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Art Programs

Led by professional artist Sam Paonessa, our 10-week art program is available for students over 18 years of age who wish to exercise their artistic abilities in an environment that is conducive to creativity. Our objective is to give our students a foundational understanding of the basic techniques and principles of visual art while encouraging them to express themselves freely. Small, intimate settings with one-on-one instruction allow each student to receive the guidance they need to grow as an artist. We also cater to those who wish to receive private lessons outside of our regular class hours, by special request only.

paintingSam Paonessa, OSA, AOCA Sam Paonessa was born in Niagara Falls and graduated from the Ontario College of Art in Toronto. Awarded with a studio scholarship upon graduation, Sam was able to further develop his talents in commercial art. In 1983, Sam began his long and fulfilling career at Hallmark Canada, creating paintings and artwork for a variety of products. Throughout the years, Sam has travelled and painted plein air landscapes in North America and Italy. Sam shares his passion with others by conducting demonstrations and teaching oil painting workshops in the GTA. His pursuit of excellence is being rewarded, as he has gained the attention of fine art collectors, across North America. He is a founding member of Plein Air Canada and is a member of the Ontario Society of Artists.

For more information, or to inquire further, please contact:

Daniela Agostino-Cugini
Program Coordinator
Email: dagostino@villacharities.com
Tel: 416-789-7011 Ext. 244
Fax: 416-789-3951


Cassandra Zannella
Cultural Arts Administrative Assistant
Tel: 416-789- 7011 Ext. 248

901 Lawrence Ave. West, Office C201
Toronto, ON M6A 1C3

Art Programs

A man paints with his brain not his hands. – Michelangelo

We offer a variety of painting and drawing programs for adults, ages 18 years and up. The 10-week programs offer an intimate, small group setting, which allows for one-on-one instruction. The One-Day Workshops are offered in the summer for those who have a busy schedule and can’t commit to a full term.

All of the classes are designed for those who want to learn the basic techniques and principles of painting in an inspiring environment. Students will learn how to sharpen skills of observation, create value studies and learn the fundamentals. Painting demos are provided and students will receive one-on-one and group instructions. The subject matter is be primarily landscape and still life. Other subjects can be discussed based on skill level. Level: Beginner to advanced.

Looking for private 1-hour art lessons? We offer these as well and cater towards your interests and needs. Inquire within!



Taking Sam’s class has been an amazing experience. His skill as an artist and teacher combined with his sense of humour enables all his students to relax and enjoy the process of discovering their inner artist. Even if you have never painted before, by the end of the session we are always pleasantly surprised with our paintings. I highly recommend this class.

Children’s Art Classes

We are offering an eight-week workshop this spring that will provide students with an opportunity to engage their own artistic practice through hands-on art projects. This workshop will concentrate on developing artistic skills by exposing young artists to various areas, genres and techniques in the fine arts. Shading, drawing, still-life, landscapes, and the basic skills will be introduced first, followed by more practiced techniques utilizing water colour and acrylic painting.

For further information about dates and times:

Cultural Arts Of Office
Phone: 416-789-7011 ext. 248
Email: cultural@villacharities.com


Painting, Oil Workshop – Tuesday Evenings (10 Weeks)
Dates: Tuesdays, April 18 – June 27, 2017
Time: 6:30pm to 9:30pm
*Registration has closed for this class.

Painting, Acrylic, Oil & Charcoal Workshop – Tues. Daytime (10 Weeks)
*Some charcoal drawing will be practiced along with painting
Tuesdays, April 18 – June 27, 2017
Time: 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Art Supplies not included
*There will be no class on June 6, 2017

Registration is on-going
Fee: Per term, $315 + HST
Art Supplies not included

· Refund for per term: 5 business days before first lesson begins, less $50 Administrative Fee. No refunds once classes begin.
· Columbus Centre reserves the right to cancel or combine classes based on low enrolment.
Register Contact: cultural@villacharities.com 416-789-7011 Ext. 248



Dates, times and prices for the 2017 Fall Term will be announced later in 2017

Dates, times and prices for the 2018 Winter Term will be announced later in 2017

Register for All THREE Terms and Save 5% OFF Program Fees

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Looking for a fun, eventful, and hassle-free birthday party? Book your child’s birthday party here!

We offer a fun, engaging and an open environment for children to create, explore and express themselves creatively. The art birthday party will provide a variety of different art activities. The instructor is open to personalizing and discussing other activities that are geared towards your child’s interests. Birthday celebrants and their friends will enjoy 2.5 hours of art activity/activities, followed by a 1-hour pizza party in Caffè Cinquecento (1 hrs). 10-15 kids

Here is a list of some Art Party ideas to get your kid’s creative juices flowing:

  • Homemade stickers
  • Time traveler 3D goggles
  • Dream catchers/other mobiles
  • Personalized plaster/clay hand molds
  • Personalized hanging or desktop lamps
  • Venetian/Carnival masks
  • Personalized items (e.g. handbags, umbrellas, etc.)
  • Jewelry
  • 2D drawing/collage projects (themed or portraiture)
  • Or . . . we can create a theme based on your child’s interests

Ages: 6 – 14 years
Fee: $35.00 (includes HST) per child.
Includes veggie pizza and juice. Cake not included.

To book your party contact: cultural@villacharities.com or 416-789-7011 Ext. 248


Refund policy: Refund five business days before start of classes, less $50 administrative charge.  


Minimum of 8 and maximum of 10 enrollments to run the program. Register in person, via email, or by phone. Contact: 416-789-7011 Ext. 248.