Located in mid-town Toronto, in Davisville Village, PICASSO’S GARAGE has inspired creative expression in children since 2005. Art programs are tailored to a variety of skill levels and expose students to a myriad of materials and techniques including watercolour, pastel, printmaking, sculpture, sketching and more.
In 2017 PICASSO’S GARAGE expanded it's services to include Art based Psychotherapy.
“Art therapy combines the creative process and psychotherapy, facilitating self-exploration and understanding. Using imagery, colour and shape as part of this creative therapeutic process, thoughts and feelings can be expressed that would otherwise be difficult to articulate.” (CATA).
CLAIRE NICHOLLS | Art therapist, Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), Artist & Studio Owner.
My background includes commercial art, fine art and psychotherapy. I am classically trained in Graphic Design with a Bachelors degree from OCAD U. In 2018, I completed the clinical requirements and produced a thesis to obtain a Graduate Diploma in Art Therapy from TATI. My thesis which focused on improving resiliency in Children of Divorce resulted in an Art Therapy prevention protocol and program which is now available to students K-12 in the TDSB. I also work as an Art Therapist at Youthdale Treatment centre with at-risk youth and at the Red Door Shelter with women and children. I am a local mom residing in Davisville Village with children at Northern SS. I have been running these art classes for creative kids, since 2005 and have taught over 600 students from many of the local schools, including; Maurice Cody, Bessborough, Ralph Road, Hodgson, Sunnybrook, Davisville & John Fisher.
Can't find what you are looking for? Over the years, I have accommodated specific groups such as the Boys only group, which has now become a regular class. If you have ideas for a particular class drop me a line and we'll see what we can do.
Traditional Instructional Art classes are lead by artists and use a variety of mediums and subject matter. Famous artists or works of art inspire our projects.
Psychoeducational skill building using Art based directives designed to improve children's ability to manage things like anxiety, emotion regulation & aggression
Art based Psychotherapy targeted to children's needs, offered in individual and group settings. Also, includes Psycho-ed skill building.