Every child likes to draw and play with colors. Many children are very talented and only need professional support to improve their natural abilities.
Scientific studies show that artistic activities have a positive influence on our brain and personality. The studies prove that children involved in visual arts or music have better results in school, and have improved fine motor coordination. They are more confident, more emotionally stable, and suffering less from psychological problems such as depression and ADHD. This stability continues through puberty into adulthood.
Alberta Arts Academy is a nonprofit educational organization which offers art classes, workshops and school programs. Our programs are flexible and can be adjusted to every level, with the goal to offer the knowledge and practice necessary to develop high level skills. The same way no child can become a great hockey player without professional coaching, no child can develop real artistic skills without professional art education. We are following the worldwide appreciated France Academy of Fine Arts classical style by using innovative teaching methods. Our students find a fun learning environment together with the challenges necessary to achieve excellence in fine art.
We believe that real art is the result of talent, education and emotions. According to Frederik Ross, the founder of the Art Renewal Center "fine art is a universal language, with a recognizable set of standards, including visual vocabulary and grammar, that communicates across all continents and cultures. If a work of art cannot communicate visually—without a verbal description—then it is not successful and therefore not intrinsically valuable".
We think that real art is tolerant, does not discriminate, and every art which pleases the eyes or ears can be valuable. However, if a piece of art needs verbal explanations, is a mix between visual art and story telling, and therefor not real visual art.
Between 2012 -2017 over 200 artworks created by our students have been published in international magazines, and more than 80 students received distinctions at international contests. Based on our results, we have one of the most successful art programs in North America - see News.
We are proud to have students from different cultures in our classes. Despite speaking a variety of languages, our students find a common language through art. By drawing and painting together, art becomes a bridge between the cultures.
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