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Shadow Red

ArteMbassy presents Shadow Red, an exhibition of paintings by ARAS instructor Martha Johnson, opening Thursday, September 21th, 2017.

shadow red
Shadow Red

Shadow Red pays homage to the legacy of Canadian icon Tom Thomson, on the 100th anniversary of his death.

The exhibition continues until Saturday, September 30th 11-4PM

ArteMbassy Gallery
28 Industrial St. #219
Toronto, ON

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Open Book Of Balkan

Instructor Sadko Hadzihasanovic is part of an international exhibition Open Book of Balkan which will open at the Art Gallery of Bosnia and Hercegovina in Sarajevo on Monday, June 19, 2017. This biennial show includes 62 artists from 20 countries and was organized by the Center for Visual Research (Krug, Serbia) and curated by Bozo Plazinic.

Otvorena knjiga Balkana” bit će predstavljena u ponedjeljak, 19. juna, u 20 sati u Umjetničkoj galeriji Bosne i Hercegovine u saradnji sa Centar za vizuelna istraživanja “Krug”.
“Biblioteka – otvorena knjiga Balkana” je likovna manifestacija umjetnika balkanskog regiona i gostujućih zemalja nastala 2006. godine i svake druge godine održava se u Čačku. Na petom Bijenalu sa tematskim okvirom „Čiju pesmu pevam“, po izboru i u organizaciji slikara Božidara Plazinića, svoje radove su izložila 62 umjetnika iz više od 20 zemalja.

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So Lightly Here

Instructor Sadko Hadzihasanovic invites you to the opening of a group show at Paul Petro Contemporary Art. Six of his oils on copper are included in the show.

So Lightly Here

Stephen Andrews, Ross Bleckner, Jane Buyers, Estate of Wendy Coburn, Marlene Creates, Estate of Robert Flack, Sadko Hadzihasanovic, Alex Katz, Glenn Ligon, Zachari Logan, Estate of Will Munro, David Rasmus, Joyce Wieland

June 9 – July 15, 2017

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Erika is set in 1940’s Nazi Occupied Bosnia, where an unlikely friendship forms between two young girls on opposite sides of the war.

Erika is directed by Hanna Jovin, a previous ARAS student and instructor.
PRODUCERS Marissa Bergougnou, Aldo Mauro
WRITER Jessie Posthumus
EDITOR Ryan Hookway
STARS Isla Parekh, Jordan Gorlick, Lauren Saarimaki, Milana Glumicic, Mladan Obradovic, Ralph MacLeod and Jane Miller
SCREENING: SATURDAY, MAY 6TH at the Ryerson University Film Festival (RUFF17).

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Lessons To Master Business


Founder LOLA RASMINSKY writes that a pianist’s advice can apply to management practices

While attending a master class in piano performance by well-known Vancouver pianist Robert Silverman recently, I was struck by how transferable his advice was to non-musical settings. Had I not been sitting in the concert hall of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, I could have well imagined myself taking in a lecture on leadership or strategic management at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management.

I have always been intrigued by how much business executives can learn from artists about how to conduct themselves within a corporate context. In the business world, there is a premium on the ability to” think differently.” Who could teach us better than the people who spend their time creating, namely successful artists of any kind?

Mr. Silverman’s master class could easily have been a lesson in how to make sure your business going forward productively. His first questions were: “Where are you going with this piece? Why are you interpreting the piece in this way?” Many management consultants insist that the first order of business for any organization is to clarify and distill exactly where the company is going. What is the vision? What are the important values driving senior management? What will move people to want to come to work in the morning?

Often, companies get into trouble because they oscillate between competing values. Let’s say, for example, they make a commitment to innovation. Developing new products and new ways of doing things becomes a stated priority. But the moment things stop going exactly as anticipated, senior management pulls the plug on the innovation priority and goes back to focusing on the bottom line. And then the cycle begins all over again, leaving everyone confused about what the company is really all about.

Tempo is another theme that crosses over. “Think about your tempo before you begin the piece,”Mr. Silverman insists. “Look at the most difficult passage in the work and assess how quickly you can manage that tempo.” He’s talking about sustainability. There’s no point bursting out of the starting gate at a breakneck speed if you can’t keep it up. How many businesses get into trouble because they cannot keep up with the pace they ambitiously set at the outset?

In this master class, Mr. Silverman often invoked the “Imagine” priority. “Imagine a dialogue within the piece,” he suggested. “Imagine a different instrument playing the melody and the inner voices.” When our imagination is engaged, the result will have more energy.

Engaging the imagination is probably the most empowering activity any of us can participate in.The imagination is the one place we have unlimited possibilities to choose from. When we brainstorm to come up with new ideas, we use our imagination. When we go out on a limb to consider new ways of doing things, we use our imagination. When a musician plays a pieceof music, it will be much more colourful if the imagination is involved. Many of us want to pursue excellence in business as well as art, but don’t really know how. Mr. Silverman’s piano master class gives us a good start.


Lola Rasminsky is director of the Avenue Road Arts School in Toronto. She is also director of Beyond the Box, a corporate training program that encourages executives to “think differently” by employing strategies used by artists.


In conversation with Martha Johnson

We sat down with instructor Martha Johnson to discuss what she thinks Avenue Road Arts School offers the community, how the arts should be funded, and more!
Watch the whole video on our Vimeo or YouTube:

Martha offers classes in:

  • Acrylic Painting
  • Contemporary Acrylic Painting
  • Drawing for Beginners
  • Intermediate Acrylic Painting
  • I Wish I Could Draw
  • Painting Studio
  • Painting for Beginners

and more, during our regular term (fall, winter, spring) and summer programs.


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Miniature Film Festival

The animated movie BeeBoy by drawing, watercolour, and independent studies instructor Sadko Hadzihasanovic and his daughter Hanna Jovin (a former ARAS student) is in the official program of the Miniature Film Festival in Vancouver, Canada. This is the North American premier of movie and it will be screened on March 28th, 2017.

For more information:

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Oh Canada! Summer Arts Camp for Kids, Teens, and Adults

Join Us This Summer for Fun and Stimulating Programs!

This summer, come join the Avenue Road Arts School and get to know all about Canada from the past to the present!

Campers JK to Grade 4 will see how the arts, history and story come together in this fun, creative and engaging program. Using the rich history, landscapes and stories that make Canada so great, children will draw, paint and sculpt, creating a variety of unique art works. Half- day and full-day options are available. Co-operative games and outdoor play round off the camp day (full-day camps only). Snacks are provided. Full day campers provide their own lunch.  Before camp and after camp care is available.

Children 2 to 5 years will enjoy a week of art, drama, music and fun while exploring the incredible arts, history and landscapes of Canada with a parent or caregiver.

Kids and teens in Grades 3 to 12 can choose from a wide range of engaging classes like Abstract Painting, Acting for Film & TV, Architecture & Design, Comic Book Studies, Creating A Graphic Novel, Drawing & Painting, and more!

Adults and teens 15+ will enjoy participating in stimulating and challenging programs like Classical Drawing, Painting for Beginners, Drawing for Beginners, Digital Photography for Beginners, Perspective Drawing, Painting Water, and other options in drawing, painting, and illustration.

Spaces will go fast, so register today!

See Summer 2017 Courses