Diana Gordon

Dear Art Students

In this period of pandemic fear and isolation, Art has the power to connect us at the deepest levels.

In this spirit, I am currently offering a no-cost “at-home course” entitled Exploring Colour Basics in a series of downloadable PDFs.  These handouts are intended for Painters and other interested Creatives.  Click on “Art has No Distance” to explore this course.

About Me


  • Art Instructor at AGH and DVSA

  • AGH Volunteer Docent

  • Curator: Art-in-Canada.com

  • HCA School of Classical Realism 4 Year 2009-2012

  • DVSA Certificate Level 1 plus, 1996-2009

  • BAC Mentor Program 2000

  • M.A. 1983 – McMaster

  • B.A. 1977 – U of T

I am an archaeologist, a mother, an art educator and website curator among other roles.  I have been painting and exhibiting in the Hamilton-Toronto- Burlington region for 30 years.

Art is communication, not simply with a viewer, but also a way of uncovering and revealing our inner self, to ourselves. Creativity comes from the centre of being. For me, teaching is about encouraging students to allow their own creativity to flow.

As an archaeologist, I literally dug down into the earth to learn about prehistoric peoples of the Boreal Forest and their material culture. Perhaps this is why I paint northern Ontario landscapes and still life objects.

My children’s explosive creativity led me to more fully explore my own, by taking many courses at the Dundas Valley School of Art and by painting my domestic journey through motherhood. Family trips to the Europe and the USA immersed me in Art History. My response was to explore 17th century painting techniques at the School of Classical Realism (Hamilton Conservatory for the Arts).

As a volunteer docent at the Art Gallery of Hamilton, I breathe inspiration with each new exhibition. In 2014, I embarked on a 6-month project to explore Cézanne’s unique approach, and more recently, Van Gogh’s.

Teaching art at both the AGH and the DVSA has opened even more new vistas. I like excavating with my students – digging down to that essential concept, or technique, or lesson in our joint exploration of art making.





August 2019