The Art Academy
Art is powerful. When a young person connects with the arts they find not just the capacity for personal expression, but also confidence in a discipline they can carry with them for life. That’s real power. Like the power-to-light-up-a-room powerful.
Previous art experience or lessons are not a requirement to join our studio. We welcome every level of artist, including absolute beginners. Our classes are structured with step-by-step instruction making the drawing process simple and fun. Each year your child is enrolled we step up the skill level required for projects, so your child is continually engaged and challenged.
The Art Academy at Art-Kitect practices realism art by teaching students how to render realistic figures. Art-Kitect students can learn a variety of artistic styles and mediums. This includes figure and portraiture, anime/manga, architecture, animals and nature, still life renderings and more. Mediums we explore include, pencil and charcoal, acrylic and oil paint, watercolour and digital art!
Curriculums for all classes are planned and created by Academy’s founder and creative director, Elissa Del Bel Belluz.
For all art class inquiries, please contact us via phone 647-368-4011 or e-mail [email protected], and a specialized staff member will be happy to assist to you.
Popular Programs and Activities
For CAMP and CLASS REGISTRATION please click all buttons below.
Registration is complete ONLY upon the submission of your forms and the receipt of your tuition paid in full. Please complete the form to the best of your ability and answer “N/A” to areas that do not apply. Once you submit your registration form, a staff member will follow up with you by email and send a secure invoice via email/online. We accept all forms of payment, with e-transfer being preferred.
Registration is based on first come, first serve basis.
Our art classes run from September 16th, 2022 – June 24th, 2023.
Schools We Pick Up From
Unique to this neighborhood! – Art-Kitect is thrilled to offer ease for our parents with our After School Pick-Up schedule. Our well-rounded instruction stimulates curiosity, develops an appreciation for learning and offers valuable supplemental lessons complementing and elevating children’s early learning experiences. This program focuses on enriched art programing goes a step further to help build long-lasting social bonds and memories with other students in our neighbourhood.
Our Program Includes
- Scheduled Pick-Up at 3:00 PM
- Safe Return to Art-Kitect Studios
- Snacks Provided By Art-Kitect
- Art Instruction, Theory, History and Activity
- Organized Clean-Up and Home Time at 5:15
- Students are welcome to join this class without our pick-up program
- 10-Week Payment Plan, all year
- $ 42.00 x 10 weeks = 420.00 + HST
- 5% sibling discount
Many of our students carry on their love for the arts by applying for to arts-based high schools and universities through our portfolio building class.
Students are welcome to join at any point through the school year. Art-Kitect observes all public health protocols issued by the Ontario Ministry of Health.
Our Amazing Camps
Welcome to the Art Camp at Art-Kitect! Art Camp is a multi-activity day camp located in Toronto where our campers experience unmatched art programming coupled with fun traditional day camp activities. Every week will be completely different than the last and will focus on a specific theme, such as, the olympic games, the animal kingdom, outer space and more! Our space is designed to be productive and relaxing for our campers, where they can explore a wide variety of art mediums including, sketchting, painting, watercolour, paper mache, and recycled materials/ mixed media. As part of our daily schedule, our teachers love to incorporate outdoor sports and activities, creative time, a zen zone and free play! All programming is planned and created by the Academy’s founder and creative director, Elissa Del Bel Belluz, who has been working with kids for 18 years. Camp registration is open! If you have a week you would like to secure please email us and we would be happy to secure your spot(s).
Our Amazing Camps
Welcome to the Art Camp at Art-Kitect! We’re a day camp located on the Danforth in Toronto where our campers experience unmatched art programming coupled with fun traditional day camp activities. Our space is designed to be productive and relaxing for our campers, where they can explore a wide variety of art mediums including, pencil sketching, acrylic painting, watercolour, paper mache, sculpture, collaborative large-scale projects, and recycled materials/ mixed media.
We’re proud to offer a full day of art programming that includes four art projects; two art projects in the morning and two in the evening . All programming is planned and created by the Academy’s founder and creative director, Elissa Del Bel Belluz, who has been teaching children and adults for over 18 years.
Camp registration is open! If you have a week you would like to secure please email or send in a registration form as soon as possible.
Registration for Art-Kitect’s Toronto Day Camp is now open!
- Early Bird Pricing – $ 330.00 + HST
- Regular Pricing – $ 368.00 + HST
- Sibling Discount – 5% per additional child
- Multiple Week Discount – 5% per week, per child
- Refunds are allowed, minus a $ 50.00 administration fee.
Types of Camps We Run Every Year
- Summer Camp: 9 Weeks, from July – August
- March Break Camp: 1 Week
- Winter Camp: 2 Weeks, last week of December and First Week of January
- P.A. Day Camps – During TDSB P.A. Days
Camp Location, Pickup and Drop Off
- Art-Kitect’s Studio and Art Camp are located at 401 Danforth Ave., Toronto on the Upper Floor.
- Camp day is from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM, Monday – Friday
- Morning drop off begins at 8:45 AM
- Evening Pick Up is 4:00 – 4:15 PM
- A late fee will be applied after 4:20 PM
We offer hands-on classes, with step-by-step instruction to accommodate the very beginner to experienced artist. All details are listed within each class.
All ART CLASSES run from September – June and stop for the summer months for ART CAMP. All ART CLASSES are purchased in the form of a “semester”. A semester is roughly 12 weeks long. Students can join at any point in time in our year/ semester and the classes will be pro-rated to the end of the semester. For more information on this, please see our STUDIO AND POLICIES document under REGISTRATION.
This course is designed to teach our youngest students a realistic approach to drawing and painting and explore the world around them. Foundation classes focus on proportion, colour theory, value and light scales, colour blending, anatomy and awareness. Classes are structured by a series of step-by-step instruction and hands-on direction to ensure that each student is grasping concepts early on in their development as an artist. We like to survey this class and ask them what objects they want to draw and structure our lessons around their preferences. Our Novice Class explores a variety of different artistic mediums including pencil, acrylic paint, colour pencils, pastels and watercolour.
This course is designed to teach our beginner to intermediate students a realistic approach to drawing painting 3-D figures. Along with learning method and technique, students will learn composition, structure and theory. Every lesson will start with art theory, art history or and/or a technical demonstration on how to perfectly execute artist techniques. Students are expected to use the theory they learned within their drawings. Our students will be experimenting and practicing with a variety of different artistic mediums including watercolour, polymer clay, pencil and conte sketching, acrylic painting, oil painting, mixed media and chalk pastel.
This course is an intense class for the mature and serious artist. Along with learning real artists techniques, students will be asked to explore their own creative process through an individual project. Complex lessons and demonstrations on theory, art history and technique will be discussed at the beginning of the class and executed within their drawing. An emphasis will be given on academic painting including portraiture, perspective, gestural drawing, architectural drawing and still life. Students are encouraged to share their drawings outside of class within Art-Kitect’s Discord Community, that helps to connect our students and encourages personal growth as an artist.
UNIVERSITY PREP & PORTFOLIO DEVELOPMENT CLASS
This is an intense class designed for students who intend on taking art at a college or university level. Tailored programming will be directed by our instructors to build a complete body of work. Students requiring to finish many pieces for their portfolio will be given detailed instruction in class and be asked to complete the rest of the piece at home. Instructors will guide students through the process of creating a portfolio and resume by helping them make critical decisions about where they would like to see their work go. Each student will leave with a portfolio that will include: An Artist Statement; Recommendation Letter; 6-10 + Pieces; Interview Preparation. Art-Kitect is pleased to offer advanced level visual arts education for students intent on attending an visual arts based programming in:
- Regional High Schools
- Regional and Foreign Undergraduate Universities
- Regional and Foreign Colleges
- Regional and Foreign Masters and PhD Programs
Art-Kitect teachers offer expertise in the areas of Architecture, Fine Art, Environmental Design, Animation, Fashion Design, Interior Design, Graphic Design, and more. Many of our teachers hold a Master’s Degree or higher and have been through the portfolio process themselves.
It is highly recommended that students commence their portfolio one year in advance to their February portfolio submittal (students should start outside of class). This class is conducted in person.
This class is designed for our adult artists who would like to explore the fine arts or learn new contemporary fine art techniques. This class is designed to accommodate the absolute beginners through to the more experienced artist. students will receive customized, one-on-one expert art instruction according to your needs and interests. Each program will explores techniques, such as colour mixing, colour value, composition, brushwork, paint application, varnishing, and more. You will be encouraged to challenge yourself and get lost in the creative process. students in our extended programs receive the lasting health benefits of painting, such as relaxation, stress relief, and mental clarity. Adult classes are kept purposely small to ensure that each student is receiving the attention they need to successfully grasp new methods and techniques.
Adult classes are created to focus on one medium at a time. Art supplies may be purchased through the academy. Canvas and artist grade paper are included in the course fee.
Private classes cater to each individual student and are always one-on-one with one of our expert instructors. Students may book private lessons for help with specific projects, portfolio preparation or to improve specific skills. Any medium, technique, or project can be undertaken in this class. Private art classes can be booked by calling the studio directly and scheduling a date and time.
SOCIAL PAINTING, BIRTHDAYS AND OFF-SITE PARTIES
Art-Kitect is excited to offer Social Painting Parties or Classes that are geared towards families and large groups of friends. We plan unforgettable and exciting events to commemorate a birthday, graduation, holiday, special accomplishment and milestone! You can book time in our studio for a social painting class or book us for an out-of-studio party (we bring all supplies to your home or space).
How It Works
In-studio and out-of-studio parties/events are reserved in 2-3 hour blocks. All of our parties are custom made for the guest of honour – you choose the subject of what we paint and our artists will create it for your party (it can be anything!). We have several artwork options for the special guest to choose from – themed paintings, clay, collaborative paintings and more! All materials are included in our fee. Weekend time slots for parties typically book up quickly. Please e-mail us with your request if you’re interested in securing your date – [email protected]
Want to know what else is great about our studio? We can fit up to 35 total guests in our space!
Please note that prices depend on the group size. We have a $350.00 minimum for 10 people & under. All materials are included in our fee. A $100.00 non-refundable deposit is required at the time of booking to secure your time slot.
Out-of-studio parties/events are subject to a $100.00 – $150.00 fee for the cost to travel, extra planning, extra materials, extra travel time by staff.
Please email us if you’d like to know more about how we plan parties and what you can bring – [email protected]
In-Studio and Out-of-Studio Parties We’ve Done:
- University Socials
- Corporate Events
- School Enrichment Programs
- Baby and Bridal Showers
- Bachelorette Parties
- Birthday Parties
PRIVATE ART SESSIONS
Private Art Sessions are the best way to make a memory with a keepsake. It’s a priceless bonding experience involving movement, making creative choices together, collaboration, cooperation, laughter and love.
How It Works
Prior to your session, we’ll get input from you as to color and size preferences so we can pre-select a color palette and suggest a curated collection of art materials that we think will complement what you have in mind. You can also leave it completely up to us to give you suggestions! During the session, our knowledgeable staff of artists will be there to guide you your adventure! We’re happy to offer suggestions, or just stay out of your way and refill paint + wash your brushes – you tell us! We recommend our clients choose a large scale canvas to make an emotional abstract painting.
Sessions are 1.5 hours long with explanation and cleanup. Once you have completed your artwork, we will keep it to dry and to professionally varnish it for you. Our founder is a museums professional and can professionally frame your piece for an additional fee. A $ 100.00 non-refundable deposit is required to secure your date.
The base cost for your 1.5 hour private session is $ 300.00 + the cost of the painting surface you choose (~ $ 45.00 / painting surface). We will send you a list of sizes and surfaces, but we always recommend large scale acrylic, gallery canvases. We’re also happy to discuss other fabulous painting surfaces (small canvases, panels, wood and heavyweight paper). All painting materials are included in the base fee.
Private Art Sessions at Art-Kitect are ideal for:
- Family Bonding and Keepsake Paintings for your Home
- Romantic Date Nights
- Family Reunions
- Team Building Activities and Keepsake Paintings for your Office
- Corporate Activities and Keepsake Paintings for your Office
What To Expect
Here’s what you can expect at the Art Academy