Skyblue Studio is an independent organization dedicated to providing art classes, camps and events in both English and French. Our programs offer children a creative environment to exercise their language skills, and provides non-French speakers with a strong foundational knowledge of the language.
At SkyBlue, we know that an arts education is about more that technical skill: it’s about fostering creativity, confidence, and independance. Our approach balances both guided learning with opportunities for self-discovery and experimentation. We aim to teach our students the fundamentals of art & design, all while encouraging them to develop their own unique artistic voices.
À PROPOS DE NOUS
Skyblue est un studio indépendant, dédié a offrir des cours d’art et des camps aux jeunes dans un enviroment bilingue. Nos programmes offrent aux enfants un environnement créatif pour exercer leurs compétences linguistiques, et fournissent aux non-francophones une solide connaissance base de la langue.
Chez SkyBlue, nous savons qu'une éducation artistique concerne plus que des compétences techniques: ça sert aussi à développer la créativité, la confiance et l'indépendance. Notre approche combine l'apprentissage guidé avec des opportunités pour la découverte et l'expérimentation. Nous souhaitons enseigner à nos étudiants les principes de base d'art, tout en les encourageant à développer leurs propres voix artistiques uniques.
MEET OUR STAFF
Mirka Loiselle (she/they) is a visual artist and educator who is passionate about creating art for, and with, kids of all ages. They have worked with a number of GTA-based organizations, including VIBE Arts, Art Starts, and ExploreIt!. Mirka took over ownership of SkyBlue at the beginning of 2022, after three years at the studio as an instructor and program coordinator. In addition to her work as an educator, Mirka works as a freelance children’s book illustrator and comic artist.
Frances Loiselle (she/her) is a french canadian multi-disciplinary artist based in Tkaronto/Toronto. She has taught as SkyBlue since 2019, and she will also be starting as a dance instructor at Stagecoach this fall. Frances loves dogs, dark chocolate and reading, and has been doodling on anything and everything since she could hold a pencil.
Sasha Pinney is a graduate of OCAD U with a degree in drawing/painting and a minor in criticism/curatorial practices. Sasha is the owner of Mangled Studios and has been providing community based arts programming to youth/adults for the last several years. Sasha is currently completing her graduate degree in counseling psychology and in the future hopes to incorporate art into the helping professions.
Owner & Instructor
Cayne Kitagawa (he/him) is a multidisciplinary artist with a degree in fine arts with a specialty in acting and a minor in French from U of T, as well as a diploma of acting from Sheridan College. For 6 years, he has worked with kids of all ages in environments ranging from camps to birthday parties to babysitting. As a hands-on learner, he loves trying new things and experimenting with different art forms and techniques. An energetic and adventurous goof, he is always willing to help others find their own creative spirit as well!