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 15 students to ensure proper individual attention.
Although we still consider in-studio classes an important way to deliver our lessons, our new online learning curriculum is providing the same level and quality of instruction you have come to expect from us and our students will be expanding their skills and competencies.
Online instruction also enables us to focus on the process as well as the finished product, as all our students will have the ability to interact with their instructors and get individual attention when they need it, without some of the distractions that can sometimes be part of the group experience.
Ages: 13-18 Years
Dates: July 4, 2020 - August 27, 2020
Available Weekly Class Times:
- Thursday Evening - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
- Saturday Afternoon - 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Materials: Not Included - Additional Purchases Required - View the Materials List
Discounts: A sibling discount of 10% is available for each additional child registered. Enter coupon SIBLING at the checkout.
Special Note: This program is online. Students will need access to a computer, laptop, Smartphone or tablet and have downloaded the Zoom app before class begins.
- 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.