Founded with the goal of introducing pupils of all ages to the visual arts, Bronte Art Academy coaxes forth the inner Renoirs within all those who enter the studio during a host of hands-on lessons and camps. Under the capable direction of Paul Ross Sandilands, a local portrait artist who has taught at the Ontario College of Art & Design and served as a painting companion to Canadian artist Harold Town, budding masters explore their potential with a variety of artistic media, from watercolour to graphite. Paul also shares his knowledge, techniques, and passion for creative expression during in-studio sessions, where students can create their own take-home masterpieces portraying family, the ocean at sunset, or Roger Clemens as a 19th-century robber baron.
Experiencing art shouldn't confined to a museum or a fancy gallery. That's the idea behind Everyday Art, a center that corrals people of all artistic skills into environments where they can feel free to create their own masterpieces. Through adult classes and children's summer camps, the school encourages play and experimentation as students add their own twists to classic or original works. Some classes even meet around town in pubs or parks, prime spots for creative inspiration or showing squirrels a skill set they will never, ever have.
Creative Kids Place engages exploring minds aged 4–14 in its colourful arts-and-play centre through summer camps, birthday parties, holiday camps, and special programs. March break camps include outings such as bowling, mini-golf and laser tag.
When not playing, parents use free WiFi or lounge on the centre's couches amid bright red and green walls and tables draped in decorative tarps. Crafters can choose from an array of sculpted, three-dimensional pottery canvases including penguins, dinosaurs, unicorns, princesses, and more. After wee artists paint their pieces to express colour appreciation or camouflage them from envious stuffed animals, staff fires completed sculptures in an on-site kiln. Lego robotics classes engage students in science, technology, engineering, and math while alternatively during art classes students are exposed to a variety of creative mediums including drawing, painting, and sculpture. Birthdays at Creative Kids Place are enhanced for extra fun with activities such as pottery painting, bear-stuffing, and clay building under the festive umbrella of birthday themes including Pokemon, Disney's Frozen, Star Wars, and lego building.
Working with one of the country's most famous artists might cause some to rest on their laurels, but for Patricia Corsini, the years she spent as a personal assistant and photographer to renowned artist Robert Bateman only pushed her to keep exploring. Robert's sweet tooth led Patricia to culinary school at George Brown College, after which she became executive chef of Cook Gourmet Inc., where culinary experts show aspiring cooks how to craft elegant dishes.
In one of the company's many cooking classes, Sunshine en Provence courses lead students through each step of creating a bistro-style meal, and Some Like It Haute! sessions focus on stylish summertime meals. Classes are taught in a gourmet kitchen with a wide assembly of tools at students' disposal.
Cook Gourmet Inc.'s crew also caters events small and large, even providing personal-chef services for clients' dinner parties.
Gavin has been working and teaching behind the bar for almost 20 years, making drinks in 14 countries across 5 continents. His experiences inspired him to design and teach programs for home enthusiasts to create cocktails at their own parties, and to train students to secure professionally and financially rewarding positions in the hospitality industry almost immediately after graduation.
As Bartender One Corp.’s CEO, Gavin and his team of professional mixologists and bar chefs helped design a curriculum based on interviews of bar, lounge, club, and banquet-facility owners. The certification courses still teach students to make a number of trendy and classic cocktails, but they emphasize the kinds of customer-service, cash-handling, and break-dancing skills that employers value. Instructors also train their small groups of students outside of a typical classroom environment, giving attendees experience behind an actual bar as opposed to a staged set. Additionally, Bartender One Corp. gives its graduates a leg up by sending weekly emails with new job opportunities.
Whether they're just starting out or looking to specialize in a particular medium, photography enthusiasts of all backgrounds will find a class to improve their art at Dandyline Pictures. For beginners, there's the Digital Basics class, which covers concepts such as exposure, ISO ratings, and how to use certain camera functions. Another novice-friendly class is Foodie Photography, which teaches food lovers how to snap appetizing food photos to share on social media sites such as Facebook, Pinterest, and My Life is Better Than Yours.
More advanced students can sign up for private lessons or focus on topics such as night or travel photography. All of these classes are led by filmmaker and photographer Roger Metivier, who was honored with the Queens Diamond Jubilee Medal for his art and charity work.