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Shary is a delight to work with. At the beginning of each workshop, she arrives with many boxfuls of extra materials for her students to experiments with.  An experienced artist, she provides knowledge about a range of new techniques, and always brings in finished sample products to inspire her students as they begin their own projects. She is mindful to set up an environment conducive to creativity, playing music in the background to inspire her students’ work. Shary has quite a devoted following and her classes always sell out early."


Dr. Annie Prud’homme-Généreux, Director of Continuing Studies, Capilano University


"Shary has been one of our most respected instructors at Langara Continuing Studies Visual Art for many years and is still going strong. She brings a fresh and thorough approach to her teaching with a variety of exciting and innovative courses ranging from Mixed Media and Encaustic classes to Hand Altering Photos with Fine Art Materials. Shary has an engaging and informative approach that students find both educational and fun at the same time".    

Jeff Burgess

Coordinator Visual Arts and Commercial Illustration, Langara College Continuing Studies

Online Workshop Testimonials

"Shary's video lessons are the next best thing to an in-person class. As a professional video producer myself, I so appreciate the beautifully filmed closeups with perfect lighting. The audio is professionally recorded, the pacing is excellent. Shary's love of the artistic process is evident and inspiring. Her message to explore and play encourages me to experiment and enjoy the process. I often replay specific parts over repeatedly to soak up the lessons and techniques. These video classes are a great value, and a resource you will turn to over and over!​"

- L. Gordon

"Enjoyed learning all the techniques for a smoother substrate. Now I just need to jump in and try them. Thank you, Shary!"

- P. Bottorff

"Delightful and knowledgeable instructor. Excellent at knowing how to meet an individual's needs."

 - C. Berry

Very informative, explained and demonstrated

"This is the most comprehensive tutorial I've seen on using hot tools. It's very well done with lots of information and the demonstrations are easy to follow"

- E. Tepper


Lots of good info!

"Best video on how to use encaustic hot tools. Shary really spells it out so you can see which tools will work best for the lines you want to make."

- J. Kirk

Great Class

Wonderful class. Very informative and the recourses section is nice to have for a quick reference.

- S. Cook

Good Class, thanks Shary!

This was a helpful overview of various hot tools and techniques for encaustic painting

- L. Sunnel

In-Person Workshop Testimonials

A really enjoyable, educational day

"Shary's Encaustic Collage workshop was a really enjoyable, educational day.  I learnt an incredible amount about the art of encaustic and left with a piece I can hang on my wall.  Shary was knowledgeable about her subject and able to impart that knowledge with ease.  She was wonderfully generous with materials.  I loved the small size of the class.  A day well spent and a class I can highly recommend."

- Leanne Bishop,

Ruby Dog's Art House


Exactly what I needed

"I really enjoyed Shary's class. It was exactly what I needed to feel motivated and excited about art again. She is a wonderful teacher. I have been an adult educator for thirty years, so I don't say this lightly."

- D.L.

Above and beyond what I've taken in the past

"After having taken several art courses at the college level, I found this class to be above and beyond what I have taken in the past. The instructor was excellent. Excellent course. The instructor was very well-organized and very giving of her time and knowledge."

- C.M.


Thoroughly enjoyed this class

"I thoroughly enjoyed the course as it gave me the opportunity to express myself freely and to explore new ideas in a safe and creative environment."

- B.W.

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