Stephen Zeifman, Program Director and Instructor

Stephen Zeifman is a working artist with 35 years’ experience teaching at the adult and secondary school levels. During his career as an arts educator, Stephen created one of Canada’s most advanced and innovative secondary school art programs at Bishop Strachan School in Toronto, where he recently received the Teacher of the Year Award from both colleagues and students. Stephen has taught printmaking in Siena, Italy and has developed and led painting and drawing programs for adults in Toronto.


“Stephen is a great facilitator to each artist’s needs, which allowed me to focus on my areas of interest. I loved being able to explore the different mediums from life drawing, sketching landscapes, painting, field work, lino cuts and photography.”

— D. Bald


Stephen has spent a lifetime gaining knowledge and understanding of the visual arts and developing ways to impart insights and skills to his students. His approach goes beyond simply teaching technique; it is focused on enhancing each student’s creative experience by improving his or her ability to see, experience and embrace the visual world as an artist. His students are accepted at top art schools world-wide, including: Ontario College of Art and Design, NSCAD University, Mount Allison University and York University in Canada; Rhode Island School of Design, Parsons-The New School, Pratt Institute, Cornell University, Carnegie Mellon University and The Chicago Art Institute in the US;  and Central St. Martin’s College and Bournemouth University in the UK.


Stephen has exhibited photography and painting in commercial and non-commercial galleries in Canada and the US.  He is also an accomplished author with four published works of fiction. Stephen divides his time between Toronto and Port Rexton and is currently working on a novel as well as a series of paintings, assemblages and sculptures based on his unique vision of the sheer beauty of his Newfoundland surroundings.