Remarkable Achievement

We have hit a milestone. Spencer Julien has been tracking our exhibitions since September 2016 and we have been involved in more than two hundred and fifty. That is over two exhibitions a week for more than twenty eight months.

Simply stunning. I can not imagine many communities working at that rate, anywhere on the globe, in history.

This is a cause and a moment for celebration. This is a monument. An achievement of unparalleled pace and determination and joy.

If you are in the ESACA community, take a look and let us know if we have missed any of your exhibitions – you can upload any and all exhibitions you have had by clicking here.

Thanks everyone. Brilliant, brilliant work. To see the growing list click here.

Art Talk 10 Reschedule

Art Talk 10 will now take place on Wednesday February 13 at 7pm at Neilson Park Creative Centre

We hope to see you there

Cont Art

Busy Friday Update + Art Talk

Please join us on Tuesday evening at 7pm for our first ever all grade 11 Art Talk at Neilson Park Creative Centre

The talk itself takes place amidst the 80 works in our grade 11 exhibition – there will be lots to see and consider in what should be a wonderful evening.

Friday afternoon saw perhaps one of the most intense we have had for a while. Parker-Lily Tuson-Morse was preparing for her group show opening that took place yesterday in Mississauga, Isabella Vella spent the afternoon shipping then installing her work at Arts Etobicoke for her solo exhibition opening February 20, one of our grade 11’s was flying down to Philadelphia for the opening of an exhibition that three of us are in at Drexel University, Meredith Tudor Doonan found out she will have one of her works published in a British art magazine, Luca Soldovieri broke $1 000 000 in scholarship offers so far this year, Mr Novak was packaging up the 30 or so art works that we will ship down to New York City tomorrow for our exhibition right near the New Museum in the Bowery with Teen Art Gallery, I had rented a truck and packed up and delivered eight art works to Artscape Youngspace for the Arts Etobicoke exhibition there, while the grade 11’s practiced their Art Talks (all beautiful) and Mel presented to the grade 12’s the type face and some of the music they had made for the Etobicoke Fashion Show, which we received really exciting news about (the fashion show) while I was at Artscape. Big announcement coming soon! Grad Jean-Luc Lindsay’s exhibition at Project Gallery continues to the 17th, and grads Spencer Julien and Jaime Pattison had an opening as part of a group exhibition Friday night at Beaver Hall Gallery. Whew.

We hope that you will join us on Tuesday evening for Art Talk 10!

More Art Updates – Scholastic Art and Writing Awards etc.

A huge congratulations to the winners of the 100+ 2019 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards!! We had more than 30 Gold Keys (list of Gold Key winners available by clicking here) which all go on to the second and final round. Those winning Gold Medals in the second round are eligible for post-secondary scholarships and possibly an exhibition in New York. Extra special congrats to our Gold Key Portfolio Winners. A Gold Medal for Portfolio in the next round receives a $10000 USD scholarship from many US schools.

Our total number of Art and Photography students exhibiting in the Teen Art Gallery exhibition in New York later this month has grown to 25 – bravo!!! It is a stunning achievement to be so well represented in the world’s art capital.

Congratulations to Denis Reynolds who will be exhibiting at the Alberta University of the Arts this March 11-23.

Please join us for Isabella Vella’s solo exhibition opening on February 20th from 6-8pm at the Arts Etobicoke Gallery – click here for the invitation.

A reminder that 16 of our grade 11’s will be speaking at Art Talk 10 at Neilson Park Creative Centre on Tuesday February 12th at 7pm – free and open to everyone – click here for information

Great work everyone! We will learn about who has been chosen to exhibit at the Albright Knox Museum in Buffalo in a few weeks.

Stay tuned!

Work below by grade 12 student Isabella Vella:

4 Great Summer Camp Art Intensives

Read below for details on great student summer opportunities for grades 6-9 in dance, musical theater, art and film.

Lens Flare Film Camp July 8-12

Lens Flare is a five day intensive program where teens write, shoot, edit and produce their own films. Each day will bring a combination of fun filmmaking adventures and workshops led by engaging and experienced camp counselors. By the end of the session, each filmmaker will work towards making one or two films to showcase in a public screening for family and friends on the last day of camp. All Filmmakers will also be part of our 24 hour film competition. More information can be found here

Summer Art Camp 2019

The 2019 Summer Art Camp is designed to be a condensed version of our award-winning program, providing a primer for those joining us the following September, and those thinking of applying next January.

Summer Art Camp provides the opportunity to become acquainted with future classmates and learn about the expectations and patterns of our program. It runs at Etobicoke School of the Arts and is run by the head of the Contemporary Art Department, with a number of our current and former students.

Feedback from parents has encouraged us to make Art Camp an annual event. Friendships form in that week, and a sense of belonging begins to develop in a place that can seem intimidating without an introduction. Summer Art Camp provides the opportunity to work with like minded people and explore a range of approaches and materials over the week of July 8-12. Suitable for those in or entering grades 8-10. For information please contact Matthew Varey at [email protected]

SUMMER Musical Theatre Intensive OR Dance Itensive Opportunities to further train!

Musical Theatre Focus

Train to be a TRIPLE THREAT – master classes in Voice, Acting, Dance, Stage Combat and Audition Technique.
Professionals from the theater community will help you build confidence in your music theater skills. Founder Paul Aikins and guest leaders affiliated with the Etobicoke School of the Arts Music Theater program will lead you in a group warm-up and then you will partake in daily master classes and workshops in dance, vocal, drama, audition techniques and various electives. The final day will be a showcase of your skills and development as a performer for our panel of professional Agents from Toronto, which will include invaluable advice and feedback for next steps. Train with the best in the business!

Dance Performance Focus
Take your dance training to a new level and learn what it takes from Toronto’s top dance professionals.
Students will focus on Modern, Jazz, and Ballet technical classes and Broadway jazz production numbers. They will have the opportunity to choose electives such as yoga, acting for film, voice over animation, stage combat, and vocal work. We encourage our dancers to also embrace the art of singing, so they can expand their career options! You will be so excited to work with a live percussionist during your technique classes and this nurturing environment will allow you to grow as a person and passionate artist. You will also share the Broadway experience with our Triple Threat Intensive!


Art Update

More phenomenal success from our community! Everyone is welcome to all of these free events:

1. Christian Webster, Hannah Beverage, and Emily Guitar are exhibiting photographs at Drexel University in Philadelphia. Congratulations all.

2. Congratulations to all 22 of us – including Tate Novak and and Isabella Vella and Sadie Phillipson and Ethan Wilder and Estella Kent-Pym and Parker Lily Tuson-Morse and Luca Soldovieri and Meredith Tudor-Doonan and Anika Yvette Poch-Mckee and Jessica McDonald and Natalie Turcotte and Giselle Val and Emily Guitar and Claudia Mihalia and Hannah Beveridge and owen Hurlin and Michelle Su and Leo Valeri and Mary French and grad Camila Frater – who will exhibit in New York this spring at Teen Art Gallery! We are taking over again!

3. ESACA grad Jean Luc Lindsay has his second solo exhibition at Project Gallery’s Queen Street location – it opens this Thursday evening and runs until February 17 – click here for information

4. Grad Noah Brown’s exhibition at Project Gallery’s Dundas Street location runs until February 16 – click here for information

5. The grade 11 Art and Photography exhibition State of Shifting opens this Thursday evening at Neilson Park Creative Center – click here for information

6. Art Talk 10 takes place on Tuesday February 12 7-9pm at Neilson Park Creative Center in conjunction with the grade 11 exhibition State of Shifting – 16 grade 11’s will be speaking about their work – all are welcome to all of these free events – click here for information

7. Ariana Pickard’s exhibition at Art Etobicoke continues until Feb 1! Go see it! It is amazing!

8. Parker Lily Tuson-Morse is showing in Now: Streaming – an exhibition with Visual Arts Mississauga – Feb 4 – 14th

9. Eight grade 10-12 students will be exhibiting at Artscape Youngspace mid-February with Arts Etobicoke in a GTA wide group show

Art Talk 10

Please join us for the tenth installment of our Art Talk series. Art Talk Ten is fifteen grade 11 students speaking about their work during their exhibition State of Shifting at the Neilson Park Creative Centre on Tuesday February 12, 50 Neilson Drive, Toronto. This is our warm up exhibition for Portfolio Day 10, or, as we are calling it, PDX in November 2019.

Tickets are free and are available through the invitation by clicking here

The statement for State of Shifting:

The Grade 11 Contemporary Art and Photography students at Etobicoke School of the Arts have spent years together analyzing themselves and the impact they have on everything around them. They have collectively noticed a shift in their process of self-reflection, as everything is beginning to make sense. These students have learned how to grow with each other for the benefit of every individual’s success, and felt this was the time to start putting all they have learned into something for the world to see. This exhibition is a glimpse into the ongoing creation of art and diverse connections these students are able to produce, and the space and community they have created to do so. The compiled works individually highlight their abilities to create impactful and important artwork, while also showing us their strength as a community of creators. These students see that they have created something incredible, and that now is the time to start pushing it, believing in it, and understanding their constant State of Shifting.

Noah Brown at Project Gallery

Last year’s graduate Noah Brown will open his first solo exhibition in the Project Gallery main space next Friday evening. We hope you will join us to celebrate this remarkable event. Noah’s new work is stunning!

Noah Brown: Inna Di Morrows
Opening Reception: Thursday January 17th 6-9pm
Exhibition Dates: Jan 17-Feb 16 2019
Location: Project Gallery, 1210 Dundas St E

Project Gallery is pleased to announce a solo exhibition of work by Noah Brown running concurrently with Yung Yemi at our Dundas gallery.

Artist Statement:

“I create imagery though an interconnecting of fiber, my use of material and technique referencing both of my ethnic backgrounds. My dry-felted tapestries explore the harsh conditions of limited space that people of colour endure throughout experiences of oppression. This racially biased confinement runs continuously in our society. A result of such organized division has people growing up normalized to class-housing and prison.

This work claims justice against the imbalance of under-represented visual depictions of minority identities and fights the onslaught of depictions of radicalized people through the ongoing cycle of youth assuming tired and damaging stereotypes.

My self-portrait reflects on the need to question my ability to attain full potential when choosing not to ascribe to preconceived notions of identity. Another tapestry depicts a sitting person in a moment of reflection, their image immortalized without a face, without an individual’s identity.”

Noah J. Brown is a Toronto-based artist, designer, and curator. During his high school years, his talent was fostered at the Etobicoke School of Arts where he was discovered by Project Gallery. Known as the first teenager to display a solo show in a commercial gallery space, Brown also exhibited at the Albright Knox Museum in Buffalo and Art Gallery of Guelph. His work explores challenges of social frameworks resulting from cultural stereotyping and long lasting historical trauma of slavery. Identifying as androgynous, he expresses vulnerability by choosing mediums such as the jewelry, large dry-felted tapestries and porcelain sculpture. His intellectual subject matter has led to guest lectures at University of Toronto, OCAD, and Roncesvalles United Church. Brown’s future leads to New York where he is being presented with two Scholastic Gold medals and a scholarship to Cooper Union where he will further explore his fine arts abilities.

For more information please contact [email protected]

Ariana Pickard at Arts Etobicoke

Please join us for Ariana Pickard’s solo exhibition at Arts Etobicoke
Opening Reception Wednesday, 16 January 2019 from 18:00-20:00
4893A Dundas Street West M9A 1B2 Toronto, Ontario

From the invitation: Arts Etobioke invites you to explore the concepts and works of Toronto-based artist, Ariana Pickard. A Contemporary Art major at Etobicoke School of the Arts, Ariana has already made waves in Canada’s art scene with her presentation of “The Scales of Ambiguity,” for Art Talks 8 at OCADU. Using text and illustration to create pathways to explore themes of empathy, fear, guilt, and blame, Ariana Pickard has made a place for herself among Ontario’s top new artists.

For more information on Ariana, please visit:
Exhibition runs to February 1 2019

Matthew Varey Exhibition

Please join us for the opening of Matthew Varey’s exhibition System One at United Contemporary, 1444 Dupont Street Unit 22 on Saturday December 8 from 2 to 6 pm.

We are hoping to sell some art work and raise money for the purchase of a new vehicle to continue driving ESACA student work to shows, pick up supplies and donations etc. We would love to see you all there.

The exhibition is open December 8, 9, 15 and 16 from noon to 6pm.

Grand Prize

Huge congratulations to ESACA Grade 12 student Isabella Vella on winning the Grand Prize at the 2018 Arts Etobicoke Juried Exhibition. Isabella will have a solo exhibition at Arts Etobicoke in the new year.

This award follows on the heals of winning Best In Grade at the 2018 Scholastic Art and Writing Competition, where one of Isabella’s paintings (which also exhibited at the Albright Knox Gallery in Buffalo last year) was chosen as the single best grade 11 art work in the world, with an award given on stage at Carnegie Hall.

The two runners up awards also went to ESACA students – Juliet DiCarlo and Ella Webber!

Congratulations Isabella, Juliet, and Ella. We look forward to your future successes!

Arts Etobicoke Exhibition

This year’s Arts Etobicoke Juried Exhibition opens the evening of Wednesday November 14. Of the 15 artists chosen to participate in the exhibition, 10 are current ESACA students, and 1 of the remaining 5 is a graduate! Of the three awards given to participants this year, the grand prize and two runners up prizes, all 3 are going to our students!

We hope that you can make it out to the opening at 4893a Dundas Street West in Etobicoke, or drop by during the run of the exhibition until December 5.

Congratulations to everyone who was accepted this year!