Designed for the emerging artist, the Art Refined class will stimulate your teen's creative abilities through focused, in depth art instruction. In this weekly class, students learn and shape their skills in a diverse range of fine arts mediums such as: drawing, acrylic painting, watercolour painting, pastels, sculpture, mixed media, and print making. This course caters to art enthusiasts from all skill levels and is especially beneficial for those who are considering post-secondary art programs. See more about what students will learn in our Art Refined program.
Class sizes are capped at 6 students to ensure proper physical distancing and individual attention.
New! - All registrations include a personal art materials kit. This specially designed kit contains a selection of professional quality materials and tools to enhance your teen’s learning and promote a clean and healthy classroom environment. Students will need to supply a basic set of their own materials. See more information about materials.
This class is delivered in-person at our studio. Strict policies and procedures are in place to ensure the safety of our students and staff, and to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Please read our COVID-19 Policies & Procedures before registering your child.
This class may be changed to online delivery live via Zoom if local or provincial health authorities mandate non-essential businesses to close their physical locations. Please read our Program Policies & Procedures before registering your child.
Ages: 9-12 Years
Term Start Date: September 12, 2020
Available Weekly Class Times:
- Saturday Afternoon – 12:00pm – 2:00pm Class Full
- Saturday Afternoon – 3:00pm – 5:00pm Class Full
- Wednesday Evening – 7:00pm – 9:00pm Class Full
- Thursday Evening – 7:00pm – 9:00pm Class Full
Price & Session Options:
- Full Year - September to August - 44 classes - $665
- School Year - September to June - 36 classes - $530
- Fall/Winter - September to January - 18 classes - $265
Registrations are accepted year-round, prorated pricing is available.
- Supplied by Student: Glue Stick, HB Pencil, Pencil Sharpener, Ruler, Scissors, Sketchbook & White Latex Eraser
- Included with Registration: Personal Art Materials Kit - Retail Value of $60
- Download the materials information handout.
Discounts: A sibling discount of 10% is available for each additional child registered. Enter coupon SIBLING at the checkout.
This program has reached capacity. Please see Art Refined for Ages 13-18 - Online.
- Diverse Art Mediums
From drawing to painting, sculpture to mixed media, our classes cover a wide variety of mediums throughout the year.
- Guidance For All Skill Levels
This course is highly individualized. Whether your teen is learning art for the first time, or adding to their art portfolio, our teachers are able to adequately instruct them based on their needs. For students refining their portfolio, teachers act as coaches through the application process.
- Observation Skills
How do you make your artwork more realistic? Our instructors teach students to train their eye to acutely study the object they are drawing to ensure high accuracy.
- Language Development
You created an artwork. Now what? Surprisingly, many artists don't know how to talk about their art. In this course your teen will have the opportunity to interpret, criticize, and learn how to make creative decisions about their artwork.
- Risk Taking, Resilience, Self Confidence
As your teen creates an art piece, they take several creative risks. Through this process, your teen will learn to try new things, make mistakes, and overcome challenges. In an art environment, there are no right or wrong answers. Even shy students find friends to socialize with in our friendly, positive atmosphere.
About the Instructors
Paul Paradiso, B.A., B.Ed., OCT
Paul studied at OCADU and worked as a professional graphic designer and illustrator for several years. He also worked in the publishing and printing industries prior to becoming a teacher in 2007. He has taught Visual Arts to all grades as well as adults. Paul currently teaches in the Peel District School Board.
Stephanie Schirm began her career as a fashion designer, studying in Europe. While designing in the Toronto fashion district, she also created a number of fashion illustrations for catalogues, storyboards, and advertisements for current Canadian Designers.
She eventually left the fashion industry to become a graduate of OCAD in Communication and Design. Only then to enter the Liturgical world of Design, where she established Labyrinth Studios Inc, designing and manufacturing religious garments and sanctuary décor for Churches across Canada and the US.
Her passion for drawing, painting and designing lead her to sharing her knowledge, over 10 years ago with the Continuing Education in Guelph and as Fashion Illustration instructor for Mohawk College in Hamilton. Since then she has taught in a number of different establishments thorough out the GTA area.