Monthly Archives: February 2016

Instructor Profile: Allison Beula

Allison Beula holds an Honours BAA in film and is a recipient of the Norman Jewison Filmmaker Award. She furthered her training at The Randolph Academy For The Performing Arts, for whom she currently directs, choreographs, and instructs. Allison is also on faculty with Arts For Children and Youth of Toronto and has led workshops and classes for Mirvish (Lion King), The Toronto and Catholic School Board, and OISE. She has trained with Upright Citizens Brigade (NYC), Dance Manhattan, and is a graduate of the Second City Conservatory Program. Her recently choreographed video, Jeff Straker’s Hypnotized hit Much More Music’s Top Ten. Allison is a two-time recipient of an Ontario Arts Council grant for Artists in Education. Allison’s first musical, The Tiki Bikini Beach Paradise Party A-Go-Go!, which she wrote, directed and choreographed, made its debut at the 2011 Toronto Fringe Festival where it won Patron’s Pick and Best of the Fringe. It has received critical and public acclaim and was a part of the January 2012 Next Stage Theatre Festival.

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Best GTA Arts School for 2015!

best-of-2015-art-schoolEach year, Toronto4Kids conducts an in-depth survey among our readers to find the absolute best family destinations, and kid-friendly products & services in Toronto and the GTA, and we have been voted best art school for 2015, our second win in a row!
Thanks to everyone involved!

NBA Centre Court – Mural Project

A number of our instructors were involved with the Mural Project for NBA Centre Court. Susie Whaley (Project Manager) and instructors Jen Chin, Sandra Tarantino, Audrey Mah, Eva Ormut, and Barb Lilker all contributed to the project.
From Vibe Arts:

“NBA Canada created this beautiful video sharing George Harvey Collegiate Institute’s student’s journey in creating murals inspired by words connected to the sport of basketball; along with 350 children and youth from 30 schools and community organizations who worked under the guidance of 16 professional artists across the GTA who followed the same journey in creating 60 distinct murals.The murals welcomed NBA fans and NBA All-Stars to Toronto for the very first time in all of Canada. The murals tell the story of  how the game of basketball impacts the lives of many youth groups, and also the shared experiences between artists and basketball players. The 60 unique (4’ x 6’) murals were created on repurposed TTC advertising panels that are now original works of art to be appreciated. You can read the Toronto Star article to hear what some Mason Road Junior Public School students had to say about their experience in creating the murals and seeing them in the 31 TTC subway stations.
The artworks were created thanks to an exciting partnership with the NBA Canada, and PATTISON Outdoor Advertising. The hand-painted murals were on display in 31 TTC subway stations across the City of Toronto, at platform level from December 28, 2015  and will be there until the end of February, in celebration NBA All-Star Game 2016. See the murals before they are gone!”

Check out the video from Cloud in the Sky Studios:

NBA Centre Court & VIBE Arts from Cloud in the Sky Studios on Vimeo.

Instructor Profile: Amanda Baron

Baron-Amanda Amanda Baron is a mixed media artist whose practice borders between digital mediums and painting. She has a BFA from the Ontario College of Art & Design University and had the pleasure of studying in Florence, Italy under the OCADU Off-Campus Studies Program. Amanda’s work has been exhibited internationally as well as locally, in Toronto. As an advocate of community arts, she has been teaching for several years, working with Visual Arts Mississauga and the Avenue Road Arts School. Amanda continues to use her student’s vibrant and energetic approach to art making as inspiration for her own studio practice.


Farida Zaman’s Toronto City Illustrations on the TTC

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The work of our talented instructor, Farida Zaman, is currently being featured on TTC vehicles on posters and guide maps. On the series, Farida says:

This was done for the Toronto Transit Commission as posters and the cover for the maps- (#ttcrideguide 2016). This is launching at the beginning of January for the whole year. Those who live in Toronto and take the ttc will come across it frequently. It was a really fun assignment to do, choosing the icons that summarize this fun cool city! I hope you enjoy it as much as I loved working on it!

Have a look at Farida’s work on her website and Etsy store!