Charlotte Nixon

Charlotte Nixon’s love of teenage drama inspires her to write plays for today’s modern adolescent. Her published works include Silver’s Secret, Bippity, Bobbity BAAM, Itsy Bitsy: Trial of an Eight-Legged Washout, The Divine Bovine, One Bad Apple, and Under the Bed. In addition, she has written commissions for StageWest Kids, Alberta Dance Theatre, Calgary Young People’s Theatre, SideNote Theatre, and Goodger-Pink Family Theatre.

Charlotte earned a BFA (Dramatic Arts) and BED (honours) from the University of Lethbridge. She is a member of the Alberta Playwright’s Network and a member of the Playwrights Guild of Canada and a recipient of the University of Lethbridge’s Gushul writer’s residency and a winner in the 2018 East Valley Children’s Theatre International Playwright’s Competition.

Charlotte has over 14 years of providing theatre experience working with young people. She currently teaches high school English and Creative Writing at Calgary Academy.

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Charlotte instructs the CIAS courses: Pick Up the Pen and Weaving Words – A Writers’ Workshop


Scot Paisley

Scot Paisley spent his childhood avidly drawing. He likes to believe that genetics plays a part in his artistic talents as his father and two uncles are professional artists. He is the nephew and student of famed western artist, Harley Brown.

Scot earned a four-year diploma in Visual Communications and a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the Alberta University of Arts. His passion is painting human character studies in an impressionistic style, exploring the human condition through body language, facial expression, gesture, brush stroke and colour. In 2009, Scot painted a portrait of Michelle Krsek – the young girl killed by falling construction debris and organized “Auction For An Angel” to help the family.

Scot has taught students of all ages and instructed for The Alberta University of the Arts, Rundle College, Rundle Academy, North Point School for Boys, Leighton Art Centre and the Town of Cochrane. He is currently teaching college level art and design courses for the Visual College of Art and Design (VCAD.)

Scot teaches a variety of mediums including acrylic, watercolour, coloured pencil, pencil, and subjects, such as landscape, portraiture, sculpture, among others.

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Scot instructs the CIAS courses: Acrylic Portrait Painting, Animal Drawing, Colour and Design, Watercolour Flower Painting, Manga Style Character and Setting Design, Fantasy Character & Poster Design, and Bam! Pow! Bazinga! How to Draw Comics.


David MacKenzie

David has been a passionate professional photographer for over twenty years. Excelling at visual storytelling and exploring the media, David’s passion is evident by how he treats each shoot and each client. Born and raised in Alberta he has traveled the world taking pictures in places like Egypt, Stockholm and the Caribbean. Photography is an adventure and constantly a source of inspiration and love. He works with every level of photographer and model and has been a local business in Calgary for over ten years.

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David instructs the CIAS courses: Beginner Photography – Do Not Fear the M and Beginner Composition: Seeing the Big Picture