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Autistic teen’s abstract paintings wow collectors

Via CBC:

As an autistic teen, Niam Jain doesn’t speak much. But ever since the 13-year-old  picked up a paintbrush last summer, he’s found a way to express himself, and the art world is listening.

Niam is a previous Avenue Road Arts School student, who attended our Painting and Printmaking and Clay Creations courses.

In April Niam created a painting to help the Light It Up Blue campaign in celebration of World Autism Awareness Day, that was displayed at Yonge and Dundas Square.

You can see Niam’s work on his website. We look forward to his future as a professional artist!


Water Lilies (acrylic on wood, 24×24) by Niam JainWater-Lilies-by-Niam-Jain

John Viljoen Memorial Scholarship

John Viljoen was a much loved Avenue Road Arts school instructor, and gifted artist. He passed away in August 2015 and his friends and family have contributed to a memorial fund in his memory.

A generous scholarship will be awarded to a high school student with a serious commitment to art, who is interested in advance studies, and has a demonstrated ability and financial need. This scholarship will cover the cost of a year’s tuition plus $200 worth of art supplies.

Fall Programs are Now Available Online!

fallblastRegistration for the fall term has begun, along with our Early Bird Sale! Now students can ensure that they get a spot in their favourite class AND receive a discount.

Register anytime throughout the summer before Monday, August 29th, 12 AM and automatically receive $25.00 off your tuition.

So enjoy the summer and miss the September back to school rush. As of August 29th, registration will continue into the start of the fall term, but the Early Bird sale will be finished. Don’t miss out!

The fall term begins Monday, September 19th and ends Saturday, December 10th

View Programs and Register



Instructor Sadko Hadzihasanovic – Solo Show in Kraljevo, Serbia

Avenue Road Arts School instructor Sadko Hadzihasanovic has an upcoming opening of a solo show at the Association of Fine and Applied Artists in Kraljevo, Serbia on June 7th. The  exhibition consists of paintings and drawings he has been working over the last four years, inspired by the faces of young Romi from Klarija in North Serbia.


Sadko Hadzihasanovic has lived and worked in Toronto since 1993. He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Sarajevo in Bosnia and holds a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Belgrade. He has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Canada and abroad, particularly in Serbia, and has received several grants from the Arts Council of Canada and the Toronto Arts Council, including a support grant for the production of his latest series, Hunter & Hunted.

His works are part of collections of various Canadian and foreign museums.


Great Gulf Doors Open May 28 & 29

Join us at the School and explore the architectural glories our building has to offer as we participate in the Great Gulf sponsored 2016 Doors Open. On Saturday, May 28 you may see how a once residential building has been transformed to house a leading Toronto arts school. On Sunday, May 29 you have the opportunity to meet our instructors, watch demonstrations, take part in hands-on activities, view student work and even hear some stories about the paranormal beings that inhabit our building!


City of Toronto Media Relations has issued the following:


Media Advisory

May 22, 2015

Doors Open Toronto at more than 155 locations this weekend

The 16th annual Doors Open Toronto presented by Great Gulf returns this weekend, offering rare access to more than 155 architecturally, historically, culturally and socially significant buildings across the city. Many of the locations will host exhibitions and architectural talks, and 14 walking tours are available.

Dates: Saturday, May 23 and Sunday, May 24
Times: Most venues will be open to media and the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Locations: provides a list of locations and hours

Building previews, tours and spokespeople availability for media can be arranged by emailing or calling 647-462-0969.

Event updates will also be available to media and the public through social media at and throughout the weekend.

Since its inception in 2000, Doors Open Toronto has attracted more than two million visits to nearly 650 unique locations across the city. It is Canada’s largest Doors Open event and one of the three largest Doors Open events in the world. Doors Open Toronto, dedicated to built heritage, architecture and design, is presented by Great Gulf and produced by the City of Toronto in partnership with the broader community.

Toronto is Canada’s largest city, the fourth largest in North America, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business, finance, arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world’s most livable cities. Toronto is proud to be the Host City for the 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can visit, call 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, or follow us @TorontoComms.

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Media contact: Justine Palinska, Economic Development and Culture, 416-395-7318,

Spring Workshops and Mini-Classes Offer a Perfect Creative Getaway!

Experience your ‘art fix’ this spring! If you feel time-strapped, haven’t got a moment to spare but want to experience some creative inspiration and learn some new techniques, come and get a taste of what the Avenue Road Arts School has to offer through the spring workshop series.

The spring offering includes:

This roster of programs has something for experienced artists who want to expand their knowledge, as well as the budding artist and even those who don’t feel creative at all. The warm and inviting environment, professional and passionate instructors, paired with small class sizes makes the Avenue Road Arts School the right place for you to get your arts’ injection. So come – feel calm, creative and inspired!

SENSATION 2016 – NEW DATE – June 2

We are organizing our 6th annual group show, exhibiting work from faculty and interested adult students. This year the exhibit will take place in a very large and interesting space: W Studios in Toronto is a design house that manufactures artistic and creative rugs, often using original paintings and artwork. This is a fabulous space which provides an engaging forum for artists to display their work and showcase talents.

If you would like to participate in this exhibit please review the following details:

We look forward to another successful show!