Unleash your creativity, nearby

 

The winding down of summer and the arrival of autumn often sparks an urge in us to experience something new. You’ve got virtually limitless resources all around you. Explore and unleash your creativity nearby this fall!

 

Here are some great places to let it all out:

 

Cindy Tanas Actors Studio

 

Cindy Tanas Actors Studio Toronto

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Whether you want to learn to become a better actor, or a better human being, the holistic approach of Cindy Tanas Actors Studio (643 Yonge Street) can help move you toward your goal. To quote Chekhov, “If you want to work on your art, work on your life.”

 

The Actor’s Instrument course examines troubles that a student may be having in their life and how that extends to their creative work. It’s all about learning to listen to yourself and others, to be present in the moment, and to connect to your emotions and stay grounded. These are life skills as much as they are acting skills. This course provides a path for moving forward, growing, and living as an artist and as a person.

 

Personalized Scene Study classes of 6 to 8 students provide time and opportunity for each student to explore a character. Private Coaching and Performance Showcases are also available.

 

Gardiner Museum Pottery Classes

 

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The Gardiner Museum (111 Queens Park) offers both drop-in pottery classes and pre registered courses. Learn the age-old art of the potter’s wheel as you create sculptural works of art, and functional art such as tableware and stoneware.

 

Drop-in classes give you a glimpse of what can be accomplished when working with clay, without a real commitment. Classes take place every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. Registration for individual classes opens at 10 am the day of the class.

 

Insightful workshops are also available here, including Reclaiming Your Centre: Breath, Movement, Presence. This two hour workshop offers an introduction to mindfulness using clay as a medium for expanding the experience of the present moment. Learn how to focus and pay attention with curiosity, compassion and clay.

 

GTA Photography Classes

 

GTA Photography Classes

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Speaking of focus, GTA Photography Classes (25 Toronto St #200) offers range of camera and photo art classes and workshops for shutterbugs. Their instructors are professionals, with work published around the world. The class sizes are small, and the workshops are interactive. They really give you the attention, guidance and advice you will need to take your work to the next level.

 

Start with the basics in Photo 101. Incorporate and expand on what you’ve learned with Photo 201 and Photo 301. There is no limit to the learning opportunities. Explore the world of Digital Photo Editing, or take specialized courses in everything from pets, to food, to product photography.

 

Courses for adults, kids and teens are available. They even offer private lessons and Photo Tours that let you see your city through a new lens while you learn new skills.

 

Continuing Studies at OCAD

 

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Fall course registration is now open for Continuing Studies at OCAD (285 Dundas St W). Increase your creative potential, as well as your marketable skills, with a wide range of courses, classes and workshops. Learn technical skills in state-of-the-art facilities, studios and computer labs.

 

There are over 100 creative courses to choose from, including:

 

  • Graphic Design

  • Web Design

  • Marketing

  • Interactive Media

  • Drawing, Painting and Print Media

  • Film, Video and Animation

  • Sculpture

  • Fashion

  • Architecture

  • And many more!

     

Creative workshops and programs for youth and seniors are also available. Take your creativity, and your career, to the next level this fall at OCAD.

 

Continuing Studies in Design at Ryerson

 

If you’re looking to launch or elevate your design career, or simply expand your design knowledge, Design at the Chang School can provide invaluable tools and training to help get you there. Choose from several online or on-campus courses. You’ll learn the skills required to compete and to stay relevant in an ever-evolving industry. Explore or discover your passion with courses across all aspects of design. Here a just few examples:

 

 

This is just the tip of the iceberg! You can use the school’s course search tool to explore all courses offered at The Chang School, or search for courses and programs by area of interest.

 

There is a whole world of creativity out there to explore. Take the first step towards tapping into your full potential and unleash your creativity this fall!

 

Greenrock Property Management wants to help you connect to all the creativity within you, and help you access the outstanding resources available within your community. For information on Greenrock Communities, including Village Green (50 Alexander Street, 40 Alexander Street and 55 Maitland Street), please visit our website.

Make art, nearby

 

Late summer and early fall is the time of year when most of us feel refreshed and ready for new challenges and projects. If you’re a creative type, it’s a great time to make some art. With tons of natural beauty all around you, it’s easy to be inspired. Check out these amazing places to make art this fall, near Davisville Village.

 

1. Artbarn School

 

Artbarn School Toronto

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Artbarn School (50 Eglinton Ave W) is a neighbourhood not-for-profit art school. Its mission is to inspire and encourage people of all ages to explore their creativity. Artbarn School offers classes and courses for people of all ages.

 

Adult Classes:

 

Artbarn’s course Watercolour for the Beginner allows beginner level artists to dive into the world of watercolour painting for a one day ‘playday’. The course will take place on Sunday, September 16th, from 10 am until 4 pm. The class will be led by Barbara Hotson, a working artist who has been teaching at Artbarn for over a decade. The workshop costs $175 and includes all required painting materials. Reserve your spot online while you still can!

 

Go with the flow at Artbarn’s Wet + Wild Abstract Acrylic Workshop on Sunday, Oct 21st, from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm. Discover the magic of abstract painting with “High Flow” and “Fluid” acrylics. High Flow has an ink-like consistency, perfect for pouring, dripping, drawing and staining. Fluid acrylics will be used to explore and contrast transparent and opaque pigments. In this workshop you will learn about acrylics, practice different techniques, and produce a few small finished paintings!Book your spot in this great workshop online now. The course fee is $155 and  includes all materials.

 

Kids Classes:

 

Artbarn offers courses for children of all ages – from 1 to 16 years of age! Their Mini Mini Art courses, for 1-year-olds and 2-year-olds, give very young children the opportunity to learn through art. Kids can choose their own colours and have some agency over their art even before they can speak. Studies show that early art classes enhance perception, spatial-awareness, attention and cognitive skills, as well as fine motor skills. Parents and caregivers are invited to take part in the creative activities, too! Register now for 10 week courses for your 1 Year Old ($224) or 2 Year Old ($235). Classes begin on September 18th and 17th, respectively.

 

You can view all available adult and kids classes at Artbarn here.

 

2. Art Workshop

 

ArtWorkshop Toronto

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Art Workshop (2510 Yonge St #205) offers art lessons for everyone. Their programs have what they call “Perpetual Enrolment,” meaning year round. They realize that real life can get in the way of your art classes, so they offer flexible attendance as well. All you have to do is let your instructor know 24 hours in advance if you will be absent and you won’t be charged for the class. All materials are included and you can choose to explore an array of different techniques, or focus on one discipline for the entire program.

 

Art Workshop offers a relaxed and encouraging studio environment in small tutorial groups, customized for individual needs and interests. They offer programs for adults in Drawing, Oil and Acrylic Painting, Pastels, Watercolour, Collage and Mixed Media. You can also enroll your children in their courses and classes for childrenincluding Drawing, Painting, Pastels and Watercolour.

 

Group and family courses are also available.


3. Picasso’s Garage

 

Picasso's Garage Toronto

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Picasso’s Garage (525 Hillsdale Avenue East) is a Davisville art studio for creative kids, teens and adults. Run by artist, art therapist and studio owner Claire Nicholls, Picasso’s Garage has been catering to the creativity of the community since 2005. The programs here are tailored to suit any skill level, and expose people of all ages to a new world of techniques and materials including watercolour, pastel, printmaking, sculpture, sketching and more.

 

There are a number of programs and courses to explore, including:

After School Art programs for all age groups. These classes consist of customized art projects for each school year and are a favourite for both the students and the instructors.

 

Adult Art Clubs are monthly evening meetups held from 7:30 pm until 10 pm. Club groups of up to 8 people meet from September to June to explore, connect and create a body of work. They cover everything from impressionism to expressionism, abstract to realism, sculpture, mixed media and more. Learn it all for just $25 per class, including materials.

 

Picasso’s Garage also offers courses in art therapy for adults and children. Kids dealing with mild to moderate anxiety might benefit from Little People Big Worries and Children of Divorce. All art therapy programs are designed to:

 

Access emotions

Release through imagery

Transform through reflection and defining.

 

We hope you’ll check out these fabulous local art schools in your neighbourhood. They’ll help you explore the world of art and connect to the creative energy that is all around you in Davisville Village.

 

Greenrock Property Management loves to celebrate the creativity of our community. For information on Greenrock Communities, including Greenrock at Davisville Village (77 Davisville Avenue, 45 Balliol Street, 225 Davisville Avenue), please visit our website.