Our Teachers

Iris Mes-Low

jan 2016 image imlI am a resident artist of 100 Braid St. Studios and enjoy teaching a variety of techniques at our public Paint & Sip Nights and privately scheduled parties. I paint in acrylic and in oils and offer all manner of subjects in our Pick your Painting Gallery. Many of these paintings are my work and are specially designed for groups to learn in an evening or afternoon. Iris Mes-Low website

Michael King

michael KingI am a contemporary Canadian painter and art instructor based in Port Coquitlam, British Columbia. My primary medium is oil paint and am known for soft plein air landscapes, modern still lifes, and portraiture. I enjoy how light, shadow, and colour temperature form the fundamental elements of a scene with my goal of blending representation with Impressionistic aesthetics. You’ll find me at the Studio, teaching demos on First Saturday Open Studios and starting in June I will also teach private and semi-private painting classes. (see my website for more details) .Michael King’s website

Cliff Blank

Cliff Blank

I am program manager for Artism.ca. I teach art classes for children, youth and adults who have autism and special needs. Cliff Blank website.

Carla Thompson

CarlaThompsonI am an artist who specializes in crochet, cross-stitch and embroidery expert, a member of The Craft Yarn Council and a certified crochet instructor & DMC threads mentor. I am an instructor at Michaels. I teach crochet (advanced), hairpin lacework, T-shirt yarn techniques (creating yarn & working with it) cross-stitch,how to read patterns and make your own. Carla Thompson website.

Gillian Wright

Gillian WrightI am inspired by colour and the beauty of nature in all of it’s forms; my medium is generally oils and watercolours. Painting en plein air, life drawing, creating jewelry, and working with fabric I’ve recently been creating wearable fibre art.  Starting in the late spring of 2017, I’m hoping to teach felting at the Studio.  As a New Westminster resident I’m known for my historical city paintings and commissions. Gillian Wright website

Brenda Hatch


I am a qualified knitting teacher and artist and teach knitting to beginners as well as advanced learners. You’ll find me hosting Works in Progress (aka WIP’s) and Unfinished Objects (UFO’s) nights at the Studio as well.

Nathalie Dignard

nathaliedignard.jpegI am an Artist and Creative Guide and through words, colours, passion and intuition; I believe in living a vibrant creative life and in taking the steps every day to live my dreams,  and my goal is to help heal you do the same.   This journey I’m on has lead me back to the art of ME and as I grow so do my classes and workshop. At 100 Braid St I teach Mixed Media “Heart Whispers” and “Playful Intentions” classes and workshops. Nathalie Dignard’s website.