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 (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.
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.
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
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 (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:
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.