Founded in 1993, the Avenue Road Arts School provides people of all ages with high-quality visual and performing arts instruction in a relaxed and supportive environment.
• Housed in a grand Victorian home, the School is committed to maintaining a warm and congenial environment, where students can feel safe expressing themselves in their own unique way.
• Small class sizes allow for plenty of individual attention and guidance for students at all levels.
• Classes are taught by professional artists/educators.
• The School is committed to nurturing imaginative thinking and developing skills through a large, diverse roster of programs.
• The School provides students with opportunities to showcase talents and share ideas through the organization of frequent student exhibits and performances.
Classes are offered during the fall, winter and spring. Preschool Programs, Programs for Kids & Teens and Adult Programs all happen under the same roof.
We also provide special programs like:
• March Break Camps & Classes
• Summer Camps & Classes
• Outreach Programs for Daycare Centres and Schools
• Professional Development Workshops for Teachers and ECE’s
Not sure what class to take? Let our staff help you find the course that’s best for you!
To keep up with the latest School happenings, check out our upcoming events, many of which are free and open to the public. For more news, keep your eye on the School’s and Facebook and Twitter pages or have a look at the School’s Vimeo and Flikr pages. Better yet, sign up for our e-mail blasts or postal mailing lists so you won’t miss a thing!
Messages from The Directors
We all have good stuff, inside us. The faculty of the Avenue Road Arts School is especially skilled at bringing that good stuff, out. At the School you are given the opportunity to pursue a real passion, to re-ignite your creativity and to get lost in the intense focus of making art. It’s a time to experience the sense of accomplishment that comes from developing skills under the guidance of inspiring teachers.
Many new friendships are formed as people return to classes year after year. The pleasure of immersing yourself in the creative process is enhanced by doing it with like-minded people from all walks of life in the warm, congenial environment that the School provides. We are a community of people who love the creative process – a group that includes complete novices and more advanced artists, in classes geared to every level of ability for both children and adults.
The Avenue Road Arts School is known for its consistent, top quality creative programs. Lesson plans and teaching approaches are monitored on a regular basis to ensure that every student can count on having a valuable experience. And because of the small class sizes, everyone gets a great deal of individual attention. In all of our classes, imaginations and individual choices are validated and supported. At the same time, skills are developed in a carefully planned sequence.
Children and adults alike leave their classes with smiles on their faces – smiles that come from meeting the challenge of going through several steps to create a result that often surprises them. This is why so many people who have attended the School for many consecutive years describe it as their second home.
Lola Rasminsky, C.M., Founding Director
It is with great pride that I welcome you to the 20th year of creative exploration at the Avenue Road Arts School! We are excited to share this special milestone with the students who have been attending the School for many years and those walking through the doors for the first time. We hope that you will take part in our upcoming celebrations.
It’s our extraordinary students that continue to make ARAS a great place to come to learn, explore and grow. From our youngest to our most seasoned, they have created a unique community of talented and industrious creators.
Our faculty of dedicated and inspiring artists, have always provided an environment where students feel safe to take that artistic leap, try new things and reach new heights in their creative pursuits.
We hope that you like reading through the large roster of courses for preschoolers, kids, teens and adults in both the visual and performing arts. We ensure a high-quality learning environment and each class provides benefits that extend far beyond the classroom experience.
Our approach is personal, where every student has a voice. The attentive staff at ARAS encourages students to ask questions and provide feedback. We enjoy hearing from you, our student, about ways to improve your experience from registration to hands-on art making. This one-on-one attention extends from the front desk right into the studios and we are committed to creating the best art’s school in the city.
I sincerely look forward to meeting you or your child in the School this year and I hope that you’ll explore all the wonderful programs the Avenue Road Arts School has to offer.
Liana Del Mastro Vicente, Director