My ArtLab is a Riverdale gem that offers art classes for kids and their caregivers through a variety of fun, engaging, and inspirational classes. Led by local artist Andjelija Djuric, classes are available for a wide-range of age groups and teach art skills, while exposing kids to other subjects, like music, drama, language, literacy and science. I recently stopped by during a baby class and had a fabulous time.
Located in a bright and airy studio filled with colour, movement, and pure joy, My ArtLab oozes creativity and fun from every pore. Children are provided with a large open space, tables, paints, brushes and variety of other materials and media. Exploration and experimentation are encouraged. Children are given the freedom to create by following their own interests rather than a prescribed set of instructions. Andjelija acts as a facilitator by providing guidance, encouragement and the materials to let each child discover his or her own creativity. Children learn from Andjelija, their care givers and each other as they experience the joy of creating without boundaries. They are even allowed to paint on the windows and walls if they’re so inclined, and one entire wall has been converted into a chalk board for more drawing possibilities.
My ArtLab offers four on-site programs and Andjelija is also available for private parties and school workshops.
Creative Playtime with Baby (3–18 months): In this class, caregivers and babies explore and discover art while they navigate through a new studio set-up at each session. Accompanied by music, movement and play, babies and caregivers learn and bond as they experiment with shapes, colours and textures.
Lilliput Lab (18–36 months): Focusing on painting, printing, drawing and building, caregivers and their children are encouraged to use objects and materials to make magical creations. Music and movement is also used to encourage and inspire young imaginations.
Wonder Lab (3–5 years): Using fairy tales and fables as inspiration, Wonder Lab classes combine art with drama, as kids create objects that breathe life into the stories. Children are presented with a variety of mediums to construct projects like masks, mobiles, puppets, picture books, and three-dimensional characters.
Treasure Lab (5–12 years): Exploring connections between art and science, Treasure Lab classes focus on experimenting with materials, techniques and technology. Children use technology to animate, as well as materials to construct three-dimensional models and installations.
Visit My ArtLab’s website for information on prices and class schedules.
The Artist Behind it All
Andjelija Djuric is a stage designer, art educator and a mom who understands the joy of leading children to artistic discoveries. She has a master’s degree in Scenography and is a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada. Her artistic contributions are impressive, with her work being used by the Canadian Stage, the Grand Theatre and the Royal Conservatory of Music, among others. She has also received the Pauline McGibbon Award and has several Dora Award nominations, but most importantly, Andjelija is a teacher who inspires, guides and motivates her students.
66 Lewis Street, Toronto, 416-778-9067