In 4Cats Arts Studio's workshops, children ages 5–12 learn to sculpt, craft, and paint masterpieces in the energetic confines of a professional arts studio. In non-competitive workshops, fingers take a break from the ennui of pencil-limited schooldays to mould clay into a sandcastle, sculpt polymer into an owl perched on a tree, or paint a Van Gogh–inspired flower pot. Kids help paint achieve its kinetic potential in the Pollock Room, where brushes fling paint and technicolor acrylics shower canvases. History too takes a front seat, as expert curators recount humorous stories about the life and work of famous artists. Young apprentices craft their masterpieces using provided professional-quality art materials, such as polymer clay, acrylic paint, and tips from a talking bust of The Thinker.
Ontario Truck Driving School provides more than the name suggests. The school trains students for all commercial vehicle licenses as well as for heavy equipment operation. Safety and lift operator courses have also become complements to our larger program selections.
Reading, writing, and mathematics don't come easily for everyone. At Canadian Learning Centre, dedicated staff members harness their own expertise to connect with adults and kids and guide them toward mastering their areas of difficulty. A phonics-based curriculum familiarizes students with vowels and consonants and helps them easily distinguish between silent letters and the ones that shout out loud. In writing sessions, pupils learn to apply grammatical rules and proper punctuation as they write stylish paragraphs. During mathematics sessions, students cover the basics, including addition and measurements, as well as more advanced skills such as calculus, geometry, and trigonometry.
Judging from the hordes of magpies waddling outside its windows, Ancient Beads is obviously full of shiny objects. Pegboards line the walls, gridded with tiny baggies of gleaming Swarovski crystals and glass beads in all colors. Semi-precious stones and wooden baubles stand ready to be thread into delicate lengths of wire.
During more than 125 classes, visitors learn the finer points of jewelry-making from experienced threaders, including such techniques as glass fusing, chainmaille, and macramé.