Mina Spremulli-Di Carlo
B.DE., Creative Director, Fashion & Costume Designer, Image & Branding Consultant, Arts & Design Instructor and Industry Mentor, Founder of Façade Academy of The Arts, Founder of Creative Chapters
OCT, B.A.S, M.A., B.ED., Co-owner of Façade Academy, Creative Manager, Intermediate/Senior Teacher, Art Instructor, Freelance Artist
Filmmaker, Animator, Art Coordinator, Art Instructor, Illustrator & Screenwriter
I can’t remember a time in my life when I wasn’t drawing. When describing me, anyone who knows me mentions the word “artist” directly after my name (or even before it). Although I have an affinity for many types of visual art, my main love is, and has always been, animation. Upon graduating from the Animation Program at Seneca College, I worked in the Canadian animation industry as everything from concept artist, storyboard artist and animator for various companies in Toronto. Before coming to Façade Academy of the Arts I served as Art Coordinator for the City of Vaughan for 7 years.
Another passion of mine is film, and in 2012 I founded the production company Turtle Studios. I wrote and directed my first film "Soul Mates!" which was awarded the People's Choice Award at the 2013 York Region Multimedia Film Festival. In 2015, I wrote and directed the feature film "Us," which was featured in the Toronto International Film Festival, Los Angeles Cinefest and the Windsor International Film Festival.
BFA HONORS PROGRAM at York university
Eliana Kermani is a digital artist and has spent numerous years practicing the fine arts. She is a graduate of Visual art and Art history honors program at York University. Coming from Montreal as well, Eliana has also attended one of Montreal’s top Art colleges - Dawson College.
Eliana identifies her work as Anti-Realism, where she incorporates both creativity and technical skills through various topics such as ones mental state. Eliana has had her works showcased both at her college and University in the Gales Gallery. Eliana has recently played around with the digital art realm. She enjoys using software’s such as Photoshop, After Effects and Illustrator.
Having experimented with various types of materials and techniques, Eliana is able to instruct others who would like to learn a variety of mediums both traditional and technical.
BFA with honors - Freelance Illustrator
Art has always been a huge part of my life. Since I can remember, I was always interested in creative endeavors. After taking a community art course and continuing my artistic hobbies at home, I decided to further my artistic knowledge and training in high school in St. Elizabeth’s Regional Arts Program (R.A.P.). There I was able to be in the first year of the new intensive art program, which would continue every semester for my four year duration of high school. After graduating high school, I felt compelled to make a career out of my lifelong passion for Art.
Upon completing a portfolio interview, I was accepted to York University in their Fine Arts Department for Visual arts. While there, I was able to study art history and hone my skills in Drawing, Printmaking, Sculpture, and Painting. In my final years at York University I tried to focus my efforts on Painting, which is my medium of choice. In June of 2012 I graduated from York University with honors, achieving a Bachelors degree in Fine Art. Since graduation I have created multiple commissioned painted works, freelance Illustrations, and have taught the Fine Arts at multiple studios.
BFA, B.ED, OCT, Teacher, Visual Artist, Makeup Artist
As a young child, Ashley Campaña has always been drawn to many different facets of the arts. This passion drove her to teaching and for helping others find their inspiration from within. With that, she received a Thesis Directed Bachelor's degree in Fine Arts at the Ontario College of Art and Design with a double major in Drawing and Painting and Social Science. She also graduated from Brock University with a Graduate's Degree in Education in Junior and Intermediate divisions.
Qualifications in Special Education and as an Arts Specialist. Aside from advancing her career in art education, Ashley has always had a passion for makeup artistry. She has 5 years and counting teaching makeup classes to include everything from special effects makeup to stage makeup all the way to wedding and evening makeup. This passion for makeup stemmed from her fine art background as she specializes in portraiture along with figure painting. Her artwork ranges from traditional to contemporary paintings.
The outcome of my work is to spark emotion or feeling within my audience by using pattern, optical illusions and layering of drawing and painting, but also, to keep my work as a reflection of myself.”
H.B.A.SART (studio arts) Freelance Artist (Photography, Sculpture, Drawing, Painting, Graphic Arts)
Sarah Hernandez is a Canadian artist with an Honour Bachelors of Fine Arts specializing in Studio Art. She offers many skills within her field including sculpture, photography, drawing, painting, videography, digital media, Photoshop, illustration, extended practices and conceptual practices. She also has a deep understanding of art history and contemporary practices. She has participated in many shows including the, Moscow International Photo Awards, London International Creative Competition, AGO Aimia Photography Scholarship Competition etc, and has received several awards for her work within her practice.
In the classroom she offers a great deal of real world experience and brings new ways of creative thinking to the table. Students often admire her compassion and enthusiasm for their ideas and Sarah is always helping students think above and beyond. She believes that it is important for students to be passionate about their work as she is always encouraging them to push outside of their comfort zone. Sarah is attentive to the needs of every individual student while bringing forth their full potential. As a result of her enthusiastic spirit and creative intellect students are always overjoyed with the results of their hard work and are eager to move forward with her on their future projects!
Hospitality and Tourism Management (BComm) or Bachelor of Commerce
Alex is a graduate of the Ted Rodgers School of Business Management and specializes in the Hospitality and Tourism sector. Alex is charismatic, personable and unforgettable. He is driven, determined and wears many hats at Façade Academy. His experience in customer service and management makes him everyone’s favourite team member and his work ethic is superior. He is a talented writer, lover of the arts and assists the Façade instructors with their classes, curriculums and preparations.
Alex is passionate about the arts and assists our team with coordinating all creative projects and productions ensuring a flawless and successful result. In the studio, Alex offers the perfect balance of hospitality and inspiration to the students. He works along side Mina, our Creative Director toward academy initiatives, presentations and promotions, representing the academy and networking at local industry events.