The Globe and Mail
October 25, 2003
Getting junior into the “right” art class
by Leanne Delap
“I had a dream,” read the e-mail from a girlfriend whose daughter is named after a semi-precious stone, “that I forgot to enroll her in the toddler class at Avenue Road Arts School!”
The integrated arts preschool, just one component of the facility at Avenue Road below St. Clair, is one of the most popular and renowned of its kind in Toronto — and has stirred the blood of the city’s competitive mothers.
Yes, in a certain, cozily privileged sector of the city, forgetting to register one’s budding Picasso would indeed be a nightmare. The school, which offers dozens of courses in everything from life drawing and pottery to musical theatre (for which local preteens must audition), has waiting lists that grow each year. Some of the summer programs are locked down by March.