Danica Loncar, AOCA, F.A. D&P, Director/Curator
is the director, curator and founder of Art Works Art School and Gallery at 238 Jane Street in Toronto, also referred to in the community as "The Blue School". She is an Honours graduate of OCAD University and a recipient of the Lieutenant Governor's medal. Danica is a painter and teacher who taught both art and design at the college level. She was represented by Nancy Poole's Studio in Yorkville for a number of years and has participated in numerous venues including juried shows, group shows, solo exhibitions and commissioned projects both in Canada and internationally. She has been featured in various publications including a recent Alumni Feature Profile for the December 2011 issue of the OCAD University Alumni Newsletter. Danica was also interviewed on radio and television, as a guest speaker in 2012 at Concordia University Faculty of Art Education, and as a panellist on the OCAD University Career Panel, The Creative Class: Building Your Creative Career. Danica credits her inspiration and motivation for creating Art Works Art Gallery to the opportunity given her by Joyce Wieland back in 1989 at Wieland's Alma Gallery in Toronto, where she invited and encouraged Danica along with other young artists and students to show their work. As both Director and Curator of Art Works Art School and Gallery, Danica brings her passion for art and design to the community with a commitment to excellence that will foster a dynamic learning and exhibition environment for students of all ages.


Joana Gomes
is a graduate of Humber College. She received a Diploma in 2016 for Recreational and Leisure Services as well as a certificate from Sheridan College for Media Fundamentals in 2011.

She is Art Works Art School’s Assistant Director, Volunteer Coordinator, Website Designer, Gallery Curator, Occasional Instructor, just to name a few. In addition to all her rolls at Art Works, she runs her own small business called Sister Flowers creating 3D Paper Flowers for special events.

Joana has recently been checking off places on her travel bucket list and putting her photography knowledge back to use, using her own experiences towards her personal art as well as the programs she teaches.

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Olga Battaglia
is a graduate of OCAD U and was accepted into the “New York City Off-Campus Program”

She teaches art courses for the Toronto District School Board and various private art schools. Olga is a professional artist and is the recipient of numerous art awards. Her artwork has been included in several corporate collections. Olga has been interviewed on television and featured in numerous publications. She was involved in establishing local artist-run galleries and co-produced art festivals for “Metro Toronto Arts Week.” Olga’s artwork ranges from figurative to abstract. Her ideas have also extended beyond the art gallery to street installations. Her inspiration and creative contentment is to study the correlation between stimulating ideas and the interaction of colour and movement. In this exploration of these ideas it has led her to a series of distinctive works of art.



Bronwen Parker
is a highly imaginative and creative self-taught artist with a passion for celebration, decoration, fun, and recycling. Over the past 20 years, Bronwen has worked with children of all ages at Home for Creative Opportunity, ArtHeart, and here at Art Works. She loves inspiring and encouraging children to explore, express, and enjoy their own creativity through numerous whimsical mixed media projects.
Currently her fascination with Organic Architecture, Folk Art Environments, Mosaics and Bottle Houses has sparked a passion to travel, meet, photograph and explore many amazing places and artists throughout the U.S. Artists dedicated to decorating their houses and gardens, and building monuments to share their message enthral her. Inspired by this passion, and her pure joy in building things, transforming spaces, and reusing materials in new creative ways, Bronwen, the Artist-in-Residence at Art Works Art School, is fully immersed in the process of creating Art Works Art Garden using recycled, donated, free and found items and transforming them into a very colourful and lively art space/mosaic sculpture garden out back of the school. The freedom to explore and express her imagination, creative vision and heart's desire through making things with her own hands, fuels her.


Olga Lysenko
is a graduate from OCAD, received Bachelor of Education degree from University of Toronto and Master of Fine Art degree from York University. She has exhibited her sculptures, photography and mixed media installations in galleries and various public venues. Her work explores the playful nature of materials and is influenced by art history, myth and magical realism. She has been awarded with Canada and Ontario Council grants, as well as art residency at Fringe Research Holographics. Olga is a certified teacher working for TDSB. She has taught adult art classes at the Royal Ontario Museum and has been teaching children and teen classes at Art Works Art School for nearly 20 years. Some of Olga’s work may be seen at


Nada Sesar Raffay
Nada Sesar Raffay is a contemporary artist/painter with over thirty five years of professional experience.
She holds a MFA Degree, specialized in Painting and Drawing, from the University of Zagreb, Academy of Fine Arts, Croatia.

 She has exhibited extensively in solo and group shows, internationally and in Canada. Her paintings are part of numerous private and corporate collections in Canada and internationally. 

 Over the past 35 years, her painting directions have evolved to include a number of themes that have affected her professional growth/explorations. Abstract forms and energetic strokes are her signature work. The mastery of impasto technique is magnified by her unique taste for colour and dynamic compositions. Her paintings are mostly oil and acrylic on canvases. 

Nada believes that with her experience and guidance , students will be able to better understand the world of Visual Arts/Abstract and figurative painting, and with "canvas, color, brush and music", to release the energy by creating their own unique artworks.

Nada Sesar-Raffay is represented by the Roberts Gallery, Toronto.


Yusra Mukhtar
is a Toronto based Pakistani artist.
She has obtained her Bachelors of Fine Arts Degree from OCAD University in textile arts. Her practice included drawing, painting, illustration, textile arts, pattern design and henna, although it is ever changing. She gets her inspiration from her Pakistani heritage, nature, and the whimsical aspect of life. Yusra’s work focuses a lot on narrative and storytelling; Focusing heavily on stories of migration, culture and what one considers home.


Mina Orak
is a Turkish artist based out of Toronto. She has graduated from Sheridan College with a Bachelors Degree in Illustration and an Certificate in Creativity and Creative Problem Solving in 2018. From a young age, Mina found herself engaged in all forms of creative expression. She found that she could share stories and experiences through her drawings and was fortunate enough to grow and evolve her art and now offers children and teenagers the same opportunity! Aside from teaching at Art Works, she is also a graphic designer for a company which operates multiple e-commerce businesses.  

Mina is also preparing a portfolio for her MA which she hopes to have in Scenic Design. Her passion for this comes from her love for collage art. In which she is amused by the fact that she can take parts of different worlds and create a new one by bringing them together!


Flavia Tripon
is our Student Studio Assistant on Saturday Afternoons. She is a High School Student eager to be in an environment filled with creativity. She has been with Art Works since October 2018, helping and supporting our staff on by prepping for the program, welcoming parents and engaging with the children during class time. She is eager to learn something new, and helpful in all situations!


Carlyn Brown 
is a Bachelor of Illustration student at Sheridan College and has been going to school for the arts for over 6 years, already graduating with an advanced diploma in the arts. Ever since she was little, Carlyn has always wanted to be an artist, doodling on anything she could get her hands on. Her works include sculpting, illustrations, traditional and digital painting as well as graphic design.  From creepy and spooky to cute and sweet, Carlyn’s style manages to mix them together, creating fun and unique characters! 

 Carlyn one day hopes to become a concept artist and see her work inspire others around the globe!