Instructor and Artist
Emily Grav graduated from UVIC with an Honours BFA in Visual Arts in 2005. She gained extensive experience teaching Art and ESL while living in Taiwan from 2007 to 2008 and also directing children’s Art Camps here in Victoria. In September 2008, Emily was inspired by the children she’d been teaching at a local art camp and decided to open The Paint Box School of Art so she could teach art to kids, teens and adults, all year long! Emily enjoys teaching all styles of art, especially drawing and painting.
Through an open and engaging teaching style, she encourages students to express themselves creatively through many mediums.
Since opening The Paint Box, Emily has exhibited her paintings in numerous art shows around Victoria. Having explored watercolour, acrylic and mixed media for many years she's now engrossed herself "En Plein Air" Paining (the art of painting out doors) using oil paints. She's now also taking the occasional mural commission.
Along with painting, Emily enjoys other hobbies, such as, photography, swimming, tennis, gingerbread house baking, telephone pole painting, apple cider brewing, and playing with her sons Jasper, born in 2013. and Quinn born in 2017.
About Artist & Instructor
Kathryn has loved making art for as long as she can remember. She grew up in Vancouver but moved to Eastern Canada to study Psychology at Dalhousie University. After graduating, she turned back to her creative instincts and enrolled in art school in Toronto. Kathryn is now about to finish her degree in Drawing and Painting, and is currently a practicing artist working mainly in the mediums of oil paint, acrylic paint, and collage.
She is also a novice ceramicist and hopes to explore installation-based art. Her other hobbies include exploring the coast of BC, camping and cycling. Throughout her education she has worked with children in various creative settings and loves inspiring creativity and passion for art.
Having recently moved to Victoria, Kathryn is excited about joining the community in Fernwood and connecting through making art.
About Artist & Instructor Sarah Kilan
Sarah grew up on Vancouver Island where, at an early age, she fell in love with the natural world around her. As a child she also developed a passion for art making that has grown over time and shaped the person she has become. Nature continues to inspire her and is embedded in her personal artistic practice. More recently, Sarah has become passionate about education and believes strongly in art making as a process with endless possibilities for exploration of the self and the world.
Several years ago, Sarah earned a Bachelor’s degree in Geography from the University of Victoria and is now joyfully delving into the world of Art Education. She loves being a student again and is ecstatic about exploring so many different kinds of art, including painting and drawing, ceramics, printmaking, sculpture, and photography. She is even more excited about sharing her burgeoning knowledge with students at Paint Box and considers teaching young people an honour.
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