The Canadian Contemporary School of Art takes an innovative approach to creative art instruction and provides a warm and welcoming learning environment for students of all ages. We proudly offer classes that teach painting, drawing, sculpting, fashion design, cartooning, animation, filmmaking architecture. Creative Writing and performing Arts. Find out more at www.ccsa.art!
The 2020/21 Experience at Canadian Contemporary School of Art
With the Phase 3 announcement, advice, and guidelines of Ontario Government and Toronto Public Health, the Canadian Contemporary School of Art will be reopened starting August 10, 2020. We are more than happy and very excited to see you all at CCSA again, and to be able to host our students for in-person summer camp, our virtual summer camp, and our online art classes.
In accordance with the safety measures recommended by Toronto Public Health to ensure our staff and students' health and safety, CCSA will be screening staff and students on arrival, posting clear signage with screening questions at the entrance, practicing physical distancing and hand hygiene for all students and staff, using face-coverings, and keeping a daily record of everyone entering the school to support contact tracing.
We will continue to stay in close communication with Toronto Public Health and other Ministries in the provincial and federal government for any new guidelines and future plans. More details and information about re-opening announcement and safety plan can be found in our website.View recent COVID-19 updates from Canadian Contemporary School of Art
Practicing artists engage children and adults in a range of genres and techniques, with an offering broader that a majority of afterschool and summer programs. Drawing and painting courses sit alongside sessions in animation, fashion, architecture, creative writing, and much else. Classes are warm and welcoming, with individual and online sessions also available. Skill development is key, though so is character and personal development, with a focus on building confidence, creative problem solving, and interpersonal skills. For beginners, programs rovide a great, lively introduction to new media. For the more advanced, sessions develop higher order skills and presentation, with mentorship from professional artists.
Nahal Bahrman, Founder and Director
Educator, Manager, Curator, and Children's Book Illustration
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Welcome to the Canadian Contemporary School of Art (CSSA)!
We started in 2016, with one goal in mind: nurturing the artist in every child. At CCSA, we believe in using creativity as an educational tool to encourage a child’s natural ability to be curious when engaging with the world. This type of experiential learning creates opportunities for self-expression, calculated risk-taking, and open-minded inquiry that can help children be more independent, resourceful, and confident when facing any challenge.
We offer a variety of art programming from preschoolers to teenagers specifically designed to encourage the early development of creative skillsets they can apply in their everyday life. Imagine the joy experience in learning more about their creative selves, helping them build the foundations for the well-rounded adults they will grow up to be.
From our Art for Tots program, to our after-school visual arts program, and our Portfolio Preparation classes for young adults, we focus on developing art-making as a lifelong hobby that encourages perseverance, discipline, and innovation.
We are located at the heart of Toronto’s Leaside neighbourhood, in a bright and open 3,750 square foot space.
If you would like to know more about our programs and camps, please visit our website at www.ccsa.art, or email us at [email protected]
Come and help plant the seeds of lifelong creativity in your child’s life!
Nahal is a mother, entrepreneur, educator, manager, curator and children’s book illustrator. With a Master’s degree of Illustration and her artistic experience, she now directs the Canadian Contemporary School of Art and the Canadian Children’s Art Foundation, a non-profit organization that supports and celebrates children's creativity in Canada. She hosted Canada’s first Children’s Art Competition in 2018 and managed over 700 entry submissions through execution, exhibition, and publication.
More details about accommodations: Located in Toronto’s Leaside neighbourhood, classes at the CCSA take place in a bright and open 3,750 square foot space. Children are supervised at all times in small, instructor-led classes, providing a safe and welcoming environment for children to be more imaginative and trust their intuition -- after all, there is no wrong way to make art. Each class is devoted to both developing the skills necessary for mastering different art forms, and allows each child to experience the joy of learning about their creative selves that will build the foundations for the well-rounded adults they will grow up to be.
April 29, 2020
Draw one of your memories during the time you have to stay home!
Whether it's a memory that is good, bad, magical, or just unique, CCSA is looking for submissions for our painting contest, “Chez Moi!”... Read More
March 7, 2020
The Canadian Children's Art Foundation
Empowering the youth residing in Canada by investing in the artistic talents and interest of children.... Read More
February 29, 2020
We have proudly joined Canadian Network for Art and Learning!
The CCSA have joined the Canadian Network for Art and Learning to continue developing out network in art education,... Read More