Graphic & Digital Design | Faculty | Kelowna

RAMIN PARSAKISH | INSTRUCTOR

Ramin Parsakish has a background in computer science with over 15 years of experience in teaching and curriculum development.  During this time, Ramin has  taught several courses including: AutoCAD, Revit, SketchUp, 3D MAX, Photoshop, and Illustrator. He has worked as a freelance consultant and CAD trainer in Europe and Canada since 1990 and has previous experience in designing and developing CAD application and commercial web sites.

CHRIS STEPHENS | INSTRUCTOR  

Working hard or hardly working? When you love what you do, it doesn't feel like work and the time flies. Chris was has been working with computers long before the World Wide Web existed—back when dialup modems and ansi graphics reigned supreme on bulletin board systems. A few years ago, Chris founded Twirling Umbrellas Ltd., a web design and digital marketing agency here in Kelowna with a small team of amazing employees and awesome clients from all over the world. Fluent in PHP, HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, jQuery, and WordPress development, Chris is excited to share his passion and experience at the Centre for Arts and Technology and help grow Kelowna's technology community.

KAT BENSLER | INSTRUCTOR

With a degree from the University of Toronto in Semiotics and Communication Theory in hand, Kat set her sights on an Advertising and Graphic Design diploma from Humber College Institute of Technology.  Her creativity has since taken hold and led her to a successful career in graphic design, marketing, and print.  Kat’s skills span all of the applicable graphic design software systems, including In Design, Illustrator, Photoshop, Quark, Dreamweaver, Flash and Final Cut.  Kat’s interest in extreme sports has pushed her towards companies with similar values, designing for West 49, Billabong, and Big White Ski Resort.  While teaching at the Centre, Kat can also be found mountain biking, snowboarding, or wakeboarding. 

tina siddiqui | instructor

Born and raised in Pakistan, Tina travelled within the country and overseas with her diplomat father.

Trained as a Graphic Designer, her artistic journey has been that of an explorer. She works in a variety of mediums, of which pastels are her medium of preference. Often enjoying an “explosion” of colours, Tina finds working with a limited palette equally thrilling. Light cascading over forms, natural or man-made, is the driving force that compels her to paint as she strives to capture a specific moment in time.

Portraits, figurative art and landscapes are the themes Tina is currently featuring in her paintings and pastels.

Since 1976, Tina has exhibited in group and solo shows in the United Kingdom, USA, Canada, Pakistan and Dubai. In 2004 she moved to Kelowna after a 13 year stay in Dubai. The Okanagan landscape has mesmerized her, compelling her to paint this area, which she says is a true labour of passion.

Elizabeth dykosky | instructor

Internationally Renowned Artist  and Art Instructor.

Elizabeth Dykosky’s work is unique and shows extraordinary colour use and remarkable talent wielding the brush or the pallet knife. Her work has been exhibited at various galleries throughout the world, among others in Italy(Rome), Canada(Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, and Kelowna), the USA(Detroit), as well as the United Arab Emirates(Dubai and Salalah). Her paintings belong to the private collection of the Vatican, Burj Al Arab Hotel in Dubai, and Shanfari Group of Companies in Salalah, UAE.

Her pieces capture the essence of the subject to a degree that leaves a lasting impact on the viewer.