Pablo Picasso once mused that “painting is just another way of keeping a diary,” which explains why all of his work was found hidden in his sock drawer. Chronicle emotions through art with today’s Groupon: for $30, you get a workshop package (a $60 total value) at the Katerina Atapina Art School, located inside the Victoria Ballet Academy building in Thornhill. The package includes:
- One of the following two-hour workshops (a $50 value):
- Acrylic painting
- Watercolour painting
- Class materials and supplies (a $10 value)
All workshops are held on Sundays.
Katerina Atapina Art School’s eponymous founder generously imparts years of artistic experience upon students during Sunday workshops, holding separate sessions for children and adults to ensure art immersion for all ages. During the acrylic workshop, pupils merge pallet knifes with canvases as they craft masterpieces using vibrant paints and skills such as layering and employing paint as a water medium. The watercolour workshop expounds upon the art of curtailing the aqueous pigment’s free spirit in order to whip up masterpieces awash in line, depth, and texture. Nascent Rodins can hone shaping skills in a sculpture workshop, breathing life into water-based clays before they’re fired in a kiln powered by a retired dragon. Each two-hour session is capped at four to eight students to facilitate individualized attention. Because Katerina Atapina Art School outfits workshop participants with supplies, students can leave their inflatable easels and pocket muses at home.
Katerina Atapina Art School
Katerina Atapina sees no conflict between fun and professionalism. Armed with degrees in both art and education, she designs classes that underpin the exuberant artwork of kids and adults with a firm grasp of colour theory, design principles, and technique. Even high-school students often turn to the school to develop the skills they’ll need to pursue careers in comic-book illustration, animation, and fashion design. Weekly workshops and art classes for adults and children focus on painting, ceramics, watercolours, and sculpture, and summer camps help students beat the heat by painting ice-cold pictures of lemonade or crocheting a ceiling fan.