5 artistic activities to try
Inspirational endeavours to awaken your creative spirit
by Courtney Muir
Art classes aren’t just for kids. Nowadays, adults are free to express their creativity with child-like abandon and without the need of any previous training.
According to Lola Rasminsky, the founder and director of the Toronto-based Avenue Road Arts School, art classes offer great opportunities to take part in activities that are charged with meaning. “When you do any of the arts, you’re accessing the richness of your own imagination — and making choices. The ability to make choices is one of the most empowering things you can do.”
Although many of us are adept at nurturing and caring for our physical bodies through diet and exercise, we can sometimes neglect the importance of cultivating our emotional and spiritual sides. Whether you’re a complete novice or you’re revisiting a forgotten passion, art classes offer a myriad of ways to engage your imagination and feed your soul. Here are five artistic endeavours to make your creative spirit blossom.
The Globe & Mail
November 25, 2006
The Queen of Arts
With a successful arts school, a citywide non-profit program and training for execs, Lola Rasminsky inspires kids – and adults – to channel their creativity, VAL ROSS writes
You used to see a lot of Lola Rasminsky in the front hall of the Avenue Road Arts School, chatting in her soft voice with intimidatingly stylish parents as they waited for their little ones to troop out bearing masks and cardboard architectural models. Some parents were friends; some knew her from taking the school’s adult classes; in their professional lives, some attended her corporate workshops.
These days, Ms. Rasminsky spends far more time in places like Portage Trail Middle School, near Jane Street and Weston Road. On a Wednesday morning, Ms. Rasminsky stands in the school’s entryway admiring a mural in progress, as kids, some on scaffolding, daub images on the theme of “peace.” One 12-year-old stops his work to tell her that he loves to draw and wants to design robots. This may be off the topic of peace, but it’s very much in the spirit of Ms. Rasminsky’s philosophy: “I have three endeavours with one message,” she says. “People need to recognize that they’re talented.”
The Toronto Star
November 25, 2006
Familiar ‘toon faces
Murals for Sick Kids patients
By Brett Clarkson
Thomas the Tank Engine and his trusty friends will be a welcome, comforting sight to the young patients on the seventh floor of the Hospital for Sick Children, thanks to a dozen art students.
The group of students from the Avenue Road Arts School were busy yesterday painting Thomas, Percy, James, and other characters from the long-running children’s series on the windows in one of the hospital’s 20 playrooms.
Royal Bank of Canada
November 21, 2006
Congratulations to 2006
RBC Canadian Woman Entrepreneur Award Winners
Close to 1,000 people gathered to celebrate and support the winners of this year’s prestigious RBC Canadian Woman Entrepreneur Awards (CWEA), sponsored by RBC Financial Group, at an inspiring ceremony in Toronto on November 21. The preeminent awards provide national recognition to Canada’s women entrepreneurs, whose successful businesses and achievements contribute so much to Canadian and global economies as well as to their communities. Here are the seven outstanding women selected from a record 875 nominations received from across Canada this year – a 55% increase over 2005:
November 21, 2006
Women Entrepreneur of the Year Awards
By Emily Mathieu
Breakthrough work in everything from childhood education to computer programs for cattle farmers garnered top honours for women in business at the 2006 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards.
The event, in its 17th year, honours women who have made a significant contribution to the Canadian economy. It was co-hosted by journalist and businesswoman Diane Francis.
Powerpoint Group Inc., which specializes in marketing to women, produced the event. Royal Bank of Canada was the title sponsor.