Make Art, Toronto!

When was the last time you put on a paint smock, laid down old newspapers and had fun with paint? Perhaps you are an advanced doodler during conference calls, or you have mastered the art of cellphone photography? Whenever, wherever, Artbarn School wants to encourage you to make art!


Artbarn School is kicking off their #MakeArtTO campaign by yarn bombing the Metrolinx Crosstown fence in front of the school.


“We are excited about the upcoming changes to public transit in our neighbourhood, however, we feel cut off from the community. We wanted to get our message out and have some fun with it,” says Linda, Executive Director and founder of the not-for-profit community art school.


Over the fall, Artbarn wants you to use #MakeArtTO on Instagram every time you make art. Here are some ideas of how:

  • Stop by and take a photo with the yarn sign (safely from across the street). Or get up close for a selfie with the starbursts along the path to the community center.
  • Show us how you celebrate the seasons or holidays with art inspired by the fall colours, Thanksgiving or Halloween
  • Make Canada proud: let the Canada 150 celebrations continue with Canadian-themed art
  • Share your inspiration: send us your favorite quote about art
  • Use the hashtag to proudly display your art to Toronto


Artbarn School has been part of the midtown community for 12 years, and moved to its current location at 250 Eglinton West in 2008. They have a mix of classes for adults and children. Their specialty is breaking in the terrified beginner. “Many of our adult students walk in and say they’ve always wanted to make art, but they hesitate. That’s where we come in. Our teachers bring out the best in our students. We will help find the artist in you!” says Linda.


Art isn’t just for young children (Artbarn calls the toddlers mini minis and starts working with them at 12 months). By the time your son or daughter reaches grade 1, the number of art projects they bring home from school starts to tail off. Yet kids still need to get their hands messy and create. “We provide a tactile environment to inspire their creativity. This also helps their cognitive development and builds confidence,” says Linda. New fall programming includes a very special class for tweens addicted to graphic novels and a sewing class. Artbarn also provides scholarships for kids who can’t afford the classes.


Their message is a simple one: “Make Art!” It’s good for you, and like all things that are good for you, it could easily slide down your priority list. But don’t just take our word for it, listen to Pablo Picasso: “Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.”


Let’s see your art, Toronto!


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