About Artbarn School

Artbarn School is located in midtown Toronto, along the Eglinton Way (Eglinton Avenue West at Oriole Park). For over 12 years, we have been offering art classes for adults and for children as young as one year old.

In 2005, Mary Thelander, Frith Bail and Linda McMaster envisioned a welcoming not-for-profit community art school. Since then, under Linda’s leadership, Artbarn has inspired hundreds of budding artists of all ages. We’ve used up buckets of paint and tons of clay on our way to create a growing community of artists and teachers who make art using a wide variety of techniques.

Adults can sign up for our watercolour, acrylic, oil painting, pottery, drawing, printmaking and mixed media classes. Classes are open to people at every stage of development – from the terrified beginner to the hobbyist looking to take their skill further. Pop-Up Adult workshops, with a full day concentrated curriculum, such as our Colour Theory class, are also offered throughout the year.

Children’s art classes are designed with your child’s age in mind. We offer Mini MiniArt for our youngest art explorers. School age children will enjoy clay, drawing, painting, and mixed media. We have a drawing class and a comic book class for tweens. We also offer Winter Artbreak, March Artbreak and Summer Art Adventures during school holidays, to fill your child’s day with arty fun!

We can also help you host special events. We operate out of a  large studio space where we can work with you to customize your next office or birthday party.  

Vision Statement

– We strive to build an inclusive and welcoming community of both novice and experienced artists – learners and teachers, who explore their creativity and make art through a broad range of programming.

– We seek to enrich our neighbourhood by providing a fun learning environment for artists of any age and by bringing outreach art activities to the local community.

– We offer scholarships to talented children who cannot afford art education to help them develop their potential.


Our scholarships are granted to children ages 5 to 12 based on financial need and artistic potential.  Upon review of the written application, candidate families are invited to an interview with our scholarship committee. Please contact the School directly to request an application form or click the link for a PDF copy.


Artbarn School has grown largely due to the efforts of a dedicated Board of Directors and volunteers from the community. We would like to thank them for their continuing contributions. As well we would like to thank the many companies and individuals who have shown their concern for the environment and support our endeavours by donating surplus art materials and books to the school.

Board of Directors

Linda McMaster – Executive Director

Debbie Bolton – President

Mary Collins – Secretary

Mark Hutton – Treasurer

Shannon Molenaar – Marketing and Fundraising

Cecilia Zimerman – Fundraising

School Policies

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