Sean Ridgway | Department Head – Kelowna
Graduating in 1992, Sean jumped right into animating and developing CD-Rom games for an independent video game company in Oakville, Ont. In 1994 the attraction of the west coast and the burgeoning Vancouver animation industry led Sean to work at major pre-production houses in the Lower Mainland such as ‘Studio ‘B’ Productions’ and ‘Bardel Entertainment’ designing on many television shows such as “The Magic School Bus”, and “Tales from the Cryptkeeper”. In 1996 ‘Disney’ came to Vancouver and over the next 4 years Sean helped animate many feature-length projects including the award winning “Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas”.
Always looking for a challenge and a chance to broaden his skills, Sean accepted a position as a computer graphic artist on the ‘NBA Live’ team at Electronic Arts Canada in Burnaby, BC.
In 2000, Sean started his teaching career, joining the ‘Centre for Digital Imaging and Sound’ as an instructor while working full-time in the industry. In 2002, Sean was offered the full-time position of Animation department head at the ‘Center for Arts and Technology’ in Fredericton, New Brunswick and decided to make the journey back east with his family.
Sean is back in BC and has been with Centre for Arts and Technology for over 11 years in the role of Department Head and full time instructor.
To learn more about working in the Animation Industry, you can listen to our PODCAST with Sean on our Soundcloud Stream.
Tome Zuber | Department Head – Surrey
Tom has worked in the film, television and gaming industries for the past 28 years and has headed up art teams at EA, Sony and THQ. His work with some of the top studios on popular franchises such as Mortal Kombat , Dawn of War , numerous animated series, such as Spongebob, and also big budget features Chronicles of Narnia , Happy Time Murders,has also made him a sought after Art Director and Animation Supervisor. As an instructor throughout Canada and overseas, Tom has a passion for the traditional arts combined with innovative advances in 3D. A graduate of Emily Carr College and Certified Maya, Softimage Instructor
Norm Roen | Traditional Animation Instructor
Norm Roen graduated from Sheridan College’s three year animation program as a traditional animator. He’s done a variety of work all over the world from South Korea, Taiwan and China. For these careers his clients consisted of Disney, Universal and Studio Bin Vancouver. Norm also worked as an overseas director in Shanghai for Berliner Film Company. His jobs have included animator, layout artist, background painter, director and overseas director. Norm has had an exciting teaching career at Harbin University of Science and Technology in China, and now passes on his wealth of knowledge and expertise in 2D animation, to students at Centre for Arts and Technology.
Vincenzo Zumpano | Digital Animation Instructor
Vincenzo is a Saskatchewan born artist, spending his early career doing a variety of unique projects; from having a successful art showing to branding a local arts festival, and running a small art card business to graphic illustrating for magazines. Graduated with honours from Algonquin College Animation program in Ottawa, Ontario and began his professional animation career while still finishing his third year of school. He has contributed to a variety of projects in a range of styles and genres including: “The Cat in The Hat Knows a Lot About That!”, “Transformers Rescue Bots”, “X-Men” motion comics, and the new hit show “Rocket Monkeys”.
Vincenzo currently works as an animation supervisor at Yeti Farm Creative and continues to pursue new and exciting projects that challenge and inspire him.
Brandon Hodge | Digital Animation Instructor
Brandon is a 2D animator that specializes in Flash animation. He has over 7 years of professional experience working on a multitude of Flash projects ranging from game development to production animation. Currently he’s working for Atomic Cartoons, through Yeti Farm Creative, on the production Rocket Monkeys.
Tina Siddiqui | Life Drawing 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 | Life Drawing/Art Foundations 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.
Kyle Angelucci | Digital Animation Mentor
Kyle Angelucci is a 2013 graduate from Centre for Arts and Technology (CAT), with 3 years of work experience he has worked on various projects ranging from Commercials to TV. Currently he has been working on the Children’s show “Max and Ruby” through Yeti Farm Creative in Kelowna B.C.
Nicole Gauss | Drawing/Design Instructor
Nicole graduated from Capilano University two year animation program in 1999, Soon after graduating she started her first Job at Atomic Cartoon Inc. Working as a character designer, Prop designer and clean up artist on various TV shows such as “Zeta project”, ‘Braceface’ and “Atomic Betty”. Working on such a variety of cartoons made for a very wide adaptation in her design skills. Animation clean up is another skill she learned along her journey when working on the Voyage of Sinbad for Bardel in league with Dreamworks. Attending over a dozen Comic conventions and speaking as a guest on character design and what to expect when pursuing a career in animation. You will still find her doing most of her artwork traditional and encouraging others to embrace bringing art to life on paper.
Sarita Baker | BFA, MFA, PHD (In Progress) | Surrey Instructor
Born in Winnipeg, raised in Ontario, Sarita moved out West to complete her MFA at UVic in 1995. Sarita’s passions include making and teaching art, and she has been doing both actively over the past 22 years. Accepted to SFU in the Arts Education program, Sarita is working towards a PhD.
Over her varied career, Sarita has had the opportunity to work in the Design industry as a composer, graphic designer and Artistic Designer. This valuable work experience in the Design industries gave her opportunities to apply Design Thinking and integrate the parameters of projects with current technological softwares and processes. The process allows for in-depth considerations which flow between the users and/or viewers and the products or designs themselves.
Sarita has been exhibiting artwork for 2 decades. She is a member of an artists team called, GreenLight, a group dedicated to cultural collaboration. This group has won 2 art competitions in 2017, installed in 2018. The group focuses on wood projects, integrating indigenous carving techniques with modern building technologies. The works aim to incorporate recycled and/or re-purposed materials with innovative collaborative designs, to create new and sustainable visions for celebrating diversity and creating pathways to reconciliation.
Sarita is an expert in arts education, with her vast and varied experiences both inside and outside the classroom. She is passionate about teaching art and discovering new and innovative research in the pedagogy of arts education. Teaching subjects such as Lifedrawing, Design, Colour Theory, Sculpture and Design history, Sarita has had the pleasure of being a faculty member at Emily Carr U, Capilano University, and Langara College. She cherishes the creative values that art has to give students, as their minds open up to the development of creative solutions to design problems.
Andy Bartlett | Surrey Instructor
Andy Bartlett has worked as an artist in the animation industry for over thirty years. Starting as designer for ‘The Care Bear Movie’ in Toronto, he migrated to Paris to work on an Asterix production before finally settling in Vancouver. Working as an animator, storyboard artist, designer and more. Andy has contributed to many studios, such as Nelvana, International Rocketship, Atomic and DHX. A Leo award winning director for his work on “Being Ian”, his handiwork can be seen on such diverse productions as “My Little Pony”, “Ren and Stimpy”, and the feature “Tank Girl”. Besides pursuing his own dreams, Andy has helped countless students pursue theirs through his role as an animation instructor for the past 25 years.