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About Yulia and her team
Meet Yulia and her team!
Yulia is an experienced Art Educator and Artist with professional education and decades of personal learning and creating. She is also training a new generation of art instructors. See Careers below.

Yulia Balobanova

I have been teaching art since 2015 and my mission has always been to inspire people to create their own art, especially if they do not have any previous art experience. I truly believe that everyone can do art with the right guidance. And with simple materials that you probably already have in your home! 


I have been painting and drawing since childhood, and completed my professional art education at a reputable Design School in Saint Petersburg, Russia. I worked in interior design for many years, and also designed custom furniture for clients. Now, my passion is teaching art to children and adults and inspiring people to be creative. Art can be relaxing, help you express yourself, and you always learn something new. I am making art accessible to people so anyone can try their hand at painting, drawing, or sewing.   


I focus on creating a friendly, cozy and supportive atmosphere for my students and explain very simply how to draw or paint. Participants come away from the workshop or art class with a beautiful final picture. I’ve taught art classes to young children of 5 years old, to private groups of adults, and to seniors, who all enjoyed the experience!


I am a multimedia artist. I love learning new techniques for my own practice and for teaching my students. My favorite mediums - watercolor and watercolor pencils for now. I am also love hand sewing, crochet, embroidery and would like to practice more with textile and threads.  I am inspired by nature and love to share this passion with you in the pictures we create.

Art Instructor & Teacher Assistant: Brynn Kirbyson

Art has always been a huge part of my life from how I preserve the world to the pathways I have taken to pursue art in my education and job experiences. I am a third year undergraduate student at the University of Waterloo in the Fine arts department. I major in Studio fundamentals with a teaching specialisation. I have found great success in my program and continue to learn and grow as an artist to find my personal style and inspirations. As an artist I enjoy working two dimensionally with acrylic paints, and tend to create conceptual paintings. I have a background in working and experimenting with a wide variety of other mediums that I practise with and teach. 


Teaching is something I find myself very passionate about; my goal is to share what I love to do with others and assist people in exploring their imagination and creativity. I have a background of differing teaching experiences and that has built up my confidence as a teacher and this is also reflected through my art instruction. In my highschool years I quickly became a part of the co–operative education program we’re I had the chance to be a kindergarten teacher assistant. I worked alongside teaching professionals who took me under their wings to educate me about valuable teaching methods and gain experience in this field. 


Yulia has graciously given me the opportunity to be an assistant teacher in her art instructing classes. It has been nothing but a positive educational experience where I have broadened my knowledge and skill levels in Fine arts instruction and teaching. I look forward to continuing working alongside her as I am incredibly grateful our paths have crossed.

Art Instructor Assistant: Katy Malkevich

I have been creating art for as long as I remember, everything from aspiring to be a fashion designer in grade 4 to now being an art teacher assistant and taking art courses at the University of Waterloo. 

I am currently in my second year of post secondary education and I am majoring in Fine Arts at the University of Waterloo and striving towards becoming an art educator in the next five years. I enjoy teaching younger kids as they almost always have a much broader imagination and I find that a fun environment to be in; I myself have a younger sister whom I teach art at home and I thoroughly enjoy passing down my knowledge to her. 


As an artist I enjoy working with mainly oil paint, but I have great experience with all sorts of materials such as acrylic paint, clay, glass painting, pencil sketching, oil and dry pastels, and many more. Although I tend to lean towards a realistic style, I enjoy experimenting and trying new things with art.  


I am beyond grateful for the opportunity to work for Yulia as an art assistant and learn more about the art of education. 


If you are:

  • high school student who wants to be a volunteer or have a co-op with us

  • university/college student who studies fine art/studio art and wants to have an internship with us

Come Work With Us

Thank you! We’ll be in touch.

Former Teacher Assistant: Forrest Ward

My name is Forrest and I’ll be assisting Yulia in her art classes through my school’s Co-Op program for Fall semester 2022!
This placement is an amazing opportunity as I get to share my love for art with aspiring young artists.

I worked at a summer camp this past year as both a councilor and art instructor, as well as volunteering in a youth choir guiding children through learning how to read, write and sing sheet music.

I am currently in grade 12 at Cameron Heights C.I. focusing on visual arts and drama, working towards my ultimate goal after graduation, which is becoming an apprentice in a tattoo shop. To me, tattoos are the ultimate way to express yourself through so many different styles in so many different ways. With permanent art all over your body, you need to get really creative!

My favorite form of creating art is printmaking! Sketching up ideas, transferring it to a rubber ‘Lino’ block, carving out my design, add some ink and stamp it out! I also really enjoy sculpting with clay, and even paper! When I was 8, I figured out how to make a whole dollhouse just out of paper and tape! Finding creativity in the unconventional pushed me towards wanting a career in the arts, as well as sharing this with others.

Art comes in many, many forms and it really showcases who you are. l am super grateful that I get this opportunity to spread the creativity that makes the world go round!

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