in her hometown for one year, after which she moved to Vancouver in search of artistic opportunity and adventure. She hopes to further her career and knowledge of art conservation. As an instructor at Deserres, Madeline is happy to have found an opportunity to share her knowledge with budding artists.

Kate Giles is an Ottawa raised, Vancouver practicing artist. Recently graduated from Emily Carr University of Art + Design, she completed her Bachelors in Visual Arts with a minor in Curatorial Practices. As an artist, her practice is predominantly engaged in experimental installation and fiber sculpture, as well as curating. This orientates her practice towards a mix of personally and historically engaged work. Kate's work is often concerned with the affects of nostalgia, trauma and the historical precedent which effects our experiences of day to day life. At the DeSerres Studio, Kate is a teaching-artist and shares her material and experimental practices from her professional art practice, including: painting, drawing, and print making. View Kate's work at

Astrid Dakowicz graduated from the Fine Arts Diploma program at Langara College in 2016 and is currently in her final year at Emily Carr University of Art + Design where she is a Visual Arts major with an Art + Textiles minor. Her artistic practice is varied, including painting, drawing, and carving, but most recently she has been focusing primarily on sculptural objects made through crochet, embroidery, sewing or weaving. She is interested in exploring the intersections of art and craft and seeks to merge or blur the lines between the two in her own practice. Her work engaged in discussions of play, interactivity, and participation, as well as story telling and healing through creating. This summer she was a part of a co-op with Julie Andreyev, a professor at Emily Carr, and contributed to the Bird Park project alongside Julie. She was also a part of the Kitsilano Cartems Winter Market in December 2017 where she sold some of her crocheted wares. View Astrid's work at