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.

White Lines: An Animated Documentary

Hanna Jovin is a previous assistant at the School, and was the art director and illustrator on this short documentary. The film is a finalist for TVO’s Short Doc Contest. You can vote here!

Inspired by the animation of Jonas Odell, this raw and confessional
documentary explores the ease with which somebody can slip into
addiction, their desperation when they hit bottom, and the determination
it takes to dig ones self, slowly and grimly, back to real life.

Producer, Director, Animator: Jessie Posthumus
Art Director, Illustrator: Hanna Jovin
Score and Mixing: Adam Duke

Thank you to Travis, for sharing your story.

Niam, one of our students, has created a painting to help Light It Up Blue in celebration of World Autism Awareness Day.

Celebrate the start of Autism Awareness Month at Yonge and Dundas Square in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, on April 1, 2016, at 5 pm. Join them to learn more about Niam and explore his artwork through the  gallery and Light It Up Blue.

Samsung, Autism Speaks, and Niam have partnered to help raise awareness about autism. In addition, Samsung Canada has donated 200 tablets as part of The Look at Me Project, designed to create a shared community to connect families with similar experiences. The Samsung tablets were preloaded with the Look at Me app and given to 200 families living with autism

The Look at Me app aims to improve an individual’s ability to make eye contact through digital devices, such as smartphones and tablets.

A multidisciplinary team of clinical psychologists, cognitive psychologists, and psychiatrists have dedicated their participation in developing the app’s curriculum. The app is currently under clinical testing to verify its effectiveness through research.

The app keeps children motivated and highly concentrated by using the camera function of digital devices that often appeal to children’s interests. It also features a point system, themed missions, various rewards, and visual or sound effects to keep children engaged. Levels can be customized based on the children’s achievements. Each mission in the app requires interaction between parents and their children to encourage positive relationships and connections.



A Mod, Mod World – Instructor Joseph Romantini’s art featured in House and Home

Artwork by our instructor Joseph Romantini has been featured in the April 2016 edition of Canadian House and Home.

The painting is from his Vento series that we recently featured on our blog.

View more of Joseph’s work on his website. You can pick up your copy of the magazine on newsstands today!

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Honsberger Award Medal Design

IMG_2271Our very own Susie Whaley designed and sculpted a medal for the Toronto Lawyers Association Honsberger Award. Susie’s late husband Bruce Whaley was John D. Honsberger’s nephew.

The Honsberger Award is named in honour of John D. Honsberger, President of the Toronto Lawyers Association in 1967-68 and historian of the association’s first 100 years.  Through his extensive legal scholarship and contributions to the Toronto legal community, Mr. Honsberger exemplifies the three pillars of the TLA: Information, Education and Advocacy.  Among the many honours he has received in over 60 years at the Bar, are the Law Society Medal and the TLA Award of Distinction. In fact, he was the first recipient of both awards.


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.