5 STRESS-RELIEVING ACTIVITIES RECOMMENDED BY ART THERAPISTS THAT YOU CAN TRY AT HOME RIGHT NOW
For the past two weeks, Toronto-based art instructor and art therapist Claire Nicholls has used the Instagram and Twitter accounts of her studio, Picasso's Garage, to issue daily art challenges under the hashtag #CreateArtFeelBetter. For her first challenge, she digitally altered the painting of a crying boy that once hung in her childhood home and had always creeped her out. Nicholls removed the child's tears and added an eye mask and cape, transforming the crying child into a superhero.
TORONTO LIFE MAGAZINE:
AS THE CITY WARMS UP, HERE ARE 5 COOL THINGS TO DO WITH THE KIDS ... BE LIKE PICASSO
Toronto's got no shortage of art classes, but there aren't too many places like PICASSO'S GARAGE. Located at Bayview and Eglinton, the kids who attend this studio will not only paint and sculpt, but they'll learn about all the art greats, too, including Emily Carr, Jackson Pollock and, of course, Pablo Picasso. Just like history's legendary artists used different methods and styles to create their paintings, so too will your child. Try watercolour, pastel, printmaking, drawing and more. The studio also offers a five-day summer camp at Evergreen Brick Works. Now get painting! (Toronto Life 2016)
IN THE SPOT LIGHT PICASSO'S GARAGE
... PICASSO'S GARAGE is committed to supporting the community and providing a fulfilling summer camp experience for children who may otherwise go without. Claire's No Paint Down the Drain Campaign raises enough funds to send children to art camp. Originally conceived as a way to avoid discarding leftover paint, art students create a shared canvas that is later sold to raise money. Each canvas is inspired by a well-known artist, and the results have been outstanding. This year's proceeds are sending three deserving kids to art camp. (2016)
TORONTO LIFE MAGAZINE:
BEST OF THE 'HOOD' KID'S PLAY
PICASSO'S GARAGE: Local artist Claire Nicholls offers after-school classes that teach kids about Van Gogh, O'Keeffe and other modern masters.
Toronto Life Magazine, Neighbourhoods Edition (2014) p51
TOP 10 BEST SUMMER DAY CAMPS IN TORONTO
This popular Davisville neighbourhood camp takes it on the road this summer and heads down to the Brickworks. Delightful owner Claire Nicholls will offer full day sessions throughout July and August focusing on drawing, sculpture, printmaking, as well as nature hikes and sketching. (2014)