Woodbridge Art School and Gallery

Twenty years ago, Catherine Sgro began teaching art classes from her home in Vaughan as a side project. Today, her Woodbridge Art School has grown not only into an award-winning fine arts academy, but York Region’s largest and most renowned.

“I designed it so it was a safe environment that was bright and airy for the kids, one that motivates them to learn,” explains Sgro, founder and director of Woodbridge Art School, of her beautiful 4,000 sq.-ft. facility that’s conveniently located in the heart of Vaughan.

Sgro’s team of fine arts instructors, who she credits for her success, focus on realism, guiding children of all ages through the artistic tools and techniques that develop fundamental skills. Students start with the basics, such as pencil drawing and pastel, and are introduced to more challenging mediums, including acrylic and oil painting, as they refine their abilities. “The goal is to produce well-rounded artists who are exposed to all different mediums and subject matters,” says Sgro, also a published artist and recipient of York Region’s 2004 Woman of the Year award for visual artist and teacher.

The approach develops motor skills and attention to detail, but also prepares children for the over-100 careers that require artistic training, from architecture to fashion design and graphic arts.

While her fine arts school is certainly much different than it was two decades ago, there’s one thing that has never changed: Sgro’s passion for cultivating creativity. As she explains, “There’s nothing more satisfying and rewarding than watching a child create something beautiful and seeing the look of accomplishment on their faces.”

Open House & Registration 2014
Aug. 28, 4 — 8 pm
Sept. 4, 4 — 8 pm
Sept. 6, 11 am — 3 pm
Sept. 9, 4 — 8 pm

595 Cityview Blvd., Unit 21, Woodbridge
www.woodbridgeartschool.com • 905-832-2100

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