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.
– 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.
Artbarn is fully wheelchair accessible, including washroom.
250 Eglinton Ave West
We are located at the corner of Oriole Pkwy and Eglinton Avenue West – 3 blocks west of Yonge and Eglinton, on the north side. We are one block east of Avenue Road. Our bright facility is a main floor storefront.
We will remain fully open during the Metrolinx construction. Due to construction, walking from the subway to the Artbarn requires a few easy detours, including crossing to the north side at the corner of Yonge and Eglinton, and crossing to the south side from Lascelles to Oriole Park
If you are coming by TTC, get off the subway at Eglinton station. The school is a short walk 10 minute from the station. Exit the station on the north side of Eglinton, and cross to the south side of the road at Duplex. Walk along the south side of Eglinton Ave. until you get to Oriole Pkwy. You also have the option of taking the 32 bus for two stops, getting off at Lascelles (At Boom Breakfast diner). Cross to the south side of eglinton and walk one block. We are on the north side at Oriole Park, the next set of lights.
We remain fully open during the Metrolinx construction. Due to construction we offer curb side pick up. We understand parking can be a challenge and we will meet you at your car to escort your child to the their class.
For quick drop offs drive south on Oriole Pkwy from Roselawn and pull up on the left side adjacent to the school. There is no access onto Eglinton Ave from Oriole Pkwy.
Oriole Pkwy North of Eglinton
There is no parking 8-10am but free parking any other time. There are also Green P pay meters on Oriole Pkwy beside the school – 8am to 9pm Mon to Sat and 1-9pm on Sunday – two hour maximum. With the GREEN P app you can get 2 hours free parking by inserting the code – CROSSTOWN – into the discount section after you complete the other information.
Oriole Pkwy South of Eglinton
West side – 1 hr – 8am-6pm Mon-Sat.
East side – 1 hr – 9am-4pm Mon-Fri, Sat 8am-6pm.
Burnaby Ave: 1 hr – 10-6pm.
Community Centre: There is parking underneath the North Toronto Community Centre at 200 Eglinton Ave. West (next to the school) for $2.50 for 2.5 hours. Take the elevator to the second floor and walk through the building to the west exit. It is a short path through the park to the school.
Artbarn School is a registered charity (# is 86076 7094 R0001) located in Toronto, Canada.
We are partnered with ART for Cancer and offer bursaries to their participants so that they can attend art classes to help their healing.
Recently we partnered with POINT (seniors in North Toronto) and Horizons for Youth to offer low cost painting workshops.
We accept donations of art materials including paint, canvases, brushes and other materials. Please call us before dropping off.
Please click below for two ways you can show your support through Canada Helps.
As part of our charitable work we offer scholarships to children who could not otherwise afford our classes. 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 2020-21
Linda McMaster – Founder & Executive Director
Julie Klein – President
Cid Palacio – Interim Treasurer
Nicole Vicano – Member
Jennifer Kerbel Poirier – Member
Click here to view our school policies.
Construction Impact on Artbarn
Thanks to the Eglinton Way BIA and Metrolinx for filming this short interview with Linda McMaster. We are surviving with the help of our supportive community and virtual classes!