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Get to know us

we lead beginners of all ages through transformative art experiences

The story behind the canvas

let's make beauty out of all this mess

Nancy Macdonald traffics in hope and joy. She is a bestselling author, public speaker and owner of art studio for children where she has had the great privilege, joy and mess of serving over 7000 artists of all ages. Her love of the unexpected, coincidence, hidden meaning and humour are thrown onto every canvas.  The art school is an opportunity to love, nurture and empower others and give Nancy the most joyful work she could imagine.

  I lead beginners of all ages,  from 4-84, through transformative Fine Art experiences to create the wall worthy art of their dreams.

– Nancy Macdonald, Owner and Founder Art Studio For Children

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 For me, Art is a subject and a discipline and not a place to hang out and do whatever you want, although I truly encourage you to do that on your own.   In my studio I  am here to share, enlighten and work through a process that I hope will serve you in your life well beyond Art.  NM

"Graceful. Eloquent. Patient. Real. Dynamic. Inspirational. Organized.

We have had the pleasure of having Nancy as a part of the community that has instilled creative thinking and trust with our three children. Her incredible organization, planning and ability to find just the right words, examples and medium to inspire our children to step out of their box and create artistic pieces has provided not only our children but my husband and I with great joy. She is more than an art teacher, she is a trusted person that sees each of our children in a different light and always with patience and grace. Our children always left Nancy with an extra bounce in their step and a smile on their face, but not before showing off their “creative projects” to us with genuine pride. Any child or family, regardless of their artistic ability – because Nancy brings it out in every child. Everyone should have Nancy in their community, she is a gift that you can give your children, and the art that comes back – well, hangs on our walls proudly."

We frequently lead Corporate Workshops

Some of our partners include:

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Sklar Wilton & Associates logo


Since 2002, we have served over 7000 families.

Classes range in size from 5-12 students. Ages 5 and up are welcome and adults up to 90!

We begin with a creative warm up to shake off the day and pull out our inner artist. The project is then introduced and sketches and drafts are undertaken. Once we are all ready to tackle our task, we begin. I work on my canvas alongside the students to set everyone up to succeed. We work step by step, often with the students teaching each other. Before dismissal we all partake in a quick 3 minute studio clean up.

I wanted my young children to have more art and creativity in their lives. That was over 20 years ago! I have been grateful that the art school has exploded in popularity and taught and continues to teach me so many lessons, both on the canvas and off.

ASFC is one of my loves! It is a place to for both you and me to grow, nurture and explore. I am grateful to meet and work with new people of all ages doing something that brings joy. My hope is always that a creative life will allow us to feel our power, ability to solve problems and make beauty.

Explore our website or set up a zoom call with me and I will happily share all we do. We do large canvas projects, family paint sessions, school workshops, commissions, camps, art events, paint nights, adult retreats and more. If you have an idea of something you want – reach out. I love to say yes!

Find Us Here

City Studio:

123 Hillsdale Ave W.
Toronto, ON.
M5P 1G6

Farm Studio:

415719 10 Line
Clarksburg, ON
N0H 1J0