Find the Energy Every Day

iFEED project stands for Find the Energy Every Day. It is a canvas painting project led by Connie Tong, an Open Studio participant. It encourages participants to engage in discussions of resiliency, empowerment and healing.  Especially living through the pandemic, this project uses visual arts as a vehicle to express their motivation to find the light at the end of the tunnel and hopefully inspire others to gain a better perspective and wellbeing coping through the pandemic.

Participants will develop skills in creative thinking and exploration of the chosen medium.  Through guided instructions, the program will result in a finished project at the end of the session.  

iFEED project is a City of Toronto Arts and Culture SPARK project and participants who contribute to this project will have a chance to display their work in a public setting and online.  Participants can learn more about the project scope at

All you need to participate is a canvas, paint, and paintbrushes, which they can procure at  Dollar Store, Walmart, or local craft store. 

The workshop will take place virtually on June 25th, from 9:30 am – 12 pm.

To register, email

This workshop is funded by Ontario Arts Council and Toronto Arts Council

Origami Art


Arzina Pirbhai, a longtime Open Studio participant, will be leading an Origami workshop which will increase creativity and reduce stress.

Materials needed:

6 regular size color paper,  white will do too.  One green paper for flower stem
Color crayons, pens or paint to decorate as needed
Stickers Optional
All of these can be found at Dollarama, Walmart or your local art store.

The workshop will take place virtually on July 2nd, from 9:30 am – 12 pm.

To register, email

This workshop is funded by Ontario Arts Council and Toronto Arts Council

All Around Us

Program Overview

‘All Around Us’ is a community-engaged textile art program that will work with 10 self-identified women ages 16+ in the Thorncliffe Park community to learn textile art and embroidery techniques over 8 sessions, culminating in the creation of a collective art piece to be installed at the Toronto Public Library, Thorncliffe Branch in the summer of 2021. The program will use nature as a central theme and encourage participants to explore their own relations with nature while learning and collaborating in a small group environment. 

The program will be delivered as 8 online sessions.

Materials Fee: $60 provided for purchasing art materials

Honorarium: $100 for participation (must attend a minimum of 6 sessions and contribute to the final collective art piece to receive honorarium) 

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Open Studio

Our Open Studio program is designed to give you space to practice your art form and discover new ones within a supportive group environment. The program is a combination of workshops in which you work on your own projects and workshops that are more structured and led by Tasneem Dairywala, a professional artist, along with other guest artists and facilitators.
The program runs virtually on Fridays from 9:30-12.

To register, email

This workshop is funded by Ontario Arts Council and Toronto Arts Council