Meet Our Teachers
After studying Art History at the University of Guelph, Eric was accepted and enrolled at The Florence Academy of Art in 2016. There he was taught to draw and paint the figure from life and compose portraits and still lifes, using the traditional methods and practices developed by the old masters. Eric works only from life. Staying true to the sight size method developed by the Academie des Beaux-Arts in Paris, France in the 1800s, he largely crafts his own materials, and hand preps his own canvases. Working from life allows Eric total creative control and interpretation of his subjects. Eric currently teaches our 'Drawing the Figure' class.
Awadh Baryoum is a London-based visual artist and art educator. He received an MFA from the Savannah College of Art and Design and a BA from the University of Aden. He is also a recipient of a Fulbright scholarship. Baryoum has exhibited his art extensively in the United States. Baryoum currently teaches our 'Drawing Basics' and 'Drawing Elements' classes.
Paul Abeleira is a graduate of Western’s Visual Arts program. He continues his own studies in still life and portraiture in workshops in New York, Wisconsin and Arizona, and has instructed artists in many facets of visual arts. Paul has taught at TAP for over 10 years and has received positive responses from his students who characterize him as a sensitive coach with a broad range of skills and knowledge. He is committed to making the learning experience worthwhile. He currently teaches our Metals and Glass: Making Them Shine in Your Paintings' class.