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

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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: http://www.toronto.ca/doorsopen provides a list of locations and hours

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

Event updates will also be available to media and the public through social media at Facebook.com/DoorsOpenTO and Twitter.com/Doors_OpenTO 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 http://www.toronto.ca, 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, jpalins@toronto.ca

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!

Pieces of Me

Work by ARAS assistant Andrea Currie will be on display in Toronto on May 1.

PomonaLIFE is building a community for creators to collaborate on arts projects and exhibits across multiple disciplines, and showcase their personal authentic style and voice as a part of a layered whole. It is a safe, nurturing space to teach, learn and inspire.



Sunday, 1 May 2016 from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM (EDT) – Add to Calendar


SHOPP – 299 King St W, Upper Level, Toronto, On M5V 1J5 – View Map

Art by Andrea Currie. Pieces of Me. Live Music Ft. Brooke Blackburn

A new season and a new show in TORONTO! Once again, I am excited to bring art and community together with another PomonaLIFE event. “Pieces of Me” showcases my newest works and collections, including some past favourites. The afternoon festivities also features live music from Brooke Blackburn of the 2015 Juno nominated jazz band, “Blackburn.”
My art depicts the spiral of how we live and grow in a constant flux of revisiting, revising and renewing ourselves. Like trees, we build on these layers as cycles in our individual growth, making us taller, fuller and wiser.

Andrea’s education includes an Honors English Literature degree from the University of Guelph with emphasis in classical studies and creative writing. She has a Diploma of Education from Newcastle University, Australia. Andrea has travelled the world as both student and teacher, applying her passion for creating, learning and connecting through her artistic expression which she calls PomonaLIFE.

Pomona, a goddess in Roman mythology, nurtured fruit trees, gardens and orchards.  She was meticulous in the craft of cultivation. Creators mirror Pomona’s strengths, layering hours, days and sometimes years fostering their craft.

Portraits in Exile

Pieces by ARAS instructor Sadko Hadzihasanovic are featured alongside the work of Bernard Gamoy at the Galerie d’art d’Outremont (41 Avenue Saint-Just) in Montreal until April 24.

Bernard Gamoy and Sadko Hadzihasanovic, preferring drawing and figurative painting, have for many years observed the increasingly present impact of globalization on various minority groups, either by money or uniformity of thought.

A native of the former Yugoslavia, Sadko Hadzihasanovic is interested in building the identity of the new generation of the Balkans. He focuses on certain minority groups on the margins of mainstream society, using photos or sketches taken from life in meetings with Gypsies (Young Romi) or young hunters (Hunter & Hunted), unemployed and living on the edge of large cities, resulting in a gallery of portraits full of humor and irony, which open a window to the tumultuous past of these young people left behind.

Hadzihasanovic’s pictorial approach uses a subtlety that asks the viewer to go beyond a first impression of ‘Non Finito’ (aesthetic of the unfinished). A closer reading of the portraits reveals the artistic complexity and depth of sociological thought of the artist.

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.

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Postcards at Café Titanic

ARAS instructor Sadko Hadzihasanovic will be featured by Paul Petro Contemporary Art at Café Titanic in Montreal, beginning April 22:

Paul Petro Contemporary Art is pleased to once again participate in Foire Papier – Papier Art Fair, an art fair for contemporary works on paper. This year’s edition takes place in Hangar 16 at the Port in Old Montréal.

Featured artists include Stephen Andrews, Dennis Day, Tom Dean, Maura Doyle, Gary Evans, Sadko Hadzihasanovic, Nelson Henricks, General Idea, Zachari Logan, Olia Mishchenko, Sandy Plotnikoff, Mélanie Rocan, Gretchen Sankey, Ho Tam, Carol Wainio and Joyce Wieland.

Concurrent with Papier 16 we are opening an exhibition of watercolours and works on wallpaper by Sadko Hadzihasanovic at Cafe Titanic, 445 Saint-Pierre in Old Montréal. A breakfast vernissage will be held on Friday April 22, 10-11:30am. Sadko’s work is also in an exhibition at the Galerie d’art d’Outrement, 41 Saint-Just, Montreal closing Sunday April 24th.

Also on view at the Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal until August 7, 2016 are paintings by Carol Wainio in the group exhibition “Her Story Today”.

We look forward to seeing all of our friends and associates in Montreal and greeting friends from other parts of Canada attending Papier 16.




relatively gentle ways of touching

Soft Turns, a collaboration between instructor Sarah Jane Gorlitz and Wojciech Oleynik, presents an upcoming exhibit at the Modern Fuel Gallery in Kingston, Ontario, from Saturday, April 30, 2016 to Saturday, June 11, 2016 (Opening Reception: April 30, 2016 at 7 pm).


This exhibition considers curious objects and circumstances that are difficult to comprehend. Google maps locates the Terra Nova islands off the east coast of Antarctica, but since 1989, they have been known not to exist. Ptolemy’s ancient elaborate system of ‘epicycles’—a brilliant design to map out the heavens—falls just short, placing the earth at its center. Displays of handmade botanical models, artifacts of archaic 19th century teaching methods, sit behind warbled glass, interfering further with our ability to comprehend their strange codes of function.

Disproven theories do not necessarily fall into an oblivion of the false—they can surface through revisions, linger as histories of error, stand in for once held truths, or recur simply as amusing, obscure references. Their being may be crossed out, but not completely wiped away; they may reappear unexpectedly like a chunk of text that is copied and cut out of the canon of truth and then filed, ready to be pasted back in another paragraph.

relatively gentle ways of touching follows a series of copy, cut and paste procedures. Models modeled on other models, reflections of reflections, slow processes and intricate movements. Works seem to be in the process of decay or irreversible (perhaps dangerous) change. Yet what should disappear is reconfigured, repeated; this excess of material and content spills over into some shelving, various objects and several videos, as each work resonates with an aspect of another.

Soft Turns is the collaborative effort of Sarah Jane Gorlitz and Wojciech Olejnik.