Create With Kirshy is an art school/program in Thornhill, Ontario, focusing on teaching children, teens, and adults skills for traditional art (drawing painting, sculpting), comics, and animation. All programs are taught by industry professionals, sharing their extensive experience with participants to help them reach their personal goals and express ideas in a fun and supportive environment.
We offer a variety of year-round programming including after-school arts activities for children 5+, as well as specialty camps during the summer, winter, March breaks, and some school holidays (Professional Activity Days). We also run drop-in programming and extensive courses (weekly sessions for 4-8 weeks) for participants of all ages and skill levels, a variety of art party package options, and other specialty workshops.
Create With Kirshy was founded by Shane Kirshenblatt, a multi-disciplinary artist and instructor with over 20 years of experience. Specializing in sculpting, painting, animation development, toy design and comics/ graphic novels, his work can be seen in the award-winning Mark Twain's Niagara Vol.1, and SCI: Jewish Comics Anthology Vol. 2 (both by AH Comics), as well as the Joe Shuster/Canadian Comic Book Awards-nominated Toronto Comix Vol.3, and Hogtown Horror Vol.1. Outside of his artistic practice and extensive fundraising efforts for organizations such as WWF, Ronald McDonald House, and Canadian Cancer Society, Shane has been running youth-oriented, arts-based programming at Ontario schools (as a five-time recipient of the Ontario Arts Council Artists In Education grant), camps (as Head of Creative Arts at Zodiac Day Camp, and past Leadership Experience and Development/ Counsellor In Training program Coordinator), and special events (Paradise Toronto Comic-Con, and Niagara Falls Comic Con) since 1998.
Create With Kirshy Founder
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What People Are Saying
"Our kids love it so much that they wanted to leave the cottage to go to art school. Shane inspired a beginner like my son and can polish up raw talent like my daughter."