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Profile of Genevieve Finley, ARAS student

Genevieve Finley, ARAS student“At For the Love of Cake, we’re not just bakers, we’re also designers. We pride ourselves on taking special care and attention to detail with all of our cakes and custom designs.”

Owner and head designer Genevieve Finley started For The Love of Cake in a small loft studio in June 2008, and recently enrolled in the school’s I Wish I Could Paint class to further improve her cake artistry.

In 2009, Genevieve opened her first retail location in Liberty Village, offering up Toronto’s first filled cupcakes and unique ‘mancake’ flavours while making headlines and garnering international attention.

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ARAS instructor Sadko Hadzihasanovic’s first animated movie Bee Boy (directed and edited by Hanna Jovin) is in the official program at the Banja Luka 2016 International Animated Film  Festival, October 23-28th, Bosnia and Hercegovina.




Read an essay about the movie by Gary M. Dault below:


Although Sadko Hadzihasanovic’s animated film, Bee Boy, is only 45 seconds long, it required 400 of the artist’s painstaking, minutely sequential drawings to make it.  An animated film, however charming, is a very inefficient visual engine, with a prodigious, gluttonous appetite for content.

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Cavan Plein Air Festival

Instructor Sam Paonessa (Essentials in Landscape Painting, I Wish I Could Paint) recently participated in the Cavan Plein Air Festival and won an award for his painting, pictured above.

For many years Sam has traveled and painted plein air landscapes in North America and Italy. He is a founding member of Plein Air Canada and is a member of the Ontario Plein Air Society and the Ontario Society of Artists.

Other notable recognition includes a Quick Draw 1st prize in 2007 and 2nd prize in the 2006 International Plein Air Painters Annual Paint Out and an honourable mention in the oil category in 2005.

View Sam’s work at his website.

Sam (right) with other winners.
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Profile of Anna Nenoiu, ARAS student

Anna Nenoiu is a Romanian Born hair and makeup artist with Page One Management (P1M) and Vanity Fair Vienna, and is attending our new Classical Painting Techniques course this fall.

Anna trained in Europe and attended York University for Fine Arts, and later moved to Los Angeles to work with BMG Music, where she became personal makeup artist to Dolph Lundgren.

Says Anna,

Beauty is in everyone. Sometimes it only takes a bit of paint and a few brush strokes to emphasize what is already there or what’s been forgotten. My most rewarding work to date has been with the Look Good Feel Better campaign where I had the immense pleasure and opportunity to teach cancer patients a few tricks of the trade to help them cope with their struggles during their brave battle for life. As a makeup artist, nothing has been more humbling or fulfilling. […] Colour mixing and understanding the anatomy is a highly valuable skill of a makeup artist. However, a lot of the knowledge comes with experience, practice, taking chances and being exposed to and open to different environments and situations.

She is known for editorial spreads in magazines (including Bazaar Thailand, American Vogue and FASHION) and advertising campaigns for brands like Armani and Garnier. Anna has worked with many celebrity clients, and photos from her adventures can be seen on her Instagram account @annanenoiu, where she recently featured a piece from her painting class at the school.

Anna’s editorial collaborations have been featured nationally and internationally in Flare, FASHION, ELLE Canada, Schön!, Vouge, DarkBeauty, Glow, Harper’s Bazaar Thailand, Clear, Russian Elle, Plaza, Noblesse, InStyle, and New York Moves.

Nenoiu’s celebrity clientele includes Lady Gaga, Robin Thicke, The Pussycat Dolls, Carmen Electra, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Carly Rae Jepsen, Greta Gerwig, Sarah Gadon, Selma Blair, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Nickelback, Fall Out Boy, Brooke Shields, Lights, Fefe Dobson, Dan Aykroyd, Paul Anka, All American Rejects, Patrick Adams, Hayden Christensen, and the late Ray Charles.

We look forward to seeing the artwork that Anna’s time at the school produces, and hope it helps to expand her creativity and career!

Follow Anna on Twitter and Snapchat @AnnaNenoiu, and visit Page One Management (P1M) to see makeup and hair by Anna!

A sampling of Anna’s work can be seen below:

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Profile of Actress Cecelia Deacon, ARAS alumni

Cecelia Deacon shot by Mark Kayne

Avenue Road Arts School Vocal Studies and Musical Theatre student Cecilia Deacon has established herself as a successful actor and model, with acting roles in film, theatre, and television, and international campaigns for L’Oreal, Truvivity, Ouidad and Matrix.

Cecilia began taking classes at the School in 2005 at the age of 14, and only three years later, she moved to New York to attend the prestigious acting conservatory, the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.

Over the years Deacon has amassed an impressive repertoire of work in film and television with starring roles including Stormy on the Investigation Discovery series “Deadly Sins,” Sandra in the comedy series “Catch-30,” and most recently Cecilia in Derek Ahonen film “The Transcendents,” where she starred alongside Kathy Valentine from The Go-Go’s. She has also appeared in productions of Technicolor Life, Marathon, and No Exit, to name a few.

The Avenue Road Arts School offers a number of performing acts classes, to spark an interest in singing and acting at a young age, and we are proud to have Cecilia as an alumni.

To find out more about Cecilia Deacon and how she got to where she is today, visit her website:

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The Best American Comics 2016

Instructor Dave Lapp (Cartooning, Cartooning & Illustration) is featured in The Best American Comics 2016, edited by Roz Chast (staff cartoonist for The New Yorker) and Bill Kartalopoulos (a Brooklyn-based comics critic, educator, curator and editor).

The Best American Comics 2016 posterFrom the Back Cover:

There is something thrilling about seeing people invent new ways to tell their story. To me, it is proof that the art form of comics is healthy: it lives and grows and reinvents itself. It is alive!
– Roz Chast, from the Introduction

FEATURING Lynda Barry, Kate Beaton, Cece Bell, Genevieve Elverum, Ben Katchor, Dave Lapp, John Porcellino, Joe Sacco, Adrian Tomine, Chris Ware, Julia Wertz, and others.

Roz Chast, guest editor, was born in Brooklyn, New York. Her cartoons began appearing in The New Yorkerin 1978. Since then she has published hundreds of cartoons and written or illustrated more than a dozen books. Her memoir Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? was a #1 New York Times bestseller and a 2014 National Book Award Finalist.

Bill Kartalopoulos, series editor, is a comics critic, educator, curator, and editor. He teaches courses about comics at Parsons and at the School of Visual Arts. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

About the Editors:
ROZ CHAST was born in Brooklyn, New York. Her cartoons began appearing in The New Yorker in 1978. Since then she has published hundreds of cartoons and written or illustrated more than a dozen books. Her memoir Can We Talk About Something More Pleasant, Please ? was a #1 New York Times bestseller and a 2014 National Book Award Finalist.
BILL KARTALOPOULOS is the publisher/editor of Rebus Books and the programming coordinator for SPX: The Small Press Expo. He was a cofounder and the programming director for the Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Festival. He is a member of the Executive Committee for the International Comic Arts Forum (ICAF), a contributing editor for Print Magazine, and has worked as an assistant to Art Spiegelman for several years. He lives and works in Brooklyn.

The Best American Comics 2016 will be released October 4 on Amazon:

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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 Jain
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Detour – Documentary Film

Directed by Hanna Jovin, an Avenue Road student, Detour is in the official selection for Toronto Film Week (Fox Theater, Sept 12th-18th) and has made it into the Awareness Film Festival in LA (Oct 6th-16th at LA Live Regal Cinemas).

Detour is a documentary about Jelica Jovin’s struggle with her brain injury.

Directed by Hanna Jovin
Produced by Anastasia Popova
Cinematography by Benjamin Wong
Editing by Josh Conley
Sound by Stephanie Cohen
Special Thanks to Jadranka Pastries and Sadko Hadzihasanovic

Hanna Jovin (Hanna Hadzihasanovic) is a Toronto-born Filmmaker/Cinematographer. In addition to filmmaking, Hanna is also a multimedia artist most interested in oil painting, photography, writing, storyboards and video installations.

Detour poster

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Solo Show at Montgomery Inn Historic Museum

Jelica Jovin, a former teacher at the School, presents a solo show at the Montgomery Inn Historic Museum, opening on Sep. 29 2016:

You are invited to the opening of Jelica Jovin’s solo exhibition at the Montgomery’s Inn Historic Museum. The opening night is in conjunction with Thirsty Thursday at the Inn. Come and enjoy some music and drinks at the tavern. Hope to see you there!

Artist would like to aknowledge the support of Ontario Arts Council.