Ashley Nitkin Design

Bio & CV



Mr. Ashley F. Nitkin

1 Hillholm Rd., 

Toronto, Ontario,

Canada   M5P 1M1


1 (647) 403-9244

1 (416) 481-0840





Mr. Ashley F. Nitkin is a graduate of OCAD University.  He has had the pleasure of teaching art for the Toronto District School Board an The City of Toronto, Parks and Recreation since 1981.  Ashley has started a venture of offering virtual online drawing classes for children, youth, adults and seniors.  He has worked with students with Autism, the developmentally delayed, sculpture classes with the visually impaired (CNIB), the LGBTQ community, seniors' homes, women's shelters and for people with mental health issues at Sunnybrook Hospital.


Ashley has illustrated two children's books.  He has provided illustrations amd advertising design work for three major newspapers and four magazines, including Goodlife, Greatlife and Tastes of Toronto and Saturday Night.  He has exhibited his artwork at shows in Toronto City Hall, Cupe Art Show, Bar 501, Stan Wadlow Clubhouse and Ontario College of Art & Design.  As well, through his collaborated efforts at many public schools in the Toronto area.


His advertising agency experience came for Nerima & Deane advertising agency.  During his freelance career and with his agency experience he worked for advertising campaigns for Imperial Oil, Royal Bank, The Bay Optical, Del Monte, BMW, Speedy Auto Glass and the United Colours of Beneton.  Ashley has had the pleasure of working on promotional material for the corporate and community sectors.  He calls Toronto, Ontario, Canada home.






Virtual Online Drawing Programs (Own Company)                                    2021-Present

Visual Arts Instructor

Due to Coronavirus I have moved my programs online.  I am now offering a specialty program in Drawing for children and youth.  Also an additonal program for adults and seniors.  These are ongoing classes.  Please see the sign up sheet on this site.  


City of Toronto, Parks and Recreation (Etobicoke, Toronto)                         2006- 2020

Visual Arts Instructor

Instructed seventeen art programs, all ages at:  Masaryk Cowan C.C., Stan Wadlow Club House, Frankland C.C., Matty Eckler C.C., Maple Cottage, East York C.C., Main Square C.C., Central Eglinton C.C., S.H. Armstrong C.C., Bob Abate C.C., St. Lawrence C.C., Grand Ravine C.C. and Northwood C.C.  Taught Drawing & Painting, Drawing Intensive, Drawing and Sketching, Acrylic Painting, Arts Studio, Multi-Arts, Junior Artist, Illustration, Adaptive Arts and Cartooning.


Nitfits Design (Own Company)                                                                   1983-Present  Freelance Clothes Designer & Graphic Artist/Designer/Illustrator 

Created a company doing illustration/design and graphic advertising and promotional material. Clients have included The Bay Optical, Speedy Auto Glass, National Furniture, Imperial Oil, Royal Bank, Regency Furs, Mr. Submarine, Del Monte and BMW.

Created and managed a clothing company to sell designer t-shirts, sweat shirts, tank tops and shorts.


McMichael Canadian Art Gallery, Kleinburg, Ontario.                              2011-Summer

Art Workshops

Instructed two children's art programs ages 8-10 years old.  Clay sculpture, paper making, acrylic painting, t-shirt design and printmaking.  This was for two one week sessions.


Etobicoke School of the Arts.   (Part time)                                                              2000   

Instructor - Evening Classes

Instructed an adult course in illustrative Cartooning.


General Mercer Public School  (Part time)                                                   1998-2000    

Concurrent Art Program Instructor

Devised and implemented a program called Design and Structures for a grade three/four level classroom.


King Edward Public School   (Full time)                                                        1991-1998

Concurrent Art Instructor

Developed and implemented a full time multi-media based art program for junior kindergarten to grade eight, involving current cultural, social and environmental issues.

Received congratulations from a community newspaper, colleagues and a trustee, when several students won an Anti-Drug Logo Contest.

Organized and intiated artwork for most school events and cultural celebrations.

Ran an after 4pm Arts and Crafts program as well as volunteered as a Floor Hockey coach.

Formed a beginner chess club to assist students with logic and strategy.


Toronto District School Board (4 Locations)                                                 1981-1991

International Languages and Concurrent Art Instructor/Special Education Instructor

Developed an enrichment program for gifted group of students, teaching courses in colour and composition basics, drawing, cartooning, arts and crafts.  Ages 5-14.


Nerima & Deane, Advertising Agency.                                                            1986-1987

Studio Artist

Created artwork for such accounts as The Bay, The Bay Optical, Mr. Submarine, Regency Fur, Speedy Auto Glass and National Furniture for advertising campaigns.



Illustrations / Design work for Teachers      Learning Resource            2021-2022

Drawing Workshop (Adults)                        The Artists Guild                         2022

Acrylic Painting Workshop (Youth)              LGBTQ Youth Organization       2022          

Group Art Show                                          Stan Wadlow Clubhouse   2009-2020

Cherry Meiderios                                         Logo for Cup                             2021

Art Classes Workshops (Adults)                 Van Duzer Art Studio        2016-2019

Animal Acrylic Painting Workshop               Mosaic Home Health Care        2019

Animal Acrylic Painting Workshop               Regeneration House                 2020

Acrylic Painting "Paint Night" (Adults)          519 Church St. Comm.Centre   2018

2 Acrylic Flower Painting Workshop (Adults) The Botanical Gardens            2019

Drawing & Acrylic Painting (Seniors)            Central Eglinton C.R.C.            2018

3 Art Workshops (Developmentally Delayed teens) Reena Foundation        2019

Sign For Fish Store                                    Friedmans Fresh Fish                 2018

Acrylic Painting Workshop                          Gerrard Ashdale Library             2018

Spring Flowers Acrylic Painting Workshop    Spadina Road Library             2018

Art Workshops for Single Mothers                The Redwood Shelter              2018

Group Show (Adults) Three times yearly       VanDuzer Art Studio      2008-2020

Sculpture Workshop (Adults)                         VanDuzer Art Studio                2017

Sketching & Drawing Workshop (Youth)        Focus Learning                        2015

Oil Painting (Private Lesson)                        Sonia Freedman                        2015

Group Art Show (Adults)                              Stan Wadlow Clubhouse   2012-2020

Book Illustrations                                        Joanne DeLuzio                           2015

Arts & Crafts Workshop (Junior School)     Deer Park Public School    2014-2015

Drawing Workshop (Adults)                         Sunnybrook Hospital          2010-2016

Mask Making Workshop (Summer)              Nielson Park Creative Centre     2014

Acrylic Painting Workshop (Summer)           S.H. Armstrong C.C.                  2014

Anime/Cartooning Workshop                       Upper Canada College (Jrs.)      2014

Cartooning & Graphic Novels Workshop     Youth Assisting Youth                 2014

Art Workshop (Adults and Seniors)             Vermont Square Seniors Facility 2014

Art Workshop (Candle Making)                    Second Mile Club, Point Inc.       2014

Private Art Lessons, Drawing                       Hari Narayana                             2013

Arts & Crafts Program (Grade 5 & 6)          Church St. Public School             2013

Sculpture Art Workshops (Youth)                 YMCA Mississauga                     2012

Drawing Art Workshops (Youth)                   YMCA Scarborough                    2012

Adaptive Arts (City of Toronto, Adults)          Developmentally Delayed  2010-2014

Art Workshops (Seniors)                             Lansing Retirement Home            2011

Mask Making Workshop (Adults)                 Fife House                                    2010

Graphic Novels Instructor (16 to 29 yrs.)     SOY Program                               2010

Illustrations                                                 Good News Toronto News    2008-2010

Sculpture Workshop (Youth)                         CNIB                                           2009

Private Art Lessons (Architectural Drawings) David Kimel                                2008

Art Workshops (Seniors)                             Salvation Army Retirement Home 2008

Instructor of Workshops (Children)                 Harbourfront C.C.                      2008

Instructor of Workshops (Children)                 Cottingham Jr. P.S.                   2007

Beginners Anime Art Workshop (Adults)         Workman Arts-CAMH               2006



Seneca College:  Mac Graphics, Adobe Photoshop                                        2002

Ontario College of Art and Design University:  Mac Graphics, 

Web Applications                                                                                              1999

University of Guelph:  Bachelor of Fine Arts (Candidate)                                 1991

George Brown College:  Marketing 100X (Basic Marketing for Advertising)    1984

Ontario College of Art & Design University, A.O.C.A.  Graduated from a four

year course of study in Communications and Design, majoring in Illustration

and Graphic Design (Advertising)                                                                     1983   


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