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Mr. Ashley Nitkin

P.O. Box #50028

63 Wellesley St., East,

Toronto, Ontario, Canada   M4Y 1G7


1 (647) 403-9244







Professional Profile

Over 20 years experience as an art instructor to children, youth, adults and seniors.

Involved with media and illustration/graphics in the corporate and community sectors.

Worked on accounts such as Imperial Oil, Royal Bank, BMW and The Bay Optical.

Organized many community projects involving artistic pursuits.






City of Toronto, Parks and Recreation                                           2006- Present

Visual Arts Instructor

Instructed sixteen 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, Junior Artist, Illustration, Adaptive Arts and Cartooning.


Nitfits Design                                                                                     1983-Present                          

Freelance Designer

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                                                      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, Murphy & Ward Advertising (formerly Nerima & Dean)   1986-1987

Studio Production Artist

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



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

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

Art Workshop (Developmentally Delayed Adults) Reena Foundation              2018

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) Twice Yearly                VanDuzer Art Studio        2009-2018

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   2012-2017

Book Illustrations                                        Joanne DeLuzio                           2015

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

Drawing Workshop (Adults)                         Sunnybrook Hospital          2010-2016

Cartooning Workshop (Junior School)           Upper Canada College               2014

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 (Mature 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

Art 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                              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 (Drawing)                       David Kimel                                2008

Art Workshops (Seniors)                              Salvation Army Retirement          2008

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

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

Cartooning 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