Monthly Archives: October 2003

Getting junior into the “right” art class

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.

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Painting a Portrait of Hope

The Toronto Star
October 22, 2003

Painting a Portrait of Hope
by Martin Knelman

Camila Wong is a 14-year-old student from Peru who excels at painting and drawing. Her parents endured hardships upon moving to Toronto last year, but a priority was made to find a rewarding, creative outlet for their daughter.

Complicating matters was Camila’s hearing disability.

The magic answer for Camila and her parents was the Arts for Children outreach program at Lola Rasminsky’s Avenue Road Arts School. Camila now attends regular art classes on a full scholarship.

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